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.

News bytes

– The Murdoch press offers a textbook case of inaccurate reporting on Latin America. Note how every issue is framed around problems for the US, rather than potential benefits for the Latin American people.

– Russia’s chief rabbi condemns the country’s gay pride march. “Sexual perversions” have no right to exist, he said. When an Islamic leader makes such statements, they are rightly condemned, but when a Jew is equally offensive, little outcry is heard.

– Israel’s army chief warns the world that Hamas cannot be trusted and negotiations are futile. If Hamas made similar comments about Israel, they would be accused of not “being serious about peace.”

– The University of Louisville’s McConnell Center has decided the 10 worst US Presidential “blunders“. The Iran/Contra affair and escalation of the Vietnam war is described as a “blunder”, not a crime.

– Our Dear Leader lashes out at “jihad” Muslims. Little Johnny wants to tell Australians that “zealous multiculturalism” is a problem. Of course, Howard would prefer an Australia with few or no Muslims, but he can’t say this in public. Instead, he damns Islam because of a tiny number of Islamists. Maybe he could next inform Australians of the dangers of Zionism, an ideology that has advocated ethnic cleansing.

7 comments ↪
  • Progressive_Atheist

    Howard is conducting his own Christian jihad, a faux clash of civilizations. The recent fight over RU486, Danna Vale's excessive comments and the proposals to fund faith-based anti-abortion counselling services are all part of a scheme to excite the religious base and draw attention away from the real problem — the Cole enquiry revelations.

  • John Ryan

    Since when has the Murdock had a repuation for unbiased reporting,most of it is a step down from straight right wing propaganda,if I want that I can read Blair

  • rhross

    One can agree with the sentiments expressed by Howard in regard to aspects of Islam being at odds with Australian society but when he cites comparisons of ethnicity, Chinese, Lebanese, etc., he is comparing apples with oranges.

    The comparison should be made between radical or orthodox religion. Islam is a religion, not a race. It may have cultural impact, as Judaism and Hinduism do, but you cannot compare Islam with the Chinese or Lebanese.

    If you compare radical Islam to radical Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity or whatever they are all as bad as each other, albeit with varying degrees of misogyny and violence.

    If you compare Arabs with Chinese or Lebanese then Howard has no argument. Which is why of course he does not do it.

    And, given his reputation for dishonesty and manipulation one can only wonder what nasty little game he is playing now.

  • orang

    He is a slimy fuck. Don't trust that man.

  • edward squire

    rhross,

    The man is sufficiently devious and simultaneously insufficiently far from idiocy to know what sorts of racist buttons to press. Thus, although this is formally correct:

    The comparison should be made between radical or orthodox religion. Islam is a religion, not a race. It may have cultural impact, as Judaism and Hinduism do, but you cannot compare Islam with the Chinese or Lebanese.

    It misreads what Howard is saying. He doesn't mean "Muslims" … in itself that is just an amphorous in Howardland. He doesn't mean Indonesians or Indians or Malaysians or Thais or Anglos. What he means – and importantly, what the Loyal Idiocy understands him to mean – is "A-rabs".

  • rhross

    edward

    No, I think he means Muslims. He is using the 'fear' button to further his own ends. Fact is, Lebanese are often Arab.

    The 'terrorist' threat is being defined as Islamic and he is tapping into the public perception of what is a threat.

    I don't necessarily disagree with him that certain aspects of religion/culture are at odds with a liberal democratic society but the fact is fundamentalists of any kind are the problem whether they be christian, jewish, hindu or islamic because these groups, by the nature of their beliefs, are incapable of becoming a fully functioning part of the greater society.

    But Howard is devious and he says nothing without some perceived gain for himself and his party.

    I would still maintain that his comments are null and void because he compares religious radicalism with race instead of with other religious 'apples'. At least they are null and void to any thinking Australian.

    I am sure they hit home with the less informed and the more fearful. John Howard, playing 'dad' with the big stick is telling those 'bullies' whatfor!

    It's part of his propaganda campaign to justify staying as PM.

  • Leo Braun

    Antony: "Our dear Leader lashes out at jihad Muslims. Little Johnny wants to tell Australians that zealous multi-culturalism is a problem. Of course, Howard would prefer an Australia with few or no Muslims, but he can't say this in public. Instead, he damns Islam because of a tiny number of Islamists. Maybe he could next inform Australians of the dangers of Zionism, an ideology that has advocated ethnic cleansing".

    Indeed most unequivocally as Jewanderthal's species of the born to rule Elders of Zion were uniquely lethal since time immemorial. Culminating into Jewvoracious aristocracy (the inventors of evil Zionism) within the monarchies rule. Hopefully, there can be a mutual understanding between the races some day for the reason that there are humane benefits on the planet earth in collaborating together within the exertion to resolve real issues in question for the humanity sake.

    Onset in research and scrutiny the authentic history annals towards the elementary comprehension of the monumental, elitist Jewry world domination through calculated collateral ravage fallout onto sacrificial Jew lesser brethren. Scapegoated millenniums long, a common Jew expendable human shield, utilised to deflect focus from the actual plague. Manifested throughout the history in the utterly lethal calamities unleashed all over on us.

    No wonder conscientious citizen as myself has been horrified over the years with ample of apprehensionas to gigantic global extent of the fascist henchmen sphere. So invincibly limitless the untouchables might in full spectrum of its corrupt glitter. Inadvertently exposed via undeterred Zionism evil principles quest for our annihilation within global socio-economies growing chaos in a freefall paradigm. Whilst perfidious zionazi rulers still dwell on the scapegoat narrations. So ominous to the notoriously reminiscent the invincible TITANIC's destiny.