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.

Survivors come second

Jewish historian Norman Finkelstein writes:

“In The Holocaust Industry I documented the World Jewish Congress’s double shakedown of Swiss banks and Nazi holocaust victims. The mastermind of this plot was a repellent sewer rat named Rabbi Israel Singer who headed the World Jewish Congress. In the appendix to the second paperback edition of my book I stated that Singer won’t be stopped ‘unless he is finally put where he belongs, behind bars.’ It seems that day might not be so far off. In the past year it has been reported that while denouncing the Swiss banks for using secrecy laws to deny Jews access to their Holocaust-era accounts, Singer himself opened up a secret Swiss bank account where he was squirreling away monies pilfered from the World Jewish Congress. Now it seems that the House of Hucksters is beset with yet new scandals.”

Jewish newspaper, The Forward, explains:

“The World Jewish Congress is fighting to block publication in Switzerland of a series of magazine articles [by journalist Daniel Ganzfried] that reportedly will contain damaging new allegations about the organization’s management and handling of funds.

“Ganzfried, the Swiss journalist, has been sharply critical of Jewish communal efforts to win back Holocaust-era assets, which have roiled Swiss Jews’ relations with their neighbours. He said his upcoming articles will be aimed at documenting the shortcomings in that process.”

Despite years of abuse, Finkelstein’s initial thesis is being confirmed yet again. Leading Holocaust scholar Raul Hilberg has supported Finkelstein’s analysis of Jewish organisations’ mismanagement and cynicism while trying to negotiate lost funds:

“When I read Finkelstein’s book, The Holocaust Industry, at the time of its appearance, I was in the middle of my own investigations of these matters, and I came to the conclusion that he was on the right track. I refer now to the part of the book that deals with the claims against the Swiss banks, and the other claims pertaining to forced labour. I would now say in retrospect that he was actually conservative, moderate and that his conclusions are trustworthy. He is a well-trained political scientist, has the ability to do the research, did it carefully, and has come up with the right results. I am by no means the only one who, in the coming months or years, will totally agree with Finkelstein’s breakthrough.”

The latest scandal merely confirms Finkelstein’s allegations against one of the world’s leading Zionist organisations. Their primary interest is not the Holocaust victims themselves, rather obtaining financial reward and spending the money as they see fit, either for themselves or on Zionist projects in Israel.

26 comments ↪
  • violet

    AntonyI see you are reading and posting on your blog. Within the thread of the post about Austen Tayshus I have challenged you to a debate. Please read and respond in kind.

  • violet

    ANTONYIt's a shame Antony that you spout things like this (below) and yet refuse to publically debate an Australian Jew about his "beloved homeland". It appears you are twice a coward. Are you refusing to debate a conservative Zionist, academic Jew who has offered to debate you, as well as Austen Tayshus? How about standing up for what you believe in and standing by those words you wrote below?And how about you officially rebuke the invitation rather than ignore it?Australian Jews, generally speaking, are incapable of hearing the true reality of their beloved homeland and its barbaric actions

  • leftvegdrunk

    Perhaps Loewenstein, like the rest of us, is hoping that if ignored you will go away…To self: Shite, I am providing the very attention this fool seeks. Gah.

  • Ibrahamav

    Like all those who spout without much knowledge, Loewstein is hoping few notice while he refuses the debate.

  • Progressive Atheist

    I've never met anyone as cool as Antony in the face of so much spit and spite.

  • violet

    progressive atheistBeing cool is ignoring a legitimate challenge to a debate?Praytell, where is the "spit" and "spite" in this invitation to a debate? Please go back and examine the last two posts and point it out. Or are you once again claiming I said things I didn't?Your imagination is a problem.

  • Mannie

    "Like all those who spout without much knowledge, Loewstein is hoping few notice while he refuses the debate."And this comment, of course, furthers debate?Infantilism strikes again!Try reading a few books by people such as Finkelstein and maybe – just maybe – you will actually learn something – if you are actually capable!

  • Ibrahamav

    There is no debate from that corner, so it is just a statement of fact, not an item up for debate.As for this latest scandal, it just shows the day to day problems that occur when large sums of money pass through the hands of every day people.While it seems to be of a greater moral concern, it is no more than what has occured in the rape of the arabs by every oil rich royal family, the rape of the indigenous peoples of Americas, Auistrailia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and the rape of Kuwait and Iraq by Saddam.The lure of money and power and sex is to much for most, including those we feel are above that sort of thing.

  • Wombat

    Violet,Would you prefer Ant debate a Jewsih scholar or a thug like Gutman?

  • Ibrahamav

    I think we'd all prefer ant to crawl in a hole and die. But comparing wishes to addamo, you'll wind up with more addamo.Depends on what you define as a Jewish Scholars.Some fools consider fink and chom as such.

  • Wombat

    Who woudl you consider one Ibraham? Allan Dershbag?

  • Ibrahamav

    _01, I'd perfer one who doesn't use any failing of any particular Jew as a greenlight to post things in an antisemitic manner as is the format of Loewaddamo, Finkaddamo, and Chomaddamo.

