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.

The path of extremism

Those looking for evidence of Daniel Pipes’ extremism can look no more. His performance on last night’s ABC Lateline showed a man who was delusional, racist and fundamentally removed from the reality of the Middle East. Suffice to say, he’s clearly been spending too much time in the Green Zone. Some “highlights” follow:


“Let me emphasise I do not want them [Shia and Sunni] to be shooting each other. I wish that the communities found a way to work together. I’m just saying should there be a civil war, it is not necessarily all that bad for our interests. By no means am I endorsing it, by no means do I want one. I’m looking at it in a cool way and saying there are advantages to it. Let me emphasise that does not mean I want it to happen.”

“…The name in the US was Operation Iraqi Freedom. I bristled at that. I thought it should be ‘Operation American Security’. And we don’t spend American lives to win other people’s freedom; we do it in order to protect ourselves. I think, again, a more modest approach where we keep an eye on our interest and hope for the best for the Iraqis and do the best we can for them, or any other people’s, but not make their welfare the reason why we go to war, why we lose lives. That’s not going to work.”

“The US has extreme tensions, with both Syria and Iran – this could exacerbate them [Iraqi civil war]. I don’t know that that’s all to the negative. I’m not – this is a complicated matter. But again, you know, strategically speaking, coolly speaking, I’m not sure that’s all to the bad; Turkey would be all to the bad.”

“I don’t believe, at this point, the coalition forces in Iraq constitute an occupation no more than say American forces in Europe are an occupation force at this point. They are there at the invitation of the Government and can be told by the government to leave. So this is not an occupation anymore. There is now a constituted government in Iraq. I say the Iraqis are adults they are not our wards. They will define their future. We can help them but it is not our burden to re-establish, to rehabilitate Iraq on a new basis.”

In the world of Pipes, there is no occupation in Iraq, growing conflict with Iran and Syria could be a positive for Western interests, Iraqis killing each other in greater and greater numbers could benefit the US strategically and only American lives truly matter. No wonder the Murdoch press and conservative bloggers love this man.

12 comments ↪
  • Addamo

    How does no occuptino translate into th eworld largest miliatary base and worlds largest embassy?

    I do give kudo to Pipes for at least comming clean about why Americans are in Iraq, as oposed to pretneding it is for some altruistic reasons.

    But apart from that, Pipes remains a delusional and fanatical right wing lunatic who considers Iraqi lives as expendable and worthless manure. What he does give away is that civil war is indeed what the occupation sees as it's best option, given that the whole invasion has gone to hell.

  • Nell Fenwick

    Who pays attention to Pipes anyway?

  • Progressive_Atheist

    Whose interests does a civil war in Iraq serve? Not America's or the West's, but Israel's.

  • smiths

    the middle east oil and gas is probably the greatest strategic prize on earth at the moment,
    they have to control it for their own ends and so no-one else can,
    any strong state in the middle east is a threat to this situation,
    so it is in american interests and israeli

  • Chris

    Here is extremism:

    This url is only for people who are interested in seeing the real version of "Paradise Now," not the Hollywood crap about the sensitive, sexy, tortured Palestinian lover-boys who debate blowing themselves up. The real bombers talk about "drinking Jewish blood." But, hey now, the Jews of Hollywood couldn't nominate that kind of dialogue for an Oscar, now could they? Below, a link to Palestinian Media Watch, and to the real videos of suicide bombers. These are the people Hollywood is trying to glamorize.
    http://tinyurl.com/qys4l

  • Addamo

    So Chris,

    Are you advovating that the film be censored to protect the freedom of expression of those who do not want to see the film?

  • orang

    Pipes…Blair…What do you call it when a man french kisses another man after he's been licking the arsehole of a chimpanzee?

