Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein trav­els across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism. He discovers how companies such as G4S, Serco, and Halliburton cash in on or­ganized misery in a hidden world of privatized detention centers, militarized private security, aid profiteering, and destructive mining.

Disaster has become big business. Talking to immigrants stuck in limbo in Britain or visiting immigration centers in America, Loewenstein maps the secret networks formed to help cor­porations bleed what profits they can from economic crisis. He debates with Western contractors in Afghanistan, meets the locals in post-earthquake Haiti, and in Greece finds a country at the mercy of vulture profiteers. In Papua New Guinea, he sees a local commu­nity forced to rebel against predatory resource companies and NGOs.

What emerges through Loewenstein’s re­porting is a dark history of multinational corpo­rations that, with the aid of media and political elites, have grown more powerful than national governments. In the twenty-first century, the vulnerable have become the world’s most valu­able commodity. Disaster Capitalism is published by Verso in 2015 and in paperback in January 2017.

Profits_of_doom_cover_350Vulture capitalism has seen the corporation become more powerful than the state, and yet its work is often done by stealth, supported by political and media elites. The result is privatised wars and outsourced detention centres, mining companies pillaging precious land in developing countries and struggling nations invaded by NGOs and the corporate dollar. Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein travels to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and across Australia to witness the reality of this largely hidden world of privatised detention centres, outsourced aid, destructive resource wars and militarized private security. Who is involved and why? Can it be stopped? What are the alternatives in a globalised world? Profits of Doom, published in 2013 and released in an updated edition in 2014, challenges the fundamentals of our unsustainable way of life and the money-making imperatives driving it. It is released in an updated edition in 2014.
forgodssakecover Four Australian thinkers come together to ask and answer the big questions, such as: What is the nature of the universe? Doesn't religion cause most of the conflict in the world? And Where do we find hope?   We are introduced to different belief systems – Judaism, Christianity, Islam – and to the argument that atheism, like organised religion, has its own compelling logic. And we gain insight into the life events that led each author to their current position.   Jane Caro flirted briefly with spiritual belief, inspired by 19th century literary heroines such as Elizabeth Gaskell and the Bronte sisters. Antony Loewenstein is proudly culturally, yet unconventionally, Jewish. Simon Smart is firmly and resolutely a Christian, but one who has had some of his most profound spiritual moments while surfing. Rachel Woodlock grew up in the alternative embrace of Baha'i belief but became entranced by its older parent religion, Islam.   Provocative, informative and passionately argued, For God's Sakepublished in 2013, encourages us to accept religious differences, but to also challenge more vigorously the beliefs that create discord.  
After Zionism, published in 2012 and 2013 with co-editor Ahmed Moor, brings together some of the world s leading thinkers on the Middle East question to dissect the century-long conflict between Zionism and the Palestinians, and to explore possible forms of a one-state solution. Time has run out for the two-state solution because of the unending and permanent Jewish colonization of Palestinian land. Although deep mistrust exists on both sides of the conflict, growing numbers of Palestinians and Israelis, Jews and Arabs are working together to forge a different, unified future. Progressive and realist ideas are at last gaining a foothold in the discourse, while those influenced by the colonial era have been discredited or abandoned. Whatever the political solution may be, Palestinian and Israeli lives are intertwined, enmeshed, irrevocably. This daring and timely collection includes essays by Omar Barghouti, Jonathan Cook, Joseph Dana, Jeremiah Haber, Jeff Halper, Ghada Karmi, Antony Loewenstein, Saree Makdisi, John Mearsheimer, Ahmed Moor, Ilan Pappe, Sara Roy and Phil Weiss.
The 2008 financial crisis opened the door for a bold, progressive social movement. But despite widespread revulsion at economic inequity and political opportunism, after the crash very little has changed. Has the Left failed? What agenda should progressives pursue? And what alternatives do they dare to imagine? Left Turn, published by Melbourne University Press in 2012 and co-edited with Jeff Sparrow, is aimed at the many Australians disillusioned with the political process. It includes passionate and challenging contributions by a diverse range of writers, thinkers and politicians, from Larissa Berendht and Christos Tsiolkas to Guy Rundle and Lee Rhiannon. These essays offer perspectives largely excluded from the mainstream. They offer possibilities for resistance and for a renewed struggle for change.
The Blogging Revolution, released by Melbourne University Press in 2008, is a colourful and revelatory account of bloggers around the globe why live and write under repressive regimes - many of them risking their lives in doing so. Antony Loewenstein's travels take him to private parties in Iran and Egypt, internet cafes in Saudi Arabia and Damascus, to the homes of Cuban dissidents and into newspaper offices in Beijing, where he discovers the ways in which the internet is threatening the ruld of governments. Through first-hand investigations, he reveals the complicity of Western multinationals in assisting the restriction of information in these countries and how bloggers are leading the charge for change. The blogging revolution is a superb examination about the nature of repression in the twenty-first century and the power of brave individuals to overcome it. It was released in an updated edition in 2011, post the Arab revolutions, and an updated Indian print version in 2011.
The best-selling book on the Israel/Palestine conflict, My Israel Question - on Jewish identity, the Zionist lobby, reporting from Palestine and future Middle East directions - was released by Melbourne University Press in 2006. A new, updated edition was released in 2007 (and reprinted again in 2008). The book was short-listed for the 2007 NSW Premier's Literary Award. Another fully updated, third edition was published in 2009. It was released in all e-book formats in 2011. An updated and translated edition was published in Arabic in 2012.

