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.

Milosevic ‘explained’

“It was Yugoslavia’s resistance to the broader trends of political and economic reform – not the plight of Kosovo Albanians – that best explains NATO’s war.”

John Norris, Collision Course, Praeger, 2005, pp. xxiii.

Norris was communications director to President Clinton’s Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott.

5 comments ↪
  • Marcelo Monteiro (Br

    Small wonder ! We´ve had so many democratically elected governments in South America whose presidents have been assassinated for similar reasons in the past: the dead ones are those who did not play the game of the international community of western self-appointed "democratic" governments and their self-appointed "free-press", so many coup d´états with the ensuing "freedom" for big capital to exploit the "un-free" latin-americans. This is a great message for Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales and any Latin American president who dares disagree with the "international community" of big capital… Watch out Chavez, watch out Morales, watch out Latin America, this is what may happen to you, to us, latin americans, whenever we don´t play the game of "democratic" big capital, free to oppress the big masses, free to kill , free to lie, that has been the freedom, us Latin Americans have always seen this far. And I wonder how can people still believe in the "free movement of capital" without the "free movement of people". There is no freedom on earth for people, just for capital and those who control the "free press" (!?$#@%$#@), the "free capital" , the rest, of the rest, who cares about the rest?

  • Addamo

    Right on Marcelo. Let's hope Chavez and Morales are a sign of things to come. It looks liek Chavez has started somethign the US can no longer contain.

  • Jack Lacton

    Hi Marcelo and Addamo,

    I find that many South Americans, charming as they are, seem to blame everyone but themselves for their problems and thus is the case here.

    Do yourselves a favour and forget about the US, "capital" or whatever. Then try and work out how to improve the lives of your people.

    It's great to have dreams. A goal is just a dream with an end date. How are you going to pay for it?

    The most fundamental problem is that state-owned enterprises (besides being hopelessly inefficient, even with the best of intentions, or chronically corrupt with the same effect) have no mechanism for correctly valuing products or services. That leads to a huge black market, a loss in tax revenue and a decline in living stanards. Read the history of the Soviet Union from 1900 and you'll see what I mean.

    Take care.

    Ciao,

    Jack

  • Addamo

    Jack,

    I find that people like yourself are particularly good at sticking your heads in the sand. Yes, it’s appropriate that people take responsibility for what happens to them, but to ignore the decades of US aggression and intervention in Latin America is absurd and complete fantasy.

    Take Ecuador for example. Until recently, this country was making less than 10 cents in the dollar on the oil that was being pumped from it’s reserves. And of that 10%, most of it went towards paying back huge loans for projects that went towards paying for infrastructure that benefited the elite of that country. Now you would believe that these loans were taken out buy irresponsible leaders who had delusions of grandeur, but you fail to see that these same people were often given a dire ultimatum if they did not take up the offer.

    Seriously Jack, in some parts of Latin America, multi-nationals are now trying to buy up the rights to fresh water (including rain water) and selling it to the locals at hugely inflated prices. You call this progress? And guess who is supporting this move? The World Bank as part of it’s imposed “economic reforms”.

    What has happened to living standards in Latin America in the lat half century, other than benefiting a small percentile of the polulation?

    The notion of state owned enterprises being inefficient is completely bogus. On the surface, they may be less effecting than privately owned conglomerates, but the fact remains that the profits of state owned industries remain inside the country, not spirited away to offshore accounts. These countries have been a boo to multinationals and capitalism because they have provided cheap labor and cheap resources to corporations who viability would be sorely tested were it not for the massive tax breaks and sweet deals they get from lobbying Washington.

    The implosion of Enron and WorldCom, both of which were held up as shining examples of Western enterprise only a few years ago, are perfect examples of the fragility and un-sustainability of the capitalist model of doing business.

    You exhibit a typical blind-spot that is anxious to point out political corruption or cronyism in third world countries while turning a blind eye to the monumental corruption or cronyism that takes place at the highest levels of government in the Western World. No doubt you will justify it by insisting that this is how business is done and that nothing illegal is taking place. Blab Markets are born out of scarcity and prohibitive laws. Who needs a black market, when you have multi-nationals who have an open door to the White House and the US treasury?

    Every leader in Latin America that has dared to stand up to the US has met a tragic fete. In 2003, there was a US supported coup in Venezuela (albeit a failure) and in 2004 there was the overthrow of Aistide n Haiti. In spite of all the rhetoric and character assassination about Aristide in the MSM, his greatest crime was trying to raise the minimum wage t $2 a day.

    President Omar Torrijos of Panama and President Jaime Roldas of Ecuador. Allende of Chile all met their fete because they dared to put the interests of their country before those of the US.

    Do yourself a favor and read “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” by John Perkins if you want a huge eye opener as to what the US and the World bank have done to Latin America and other thirds world countries since the overthrow of Mossadegh, another leader who was naïve enough that the resources of Iran could be used to benefit Iranians.

  • Addamo

    Incidently Jack,

    I'm not South American.