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.

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  • margos maid

    Antony

    You cannot expect to keep all your female readers if you do not post your Top Gun photograph at this site.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Fret not.
    My photo is under the 'bio' page.

  • Jeff Mahler

    Like your new web site and blog. Congratulations….. May u go from strength to strength.

  • Glenn Condell

    Just checking in Ant. Site looks good.

  • Rich Bowden

    Hello Ant,

    Just wishing you all the best with your new site. Looks good!

  • rhross

    Well done to whoever set up the site. It is very user-friendly. Good luck with it all.

  • Leo Braun

    Glad to join voices of reason frequented forum, as within my prelude I am to share the encountered facts of life in the land of "milk-n-honey", in reflection on the Jew lesser brethren endured experience. Though I am new to this board, I've been browsing antony-loewenstein-blogspot for some time, and I must admit that thus far, I like what I see. The topics concerning Zionist agenda have been debated fearlessly. What ought to be scrutinised far beyond the exposed tip of an iceberg. So I am about to shed more light on the topic from the first person perspective.

    I am no armchair scholar, who have been to the Middle East for long enough. Where my impressions have been formed from talking and interacting with Israelis and Palestinians alike. As well as other subjugated minorities in Israel. I should add that although I was born and raised Jewish, I am no practising Jew. Due to reasons impacted largely by witnessing what has been going-on in Judaism's name. Since the onset of Zionism and its collateral ravage fallout consequences.

    Certainly like most white suburban Jews, I was essentially brainwashed. So it was very hard coming to grips subsequently with the horrific reality. When you wake up one day to realise that you've been fed nothing trustworthy by the Zionist clutches, but the concocted lies and ample of trash propaganda. Programmed to carry on the Zionist meme and spread it like a viral infection.

    The truth began slowly dawning on me, after prolong stay in Israel. While there, I witnessed the impact that an extreme religious right has in Israel. Essentially, capable to trigger an ultimate armageddon. No wonder for their followers to indulge in shutting down the country via violent horde demonstrations, if they don't get their way. It doesn't take much to provoke them … an aeroplane flying overhead or an ambulance taking a shortcut via Hassidic neighbourhood on the Sabbath.

    Also disturbing was to witness the way in which the Falasha Jews of Ethiopia were treated in Israel. While there was so much of "multicultural" fanfare in how Israel was able to get them out of Ethiopia into the national Jewish home … then these very same Ethiopian Jews were treated afterwards like a second-class citizens (if not for Palestinian conflict's deflection, there could have been a civil war, initiated by Sephardic Jews).

    The Orthodox Jews don't even consider Falasha Jews of Ethiopia to be true Jews, since they've been cut-off from the mainstream Judaism for so long. Though if anything, the way the Falashas practice Judaism is actually closer than anyone else to the original. Yet that's conveniently being ignored by the domineering Orthodox Jews, who hold all the reigns of power in Israel.

    Needless to mention that Falashas are black, what only fuels the racist flames, profoundly burning in the supremacist Israel. Where having personally witnessed a group of Hasidic Jews throwing rocks at a group of Falashas. As these young Hasidic Jews were calling them "schwartzas" yiddish for blacks, in an attempt to drive them away from praying at the Western Wall. Yet nearby Israeli police did absolutely nothing (this is more typical there, than one might think).

    Also, Falashas are relegated to hold the jobs, no-one else wants. The lucky ones make some money at fixing cars, but most live in poverty. That's the other thing, divisions between the rich and poor in Israel, are very wide. Lots of poor neighbourhoods in the big cities with a high crime rate are just like in the US. Its no Jewish utopia in Israel, where accommodation rents are outrageously high and the cost of living is skyrocketing.

