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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  • Leo Braun

    Clearly, devotee antony-loewenstein-blog folks don't require a wake-up call to renounce the propagandist miasma, churned by the mainstream media of the global empires barons. Who contrary to the participatory democracy notion steered clear of the longed for input, conscientious citizenry. Rendered to seek ever since an alternative in the cyberspace. So now that we've finally got this unique forum, I am sincerely to share my last penny towards the mitzvah, once having located so inconspicuous slot into avant-garde-mission contribution fund.

    Mind you I am new to this board (quiet achiever), so a word of advice would be appreciated as to the coding, to display (img) pics of the responsible nature. Bearing in mind that only portrait orientation is viable within the column's format. So would it be possible to include an extra zoom feature? Which momentarily to expand an image into a max width of the screen? May I suggest to have also a topic relevant image contest? To be displayed right at the top (in lieu of the recurrent banner) inside the thread. Allowing thus to communicate furthermore within the visual message.

    Having said that, actually would be helpful for starters to have an access to post's edit function, once being aware of its limitations. Also at times, I may seek (c) or (center) text justified formatting, along with (h2) font size selection and (hr) horizontal line separator. Which would be helpful to create a flier, for instance to canvass: Peoples of Palestine Manifesto! Emanated courtesy of awesome Edward Mariyani-Squire, ingenuity. Yet without the preview function, one couldn't have a go within the trial-n-error experimentations.

    Whilst time is nigh to communicate constructively, while seeking vital resolutions to the important issues in question (for the humanity sake). Not before having reflected on the profound lack in Socratic thinking in the world of indoctrinated halfwits and demoralised populous. Who are oblivious of the common denominator to the systemic decadence. People go on spouting regurgitations as if they were facts. They tend to trust one source or another without a question, because of deviously spun Zionist propaganda by the mass media of the global empires barons.

    So in these circumstances, I am compelled to quote an ancient Greek philosopher's logic within the Socrates principle. Who taught his students that the pursuit of the truth can only begin, once they start to question and analyse every belief, that they ever held dear! If a certain creed passes the scrutiny of evidence, deduction and logic, it should be kept. Otherwise any duped conviction should not only be discarded but a thinker must also then question (since the big lie always leaves a trail of sleazy force of credibility) why he or she was led to accept Jewanderthal's spun doctrines since time immemorial?

    Not surprisingly, this type of the teaching didn't sit well within the 'rule by the best' of the ancient Greece, and ever since such a 'born to rule' overwhelming majority world political leaders have always sought throughout the history to mislead gullible populous by hook or by crook. Socrates himself was indicted and tried for the purported youth corruption and the 'almighty chosen' regime subversion. Ultimately forced to take his own life by drinking hemlock's poison.

  • Leo Braun

    So it's never easy to be an independent thinker! These days 'born to rule' Aussie establishment clutches (courtesy of the treacherous media spin) don't kill conscientious dissidents right away for the pursuing the truth. They label blacklisted battlers as paranoid and extremist misfits. Invariably destroying thus good reputations and life's vital careers.

    For some, such a fate being worse than drinking hemlock's poison. For others it's just realisation that life wasn't meant to be easy towards the adamant dissidents in breaking the tyranny of silence on the globally plagued hegemony. No wonder in the 21st century an ample of shunned Aussie battlers are kept away from the mainstream society. Courtesy of an apartheid 'we had to have', through Johnny Howard's unemployable's buffer hidden agenda.

    As conscientious citizenry proletariat has been indicted to face so unattainable goal to establish fair living, civil society. Towards the guaranteed life vital principles, to be enshrined in the People's Bill of Rights. Forming interdependence nucleus at the socio-economic front (away from sectional interests and clandestine subsets perpetuated creed of greed via rubik-cube evolved market forces), onset in joining the ranks of the sincerely caring citizens.

    Who are longing for the bona-fide accessible, the socio-economic justice. Which ought to prevail for the genuinely dedicated ones in sharing our views within wider civil society. Striving to attract the unprejudiced coverage, rendering all informed to be. Enabling thus to attain so vital enlightenment for the oppressed masses. Which are stonewalled by the mass media of the global empires barons within the 'rule by the best' plagued hegemony.

  • Leo Braun

    No wonder conscientious citizenry mammoth exertion proved to be absolutely futile in spite of centuries long, so undeterred good principles faith in a cuckoo-nest incubated rulers humanity. Even highly pitched bravados are often dispatched from a distant Australia against the other tyrannies reign, yet in reality that didn't mean for the genuine justice to come downunder in here!

    When all along the treacherously preached Johnny Howard's phantom democracy, wrapped in illusory freedom of speech and a 'chosen' justice for all of us in the Ghetto Australis, these connived jellybacks spiteful-pollies have been fatally stoning our role model citizens. Whilst demoralised couch potatoes relegated themselves into 'No Worries' way of life. Just to be duped moreover via propagandist blasted terror campaign. Which intended to drive humble plebs into unthinking conformity.

    Evidently as increasingly conniving culture of pathological deceit 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 within the Aussie community. Where often mocked battler's honesty doesn't impacts on the treacherous pollies policies. Whilst the vastly concocted lies and vicious besmirchments are all valid and acceptable Zionist tactics (within the 'rule by the best').

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