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.

Avoiding stereotypes

The Israel Project is a Zionist propaganda unit based in the US. They’ve recently released a TV advertisement that reminds viewers: “They [Palestinians] turn perfectly healthy children into hateful robots…” It is about as useful as telling Americans that all Israeli soldiers are baby-killers or that all Jews hate Palestinians and Arabs.

Ramallah Online wants an end to the “hate speech” and a campaign against Comcast for screening the offensive ads:

Comcast needs to know that you feel this grossly discriminatory ad, sponsored by The Israel Project, depicting an entire race and generation of children as “hateful killing robots”, is a clear form of bigotry and racism! These ads are neither informative nor educational. They are simply promoting racist perceptions rather than facts.

As with so much of the anti-Palestinian, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim material in the West these days, the sheer hypocrisy of the message is striking. When an Arab newspaper publishes an anti-Semitic article or cartoon, it is rightly condemned. When an American or Israeli organisation pumps out derogatory material against the new, socially acceptable punching bag, barely a murmur is heard. If you’re the Australian Prime Minister, of course, displaying base ignorance about Islam is almost expected.

59 comments ↪
  • Addamo

    Not misquoting. In fact I made no qutoe at all. Your getting yourslef into another one of your rhetorical knots Chris.

    Please point to a link that shows UN admission to bias against Israel. especialy given that there woudl have been far more resolutions passed has the US not veto'd them.

    How many resolutinos have the Paelstinains and rabs tates spat on exactly? Is the numebr even close to 64?

  • captain

    If only they would avoid creating stereotypes!

  • Chris C

    I love the hilarity of Israel demanding Hamas recognise its right to exist while simultaneously doing everything in its power to deny Palestine that same right.

    The difference is: the Palestinians mean what they say, the Israelis always say one thing and do another.

    Charlatans, Nazis and child killers is all they are.

  • Chris

    That certainly settled things. Hamas must recognize Israel if it has any hope to negotiate anything.

    I guess they could attack Israel instead.

  • Leo Braun

    Captain: "Show me where Israeli children are being indoctrinated"? Haven't you heard of the Zionist saying: 'give me a child before the age of reason, and he is mine'! What applies to the religious dogma on the whole, and most unequivocally to the Talmud. As religiously indoctrinated hatred in the Yeshivas — being perceived as vital by the Yiddisher paternity in keeping the Judaism alive. Particularly in the Galuth (wicked world outside Israel), where scrounging Jew dwellers are coached incessantly via rabbis incited revulsion against the assimilation ideas with the ferocious Goyim.

    Still having chutzpah in its extreme … daring to claim that Zionist organised communities were among the most active in promoting worldwide racial harmony — evidently what could not be further from the truth. As supremacist Zionists making sure that their segregated kids have a good education to understand their elitist Jews tradition, so they don't ever get married with the untermensch Goyim or Shiksas.

    Vital would be to interpret also the connotation of the extensively mandatory genetic tests — overwhelmingly conducted prior to engagements of the Orthodox Yiddisher couples. What intended to preserve such a racist Jews class, elitism buffer. When saving a single noble Jew soul, was always high on agenda. With the inference made that gestures as such, ultimately 'to save our world'. Unequivocally so, with the 'compassionately' endowed Jew hearts, which propel 'caring role' Zionist zealots and make our lives so 'worthwhile'.

    Yet at the same time, one must wonder why would global Zionism masters to be coy about their 'superior' Jew genes orientation? Synonymous with the Jewanderthal's aristocracy breed, born to rule species. Still, how such an elementary genetic factor to escape altogether our common folks focus? Unless a sole microbiology triumph bearers to keep it close to their Zionis chest, within the arcane revolving world's parallel spheres.

  • Leo Braun

    Captain: "What is the evidence that Zionism is losing credibility"?

    Edward Squire: This is actually a good question. It is certainly something that is not easy to quantify. What does one 'count' for a start? Books available from mainstream publishers? Articles in academic journals? Newspaper articles in broadsheets? And where does one do the counting? The US, Europe and Australia? Do we include material in Asia and Africa too? Etc.

