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.

Forcing silence

Press freedom is under threat in Kenya:

Kenyans on Thursday awoke to the shocking news of a Government attack on the Standard Group, in which KTN was put off air, the printing plant disabled and tens of thousands of newspapers burnt.

And the country united in roundly condemning the raid on the media group, which was described as a blatant assault on Press freedom.

Media colleagues, politicians — including some members of Government — the Church, lobby groups, professionals, human rights activists and ordinary Kenyans all joined the management and staff of the Standard group in protesting against the barbaric move. They held demonstrations in Nairobi and Kisumu, addressed Press conferences, issued statements, called into live TV and radio broadcasts or simply called our newsrooms to express solidarity with us.

Some callers termed the attack “the darkest moment” in Kenyan history and demanded the immediate resignation of the Government.

Kenyan bloggers have expressed solidarity with the Standard Group.

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  • I find it inconceivable and foolhardy that:

    1. The President hasn’t still found it fit to comment
    on something supposedly touching on our national, and
    by extension, his own security.

    2. That Hon. Michuki expects to win back public
    opinion with his belated attempts to sell the new
    angle to this incident. The Tuesday protests, if
    allowed to proceed, could just be the turning point in
    this saga (unless something gives between now and
    then. I certainly expect some clergymen to counsel the
    nation to be “patient” this Sunday).

    Someone has sent me an e-mail concerning the current
    affairs in our country, which I now take the liberty
    to share with you and others:
    ******

    A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see
    the farmer and his wife open a package.

    “What food might this contain?” The mouse wondered –
    he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

    Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the
    warning.

    “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a
    mousetrap in the house!”

    The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head
    and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave
    concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I
    cannot be bothered by it.”

    The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is
    a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the
    house!”

    The pig sympathized, but said, “I am so very sorry,
    Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but
    pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.”

    The mouse turned to the cow and said “There is a
    mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the
    house!”

    The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but
    it’s no skin off my nose.”

    So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and
    dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.

    That very night a sound was heard throughout the
    house — like the sound of a mousetrap catching its
    prey.

    The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In
    the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake
    whose tail the trap had caught.

    The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her
    to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever.

    Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken
    soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard
    for the soup’s main ingredient.

    But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and
    neighbors came to sit with her around the clock.
    To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

    The farmer’s wife did not get well; she died. So many
    people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow
    slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

    The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the
    wall with great sadness.

    So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem
    and think it doesn’t concern you…., remember
    — when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.

    We are all involved in this journey called life. We
    must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra
    effort to encourage one another.