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.

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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.
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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.
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The dissolution of Palestine

Jennifer Loewenstein, Counterpunch, February 24:

For those who haven’t noticed, Israel opposes a two-state solution. It has been doing everything in its power to prevent a Palestinian state from emerging and will continue to do so as long as it can count on the complicity of its powerful friends and on abundant popular indifference. Under such circumstances, it is incumbent upon ourselves to ask why Hamas has therefore been ordered – by Israel and its same powerful friends – to accept “the two-state solution” especially when, unlike Israel, it has stated clearly and repeatedly that it would accept a Palestinian state on the lands occupied by Israel in the 1967 war, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. Indeed, all of its key spokespeople have said this: Zahar, Haniye, Meshal, and Yassin and Rantisi before they were murdered.

22 comments ↪
  • Antony Loewenstein

    Just in case people are wondering, Jennifer is no relation, though we are friends.

  • Addamo

    “While they are being stomped, shot, beaten, demolished, assassinated, intimidated, robbed, despoiled, starved, uprooted, dispossessed, harassed, insulted and killed with bullets, missiles, armored bulldozers, tanks, helicopter gun-ships, cluster-bombs, fleshettes, fighter-bombers, semi-automatic submachine guns, sonic booms, tear gas, electrified fences, blockades, closures and walls, they must renounce violence so that the hoodlums won’t get hurt.”

    How utterly dispicable and depressing. Reading this makes one ashamed to be human being. How can this not be directly compared to Nazi Germany?

    And this:

    “If they defend themselves they lose. If they complain, they are insincere; if they ask for something in return, they are untrustworthy; If they ask for a fair hearing, they are advancing an “agenda;” If they hit back randomly, they are an instrument of terro! r. So when the furies of the thousands of dead, tens of thousands of wounded and detained, and millions of bound and gagged rise up together in a whirlwind to protest, they will be pointed to as evidence of innate evil that must justifiably be contained, justifiably occupied, with justified indignation and bottomless financial aid.”

    It sums up everything we have been debating on this forum.

  • Chris

    Israel has no intention of going to 1967 borders. Therefore Hamas has begun with a non-starter.

  • Addamo

    Nor has Israel any intention of allowing a Palestinian state to emerge.

    Let’s at least drop any pretence that Israel wants peace. It would appear that peace is on offer at a price.

  • Chris

    Israel has every intention of allowing a Palestinian state, on negotiated terms.

    The election of Hamas was the Palestinians dropping any pretext that they wanted peace.

  • Addamo

    Dov Weislgass is on the record for letting it slip that Sharon wanted to put negotations into formaldehyde remember? So under Sharon, there was never going to be progress and I doutb Netanyahu is going to be any better.

    So let’s drop the pretence that Israel is somehow the innocent party with the best of interests here. Hamas is makng the concialiatory statements here, while Israel is trying to convince the international community to isolate Hamas. The fact that Hamas was elected is incidental. Israel were never going to take Fatah seriously.

  • edward squire

    Chris (Feb 26th, 2006 at 1:39 pm):

    Israel has no intention of going to 1967 borders. Therefore Hamas has begun with a non-starter.

    You’re right. The options currently on offer are: (a) three little bantustan-prisons remote-controlled by the Israeli military, or (b) die fighting for a just outcome.

  • orang

    How can you believe a self-hater like Loewenstein? What kind of a name is that anyway. Hamas is a terrorist organisation, they want to kill all jews, they are ugly they dress badly, they talk like they're clearing their throat, they hate all non-muslims, did ya see how we blew away that Yassine in his wheelchair Bwwwaaaahhhhhaaaaa, how about Rantisi – we will recognise Israel when they withdraw,Haaaaa.. eat that you ugly terrorist!!!

    We are so clever and pure. Our values are just like yours. Ya got to love us.

  • Addamo

    Meaningles only to those who’s fragile ideaologyu and belief system is exposed by what the rest of the world regard as common sense.

  • orang

    David Ben Gurion (the first Israeli Prime Minister): "If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti – Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault ? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?" Quoted by Nahum Goldmann in Le Paraddoxe Juif (The Jewish Paradox), pp121.

  • orang

    "People are scared in this country [the US], to say wrong is wrong because the Jewish lobby is powerful – very powerful. Well, so what? For goodness sake, this is God's world! We live in a moral universe. The apartheid government was very powerful, but today it no longer exists. Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Pinochet, Milosevic, and Idi Amin were all powerful, but in the end they bit the dust. Injustice and oppression will never prevail. Those who are powerful have to remember the litmus test that God gives to the powerful: what is your treatment of the poor, the hungry, the voiceless? And on the basis of that, God passes judgment. We should put out a clarion call to the government of the people of Israel, to the Palestinian people and say: peace is possible, peace based on justice is possible. We will do all we can to assist you to achieve this peace, because it is God's dream, and you will be able to live amicably together as sisters and brothers."
    (Desmond Tutu, April 2002)

  • orang

    Well enough of the grand idealists, how about some Norma;

    ". it's utterly hypocritical for Israelis to wonder aloud why Palestinians don't pursue a non-violent strategy. One obvious reason is that, whenever they have, Israel brutally represses it."
    (Norman G. Finkelstein, 11 September 2003)

  • Addamo

    You stil seem to failign to understand what an insutl it Chris, petty or toerhwise.

