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.

Offending everybody

The following letter appears in today’s Age newspaper:

“On January 11 you published a Leunig cartoon relating to Ariel Sharon, who was at the time lying at death’s door (and probably still is). The context of the cartoon was bad enough, but publishing it at that time was disgusting. Do you now have the guts to publish the disgraceful anti-Muhammad and anti-Islam cartoons that have already been published in Denmark, New Zealand, France, Germany and Italy – or is your policy that it is OK to antagonise the Australian Jews but not the Australian Muslims?”

N. Levin, Caulfield

Perhaps N. Levin needs to understand the nature of political cartoons. Leunig wasn’t intending to offend Jews because they were Jewish, he was simply critiquing the role of a controversial leader. Judaism and Zionism are not one and the same thing. The “anti-Islam” cartoons are more directly related to denigrating Islam and seem intentionally aimed at provoking a reaction. Nothing, however, justifies the behaviour we have seen.
6 comments ↪
  • Wombat

    It's intresting hwo the Danish paper can run this cartoon and stand by it's right to free speech (which I agree with), yet the Gloabl Agenda magazine is forced to shut down becasue of an apparenly anti-Semitic article.Seems racist slurs are OK, but anit-Srtmitic ones cross the line.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Nobody said hypocrisy wasn't the name of the game. Besides, slamming Islam has almost become a sport in the West.

  • Progressive Atheist

    Antony,Not just slamming Islam, but baiting Muslims has become a political sport.A month before the Cronulla riots, I heard Morris Iemma address a Muslim cultural gathering, in which he called on Muslim leaders to condemn violence perpetrated by Muslims. (He was equating Islam with terrorism.)It may have been done unconsciously, or perhaps not, since Bob Carr did the very same thing.Soon after that, Phillip Ruddock did the same thing too, but this time he was condemned by the Muslim community for being patronising towards them. After the Cronulla riots and the inevitable backlash, the patronising remarks stopped by politicians on both sides of the political fence.

  • HisHineness

    "…I heard Morris Iemma address a Muslim cultural gathering, in which he called on Muslim leaders to condemn violence perpetrated by Muslims."Iemma was right in making such a request. The perception of Islam will not improve in many people's minds until they see mainstream/moderate muslim leaders condemning religious violence. Like it or not, those who have a low opinion of Islam will not be persuaded by left-leaning media screaming at them. They need to see positive words and action from the muslim community, too. Islamic leaders must take responsibility. So far they have failed. Dismally."He was equating Islam with terrorism."Quite the opposite. He was asking muslim leaders to distance themselves from religious violence.

  • Progressive Atheist

    Iemma is a fumbling idiot. He had no right to make such comments. Up till that time, there had been no Muslim violence in Australia. You must understand that his comments were made in the context of terrorist bombings in Indomesia and the proposed sedition laws which were aimed at Muslims.The problem with all Australian politicians making pronouncements to and about Muslims – Howard, Carr, Iemma, Downer, Ruddock, Vanstone – is that they, the politicians, are Christians, and that they are Islamophobic. You are unable to be objective about Islam because you are Islamophobic too.Islamic leaders do not need to condemn violence perpetrated by Islam, because Islam teaches peace.Your comments about the "screaming left-leaning media" shows that you are one of those dupes who gets his "information" from the screaming Fox News.You will never be able to be politically objective until you renounce your fear and hatred and start to embrace compassion and understanding as guiding principles in your life. And stop watching Fox News, or whatever other right-wing TV/radio/newspaper/blog that is feeding your frenzy.

  • HisHineness

    "You are unable to be objective about Islam because you are Islamophobic too."And you base this on what exactly?"Islamic leaders do not need to condemn violence perpetrated by Islam, because Islam teaches peace."Yeah, they teach it. Shame many of their followers don't seem to practice it."Your comments about the "screaming left-leaning media" shows that you are one of those dupes who gets his "information" from the screaming Fox News."My point, which you've either completely missed or deliberately ignored, is that those with a low opinion of Islam need to hear condemnation of violence from muslims themselves."You will never be able to be politically objective until you renounce your fear and hatred and start to embrace compassion and understanding as guiding principles in your life."I won't be taking any advice from someone with as much fear and hatred of Christianity as yourself. Puh. You call yourself objective.I call you a Christian-hating zealot.