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.

One country, two rules

Israel is a state where all citizens are treated equally, unless, of course, you’re an Arab:

“Shin Bet security services show more leniency toward Jewish terror suspects than toward Israeli Arab or Palestinian suspects, the services chief, Yuval Diskin, was taped as saying on Monday.

“‘If we’re talking about discrimination, you would find out that the discrimination leans much more in favour of Jews than Arabs,’ Diskin said in his talk last month.”

Meanwhile, the settlement population in the West Bank rose in 2005. Yet another example of the Jewish state’s dedication to the peace process.

10 comments ↪
  • Clumsy Birds

    Israel is faced with terrorism every day, to protect its citizens it's simply targeting the demographic most likely to commit terrorist attacks.Israel cant afford to be politically correct in their security.The Court's dealings with Jews are naturally going to be more lenient than with foreigners who are seeking to destroy Israel.You call it discrimination, I call it realism.

  • orang

    I call it racism

  • Clumsy Birds

    How? Because Israel has accepted that the main threats to its security will clearly come from Muslims?Like I said, Israel cant afford to be politically correct in their security.

  • Progressive Atheist

    Palestine can't afford to be politically correct in its efforts to protect its citizens. They are simply targeting the demographic most likely to commit atrocities against themselves – Jews. You call it discrimination, I call it realism.

  • James Waterton

    Interesting (although perhaps I mean utterly hypocritical) that you'd agree with such thinking, "Progressive Atheist", but you should realise that this course of action is strategically suicidal for the Palestinians due to the disparity of power between the two protagonists.

  • Progressive Atheist

    … this course of action is strategically suicidal for the Palestinians due to the disparity of power between the two protagonists.Which makes a folly of the claim that Hamas would drive Israel into the sea.In any case you missed the irony in my post. Look at clumsy bird's first post.

  • Clumsy Birds

    Did you read the article, Atheist? It claimed discrimination against Arab Muslims in the Courts and by the Shin Bet. How is the 'discrimination' by these two, that is, the former coming down harder on Muslims in sentencing, and the latter focusing attention on investigating, questioning, and detaining Muslims, similar to terrorists targeting Jews for death to- at best- produce a Palestinian state or their more likely aim, to destroy the Jewish state?Israeli courts will be soft on Jewish terrorists (when they pop up) because their aim is not to destroy Israel (although I'm sure the odd exception to this comes up). Muslims that are trying to destoy Israel deserve a tougher sentece (preferably the remainder of their wasted lives in prison)

  • James Waterton

    No, I didn't miss the irony in your post. What you suggested was an "eye for an eye" solution – if it's good enough for the Israelis, it's good enough for the Palestinians. So basically you're as bad as those you disdain. It's just that your boys are weaker than the other team. And no, it doesn't make folly of the belief that Hamas would drive Israel into the sea – they most certainly would. If they could. Oops! What was that? Oh, it's just the point eluding you. Again.

  • Clumsy Birds

    James, did Atheist ever explain why he decided Jesus wasn't born in Bethlehem? I seem to have lost the post…

  • Progressive Atheist

    Jesus was not born in Bethlehem because he probably never existed. There are too many contradictions in the gospel attributed to Matthew, not to mention outright historical inventions, e.g., the so-called slaughter of the innocents, the "star in the east", the visitation of the Magi, the flight into Egypt.The "star in the east" is taken from stories of earlier pagan godmen, and is ill-adapted to 1st century Palestine. If the Magi followed the star in the east, and they travelled west to Bethlehem, the star would have been at their backs.If your critical faculties had not been closed down by years of Sunday school miseducation, the multitude of contradictions in the gospel stories might have registered with you.