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.
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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.

Barriers to peace



The following statement has been issued by “Jews Against Genocide“:

“On January 19th we, a group of concerned Jews, spray painted the infamous Nazi slogan ‘Arbeit Macht Frie’ (‘Work Makes You Free’) on a sign placed by the Israeli occupation authorities at the Kalandia checkpoint that read ‘The Hope of Us All’.

“The Sign ‘The hope of us all’ and the New Ramallah Terminal were inaugurated on the 20th of Dec 2005. The new terminal is set up so that there is no physical contact between the soldiers and the Palestinians. The soldiers scream commands to the Palestinians over loud speakers as they are made to go through a series of electronic gates and turnstiles. The new Terminal embodies the occupation in its alienated, bureaucratically cruel form. It is situated between one Palestinian area and another and flanked on both sides by the annexation barrier effectively turning Ramallah into a ghetto.

“‘Arbeit Meicht Frie’ was written at the entrance of Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps. In spray painting on that sign we did not mean to say that Ramallah is Auschwitz. We did, however, wish to point out that there are many disturbing parallels between the tactics used by the occupation and those used by the Nazis. For example, the attempt to beautify dehumanising institutions through empty phrases like ‘The Hope of Us All’ and ‘Arbeit Macht Frie’. We believe that it is important to heed these disturbing parallels as warning signals in order for another Holocaust never to happen again, to any people. We wrote a paragraph explaining our action in Arabic and English and distributed it to people as we were painting the sign, and we posted that paragraph next to the slogan.

“Unfortunately the Israeli authorities have decided to use our action for their own purposes and are accusing the Israeli human rights group Machsom Watch of ‘defacing the checkpoint’. (See Kalandia terminal crossing compared to Auschwitz by Margot Dudkevitch.) These accusations are baseless. None of the people involved in writing the slogan have anything to do with Machsom Watch. The Israeli Military is attempting to find excuses to deny witnesses access to the checkpoints where human rights are systematically violated.”

Read this for a typical example of how checkpoints are destroying Palestinian lives and the “security fence” is harming both Israelis and Palestinians.

6 comments ↪
  • smiths

    thats the thing i have always found hardest to understand and hardest to forgive of the istraeli people,if anyone would understand what it was like to be dehumanised and herded into concentration camps you would think it would be jews and israeli's, and if anyone, it would be them working hardest to make sure it never happened to anyone else,(obviously noting that we should all be working to make sure it happens to no-one),its almost like familial abuse, the abused grows up to be the abuser

  • Melanie

    My father was in Auschwitz and most of my family on dad's side were gassed there on the day they arrived, including his 10 year old sister. Thousands arrive to camps everyday only to go straight to gas chambers. That fact that Israel has to have fences and checkpost because they are surrounded by genocidal maniacs is totally irrelevant to you. The fence is preventing a another Genocide of the Jews. To compare this to the Death Camps is utterly disgusting. So what's the point of this. So there are other totally deranged Jews just like Antony? Point made.

  • Wombat

    Melanie,If he so called security fence was legitimate, ti woudl nto have been used to grab even more land and also cordon off vital fresh water supplies, which are largely being denied to the Palestinians.You r families tragedy is profound and deserves the upmost respect, however to perenially link the Death Camps to the situation with the Palestinians is dissengenuous and misleading.The Israeli's are infinitely more powerful than their abversarives. There is no connection whatsoever other than perhaps that the Israeli Jews find themselves in the other side of the equation this time.

  • orang

    melanie, truly a tragedy and sorry about your family. I appreciate where one with this type of family history would stand in the debate regarding Israel. However as was posted above, someone who has experienced such treatment would be able to identify it. In the Israel/Palestine troubles Israel is definitely not the victim and "The fence is preventing a another Genocide of the Jews." comment has no credibility.

  • Melanie

    addammo : "however to perenially link the Death Camps to the situation with the Palestinians is dissengenuous and misleading"Typical spin. Look at the picture -It's the sign at Aushwitz. I didn't make the connection – I said the connection was disgusting!And just because the Palestinians are in a crappy situation it doesn't mean they are in the right. The Arab world has to take most of the blame for their problem.

  • Wombat

    Melanie,My appologies for the misunderstanding re the sign at Aushwitz.