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.

Not our problem

Rachard Itani, Counterpunch, February 20:

I was startled to hear Prime Minister John Howard of Australia exclaim in a BBC interview last night that he could not understand why pictures of starving Jewish interns of Bergen Belsen, Dachau, and Auschwitz had been aired, yet again, by an Australian TV station a few days ago. “I don’t understand what news value there is any longer in showing more pictures of starving Jews, tortured in these prison camps.” He added that the airing at this time was all the more disturbing that “people involved in abusing the Jewish concentration camp interns had been prosecuted and some had even gone to jail” and wondered who benefited from the re-airing of photos that had shocked the civilized world. Mr. Howard was also shocked, but shocked that the photos had been published “unnecessarily”, not revolted at the humiliating, disgraceful, vile acts that they depicted.

64 comments ↪
  • Chris

    When did israel sink the USS Cole?

    That Israel foiled 1000's of palestinian attempts to murder Jews does not mean the palestinians are not proven experts at it. It just means that they are mostly ineffective when up against the IDF.

    I have proven that you've made false and absurd statements, you haven't proven that I have done the same. In fact, you haven't proven a single claim you've made.

    You did not state, earlier, that you had an engineering degree, or what you used it for, just that you prepared reports. That is what a secretary does. At least, that is what my secretary does.

    You were alluding to something about a description of palestinians that you have no actual knowledge of? Another 'invented' fact?

    I don't think it is petty to request that you stop making things up.

  • Addamo

    Oops my bad. I obciusoly meant the USS Liberty.

    So for the record, you are standing b yyour statement that "Real people admire Israel" and "real people do not admire Palestinians"? Is that right?

    That is proof of a false and absurd statement becasue you are too scared to address it, thoguht you admitted there is no such thing as an unreal person.

    Gotcha Chris.

    I have proven plenty of claims I have made. Your refusal and blindness to accep tthem does not make them false. Is that how you think you win an argument? I made one mistake and I admitted it (the date of the USS Libery attack). As an engineer, my inquiring mind tells me that the investigations into the crime were flawed.

    Preparing a report does not mean typing it up. It means correlating data, preparing calculations and admitteedly, a lot of very boring details.

    In case oyu missed it, I just provided you wiith a cute littel quote from Menahim Begin, murderer and terrorist in his own right. Here it is again.

    ” [The Palestinians are] beasts walking on two legs.” Menahim Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, “Begin and the Beasts”. New Statesman, 25 June 1982.

    Arer you suggesitng I made this up also?

  • orang

    Chris has a secretary!! I don't know about youse , but I'm fuckin impressed! Hey Chris, has he got a big, you know…

  • Glenn Condell

    Aren't they tiresome, these relentless Zionists.

    'Palestine only existed as a British mandate, it was never a country in its own right.'

    I always marvel at Likudniks making this ridiculous point – as if Israel always existed! Drawing attention to Palestine's apparent lack of national bona fides is a dangerous game for the Zionists to make given Israel was created by fiat from Palestinian lands with the consent of the rest of the world – those parts of it that mattered anyway.

    What has been given can thus be taken away and it's about time it was, having been nothing but trouble for everyone for the last 30 or 40 years. An experiment that failed. Maybe they should go back to the Uganda idea.

    Or do you contend Palestine was terra nullius? Or that land is a legitimate spoil of war? So that if the Arabs ever manage to unite and force Israel 'into the sea' you'd be alright with that, would you? Might being right and all? What's good for the goose etc etc?

    All Australians are at greater risk for being aligned by default (thanks to our position inside the US national rectum) with this 'shitty little country' and the sooner we downgrade diplomatic ties until they lift their game, the better.

    Won't hold my breath though.

  • orang

    Yeah, well better late than never Mr Condell that's all I can say.
    Me and worst fuckin' typist in the world against a captain and a guy with a secretary.

  • Glenn Condell

    orang

    you do have far better arguments at your disposal than they do. I don't think the left's ascendancy in these blogwars is down to our being especially brilliant advocates or critics. It's just that it's easy to defend democratic norms and decent behaviour; opposing them, that must be hard.

  • captain

    Glenn Condell has at least shown his colours as a political extremist. He wants to totally get rid of Israel. This would put him in the same category as the most extreme Islamic terrorists.

    Yes of course, Glenn, wiping out Israel gives you the moral authority in the blog wars. Really decent behaviour mate. I seem to recall hitler saying that Jews were nothing but trouble….

