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.

Fighting the wrong battle

Do the terms “futility” and “hypocrisy” mean anything to rabid Zionists? Clearly not:

Norman Finkelstein, the American author of “The Holocaust Industry”, and his publisher, are being sued under French law against libel. The French edition (based on the English-language original) is considered actionable and replete with Holocaust revisionism and incitement to antisemitism.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Liaison, Dr. Shimon Samuels, who three years ago publicly debated Finkelstein when the book was first published in London, presented the following testimony for today’s Paris hearing:

“‘The Holocaust Industry’ presents a great danger. Mr. Finkelstein’s thesis is an extremist attack on Jews in general, and American Jews in particular, accusing them of exploiting the suffering of the Shoah as ‘a pretext for their crimes in the context of the Middle-East conflict.’

This thesis, so close to that of Roger Garaudy [a condemned French Holocaust denier and anti-Jewish hate-monger] today constitutes the principal credo of modern antisemitism.

With particularly acute intellectual perversity, Finkelstein exploits his own Jewish antecedents in order to attack, as ‘racist,’ specific Jewish leaders, their organizations and the Jewish people.

I am convinced that, as in the aforementioned Garaudy trial, only a judicial penalty will contain the damage wreaked by this particularly offensive libel.”

Sadly, French courts have already attempted to stop legitimate criticism of the Jewish state in an infamous 2005 case.

65 comments ↪
  • Addamo

    I almost never use Wikipedia.

    Only for times dates. But the Washington Post's reputatinon is hardly legenary for it's accuracy either.

    No wonder your knowledge is so limited.

  • orang

    …so what you just gave us is pure "Chris" right?

  • orang

    And on another, lighter note and more recent;

    "Israel kills six Palestinians
    Palestine-Israel, Military, 3/7/2006

    Four Palestinians including two children were killed as one Israeli military plane bombarded one car in al-Shujaeeya quarters east of Gaza.

    The Israeli occupation army said that its planes fired missiles at a car occupied by activists of Saraya al-Quds ( Jerusalem groups), the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement east of Gaza city.

    Medical sources said that two members of al-Jihad movement were killed in the raid where nine passerby were injured including one youngster and several women during the bombardment."

    See if these terrorist didn't drive around with children in their cars, it wouldn't have to happen. By the way one of the so called children was 15 years old..

    "Al-Jazeera satellite TV said that the two Palestinian brothers aging 12 and 13 years and were killed as they were playing in a suspicious material that was blown up in their hands. An Israeli military spokesman denied involvement of the Israeli army in this explosion."
    -Of course this is obviously a home made terrorist bomb gone off by accident-right? Wink wink.

    Israeli forces kill 4 Palestinians, demolish houses
    Palestine-Israel, Politics, 3/6/2006

    WAFA reported today that four Palesintians, including one child, "were killed and several others wounded, during a fresh Israeli raid on Gaza, medical sources said… Ministry of Health identified two of the victims as Moneer Sokkar and Ashraf Shallof, adding that the bodies of the casualties were ripped apart."

    "…WAFA added, the Israeli Occupation Forces today handed al-Hmedan family warrants "to demolish their houses in the West Bank (WB) village of an-Nouman near Bethlehem…(to) build a military camp and a settlement on the lands of an-Nouman village."
    Such nobility, so close to the neighbourhood, the Arabs must feel blessed.

  • Chris

    And what does that have to do with the fact that the Sudanese Arabs are committing Genocide in the Sudan, that is is not just some tribal quarrel? Is that what you're winking about?

  • hm

    Yeah orang, what's up with the winking? I'm happy to hear extra information from you regarding the two Palestinians who appeared to have died at their own hands handling explosives; but why at this stage should we assume it wasn't a self-inflicted fatality? This doesn't diminish the tragedy of their deaths, or the culpability of Israel in other deaths, but you shouldn't falsely autopsy corpses just to win an argument on a message board.

  • Addamo

    "Palestinians who appeared to have died at their own hands handling explosives"

    Hmmm, there's that word "appeared" again.

    Why should we indeed assume that they were culpable in their own deaths when the Israeli leadership has essentialy put out contracts on the PA leaadership?

    Some very creative wiggling going here isn't it guys?

  • Chris

    The two of them falsify so many other things (With the excuse that they didn't know they were false – wink wink)that it is now expected that their posts will contain a great deal of innaccuracies.

  • orang

    Hmmmm, trying to get some information to back up my "wink, wink" comment. I realize it is natural to assume that Israel would claim innocence and a self-inflicted accident becomes the only version of the story.

    In my quest to find more information on this incident, all I could come up with was;

    "More than 3,000 homes, hundreds of public buildings and private commercial properties, and vast areas of agricultural land have been destroyed by the Israeli army and security forces in Israel and the Occupied Territories in the past three and a half years. Tens of thousands of men, women and children have been forcibly evicted from their homes and made homeless or have lost their source of livelihood. Thousands of other houses and properties have been damaged, many beyond repair. In addition, tens of thousands of other homes are under threat of demolition, their occupants living in fear of forced eviction and homelessness."
    (Amnesty International)

    Nope, no 2 boys killed there.

    From 2004 (old news)
    "AL-BUREIJ REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip, March 16 (News Agencies) – Mutilated bodies are all that remain of a Palestinian woman and four young people killed, when their donkey cart was destroyed by a mysterious blast, which Palestinians say was an Israeli landmine explosion, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

    At Deir Al-Balah hospital, doctors were trying to piece together the remains of the five dead before their burial.

