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.

In moderation

Following an infestation of abusive comments, I’ve decided to start moderating comments. After you’ve been approved the first time, you’ll subsequently be able to post without hassle.

Let the debate continue.

  • smiths

    am i approved of, cant think why i wouldnt be

  • smiths

    i am glad you are doing it, after the incident the other day where your 'jewishness' was refuted and you were basically asked to prove it i went home and thought a lot about it, and felt very disturbed,i have argued against racism and bigotry for pretty much my whole life, always stood up when others have said things and asked them to cut it out,and i felt that it was one of the most offensive things i'd heard in a long time,it's a bit like when i play soccer, the ones that play the most aggresive nasty games always complain the most and loudest to the referee

  • Antony Loewenstein

    It was a tough decision, but I believe the best option at the moment. I truly do want robust discussions, but endless abuse, name-calling and the like helps nobody and only serves as a platform to bigots.They can spread their bile elsewhere, frankly.

  • RHRoss

    It's an important step. The abuse, name-calling and aggression distract and deflect from sensible discussion. Perhaps they are meant to but they are a waste of time.Respect for the opinions of others, no matter how different they may be to one's own makes for a mature exchange of views.You get some interesting posts on this blog if one can be bothered wading through the abusive rant. It will be good to see it stopped.

  • Glenn Condell

    The air ain't so fetid in here any more. The width may have declined, but feel that qualtity!

  • David Heidelberg

    Good move.I doubt this move is going to stifle serious debate, merely get rid of those here for the sole purpose of abuse.

  • RHRoss

    The only downside to the vetting of posts is that it seems to be done, understandably, in Oz time, which inhibits overseas posters ability to participate.Like all things there are positives and negatives. You never get it all.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Point taken.Let's hope this system improves in time. I'll process comments as fast as possible, so hold that thought.

  • Wombat

    Great move AL,The sheer noise generated by some people, whoj chall remaon nameless, has been a stain on this forum. There are som great ideads to be shared and those that actually contribute and have something worthwhile to share will be able to express ehmselves without being harrassed.Like RH said, those of us OS will probably fall out fo sync but it's a small price to pay. Besides, you are now an award innign blooger, so it's time to clean out the dead wood.

  • Lynne Austin

    Thank heavens for that. I've been a long-time reader of your blog but never posted a comment because I didn't want to be subjected to the torrents of abuse that more courageous posters have endured.

  • Mannie

    Hooray and hooray and hooray! Argument is one thing, and is always to be welcomed in discussing issues as important as many in this blog happen to be, but abuse and accusations and repeated obnoxious behaviour on the part of many of the participants will NOT be missed.Well done, congratulations on winning an award, and keep up the interesting work.

  • Wombat

    Already it is noticeable how much more informative and civil the posts have been. Perhaps there is less real time sparrgin going on, but that's a small price to pay for constructive debate.The extrmists must be pulling their hair out as with tehir bile being now rejected. Perhaps they will be forced to consider more appropriate measn to partakle in disucssion.