  • David

    In EVERY instance the US military CID investigative proceedure/courtmartial proceedure were already underway when crimes committed by US personnel were brought to the attention of the media. This is true of Abu Ghraib and the allegations about the abuse of prisoners at Baghram airbase in Afghanistan. In fact, when Amnesty went public last year with accusations of US military transgressions, they did so on the basis of investigative/court martial records that they had obtained under FOI. So in other words, Amnesty's big 'scoop' was getting a list of investigations/prosecutions that were already underway.

  • Wombat

    David, I would appreciate a link to this if pssible.The assertion that the Abu Graib procedure were already under way is errorenous seeing as it is continuing to this day. Much of it being perfomred by security contractors who are not bound by the Geneva Conventions.What you also fail to mentino is that Amnesty went public long after the informatino had gone public. Wasn't the Abu Graib story alreay old by then? It had broken in 2004 as I recall.In fact, it seem to me that Amnesty has consistently been one step behind the media. That's nto to say they are not doign thir job, but that their job has been to very what has already been reported.Can you verify thet the court proceedings in any of htese cases preceeded the news item hitting the stands?

  • David

    Addamo:I mispoke. It wasn't Amnesty trumpting their great scoop, it was the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU. Given the similar philosophical outlook of those two groups, I suppose the error was minor.Here is the URL of a document obtained by the ACLU after a FOIA request that was the source of one of its highly trumpted 'breaking stories': http://www.aclu.org/torturefoia/released/042105/The ACLU's 'scoop' is simply a report on prexisting CID/MP investigations into allegations that US troops maltreated prisoners an detainees. Or in other words, the ACLU has publicized a document that demonstrates how seriously the US military takes allegations of abuse. When American personnel volate the laws of war, they are prosecuted.

  • Wombat

    Thanks for that.Looking through the records, all of these items seem to fall within the definition that Gonzales came up with for what constitutes toture (i.e anything short of organ failure or death) as opopsed inhumane and degrading treatment).The Bush administration had already apprived the use of torure ealier in 2004.http://www.wsws.org/articles/2004/may2004/tort-m18.shtmlSo what we have here is that no crimes were commited because the crimes were sanctioned and legalised. The ACLU won a case against the Pentagon last year to force tehm to handover the second batch of evidence (photos and videos) whcih are descrbes as much worse than the series released to the public. The Pentagon is arguing that releasing this to the public will be dangerous to miltary personel.Seems liek the JAG boys were either sleeping on the job, or that under the new definition of torture, no crimes were actually committed.

  • leftvegdrunk

    OMFG FOAC. That looks deletable.

  • Wombat

    I agree. There is no place for that language here FOAC. PLease delete that message.

  • Ibrahamav

    "attention whore" was not deletable? I guess it matters who says it. Selective censorship, as in selective morality.

  • Ibrahamav

    No.

    Especially as this is the definition of Semitism: a Hebrew or Aramaic vocabulary or grammatical construction brought into the Greek text. Also called Hebraism or Aramaism.

    So the word, semitism, has nothing much to do with the definition of antisemitism.

    But if your intent is to spread addamo….

  • lucas formosa

    "I think we'd all prefer ant to crawl in a hole and die".oh, and what sort of morality does that demonstrate?…typical of the vindictive, gutter-level poison spewed by a certain clique on this site who are more inclined to debase than debate…lovely stuff indeed.yes, yes, i know, i'm just another anti-semite…but, aren't the Arab peoples of semitic origin too?…seems the term 'anti-semite' gets thrown about like so much meaningless confetti around here.

  • leftvegdrunk

    Ibrahamav, I thought it was legitimate geek-speak (courtesy of Fark). Happy to delete since you are offended. Oh, and I thought FOAC's post was mildly funny, kind of like an unexpected circuit-breaker for the usual morose (and occasionally shrill) commenting here. But that's just me.Here's my earlier response to Violet, sans insult."Violet, your comments – recorded here across the past couple of months at least – show your challenge to a debate to be anything but "legitimate". Loewenstein is right to ignore you. If only the rest of us could, too."

  • Ibrahamav

    What sort of morality, lucas? I didn't advocate killing, hurting, censoring, or anything else. My preference was requested. I prefer that he crawl back in his hole and die. It is not a morality statement.For your edification, antisemitism distinctly refers to hatred of Jews. It was coined by a German social scientist to describe this hatred. There is no such thing as semitism. It is interesting to note that normally only antisemites use that canard in addition to the 'used too often' hollow complaint.

  • Ibrahamav

    drunk, I was not offended. I was commenting on the double standards of our host, who appears to judge things based on his racist superiority belief's.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… "For your edification, antisemitism distinctly refers to hatred of Jews. It was coined by a German social scientist to describe this hatred. There is no such thing as semitism."…that was before it was discovered that Arabs were in fact Semites too, wasn't it?

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Actually, I just checked my Oxford English Dictionary on this. We have the following:Semitism: 1851. 1. The attributes characteristic of the Semitic peoples. Also the fact of being Semitic. b. Jewish ideas or influence in politics and society. 1885.2. A Semitic word or idiom. 1886.Correct me if I'm wrong, but the principle Semitic languages are/were: Arabic, Aramaic, Assyrian, Ethiopian and Hebrew.This is just for trivia purposes: you wouldn't happen to know why Arabic and Hebrew is written from right-to-left would you?