    The victims were blown to bits Friday, as Palestinian security sources say the cart hit an Israeli landmine in the Al-Bureij area of the central Gaza Strip. The Israeli army, however, has denied the charge."

    The landmine was "a bomb left by Palestinians to injure Israeli troops as they left the area in their armoured vehicles," an Israeli army spokesman claimed.

    Zina al-Awawida, 43, her three children aged eight to 16 and her six-year-old nephew Khaled al-Awawida had been going to visit relatives, as they did every Friday when tragedy struck."

    See, see, can't prove anything at all.

    "Jewish settler runs over two Palestinian children near Qalqilia
    By
    Feb 24, 2005, 18:58

    Qalqilia – A Jewish settler last night ran over two Palestinian children at the northern entrance to Azun village east of Qalqilia city.

    Local sources said that Mohammed Saleh Allam, 13, and Salah Wisam Bakir, 12, were rushed to hospital after the spiteful settler hit them with his car and ran away."

    An ACCIDENT!!!

    So just put it down to a typical anti-semtic remark made by orang.

  • JohD

    That is the trouble with desk bound psuedo-pundits, they believe they have the answers based on what they can find to bolster their case. I have no doubt that there are a multitude of sources out there that insist on depicting Sudanese Arabs as 'white' and the other Sudanese as Black. But I can assure you, the difference is not even skin deep, they are both blacker than your average Bantu. I have been there, I know.

    It is the same with the Hutu and Tutsi, who were invented as a separate tribe by the French, who singled out people from the general population for their 'lighter skin' than the rest and called them 'Tutsi'. They believed that genetics would generate a race of lighter skinned people as a result. They were dissapointed when the Tutsi-Tutsi marriages produced progeny of a somewhat darker hue. People who talk about 'whiter' Black people in Africa generally are victims of their own perverted worldviews.

    Don't mistake war propaganda from Interventionist ideologues as unadulterated fact.

    Arabs from South Sudan

    Sudanese Arabs

  • JohD
  • Chris

    So you are a "desk bound psuedo-pundit"? Doesn't seem like much of a credential. Or were you there, at this place, to refute this story?

    July 2004) Arab militias gang-rape and sell non-Arab girls into slavery. Slavery never died in the Arab countries (that, after all, invented it much earlier than the European nations). Slavery is still practiced today in several countries, including Saudi Arabia and Sudan. Sudan has been for centuries the recruitment place for Arab slave traders, and it retains the unpleasant record of being the main slave trading center in 2004. Sudan is a country of mixed ethnic nature: Arabs hold the power, but the vast majority of the population is "black", forcibly converted to Islam over the centuries. Unfortunately, the international community led by the United Nations (See What is wrong with the United Nations) recognizes the right of the Arab government of Sudan to rule over the southern half of the country, which did not even convert to Islam (they are a mixture of Christians and pagans, totally abandoned by the international community to the Arab army that killed two million of them over 20 years). Arab Sudanese slave traders have always taken advantage of this ethnic diversity to sustain their business: plunder non-Arab villages, gang-rape the women, massacre those who oppose resistance, sell everybody else into slavery.

    Reports about this practice have been available fince at least the 1980s, but nobody cared. For mysterious reasons, everybody cares that a few Palestinian Arabs are being killed in a civil war with Israel, but nobody cared that millions of non-Arabs were being killed by Arabs in Sudan: talk about the power of (Arab) oil.

    After Powell's visit to the refugee camps of the Darfur people, the world cannot deny the obvious anymore: Arab militias (the "Janjaweed"), tolerated if not backed by the Sudanese government (witnesses describe coordinated attacks on villages by militias and air force), have been scientifically exterminating the non-Arabs of Sudan, the same way that Arabs elsewhere, from Morocco to Iraq, "cleansed" their lands of all non-Arabs.

    As Amnesty International reported: "Arab militias in Sudan are gang-raping and abducting girls as young as eight… systematically killing, torturing, or using them as sex slaves". Amnesty International quotes Darfur women describing the gang-rapes by Islamic fundamentalists: "They raped women. They are happy when they rape. They sing when they rape and they tell us that we are just slaves"

    What the Amnesty International report does not say (the power of Arab oil money extends to Amnesty International too) is that this is not new, and it is not limited to the Sudan.

    Needless to say, the Arab world is largely ignoring the massacres of Darfur (see The Arab League fails again). Al Jazeera spends hours discussing the accidental killing of a Palestinian or an Iraqi, but hardly mentions that thousands of people are killed every month in the Sudan.

  • Addamo

    "Needless to say, the Arab world is largely ignoring the massacres of Darfur (see The Arab League fails again). Al Jazeera spends hours discussing the accidental killing of a Palestinian or an Iraqi, but hardly mentions that thousands of people are killed every month in the Sudan."

    And the Wetrern World does what exactly? the news is resprendnt with anythgni to dow with vioence in the occupied territories but nothing on Sudan.

    Apart frm rare examples like Simalia, Africa has alwasy been disregarded in that way.

  • Chris

    Seems the news has numerous stories about the Sudanese Arabs committing genocide.

  • Addamo

    MSM? CNN? NBC? CBS? FOX? BBC?

    Which one?

  • Chris

    I don't know about MSM, but all the rest have made their reports on the Sudanese genocide.