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.

Next stop, Iran

My latest column for New Matilda discusses the Iranian “threat”:

We’re told that the rise of a nuclear Iran is not to be tolerated — but India and Pakistan can build their arsenals with Western blessing. Israel’s open secret of between 200 and 500 nuclear warheads isn’t even susceptible to international inspections, while Iran has allowed UN inspectors to comb the country looking for weapons material.

It should be noted that North Korea has undoubtedly learnt the best way to avoid US invasion: build a bomb, maybe a few, and watch the world suddenly cease its threats.

Fervour for some kind of Western offensive against Iran is gathering steam. Even ABC Radio’s PM is not immune. In mid-February, host Mark Colvin interviewed an English professor on international affairs and asked him how the West should deal with the ‘Iranian nuclear threat.’

My New Matilda archive is here.

4 comments ↪
  • Addamo

    Good article Antony,

    You managed to tie in a lot into a short piece.

  • orang

    And further down;

    "In other words, once Plame was removed from the scene, the US intelligence community would be virtually blind in determining Iran’s nuclear progress — the neo-Cons’ ideal scenario. Step forward the same charlatans, war-freaks and neo-Cons who led us into Iraq.
    The total failure of the Iraq project will not deter the US and its allies from launching an attack on Iran. The US and Israel are gathering public opinion for yet another illegal and immoral intervention. It is the media’s duty to stop them."

    Remember when they tried to recruit Downer for the top Nuclear watchdog job?
    Israel's running dogs must have got the memos – their recent comments;

    (captain Mar 1st, 2006 at 10:46 pm

    Antony, I think you have read this situation wrong as usual.

    It has long been understood that the Iranian population is at odds with its leadership. There has been considerable hope about the population whose aspirations are probably very different to their antisemitic leaders. ")

    ..is this the beginning of a Chalabi like pronouncement that we will be met with crowds throwing us rose petals?

    or,

    (Chris Mar 1st, 2006 at 11:39 pm

    Many, if not most, western nations have taken the position that Iran has lied about its Nuclear program.

    Secondly, I believe the US has learned. They will destroy what is required to be destroyed and leave. )

    So don't worry, this time we won't need to hang around – besides there's enough land in the right place for Military Bases in Iraq. What's going to happen this time is simple. We fly in the Cruise Missiles, F-16, F-18, F-20, …..B52's B1,2,3,4….Fuck the place up beyond recognition, and just let it burn. Who cares?
    Israel will have complete freedom like the vultures that fly lazily around all over the ME.

  • Addamo

    Yes Orang,

    That's wht Captian is referring to when he speaks of "nuance".

    Incidently, what a joke it woudl be to have Downer as head of the IAEA. The same clown who stopp in front ot the House and declared to the world the news abtou mobile biological weapons labs, and repetae to the world the 45 minute warning.

    This guy is ideal for he job as far as the Us and Israel is concerned. No brain and no capacity to ask quesions.

  • orang

    He is in Neverland, The Piano Player is TinkerBell, big W is..Peter Pan?(bad analogy). He honestly doesn't realize he's an idiot. Thankfully Howard or someone talked him out of accepting that job. They knew that is the plan -build "evidence" using the IAEA to attack Iran, and of course he dicklicker, would ecstatically parrot what Cheney/The Piano Player wanted. In the end the world would realise it was a pack of lies would rightly vilify him for life,