    There is also an important qualitative issue: is there something that distinguishes criticisms of Zionist ideology today, and reactions to those criticisms, from those of the past? I think this qualitative question needs to be dealt with before the quantitative question is answered.

    As a start, I would suggest that important indicators that the persuasiveness of the Zionist ideology is on the wane – or, I think more accurately, it being transformed – are the following (in no particular order, off the top of my head): (1) Aspects of the ideology – esp the occupa-tional, land-fetish element – is now openly criticised in Israel itself by ordinary people in the popular press (rather than by just philosophers to each other – a la Buber and Arendt).

    (2) In the past, the occupation had always been seen as temporary, but now it is largely seen as permanent because it is as if it is permanent. This change in interpretation doesn't reflect well on the Israeli state's intentions. (3) In the past the left had always supported the socialistic dreams associated with the kabutz, but with the near-death of socialist ideals in Israel and the replacement of the Commune with the Settlement, that support has died completely.

    (4) The greater awareness of human rights issues in the occupied territories combined with the fact that independent human rights agencies have taken a keen interest in the area. This awareness, and investigative probing was not as strong in the past. (5) The overly zealous attacks on critics of the occupation have not only led to critics to sharpen and broaden the scope of their criticism (eg the unfavourable comparison with South Africa is now a common theme) …

    … but has also led to more nuanced criticisms that make an absolutely unambiguous distinction between Jewish people and the policies of the institution of the state – and the clear assertion that criticism of the latter is in no way a criticism of the former. These are qualitative changes that seem to have occurred, and are basic indications that Zionism, as something that is both unquestionably desirable and unchallengable, is on the wane.

  • Leo Braun

    Chris: "Israel is not morally bankrupt"…"The actual (hijacked) world (the one that counts) realizes what Israel is up against"…"They (zionist media) applaud Israel for defending its (demoralised) citizens".

    Edward Squire: "There is a continuum. When one finds a evil event, one can perhaps charitably label it an error', and a moral failing. When those evils become a pattern, one can speak of moral corruption, but one could perhaps doubt the intent and the full consciousness of it (again, if one is charitable). When those moral evils become state policy however, an openly acknowledged, fully conscious choice by political elites and freely voted for by the majority of the population – then one faces moral bankruptcy. The 35 year occupation, dispossession, subjugation, and slow methodical cleansing' of the land, falls into the last category".

  • Leo Braun

    Chris: "It seems that real people (zionist apologists) feel this divestment campaign is all pish-n-tosh. Real people (ashke-nazi apologists) admire Israel. Real people do not admire the (non-existing) Palestinian people. I am discussing (with) the (goyim and shiksas) majorities, not all (our) real people".

    Edward Squire: The State of Israel is causing the resurrection of anti-Semitism all over the world, threatening Jews everywhere. Sharon's propaganda agents are pouring oil on the flames. Accusing all critics of his policy – of being anti-Semites, they brand large communities with this mark. Many good people, who feel no hatred at all towards the Jews, but who detest the persecution of the Palestinians, are now called anti-Semites. Thus the sting is taken out of this word (giving it something approaching respectability).

    The practical upshot: Not only does Israel not protect the Jews from anti-Semitism, but quite on the contrary – Israel manufactures and exports the anti-Semitism that threatens Jews around the world. For Jews, this creates a dangerous vicious circle. Sharon's actions create repulsion and opposition throughout the world. These reinforce anti-Semitism. Faced with this danger, Jewish organizations are pushed into defending Israel and giving it unqualified support.

  • Leo Braun

    Chris: "Hamas must recognize Israel if it has any hope to negotiate anything".

    Edward Squire: "Recognize … which Israel? Greater Israel — the whole kit-and-caboodle including Occupied Territories. Then the question can be answered once and for all by how the Israeli government responds: will it (1) give Palestinians, as people of Israel, equal political and civil (and thus human) rights; (2) deny Palestinians, as people of Israel, equal political and civil (and thus human) rights; or (3) ethnically cleanse the territories completely. That is … Israel would be compelled to openly choose whether to be a normal, civilised state, an apartheid state, or worse"!