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.

On the ground

The latest poll figures suggest Palestinians are increasing their support for Hamas since the late January election. US and Israeli attempts to sabotage the result are, unsurprisingly, bound to fail. Other released poll results prove that a majority of Palestinians are in favour of negotiations with Israel and maintaining the Hamas ceasefire.

Israel’s response since the Palestinian elections has been typically arrogant and counterproductive. A new UN report outlines the situation:

Israel’s tightening of security procedures has exacted a heavy humanitarian toll in the territories since the Palestinian parliamentary elections last month, according to a United Nations report obtained by Haaretz on Monday.

The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs also warns that Jerusalem’s withholding of VAT and customs funds intended for the Palestinian Authority would place the PA in danger of collapse, limiting its ability to provide basic services such as health, education, water and electricity, sewage and garbage collection, and policing to the population in the West Bank and Gaza.

“The non-payment of salaries to [the PA’s] 73,000 security staff could risk a rise in criminality, kidnapping and protection racket,” the report said. “Dependence on PA salaries is greatest in some of the poorest governorates, including Jenin, Tul Karm, Qalqilya, Tubas, Salfit, and the Gaza Strip.”

Are leading Zionist groups likely to condemn Israeli measures of collective punishment? Of course not. It’s only Palestinians being oppressed.

31 comments ↪
  • Chris C

    Maybe the Palestinians should start wearing yellow crescents and crosses on their clothes and responding to IDF directives with a click of their heels and a salute …

  • orang

    crosses? crosses? You don't mean there's christians among these "beasts", we'd better keep that one quiet.

  • Chris

    "could risk a rise in criminality, kidnapping and protection racket,”"

    I did not know that there was a kidnapping and protection racket in the disputed territories. Is there an estimate involved in the GDP?

  • orang

    Well, they'll just have to go to basics if Israel in all it's glory will put them on a diet. They'll have to grow their own food, olive oil….(wait a minute, Israel's taken all the land, the water and the oilve trees) Hey, this is a trick question!
    Let them eat babka!

  • Chris

    Israel's taken all the land? Sounds like a trick statement. I'm sure countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia can start putting their money where their mouth is. Let them support the Palestinians.

  • Addamo

    They are and they will.

    When do you thnk Israel will deide it's time to grow up, be a real democracy ( as oppsed to a pretend one) and stop taling big welfare cheques from the US?

  • Chris

    Since your criteria is not their criteria, my guess is that they will never do what you ask. They don't have too.

    Most Americans love them and want them to have the money. Most americans believe Israel is a grown up entity and as real a democracy as most western states, better than most Asian and African states.

  • Addamo

    "Most Americans love them and want them to have the money. "

    Do you have any evidnce of that, or anre you talking out of your arse again?

    "Most americans believe Israel is a grown up entity and as real a democracy as most western states, better than most Asian and African states."

    Do you have any evidence of that or are you making up facts again?

  • Addamo

    Oh let me guess, Americans are real people right Chris?

  • orang

    Real People:
    Israelis
    US Congress
    Howard's Ozzies
    Selected Pacific countries who vote with above.
    Tony Blair sometimes

  • Chris

    Leave your petty insults at home. I would think you would be the last person to draw attention to the fact that you have bem making up 'facts'.

    Proof that Americans love Israel? I would say the most recent polls were proof enough, wouldn't you?

    Proof that Israel is as real a democracy as most western nations and better that most african and asian? Study the US State department reports. I'm sure you'll find them illuminating.

  • Addamo

    Please point to a link with the polls you refer to. I expect the polls to have the word love somewhere i nthe question or that woud lmake you a liar.

    U am not interested in US State Deprtmnet reports. Yo usaid "most Americans believe", so unless you have a poll to reflect this, that makes you a BS artis.

