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.

Testing times ahead

Two polls recently conduced in the US prove great confusion over foreign affairs issues. A corporatised media is partly to blame, as well as a federal government content to conduct a “long war” indefinitely.

A USA Today-CNN-Gallop Poll finds that a majority of Americans believe Iran will develop nuclear weapons and use them against the US. Many also fear that the Bush administration will be “too quick” to order military action against Iran. A majority believe that the Iraq war is a mistake and the “coalition” is not winning in the war-ravaged country.

Another Gallop poll details US support for Israel:

“The number of Americans feeling solidarity with Israel has increased since last year to 59 percent. That figure marks a 7% increase from the last time the Gallup poll was taken, two years ago.

“Of those polled, 30% said that the United States should provide funding for the Palestinians only if they recognize Israel’s right to exist; 57% said they should not be funded at all.”

Shmuel Rosner, US reporter for Haaretz, is jubilant about the results. He seems to believe that because US support for Israel is so overwhelming, the Jewish state should be pleased. He forgets one major detail: the US media rarely, if ever, explains the nature of Israel’s brutal occupation or the financial support offered by the US. If it did, the results may be very different. It is therefore telling that Zionists are so paranoid and defensive when debating the true reality of the Jewish state.

Furthermore, while US support for Israel is at one of its highest points ever, Rosner’s glee at the results masks a deeper fear:

“Americans sympathize with Israel, are hostile toward the Palestinians, and pessimistic with regard to the peace process. The numbers are clear. No exceptions, no excuses, no variations, no room for contradictory analysis. Just take a look.”

Resolution of the conflict will never come without understanding and compassion for both sides, not just sympathy for Israel. Rosner’s arrogant Zionism is just another example of why the Israel-first ideology is in such trouble.

4 comments ↪
  • Progressive_Atheist

    Americans sympathize with Israel, are hostile toward the Palestinians, and pessimistic with regard to the peace process.

    This proves that the Israelis do not want peace!

  • orang

    There was another poll, the results of which were not widely circulated;

    Do you know where the Middle East is?
    a) Y
    b) N
    c) Not in Australia
    d) Not sure

    (43% answered c, 41% = d, 12%=b, 4%=a)

    Awareness of the Israel/Palestinian Conflict are you:
    a) Dumb
    b) Dumber
    c) Don't know
    d) Jewish

    (40% answered a, 35% = c, 22%=b, 13%=d)

  • Addamo

    Just goes to show that you can fool the American people more than once.

    In spite of all the technological progress we seem make, the human condition remains the same. Childlike and willing to believe what they are told.

  • rhross

    Americans generally are self absorbed. They are not interested in the outside world because they believe the world begins and ends in America. they seriously do believe that America is as good as it gets but with 80 percent of them without a passport they don't know there are better places to live in the modern world. They figure that everything of importance happens in America so why bother about the rest.

    They are also highly religious and in the 'smite thine enemies' style and Israel is Jewish…. they just don't know. Combine that with don't care, plus the lack of any real news and the fact that the US has the highest illiteracy levels in the developed world and you end up with a lot of ignorance awash in disinterest.

    There are aware Americans, quite a few of them and they are deeply concerned. But, one of the other differences in the US is that of the 270million people the majority are working class or poor, unlike Australia where the biggest group, for the moment anyway, is middle class. Most other developed nations also do not have such a large percentage of people in the group that is least likely to be well educated or well informed. No, they are not stupid, they are just as smart as anyone else, but circumstances mean they do not have the money or the time to pay attention to the outside world because they are so busy trying to just survive.

    Basically the most powerful nation in the world and the most dangerous nation in the world is largely made up of people who are not only ignorant and ill-informed, but highly religious in an Old Testament kind of way, and convinced that their country, their way of life, is the most advanced in the world and therefore is desired by the rest of the world.