    Most poor Israelis tend to be either Falashas or Sephardic Jews of Middle Eastern or North African descent. There is a definite racist bias, based on origins and the most crucially, skin colour. As wealthy privileged Jews tend to be ashke-Nazim of European descent or their counterparts subsequently arrived from America. Living in opulence on settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

    In reflection on disenfranchised minorities way of life, rendered to survive in Israel on a meagre subsistence. Where Druze mountain people who have been living for centuries in the Golan Heights, became displaced by the various wars that have taken place. While their Druze counterparts living in Lebanon, who sided with Israelis during 80's onslaught, were double-crossed subsequently and left to fend for themselves against Hezbollah, the Shiite Amal and the Christian Phlangists alike, ie they were used as cannon-fodder or target practice.

    Compounded by Israeli military, that shells routinely the land in a few Druze villages. Where petrified dwellers remained straddled in no-mans land, within Israeli-Syrian-Lebanese borders region. Likewise Bedouin tribes that roamed a more hospitable parts of the Sinai desert for centuries, faced equally awful treatment from Israelis and the Egyptians alike, while being harassed and intimidated by border patrols. Ultimately as Bedouins in Israeli outback, have been forced to give up their nomadic lifestyle, while being herded into shabby amelioration projects.

    The Christian minority in Israel faced also at times harsh treatment, especially Palestinian Christians. Greek, Armenian, Syrian Orthodox, Chaldean Christians and Coptics. Who have shrines and churches in Jerusalem, which are subject to random searches. This is all quite a routine there, though it doesn't make the "Western Press" to take notice about. Then when it does, it's either being buried between the articles or scrapped altogether.

    Having said that, in fact the Palestinian holocaust repercussions troubled me the most. In a nutshell, some secular (non-Zionst) Jews in Israel supported the peace movement and the creation of a free and sovereign Palestine. But the Orthodox Jews will have none of it. Recall who killed Yitzhak Rabin? They have an iron grip over Israeli establishment and essentially control the settler's movement. Who having strong ties with the "Christian" right in the US. They are power-mad.

    As most of you reading this, probably know that they have helped to turn Israel into a hotbed of corruption, unparalleled in the history of the modern nation-states. They have turned Israel into a centre for slave trade, drugs and prostitution, investment chicanery, banking rip-offs and money-laundering, not mentioning blood diamonds trade. Coexistent via strong ties with the Russian (Jew) Mafia. Whose affiliates take advantage of Israel's Law of Return. Exploited to "convert" conveniently Russian mobsters to Judaism. So that they can set up a shop in Israel, which won't extradite them (whilst no Palestinian to have any such right of return).

    No wonder Mossad and Israeli military have a close ties with the death squads in Iraq and Afghanistan. Besides Africa, Central and South America endured sabotage for ages. They had a huge part to play in Iran-Contra plot and international arms market. This is not a religion or a mindset, that I want any part of. It sickens me to know that most (Zionist) Jews would label me as a "Self-Hating Jew" for daring to question anything having to do with the Zionist crimes committed against the humanity. Which is precisely why I am so adamantly opposed to it.

    I cannot abide any of the above-mentioned atrocities taking place in my name. Judaism, Zionism and Israeli doctrines are so intertwined now, that if you question one aspect, you invariably wind up having to question the others. Paradoxically so much revered by Zionists Albert Einstein was wary of Zionism. Adamantly opposed to Zionist creation of an exclusively Jewish national home, nonetheless erected over the dead bodies. Whilst the lingered Palestinian inhabitants in refugee camps reached three millions and double that number remained in the diaspora.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Thanks so much for your thoughts and personal reflections. Please keep reading.

  • Leo Braun

    Antony, how about to pause for a moment since St'Valentine's Day launched your casual look platform for anti-Zionist voices of reason in the hijacked world. Rammed against the supremacist Elders of Zion bloodiest armada on the planet earth. Culminating in the latest blogosphere colonisation as so numerously indoctrinated Jew zealots, staffed Zionist dis-info hubs around the clock.

    Profoundly equipped with the intellectual lingo-arsenal versus amateurish internet forums, which became infested as norm by exceptionally skilled charlatans (apt to play both sides of the coin against each other). Watch for the notorious anti-social thugs on the zionazi payroll, noted to juggle in pairs under revolving aliases cast. Yet at antony-loewenstein-blogsite there are neither rewards nor punishments; but solely consequences.