  • Chris

    It needs the word 'love' in it for you to be satisfied? If so, then I admit to blatantly substituting my phrasiology for the actual words used in the polls 'stating' that the majority of americans love Israel and Israelis. But, if one is allowed to use other words that symbolize the essence of the wording in the poll, then I told the truth, exaggerating the essence but not the substance.

    I don't know if there are any polls using the term 'love Israel and Israelis' nor 'hate' palestine and palestinians.

    Reading the polls, an educated person might surmise that Americans are enamored with Israel and Israelis, and could care less about palestine and palestinians.

    But then there is no explaniation available as to your blatant lie about the Liberty, to wit:

    1. Addamo Feb 22nd, 2006 at 2:27 pm

    They even tried to sick the USS Liberty because they were trying to prevent the US getting wind of their plans to commence the attack.

  • Chris

    "Americans, who hold democracy dear to them, have very positive views on the U.S. – Israeli relationship. The survey clearly demonstrates that they understand that Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East and a strong ally of the U.S.," Mr. Foxman stated. "This is especially evident in the findings that show that while 67% agree that the U.S. is more likely to be targeted for terrorist attack because of its support for Israel (68% in March and 73% in 2003) a majority — 56% — believe that the U.S. should continue supporting Israel, even if it means a greater risk of terrorist attacks against America (61% in March; 62% in 2003)." [view graph]

  • Addamo

    You are truly pathetic Chris,

    Every time you make statement out of your arse, your only come back is to make mention of a mistake I made, which I admitted to.

    Pitty you are such a coward. Do you want me to remind you of the mother of all stupid statements you made, when you said real people admire Israel and do not admire Palestinians?

    I asked you for a link of surveys and you have not backed out of you BS statement that the surveys show Americas' love Israel. Where is it Chris?

    "I don’t know if there are any polls using the term ‘love Israel and Israelis’ nor ‘hate’ palestine and palestinians."

    So you admit your statement was false. That's a very good start.

    Do the polls include any question with the words, like, love, enamored, affection for or anything of the like?

    Put up or shut up Chris.

    BTW. I am still wafting for evidence of your assertion that the Rachel Corrie play was halted from production because of financial concerns.

    We should call you the Fubar Kid.

  • Chris

    Leave your petty insults at home.

    I admit to using terms that may have enhanced the exact terms used in the poll, but not the results of the poll.

    As for putting up or shutting up, care to explain this deliberate lie you foisted on all of us. Apology is not neccessary, but a reasonable explanation for your blatant falsification of history is in order:

    1. Addamo Feb 22nd, 2006 at 2:27 pm

    They even tried to sick the USS Liberty because they were trying to prevent the US getting wind of their plans to commence the attack.

  • Addamo

    I explained my mistake in that statement. My only explanation is that I was wrong to make that statement.

    Israel had a reason for attacking the USS Liberty, and there is ample evidence that the attack was not a mistake. None of the survivors are on the record as accepting the explanation as being a tragic accident.

    Are you ever going to explain what you meant when you said that "real peopel admire israel and do not admire Palestinians"?

    Are you ever going to provide the lin to the poll that makes any suggestion americna's have a fondness for Israel? Surely that can;t be too difficult? Also, any evidence of the financial projections that suggestied the Rachel Corrie play was stopped becasue of such concerns would also be appreciated.

  • Chris

    You did not explain why you lied. Of course it was wrong of you to lie. Everyone knows it was wrong of you to lie.

    But why did you lie? And based on that blatant lie, why is there any reason to believe any of your unsupported statements?

    Your statements concerning the use of depleted uranium in dirty bombs comes to mind.

  • Addamo

    I didn't lie. I actually read that explanation, though I cannto recall where I read it. it was my mistake not to have checked the source.

    My staement of dirty bombs was rebutted by a very flawed ergument on your part, I outlines that in the approrpiate thread.

    You yourself have said that "real people admire Israel and not Plestinians". Why did you lie abotu that when iyou have failed to rpove that unreal peopel exist?

