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.

Blinded by Iran

New information suggests that the US is intentionally flying blind on Iran. The report details the job of Valerie Plame, the outed CIA agent. She may have been working on tracking Iran’s suspected WMD program and was deliberately sabotaged, “leaving the field open for the neocons and their foreign operatives to move into the vacuum and keep their very effective lie factory working overtime.”

The ramifications for this revelation are profound. Justin Raimondo explains:

All indications are that an active campaign to set up Iran for attack was going full gear even as George W. Bush was declaring “mission accomplished” in Iraq. As we look at the different pieces of the puzzle, a definite picture begins to emerge: what we are seeing are the outlines of a coordinated covert action, engineered by neoconservative ideologues in and around the Pentagon and Dick Cheney’s office, and carried out in cooperation with the Israelis. Their objective: gin up a war with Iran, even as we marched into Iraq.

It now appears that the neo-conservatives were determined to intentionally side-line any experts on the Iran question, leaving the Bush administration, not unlike with Iraq, to exaggerate “facts” on WMD.

The Australian media prefers to ignore all of this, and simply publishes doomsday articles about Iran.

We are being set-up. Again.

7 comments ↪
  • Stev

    The claims of a NWO and a prison state by people like Alex Jones do seem a bit extreme to me, but with a free and unfettered press essential to the functioning of democracy, it's hard not to consider the very essence of our democracy in dire straights. With both our politicians and our press serving the same master – the almighty dollar – how safe are our freedoms?

    A bit off topic perhaps, but in response to the Australian and other mainstream media consistently toeing the party line.

  • Addamo

    I used to think the Australian was semi reputabel, but whn I read this crap, I realise what a pathetic rag it is. Anyone notice how no expert opinions ar ever consulted when writing nuke pieces about Iran?

    This is so irresponsible, these iditos shoudlbe held accountable for the lies they are spreading.

    Then we hear useless polls telling us that "most Americans think Iran has nukes". Of course they are going to think that when they read shite like this.

    No wonder the White House wanted Plame out of the way.

  • rhross

    The Australian is a Murdoch rag. Beyond tokenism they print what they are told to print. Whoever is running America has the media in its pocket. Murdoch has no morals anyway so all he cares about is money.

    At least Oz still has SMH and Age although the UK papers, The Guardian and Independent are better in terms of balanced information.

    It's hard to see how an attack on Iran won't raise opposition around the world as the attack on Iraq did, but more so.

  • Addamo

    Maybe that's exactly what the neocns want. You can't have perpetual war without perpetual opposition.

  • Addamo

    This just came to my attention:

    China Rushes to Complete $100B Deal With Iran http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/arti

    It looks like China has thrown one almighty spanner in Bush's efforts to isolate Iran economically. With a deal this big, China is sure to veto any resolutino to take military action with Iran.

  • orang

    The link to The Australian Opinion page has another MarkSteyn@Ishityounot.com where he salutes Dana Vale because he too once realised that the muslims are coming. He really is a slimy fuck.
    Brrrrrr.

    This neocon/Iran scam, also remember when the US was proposing Downer to head the Nuclear thingy organisation to replace El Badiri who they knew wouldn't support their crap.

  • Addamo

    replacing El Baredei with Downer? Aren;t you supposed to knwo a thing or 2 about nuclear proliferation for that title?

    They might as wel appoint Dan Quayle.