  • orang

    Yeah Glenn Condell and Addamo charging on camels, driving the jews into the sea.
    She joined the navy to see the world and what did she see, she saw the sea..

  • Chris

    In case oyu missed it, I just provided you wiith a cute littel quote from Menahim Begin, murderer and terrorist in his own right. Here it is again.

    ” [The Palestinians are] beasts walking on two legs.” Menahim Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, “Begin and the Beasts”. New Statesman, 25 June 1982.

    Arer you suggesitng I made this up also?

    Addamo

    I am suggesting that you have posted made up bracketed words. They are not part of the quote. They never were part of the quote and there was never any words stated in the real quote that one could even make that assumption. When you find the real quote, please post it along with the source.

    You have still provided nothing but inuendo and rumor. Proof of nothing except your penchant for making up 'facts'.

  • Addamo

    Captain my Captian,

    You hearing voices in your head?

    How on easrth did you make the connecteing bwteen Glenn's comment abotu democracy and wanting to get rid of Israel?

    I mean realyly, talk me through it mate.

    "I don’t think the left’s ascendancy in these blogwars is down to our being especially brilliant advocates or critics."

    OK so Gelnn adressed blogging. Is blogging part of a movement to get rid of Israel?

    " It’s just that it’s easy to defend democratic norms and decent behaviour; opposing them, that must be hard."

    So here Geln is talking about championing defend democratic norms and decent behaviour. Where is th ebit about getting rid of Israel? Are you using some bible code descripton or somethiing?

    Maybe if I step back from the screen a subliminal message will appear?

    No that's not it either.

  • Chris

    I see that you can not defend your misquote. Personally, I don't see how anyone could.

  • Leo Braun

    Smith Stewart: "Chris you have demonstrated yourself to be muppet, your brain is not doing any work of its own because your back-end has been infiltrated by someone else (at Pine Gap, Echelon installations). Your thoughts, words and actions are corrupted and worthless. I feel deep exasperation towards you because you represent everything that I think is contributing to the suffocation of creative and positive thinking and living in humans at this time, and I feel sadness for you because you will probably continue through your life with this shit in your brains overflowing from your mouth, and these are not petty insults, they are serious ones!

  • Leo Braun

    Captain: "I think this quote is a fake. There is no reference at all to it on the BBC. Put up or shut up"… Captain: "Come on Antony, surely even you know Howard well enough to know this is complete parody"… Addamo: "Believe it or not Captain, that was the first thing I thought of, when I read the quote. It just doesn't sound like the sort of thing Howard would say, but then again, the guy's ego has gotten pretty out of control of late and any thing is possible"… Captain: "No Addamo, anything is only possible for a poorly cultivated intellect"… Stev: "And how exactly is this meant to exclude Howard"?

    Edward Squire: "Captain: You make a good point and spoil it simultaneously with your teenage attitude. Ah well"… Captain: "Edward, thanks for your commentary. Need I remind you of your earlier apology for ad hominem attacks"? Edward Squire: "Captain, No need to remind me. I made no ad hominem attack. An ad hominem attack is where one seeks to refute someone's claims by making assertions about their character, associations, etc. I wasn't attempting to refute anything you said".

    "I was simply pointing out that you spoilt your point by making it in a childish manner. Nothing personal – in fact, I regard it as a helpful comment to make. When one makes a reasonable point in a juvenile manner, it tends to undermine the point one is making; thus, it is a good idea to make the point in a sensible and mature way if one wishes to persuade others. This sort of handy advice is all in Aristotle's much neglected work, Rhetoric".

    Don't hold your breath Eddy, to get your logical elaborations through the unusually thick skin with an ability to persevere and persist even in the face of overwhelming global community criticism and unacceptance. This likely stems from intelligence community training (at Pine Gap, Echelon installations) that no matter how condemning the evidence is … deny everything, and never become a real emotionally involved or reactive.

    Tantamount to Zionst academy ploys: emotionalise victimhood, antagonise, and goad opponents. If you can't do anything else, chide and taunt your opponents and draw them into emotional responses which will tend to make them look foolish and overly motivated. What may render their material to be somewhat less coherent. Then even if their emotional response addresses the matter, you can avoid that issues by alternatively focusing on how 'sensitive they are to criticism'.

  • Leo Braun

    Smith Stewart: "So Captain, who's intellectually challenged now"?