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.

About race

Tim Wise, Znet, January 27:

“If you’re looking to understand why discussions between blacks and whites about racism are often so difficult in this country, you need only know this: when the subject is race and racism, whites and blacks are often not talking about the same thing. To white folks, racism is seen mostly as individual and interpersonal – as with the uttering of a prejudicial remark or bigoted slur. For blacks, it is that too, but typically more: namely, it is the pattern and practice of policies and social institutions, which have the effect of perpetuating deeply embedded structural inequalities between people on the basis of race. To blacks, and most folks of colour, racism is systemic. To whites, it is purely personal.

“These differences in perception make sense, of course. After all, whites have not been the targets of systemic racism in this country, so it is much easier for us to view the matter in personal terms. If we have ever been targeted for our race, it has been only on that individual, albeit regrettable, level.”

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  • psydoc

    Explain that to white welfare recipients who live next door to black welfare recipients. It will be the whites who will point to the instiutional rather than personal imbalance in what is available.But of course middle class white apologists rever really dig too deep for these painful details.

  • Ros

    "If you're looking to understand why discussions between women and men about sexism are often so difficult in this country, you need only know this: when the subject is sex and sexism, men and women are often not talking about the same thing. To men, sexism is seen mostly as individual and interpersonal – as with the uttering of a sexist remark or derogatory slur. For women, it is that too, but typically more: namely, it is the pattern and practice of policies and social institutions, which have the effect of perpetuating deeply embedded structural inequalities between people on the basis of sex. To women sexism is systemic. To men, it is purely personal."These differences in perception make sense, of course. After all, men have not been the targets of systemic sexism in this country, so it is much easier for us to view the matter in personal terms. If we have ever been targeted for our sex, it has been only on that individual, albeit regrettable, level."There are laws that attempt to change this just as there are laws that attempt to change the evil of racism. But the difference is that racism is the “evil” of the modern era, whereas sexism is a lesser matter to the bleeding heart liberals. Thus Israelis are racist hence the bad guys and therefore is provided the excuse to rage and hate by so many, and so many nations and institutions. Some of us might think that the racists are those who declare that it is Zionism that they loathe while naming individual persons whose religion is known to be Jewish as part of the Zionist conspiracy. Many times at this site.In the meantime the suffering of the Palestinians I would dare to suggest pales into insignificance against the sufferings of women in the Middle East. Where are the annual UN motions of condemnation. We have the constant seeking of proof of the iniquity of the wicked jews of Israel by the worthy bodies of the UN and our so called public intellectuals, but virtual silence about the pain and deaths of women in these cultures, including Palestine. Palestine is one of the leaders in Honour Killings both in the world and the Middle East. And now we have Hamas. I have tried to see the possibility of hope here, but their announcements leave little to feel confident about.For this reason alone Israel is a more decent place than their neighbours, and deserves our support.And for all those who make it Bush’s fault, shame, if you can’t grasp that the behaviour of the whining carping hating anti-Jewish left (you know, Jews to capitalism to US) is also a big player in this game and therefore responsible also for outcomes you will never be anything other than instruments of harm. And even the most recalcitrant can't make him responsible for Honour Killings?Sister Aziza Abdel-Halim (only female member of the Prime Minister’s Muslim Advisory Council, not good enough Prime Minister) expresses her concern about the total exclusion of women from the immans meeting, and gently raises the issue of male violence towards women by Muslims and concerns that the immans were “indifferent”. Well Aziza the rest of Australian men and in particular those who constantly put themselves forward as moral arbiters for us all don’t give a .. about Muslim violence against women, as they didn’t for decades about Aboriginal violence towards women. Any who brought it up were called, well goodness me. They were RACISTS of course.

  • Stev

    A similar tone and angle to many comments that have been made on this blog before.But Ros, I must ask, if ignoring the plight of women in the Middle East to focus on the plight of Palestinians is a terrible wrong, how is it any different to ignore the plight of Palestinians to focus on the plight of women in the Middle East?I agree that that treatment of women in Islamic states is terrible, but it is a function of the nature of Islam. The Israeli treatment of Palestinians is political and in no way a function of Judaism. International pressure can, and has, changed political approaches in the past. Inter-religional (for lack of a better, or even real, word) pressure has never, as far as I'm aware, succeeded in changing religious dogma.As I have said before, personally I disagree with the very concept of a theocracy, but what is your suggested course of action? If the people choose a religious rule, that is their right to do so. Would you impose a secular liberal government in these countries at the barrel of a gun?