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.

An ethical blank cheque

Richard Drayton, senior lecturer in history at Cambridge University, The Guardian, May 10 2005:

“The ‘good war’ against Hitler has underwritten 60 years of warmaking. It has become an ethical blank cheque for British and US power. We claim the right to bomb, to maim, to imprison without trial on the basis of direct and implicit appeals to the war against fascism.

“When we fall out with such tyrant friends as Noriega, Milosevic or Saddam we rebrand them as ‘Hitler’. In the ‘good war’ against them, all bad things become forgettable ‘collateral damage’. The devastation of civilian targets in Serbia or Iraq, torture at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, the war crime of collective punishment in Falluja, fade to oblivion as the ‘price of democracy’.”

14 comments ↪
  • Anthony_

    And the alternative is??? You lefties like to complain without giving us an a reasonable and workable alternative.

  • Wombat

    Anthony,That's a tired line isn't it? You keep insisting that the left has no workable alternative, when it has been on the table from the start. You're just refusing to hear it.How about the the cessation of support for tyrants. Just today, Netenyahu equated the election of Hammas to the rise of Hitler. Perhaps he was drawing parallels between Hitler's support from the West to Hammas being the recipient of support from Israel.Stem the ferocious quest for resources at the expense of other countries. Cease the slaugher in Iraq and prevent such disaters from being repeated.It's not that hard Anthony. Just think outside the imperialist, right wing box.

  • Anthony_

    Mate I only started posting on this site since the other day. How have I been keeping insisting on something from one or two posts? Unless you mean some other Anthony out there…somewhere that isn’t me.Sure where applicable these Tyrants should not of been funded I agree. However they are here now and need to be dealt with.Also apply your resources line to the real world…it would take years to bring about alternative renewable resources there is no on/off switch.The slaughter happening in Iraq is not due to the American troops but these so called insurgents. It’s much easier to strap bombs to their chests and kill civilians then to take on the yanks.At the end of the day it’s not the Western Democracy’s that are at fault. It’s really simple…religion. You have all these idiots following some archaic nonsense telling them the other side is wrong.

  • smiths

    who are the insurgents fighting against anthony? little green men,and the americans are just there to adjudicate?actually read about why we supposedly went to war, and then have a look at the truths have come out, and then actually think about why we are still there,i saw some photos this morning on a site called unembedded.net that made me want to grab every apathetic australian by the hair and drag them to that bombed out country to really have a look at the results of this war, to make them REALLY stop and think about this war machine we are involved with,most "left wingers" dont want dead children laying in bits in the street, explain to me what is wrong with that sentiment

  • Wombat

    Sorry for the confusion Anthony,as you may have guesses, there is more than one of you on this forum.Re Tyrants. The problem is that the US doesn't seem to be learnign from it's mistakes. It continues to protect and support the House of Saud, Karimov, Mubarak and Abdullah.The Iraq thing is a touchy topic with me, suffice to say that there were no car bombs or suicide bombings going off in Baghdad priot to 2003. If the US had not invaded, the Iraqi's woud not have been radicalised to fight back and each other.The Iraq situation was not about religion. Nor was Afghanistan.As for archaic nonesense and idiotic followers , ther are plenty in the West, and some of them, like Lt. Gen. Boykin hold powerful positions in the US military.http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/10/16/attack/main578471.shtml

  • Anthony_

    Addamo : Yeah like I said *all* religion is archaic nonsense be it Christian, Jewish, Muslim whatever. On the tyrants…your right they haven’t learnt at all no argument there. Again your correct what needs to happen is for a new fuel source to come along that will make oil redundant and reduce the Middle East into the insignificant desert it is. There may be some hope on this..even Bush is talking about alternative fuels. http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,18006224^661,00.htmlSmiths: These insurgents are not taking on the Americans head on, they would lose. They have resorted to vile terrorist style attacks as it’s more productive to their cause. They don’t give a damn about the people. You really think the Americans (no matter how wrong you think the war is) would purposely target civilians?

  • boredinHK

    Addamo_01Robert Fisk was talking about the Dawa Party the other day . Look it up on Wikipedia – an interesting party to say the least and perhaps Iraq was having problems without the US stomping about . I'm not saying they have less now but the place has had multiple problems for many years – decades even.

  • JohD

    Unfortunately it is more than just a comparison to Hitler that is providing the blank cheque. Our revulsion for persecution of an individual by the State provides more cover. If a person is being crushed by the apparatus of State, we know it is wrong, but we don't need a codified International law to know it is wrong. In any social or political system, if we want to know who exercises power, we look for the one that enforces the law. When the International Community voted to codify the Human Rights Laws, they had no inkling what it would lead to.When a Human Right is declared and codified; it leads to three possible responses to a violation: actions that are neutral towards that violation (Tibet); actions that support that violaton (Palestine), and actions that oppose that violation (Iraq). Far from bestowing any right upon the victim, all these actions bestow rights upon the enforcers (or enablers as the case may be). The Right not to be torture therefore becomes the Right to prevent torture, which is a hop skip and jump to the right to bomb torturers, and create collateral damage.

  • Wombat

    Anthony,Your summary of the insurgent activity is simplistic. The US forces have pitted the Shia against the Sunni, by sitting by and allowing the Shia militia, the Wolf and Badar Brigades to terrorise the Sunni population. Many of the attacks on the population would likely fallinto the catergory of revenge attacks.Late last year, 2 British SAS soldiers were captured, disguidsed as iraqi's in Basra. They were driving a car fillwed with explosive and a remote controlled detonator. The British basically blew holes in the prison walls to release them.Commn sense would suggest this was part of the clandestine operatinos to incite conflict between secular factions.

  • Wombat

    boredinHK,I am aware that the situation in Iraq was insettled, and some suggest Saddam's regime was ready to implode.Either way, the US invasinon has certainly not stemmed the violence. Iraq may possibly have headed to wards a Civil War without the US invasion, but as it stands they are headed for one after the US invasinon.

  • AL

    About Abu Ghraib. See:..supportmpscapegoats.com..And while you're there, sign the petition…

  • Anthony_

    Addamo_01 the Sunni were the oppressors of the old regime. Don't really feel sorry for them…paybacks a bitch aint it.Besides most of the civillians dying are not Sunni, the terrorists…oh sorry "freedom fighters" are targeting the Shiaites. It's funny don't you think that alot of these "freedom fighters" are not Iraqi??

  • smiths

    Naturally, any conqueror is going to play one group against another. For example, I think about 90% of the forces that the British used to control India were Indians.There's that astonishing statistic that at the height of British power in India, they never had more than 150,000 people there.That was true everywhere. It was true when the American forces conquered the Philippines, killing a couple hundred thousand people. They were being helped by Philippine tribes, exploiting conflicts among local groups. There were plenty who were going to side with the conquerors.Noam chomskyits worked for thousands of years, and its working in iraq

  • Wombat

    "It's funny don't you think that alot of these "freedom fighters" are not Iraqi??"Sorry dont; have a clue what you mean here. Shia and Sunni in iraq are both Iraqi as far as I can see.Adn shile payback may seem inevitable, it doesn't bode well for security. Soon we will see revenge upon revenge spanning generations, much like we saw in Nothernm Ireland, but on a much larger scale.