    Yes, Hams did state on a numbe of occasions that it’s goasl was the deastruction of Israel. But it;s most recent statement says otherwise. Your refusal to even aknowlegde this shitft and insist that it is not to be believed proves that you are no more interested in a negotaited settlemetn than Sharon, whom wWeislgass revealed has no intention of seeing he4 peace process progress.

    Norman is not a famosus liar, but comming from comeone with such an extreme ideology, it;s no wonder you don’t knwo the difference.

  • Chris

    I think Norman has been defamed enough on a previous thread. No need to show how utterly meaningless he is on this thread.

  • Chris

    Meaningless is meaningless. Keep you petty insults at home.

    Hamas has stated on numerous occations that its sole goal is the destruction of Israel. I think it better that we take them at their word and act accordingly. Like other famous liars, Irving and Norman, Hamas is not to be trusted.

  • Chris

    Hamas is not to be trusted and israel will not trust it. When there is actually a palestinian authority interested in peace, Israel will negotiate with it.

    You're right about Norman, he is an infamous liar. So much so that he was forced to alter his book before the publisher would release it. Too many lies.

    And keep your petty insults at home. Why you feel the need to toss off insults is beyond me. Shouldn't you spend the effort on your typing?

  • Addamo

    Maybe Hamas is nto to be trusted. But then again, Ben Guiron and Dov Werisglass have both given us ample reason to believe that neither are Israeli leaders.

    So how will we or Israel know when a PA is ready for peace? When they agrees to aknowledge Israel without condition? When they agree not to make claims to the occupied territories? When they accept to being brutalised and murdered without complaining? When they offer up their children willingly as targets for IDF sharpshooters?

    Chris, what is your problem? You have to be the mosty hypersensitive little whimp I have ever come across. Where have I insulted you? Do you have the phrase "keep your petty insults at home" mapped to some hot key or something, because you seem to be using the phrase repteaedly and completely out off context.

    Grow up for God's sake and get a spine.

  • Chris

    Keep your petty insults at home.

    Israel needs no recognition from Hamas. Hamas needs to recognize Israel if it going to accomplish anything peace-wise.

    As for offering their children up as targets, Israel has been compalining about the Palestinians doing exactly that for years.

  • Addamo

    My insults are at home Chris. Now I'm sure everyone woudl appreciate you keeping your prissy and hissy attitude at home.

    Can you not tell the difference between an insult and some advice?

    Anyway, how will hams recognising Israel lead to peace of Israel will nto recognise Hamas? And if Hams does recognise Israel, will Israel and people with your conviction accept it or contin ue to dismiss it as insincere?

  • Chris

    Keep your petty insults at home. Whining about having to do so doesn't help either.

    So far Hamas has done nothing to infer it has changed its platform. I believe the basic requirements for negotiation include disarming, changing its charter, ending the indoctrination of school children into soldiers of hate.

    But I'm sure you're better off getting the information directly from the Government of Israel.

  • Addamo

    I am not insulting you Chris, so perhaps it;s time to shut up about somethign that is not taking place.

    Hams has indeed made a very profound statement that it does not want war with Israel, and that it in fact wants peace. Your choice to ignore it is evidence that you are not interested in anything Hamas does in terms of moving towards peace. Very predictable.

    Will Israel and Zionists ever cease their indoctrination of hate for Palestinians and Arabs? Can you guarantee that Israel would recognise Hamas and withdraw from the West Bank and at least half of Jersulem if Hams disarmed and changed it;s charter?

    Getting any nformation from the government of ISrae is a waste of time. Dov Weisglas told the world that Sharon wanted to set the peace process in formaldehyde, so any talk of peace and negotations is just window dressing and stalling while ISrael contiues to expand settlements in the West Bank.

  • Chris

    Keep your petty insults at home. Hamas has made no profound statements, it has merely continued in the tradition of Arafat. Say one thing in English, make sure the opposite remains in arabic and on paper.

    Israel and its supporters can not end a practice that does not exist. Israel will not withdraw from half of jerusalem and the entire west bank. That ended with 2000. With no peace on the horizon, Israel has every right to unilaterally act on the best interests of its citizens. That is what government is for.