  • Chris

    Here is the path to extremism:

    A Self-Portrait of Suicide Terrorists

    A collection of farewell videos made

    by Hamas and Fatah terrorists

    By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook

    The romanticized view of suicide terrorists in the Oscar-nominated Palestinian film Paradise Now bears little resemblance to the real world of suicide bombers, whose actual farewell videos include the following vows:

    "We are a nation that drinks blood, and we know that there is no blood better than the blood of Jews."

    "My dear mother … wipe your tears… Don't let me see you sad on my wedding day with the Maidens of Paradise."

    "Escort our souls to Heaven after we fulfill this duty of crushing the descendents of monkeys and pigs."

    "I hoped that the shredded limbs of my body would be shrapnel, tearing the Zionists to pieces, knocking on Heavens door with the skulls of Zionists… My blood shall be my path to march to Heaven."

    The following is a selection of videos prepared by six Hamas and Fatah suicide terrorists prior to their attacks. They give a glimpse into the hatred and dreams of an afterlife that motivate these killers. These self-portraits, not the fantasy world of film fiction, show the authentic suicide bomber. The terrorist videos include calls for Israel's destruction, the belief that killing Israelis will guarantee entrance into Paradise and the belief that as reward for their terror, the men will marry Maidens of Paradise.

    ——————————————————————————–

    Adham Ahmad Hujyla Abu Jandal

    Prepared before Suicide attack on December 7, 2004

    Published on Hamas website in February 2006

    "My message to the loathed Jews is that there is no god but Allah [and] we will chase you everywhere! We are a nation that drinks blood, and we know that there is no blood better than the blood of Jews. We will not leave you alone until we have quenched our thirst with your blood, and our children's thirst with your blood. We will not leave until you leave the Muslim countries…"

    Click here to watch this clip

    ——————————————————————————–

    Mu'min Rajab Rajab Abu Hafs

    Prepared before Suicide attack on December 7, 2004

    Published on Hamas website in February 2006

    "In the name of Allah, we will destroy you, blow you up, take revenge against you, purify the land of you, pigs that have defiled our country… This operation is revenge against the sons of monkeys and pigs…"

    "I dedicate this wedding [i.e. death for Allah] to all of those who have chosen Allah as their goal, the Quran as their constitution and the Prophet [Muhammad] as their role model. Jihad is the only way to liberate Palestine – all of Palestine – from the impurity of the Jews…

    "My dear mother, you who have cared for me, today I sacrifice my life to be your intercessor [on Judgment Day]. O my love and soul, wipe your tears, don't be saddened. In the name of Allah, I've achieve all that I've aspired. Don't let me see you sad on my wedding day with the Maidens of Paradise. So be happy and not sad, because in the name of Allah, after death is merciful Allah's paradise."

    Click here to watch this clip

    ——————————————————————————–

    Al-Moayed Bihokmillah Al-Agha

    Prepared before Suicide attack on December 12, 2004

    Published on Fatach Falcons website in December 2005

    "We will destroy and reach you everywhere. We will teach you lesson after lesson, attack after attack."

    Click here to watch this clip

    ——————————————————————————–

    Bassem Al-Takrouri & Mujahid Al-Jabari

    Prepared before Suicide attack on May 17, 2003

    Published on Hamas website in February 2006

    Bassem Al-Takrouri:

    "Angels of mercy, escort our souls to Heaven after we fulfill this duty of crushing the descendents of monkeys and pigs. Dear father and mother, blessings of honor and respect to you, while you escort me to the Maidens of Paradise as a martyr."

    Mujahid Al-Jabari:

    "My brothers, youth of this nation, march on the way of Jihad and martyrdom-seeking. Carry the Quran in your right hand and your weapon in your left and go in the way of the Chosen [i.e. Muhammad]. Ask for death – the life will be given to you."

    Click here to watch this clip

  • Chris

    My apologies. I believe you can view all of the clips at pmw.org.il

  • orang

    Is there any sex on them?

  • Chris

    If the desire to murder of Jews gets you off, then yes.

  • orang

    No no, I mean sex.