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.
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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.

Robert Fisk in Sydney

Following my appointment in late 2005 to the board of Macquarie University’s Centre for Middle East and North African Studies, I’ve helped secure an event by the Middle East’s finest Western journalist.

Robert Fisk to give public lecture at Macquarie University

On March 10, bestselling author and journalist Robert Fisk will give a free public lecture at Macquarie University based on his latest book, The Great War of Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East.

Fisk, based in Beirut as Middle East correspondent for The Independent, has lived in the Middle East for almost three decades and holds more British and international journalism awards than any other foreign correspondent, including the British Press Awards and International Journalist of the Year award seven times. He has been described by the New York Times as “probably the most famous foreign correspondent in Britain”, while the Financial Times calls him “one of the outstanding reporters of his generation. As a war correspondent he is unrivalled.”

Rarely have first-hand reporting and history been so powerfully combined as they are in The Great War of Civilisation, Fisk’s epic story of tragedy and betrayal in the Middle East. As his narrative of bloodshed and cruelty unfolds in Iraq, Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Palestine and other battlefields, the carnage of 11 September 2001 and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime take on a new and frightening meaning.

Fisk, who has met Osama bin Laden three times, has been on the battlefront of the Middle East’s conflicts for 28 years, and his devastating accounts of human suffering are now read around the world. In the tradition of all foreign correspondents, his eyewitness testimony of the horrors of modern warfare, like that of the great reporters of World War II, is laced with both suspicion and anger.

The lecture is organised by the Centre for Middle East and North African Studies at Macquarie University.

What: The Great War for Civilisation Revisited by Robert Fisk

When: Friday March 10th, at 7:30pm

Where: Mason Theatre, Building E7B,

Macquarie University, Balaclava Road, North Ryde.

Parking: Free. Use the University car parks (normal restrictions won’t apply)

Further information:
For attendees: (02) 9850 8869

For media comment: Dr Andrew Vincent (02) 9850 8825.

13 comments ↪
  • Addamo

    That sounds awesome AL. I'm so jealous. I wish I could be there to attend.

    Congratultions on getting this to happen.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Thanks. It's a serious coup. Macquarie are still surprised that I made it happen. That's what happens after months of negotiation with his publisher. He will be in the country for the Adelaide festival, so it was about organising an event just for Macquarie

  • It is a serious coup, Ant. You can count on me and a guest to appear.

  • I would recommend Fisk's most recent book The Great War for Civilisation to anyone wishing to gain a greater understanding of the Middle East. Beginning with his meeting with Bin Laden in Afganistan (Bin Laden's first encounter with a Western journalist) Fisk provides a unique insight into events that have shaped the world we live in. I'm looking forward to attending the lecture. Congrats to everyone who has made it possible.

  • Savvas Tzionis

    Sorry to be a party pooper, but why do the 'evil ones' seem to portray Fisk as the 'epitome of leftist drivel'?

    Sorry to sound so negative but they are constantly bagging him.

  • John Ryan

    I think its because Blair and co are not terribly bright

  • Antony Loewenstein

    And find anybody who questions Western behaviour as terrorist sympathisers. It's very complex, as you can see!

  • orang

    John Ryan…Oh Yeah? What do you mean not terribly bright you leftie moron.
    John Ryan what a funny name Bwaaaaaaahaaaaaaa!!!!. Andrea , ban John Ryan, he stinks.

  • Jon

    Does anyone know if Fisk will be giving a talk in Melbourne?

  • Addamo

    The right bad anyone who speaks truth to power. Bagging someone is the preferred line of attack when you cannto refute what they have to say.

    Blair is a master of these arts.

  • What a scoop!

    A great drawing card and win/win situation for the uni as well …

    Tanks Ant ;-P

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