    Leading to the utter revulsion as fascist trio trolls staged diabolical havoc with an absolute impunity in spite of massively contravened all the limits versus civilised discourse on antony-loewenstein-blogsite. What compelled me to join a vast majority of the moral folks frequenting antony-loewenstein-blogsite in our categorical condemnation such evil trio trolls unleashed Zionist terror campaign. Intended solely to drive humble Aussie Jews constituency into unthinking conformity.

    Evidently as an increasingly conniving culture of pathological deceit by the Zionist clutches attached itself to what passes for political ideologies expediency. To use term 'ideology' is gilding the lily, for it appears that the devious Zionist standard — is to be loose with the truth. Set to mislead, to misrepresent and generally try to delude any-naive and subservient fools in the Ghetto Australis.

    Where often mocked battler's honesty doesn't impact on the treacherous Zionist pollies policies. Promulgated in the hijacked Aussie parliament since its inception. Where vastly concocted devious lies and vicious besmirchments are all valid and acceptable Zionist tactics under the 'rule by the best'. Reflected via contours of the Zionist seat of power as Legislative Assembly and Senate benches array were moulded into significant Zionist Menorah image.

    Beset exclusively by the treacherous Zionist connivers to augment its brotherhood pollies into massively corrupted scum. Who also took on Aussie people's representative roles under Constitutional Convention smokescreen banner. What essentially was to charter Australian people's socio-political future by the utmost deplorable creatures. Still lingered colonialist relics from the bloody diabolical sphere under global echelon's hegemony.

    Extremely notorious for the Zionist get-square mentality, the actions of which are in a stark contrast with the civil society moral tenets. Where the way to handle a Jew dissident who laid a glove on the Zionist establishment, was to get such a Jew battler back with even a harder right. Leaving thus a bloody trail of Zionist henchmen hit innocent Jew victims. Culminating in the heinous murder of my innocent father (Michal) Moszek Tenenbaum in Poland, just for speaking my mind for the better Australia.

  • Leo Braun

    Antony, having touched on the subject of a felt revulsion by the moral folks as a result of fascist trio trolls staged diabolical havoc, warranted on me to probe the causal reason for the aloof Zionist stooges to go ballistic. What must have been an outcome of their coming across the true revelations extent (contributed by me). As a consequence, the Zionist clique reacted like a savage pack of the rabid dogs, once they realised that their connived interests were seriously challenged.

    No wonder for out of the blue, so controversial manifestation of “Leo Buddha” pseudonym — for no other reason than to deceive the visiting public and sow mass confusion on antony-loewenstein-blogsite. Where smeared through the proximity of connotation, my genuine Leo Braun name sustained so typically Zionist styled — character assassination. Yet as a flame-torch was applied to the malicious dis-info source … quite astonishing was to witness the masochistic kind of reaction by Antony.

    Hence in these circumstances of the transparently outlandish spun puppet shows with the somersault acrobatics (to play both sides of the coin against each other), was expected by individuals as myself “Antony supports Jew dissenters“, avowal. Just to assure Jew whistle-blowers, where Antony stands. Simultaneously as all the occurrences of the maliciously canvassed “Leo Buddha” besmirchments on antony-loewenstein-blogsite must be swapped by moderator for the “Bogus Buddha” terminology. Or actually more appropriately …”Bogus Bud” in this instance.

    Needless to stress an importance in the website administrator’s assured antony-loewenstein-blogsite frequenting Jew dissidents of our prerogative to speak freely against the Zionist malignancy. Whilst any such underhand retaliation ploys — must not to be tolerated at antony-loewenstein-blogsite. Which ought to be administered vigilantly as to preclude charlatan aliases registration for the sole purpose to deface the original blog-user’s identity.

    Hopefully such an elementary anticipated measures will be taken on board without the undue delay. Availing thus to facilitate so vitally important Jew dissidents safe-haven venue within the antony-loewenstein-blogsite. Contrary to the vocal Zionist slur allegations, dare to insinuate that: “Antony didn’t seek to represent Jews”… or that “Antony’s views are diametrically opposed to most other Jews”. Yet nobody bothered to ask Jew lesser brethren on the matter.

