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.

Bring it on!

The State of the Union speech, delivered by a real President.

UPDATE: George W. Bush’s main message:

“War will always be with us. I define this country in terms of war. I can do unusual, even illegal things, because we are at war. You cannot criticise me because we are at war. I have no intention of ending this war, only of promising that it will continue for a long, long time.”

  • James Waterton

    That is so lame. The left is so good at marginalising itself.

  • rejitex

    wow, what a surprise AL will stand on a platform with the Israel-hating socialists at an upcoming events.No doubt at the function they can compete to see who can heap the most hatred on israel jews.and by the way AL, stop calling yourself a 'journalist' you are nothing of the kind. You are a self-hating jew, and a useful idiot for Hamas.

  • Glenn Condell

    Same old from George. And from James and the other bloke too.The real story is that Cindy Sheehan was arrested for the crime of wearing a T shirt with the '2245 dead – how many more' on it. What a country.

  • smiths

    blah blah blah, self hating jew, the left is so dumb, blah blah blah, everyone hates israel, poor defenceless israel, blah blah, giving support to terrorists, what shit you tossers talk, most of the time i take a deep breath when you morons write this stuff and just move onto the comments of someone with some brain cells,but today i admit i'd like to shove a pile of horse manure in your mouths for being the hate mongering fascist apologists you are

  • James Waterton

    Smiths: awww, I feel your pain, honey. You being such a level headed and incisive commentator and all – those that can't manage the rhetorical flourishes evident in your last sentence must be so frustrating.

  • Wombat

    James,You're a smart chap, but you really are a bore sometimes you know. The left stating the obvious is them marginalising themselves. So what's your take on the SOTU speech? Reassuring and inspiratinoal? C'mon mate.

  • Wombat

    For a bit of comic relief (all be it accurate), here is an alternate version of the SOTU speech.

  • orang

    Ant.,I think I speak for many when I say there now is a lack of ….something with your site. With this moderation of posts stuff the delay between post and "post" is akin to drinking a double espresso with no caffeine in it. We want our head rush back man.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Orang,I hear you but for now, it ain't gonna change. Too much abuse and bile and that's simply not on.BUT, there are some changes in the pipe-line, so hold tight.

  • Wombat

    I hear you too Orang. Personally, I'm liking the current set-up for a numebr of reasons.1. I spend less time posting due to the delay (and time zone) which is a good thing.2. No posts from Ibrahamav since the new policy began.3. The posts have actulally been more interesting and better thought out.4. No posts from Ibrahamav since the new policy began.

  • Progressive Atheist

    Neoleftychick and Violet have disappeared too.Speaking of Nazis…Was Hitler a British agent?

  • leftvegdrunk

    Rejitex, be careful with those regurgitated cliches. You might marginalise yourself.

  • Wombat

    Touche leftvegdrunk.Rejitex, are you sure you want to be here? Aren't you homesick for Tim Blair's blog where you and your fellow travellers fine tune your skills in how to shut down opposing opinions and productive debate?

  • Wombat

    Here's somethign pretty rich.24 hours after the SOTU, the Bushies are backing away from the vow to reduce Mideast oil imports."One day after President Bush vowed to reduce America's dependence on Middle East oil by cutting imports from there 75 percent by 2025, his energy secretary and national economic adviser said Wednesday that the president didn't mean it literally."

  • James Waterton

    I said this before but the comment was cut, so here it is again.I think smiths got a bee in his bonnet because he posted the link to that speech in an earlier thread, and Ant picked it up and used it unattributed. Bad show! Incidentally, that SOU spoof is old as the hills. I think it was created to take the piss (badly) out of the 2002 SOU speech – although it could have been 2003. I seem to remember thinking how juvenile it was back them. Whoever made it just can't do subtlety, eh? DBO: tres witty.

  • James Waterton

    Antony, why don't you spend a bit of cash and get yourself fixed up with a typepad blog or something? Then you can IP ban people.Or, for even less money, a lot of those webtracker services offer the same service for next to nothing. Orang is right – moderation is crap. I'm sure someone in the commentariat who knows more about computers than myself would be happy to help you out. It would also be easy to simply delete the comments of people you've decided are banned. If you're worried about comments threads getting too long to police, you could ask a trusted member of your commentariat – DBO, Addamo etc – to become a member of the blog. That will give them policing powers, and they could delete comments from those that are banned. I think Addamo would be suited to the job – he's fair minded, scrupulous and follows the threads religiously. He'd be a perfect candidate to weed out the anti-semites, racists etc. By the way, I noticed that you've censored several rather tame posts of mine (certainly nothing anti-semitic, racist, etc) of late. Why have you done this? From what I can see, I haven't broken any of your comment rules – although I was quite scathing of you in one where I criticised you for posting old material like that geriatric SOU address from at least 3 years ago. Anyway, I wonder if this post will get past your censorious fingers. Never mind if it doesn't; as long as you've read it.

  • orang

    You're kidding! Already?Not surprised, it's sort of a signature thing with George. You know whenever he proposes something, there's an angle, some entroponouer buddy of his is gonna make money and that's why he proposes it.When George is out of office he'll make a fortune going on the standup comedy circuit just reading his old speeches out.Can you imagine? He'll be a cult figure.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Re this site.Changes will be coming soon re comments etc etc. Very busy at the mo', so hang tight people.

  • Wombat

    James,I was refererring to the oil exces appearing before the Senate Commitee investigating price fixing of oil. Ted (bridge to nowhere) Stevens of Alaska, who was heading the Committee, shouted down any suggestion of making the execs testify under oath.Anyway, they all denied having had anyting to do with Cheney's Energy task force and as it turned out , it was not entirely true. for the Exxon Valdez payout, according to Greag Palats's book were most certainly fined, but have yet to pay out more than a fractino of the costs for the clean up and fines. I lent the book to a friend so I'll have to chase up the details.

  • James Waterton

    Well, whilst you're busy why not put up with the aberrations in the commentariat for the hear and now and just deregulate comments? Then – when you're willing to get serious with this whole blogging caper – start to administer comments in a way that allows the rapid flow of ideas as well as barring the abusive.Just a thought.

  • James Waterton

    "Hear" and now? Illiterate fool I am.