    You lied when you said "it appeared" the rachel Corrie play was suspended due to financial concerns it woudl not make money? Why did you lie abotu that when there is no evidence of it?

    you lied when you suggested that Rachel Corrie commited suicide as a result of her pregnancy, yet you failed to rpove that she was pregnant or explain why being pregnant woudl drive her to commit suicide.

    So you see, your lies are in abunance.

    Oh, and until you are able to provide a link about the poll showing Americans "love" Israel, let's assume that too is a lie.

    So far that's at leat 4 lies off the top of my head.

  • orang

    Is this "love" like in a biblical way? Or is it Platonic?

  • Addamo

    Good question Orang,

    Given how much the American;s hand over to Israel, the tax payers are most certainyl used to getting screwed.

  • Chris

    Of course you lied. You deliberately lied. All that is left to find out why you lied.

    Suggesting that Rachel Corrie's death was in essence a suicide desire because of the possibility that she was impregnated by a married palestinian is mere speculation. Nothing was stated as fact, nor was there any statements made as to positive evidence.

    A suggested appearance, based on an intepretation of the staements made by the would-be producers, can not even be closely related to a lie. Your other examples follow the same route.

    But you blatantly lied. Why?

  • Addamo

    Of course i didn't lie Chris. Wh woud I lie? Yo must ahve a theory in mind that you are hoping i wil confess to. Care to share what that mihg be?

    When you say "it appears" it implies hat you have witness evidence to suggest such a theory. So where is the evidence you based thee assertions on?

    Where is your evidence of the existence of unreal people and that real people admire Israel?

    Where is your evidence that Americans love Israel?

    Where is your evindece that the play in NY was put on hold for financial reasons?

    You make blatabtly false statements. So why do you do that?

  • Addamo

    One more thing Chris

    I can't possibly have lied about the USS Liberty, because lying implies that I knew the truth but negated it anyway. I was not on the ship at the time of the attack. I can only summize what happened by reasding accoutns of the incident, just like you.

    So in order to prove that I lied, you must be able to prove that I knew the truth an that is impossible seeing as I did not witness the incident.

  • orang

    I don't think it's love, it's lust!

  • Chris

    Of course you lied. And that makes the both of us wondering why you blatantly lied.

    Can anyone state, with any proof whatsoever, that this statement of fact was not a lie?

    1. Addamo Feb 22nd, 2006 at 2:27 pm

    They even tried to sick the USS Liberty because they were trying to prevent the US getting wind of their plans to commence the attack.

  • Addamo

    You wodl stil have to prove that I knwo thsis to be false. can you prove that? or are you lying abotu that?

    I am really curiosu as to how you expect to prove I lied Chris. You are reall getting desperate.

    May I please have those links to prove that Amerians love Israel?

    Oh and that theory of your about unreal people. When do I get to see that?

  • Addamo

    Chris,

    Could you also provide me with evidence of hwo I knew the facts of what happened to the USS Liberty? how was I there to witness an event when I was not even born?

    I look forward to that one too.

    Much appreciated

  • Chris

    You lied, you know you lied, and know you're trying to get out from under it. How pathetic. Next you'll be asking us the definition of 'it'.

  • Addamo

    No not at all Chris. You got it all wrong.

    I am asking for your help here oh wise one. Maybe I do need a definition of what a lie is becasue as far as I know, I made a statement based on what I knew to be true. Fortunately, you came along and showed me that I was mistaken and I am grateful for that.

    If you can somehow explain to me how I knew my statement to be false but said it anyway, that would be most helpful.

    "How pathetic."

    Now you know how I feel as I await your theory on the existence of unreal people and that elusive link to the polls showing that Amefican's love israel.

    Can't wait.

  • Chris

    I have no theory on such and I've never stated that i have a theory of such. Are you knowingly providing false information again?

    Again; Why did you lie about the Liberty incident? What did you hope to accomplish?