  • Leo Braun

    Antony, as you know I've been awaiting the resolution of the anomaly in regard of the vanished my post-1954 (for no reason at all). At the time when fascist trio trolls canvassed spam in triplicates, wasn't even impeded. It's just mind boggling to understand the reason behind such a systemic ritual of the vanishing posts (tantamount to harassment and intimidation tactics). What tremendously stifles my progress and leaves me always with a sinking feeling. Until an ensuing act of my contributed posts reappearance, makes my day (in most instances).

    If not for the fact that a preset internet session has been wasted each time. In spite of your St'Valentine's Day assurance: "Every new user must first register and be approved, but after that, you should be able to comment freely without moderation". Antony, perhaps my log-in ID wasn't stamped kosher as yet? Or possibly my authentic narrations about the Jew lesser brethren sustained collateral ravage fallout as a result of the supremacist Zionists committed crimes against the humanity, warranted your meticulous scrutiny each time?

    In reflection on a sinister, manipulative enterprise, as you tend to flit-n-tangent of the issues in question via single line mockery repertoires in response to the clearly spelled-out facts in my emails. Obviously you rather to blame it … on the split personality aberrations? So unless my post-1954 was stashed somewhere in a buffer (and it can be retrieved), could you please delete my post-1955 in this instance. Thus allowing for both contributions to be reposted in the sequential order.

    Antony, can you feel my pain? I still haven't got any clue how my diligently contributed posts could be edited for glitches? Nonetheless, I've been faced with the cynical tone of reply forthcoming from you in succession: March 2nd, email …"hi leo, not sure why you aren't able to edit … but have deleted said 'comment'. keep reading … antony". March 9th, email …"leo, no idea why you're having issues. you shouldn't be having issues. my apologies. keep posting and i'll keep publishing. crazy busy at the moment, finishing my mid east book. ant".

    Well, lets us to examine so ironically utilised your term "comment", which evidently meant a prank on your part as my entire post-754 was deleted by you (instead of a tacky note elimination). Synonymous with throwing a baby along with the tub-water by someone who was letting me known loud and clear that he's not to be bothered ever again. Mind you, as yet no reply was received from you in response to my email of March 22nd.

    Are you sure to be still the same (prominent Jew dissident), Antony? Who have kicked in my guts time after time. Or you rather to blame someone else for Jew lesser brethren endured adversity at the anti-Zionist styled site. Due to dysfunctional basic essentials, whilst a blog user as myself have been treated with the sheer contempt. In spite of your St'Valentine's Day proclamation: "It was time to upgrade, modernise and move on". Complemented by your assurance: "All your blogging needs will now be satisfied on this site".

    So one wonders as to the reason in a notable absence of the vocal posters on the new site? Whilst only a handful of regulars to cling-on all along the way, in spite of a large number of site visitors due to exposure within the ongoing controversies. Regretfully as blog users are invariably inundated by Zionist plutocracy demagogues with their nefarious accomplices on the tow. Eager as ever to stage their strategically co-ordinated onslaught versus voices of reason.

    At times verging on the outright sabotage tactics to put a lid on the real issues in question. Not that they wouldn't like to decapitate our vital topics all together. What really frightens an ample of the humble readers away from the active plunge into discussion forum. Few to engage only sporadically as hardly any could keep-up with a weirdo-marathon pace. Others just couldn't stomach so unabated mockery repertoires within the dedicated protectorate for the Zionist stooges.

    Not that there would be any viable alternative in the cyberspace, infested by the Zionist hubs of the honey pot emulations (not mentioning the bonfire) as a final solution for all these pesky, stinging bees. So as for myself, I don't have the luxury of multiple sites membership, so I'm here to stay in an attempt to reform sly deviations. Antony, can you appreciate the fact that the life vital resolution of the Jewish question for the humanity sake, is far beyond the egotistical point scoring essay of a book!