One rule for us

Rupert Murdoch indicates he may turn away from Tony Blair’s Labour:

“Rupert Murdoch, the head of News International, urged David Cameron last night to commit the Conservative Party to a Thatcherite tax-cutting agenda to win the next election.

“The proprietor of The Sun and The Times, whose influence is credited with helping Tony Blair and New Labour win power, hinted that he would be prepared to switch support to Mr Cameron’s style of Conservatism if he adopted tax cuts.”

Why did Murdoch first support Blair?

“We swung behind Labour and they didn’t turn away from the Thatcher legacy. Tony Blair is on record saying he would not undo what she had done, and he has not.”

The “Thatcher legacy” – so warmly embraced by individuals like Murdoch – was exposed by John Pilger in 2003:

“Most Labour voters had endured 18 years of cuts in education, social security, disability and other benefits – yet [Gordon] Brown reversed not a single one of them, including a tax base that allows the likes of Rupert Murdoch to avoid paying tens of millions of pounds to the Treasury. Today, nothing essentially has changed. One in four Britons is still born into poverty – a poverty that has hardened under Blair and Brown and remains the chief cause of higher rates of ill health, accidents and deaths in infancy, school exclusion and low educational performance.”

The Murdoch press is solidly behind the conservative Liberal party in Australia. but if the empire smells a change in the wind, their ten years of “principled” support of John Howard will vanish. Behind the populist veil, the Murdoch press is interested in being close to power and maintaining superior political access and financial largesse.

5 comments ↪
  • Iqbal Khaldun

    An important function of maintaining the status quo in our capitalist democracies is turning the tables around from time to time. If you can get both sides of politics into power on roughly the same platforms (ie at least as relates to the big issues anyway, like the economy, foreign policy, etc. The odd pro-gay marriage government doesn't seriously challenge this, which is not to say such developments aren't significant) it effectively neutralises the political process as a way of facilitating meaningful social change. When Kim Beazley returned to the Opposition Leader's chair, one of the first things he did was announce the Opposition's support for tax cuts for the richest Australians. In effect, he was telling the powerful, who support John Howard at present, that Labor was serious about getting back into office. Note also the never-ending love affair between Federal Labor and Liberal Governments and Kerry Packer.Whenever people ponder Labor's chances of getting re-elected, they ought to remember that the real question is whether any party will achieve incumbency on a platform that fundamentally shifts economic and political clout away from the corporations and other privileged sectors (doctors, other high income earners, etc). If we maintain 'observer status' as our democracy continues to drift away, there is no reason to suspect that this formula will change.

  • Wombat

    You are spot on Iqbal. The idea of a two party system is just a side show for the masses. When Howard was voted into government, it wasn;t onthe strenght of his leadership, so much as the fear of Labor's seeming invicinbility at the time after Keating had defeated Hewson. I suspect that sooner or later, the same thing will happen to the Libs.And as ususal, we will hear al the campaign promises, which we will later learn havre to be put on hold because of the fiscal irresponsibility of the last incumbent. It's entirely predictableIn Blair's case, he really has become a liability and I suspect that his entire party is tarred with the same brush. He is no lnger able to puch thorugh legislations the way he used to.

  • Melanie

    Democracy isn't drifting away and the 2 party system isn't a side show for the masses. The 'masses' are centrist and both parties are vying for their vote. The 'masses' have exactly what they want.

  • Wombat

    with all due repsetc Melanie, that could not be further from the truth. The towo parties are identical is that they serve the same masters. The make campaign pro mises and then fail to keep them.All these guys are interested in, is staying in power. Nothing else.Why is it that come election time, the incumbent always has a plan to redeuce taxes or come other bribe for the public? What stops them making that available in between elections?

  • Iqbal Khaldun

    No, you're right Melanie. One of those parties has three vowels in its name, the other only has two. Well spotted.