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.

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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.

A milestone

Zionists constantly tell us that a “new anti-Semitism” is upon us and Jews are about to face a second Holocaust. Pure drivel, according to the new director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research in London:

The situation of world Jewry is much better than Israel and the major Jewish organizations would like us to think, says historian Dr. Antony Lerman, the new director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research in London.

In his opinion, all of the talk in recent years about a new form of anti-Semitism that is camouflaged as criticism of Israel is nothing but pure drivel. True, he says, there are more instances in Europe of attacks on Jews by Muslim immigrants, but the problem can be easily resolved: as soon as Israel agrees to a “just solution to the Palestinian problem.”

True, he says, the murderers of the young Jew in France last month chose their victim because “all of the Jews are wealthy,” but he still doubts that this is enough to make the murder an anti-Semitic incident.

In general, Lerman feels that paranoia has developed around the issue of anti-Semitism, and the tendency to define anything negative that happens to a Jew as an anti-Semitic incident.

This, of course, won’t stop the usual suspects from using rampant paranoia for political gain.

31 comments ↪
  • Chris

    Jews will not be safe in France unless the palestinian situation is resolved?

    (True, he says, there are more instances in Europe of attacks on Jews by Muslim immigrants, but the problem can be easily resolved: as soon as Israel agrees to a “just solution to the Palestinian problem.”)

    I must assume that this fellow lost a cog somewhere in his studies. How lame. Very silly of you to post this nonsense, Antony, unless your purpose was to show that antisemitism is alive and well in Europe, mostly due to immigration from Islamic countries.

  • Addamo

    Not at all Chris,

    at least this man sheds some balance to this hysteria perpetuated in the Jewish community that Europe in undergoing some grass roots ani-Semtic renaissance.

    “In his opinion, all of the talk in recent years about a new form of anti-Semitism that is camouflaged as criticism of Israel is nothing but pure drivel.”

    This is so refreshing to hear. It is so destructive that this notion of holocaust markII is being perpetuated in the Jewsih community. There is no evidence of it and it serves no purpose.

  • Chris

    There does not appear to be any hysteria. Just reaction to the events in Europe. There seems to be an increase in the number of antisemitic incidents. Dr. Antony Lerman has attempted to explain it away as the immigrant Islamic reaction to the situation in the palestinian territories.

    It is my understanding the the Jewish community also blames the apparent resurgence in antisemitism to the immigrant Islamic reaction to the situation in the palestinian territories.

    The Jews in Eurpoe are not to blame for the plight of any group in the middle east. Nor should their safety be tied to any such plight.

    It appears that Iran is pushing for Holocaust #2. You can not fault the Jews for being concerned about the rantings of a political leader in the Middle east.

  • Addamo

    as this article points out, there is greater friction between Arabs and Jews in Europe. I don;t see evidnce that it is purely cunconnected to the situation in the Palestinian territories, but it woud be rediculous to suggest there was no connection either.

    I do agree that Jews in Eurpoe are not to blame for the plight of any group in the middle east, though support for Sirael's policy in the occupied terriroties is bound to raise conflict.

    In spite of the heated rhetoric from Iranian leaders, there is no evidence that Iran is pushing for Holocaust #2. Iran would not survive such a stupid endeavour.

  • Chris

    The statement by Dr. Lerman: "True, he says, there are more instances in Europe of attacks on Jews by Muslim immigrants, but the problem can be easily resolved: as soon as Israel agrees to a “just solution to the Palestinian problem.”"

    The heated rhetoric coming from Iran is enough proof to have concern. Suicide bombers do not survive their stupid endeavour, but those who send them often do.

    It appears that Islam does not hold life sacred. I have no polling data to back it up, just a speculation based on the number of suicide attacks.

  • Addamo

    Your observation that those who send suicide bombers to die do not intend to die themselves is a good one and discredits this notino that the Iranian mullhas are willing to sacrifice the entire country for the sake of attacking Israel. ti is quite absurd really.

    Of course the rheotic is cause for concern, but there is no substance to back it up. Iran can't hurt Israel. Israel has tsated it can defend itself against anny attack should it happen. And that is without taking the US support into consideration.

    "It appears that Islam does not hold life sacred."

    I think this is an unfari generalisation. It is based largely on the actions of extremists adn does nto consider moderate muslims or those who have different interpretations of relisious doctrine. For someone who is clearly intelliegent Chris, it really religious that you continue to make these ingorant platitudes.

    Should one assume from Goldsteins massacre and Sharon's crimes that Jews enjoy killing people?

  • Shabadoo

    This man is clearly a dill who has no understanding of the history or phenomenon of anti-Semitism.

    If only the Jews got out of Palestine, the Holocaust would never have happened.

    If only the Jews got out of Palestine, the cossacks would've never thought to get up the pogroms.

    If only the Jews got out of Palestine, the editor of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion would've said, "You need a better villain."

    If only the Jews got out of Palestine, laws preventing Jews from going into certain businesses, owning property, etc, in Europe would've had no resonance and died in committee.

    If only the Jews got out of Palestine, the Crusaders would never have sacked Jewish villages on their way to the Holy Land to raise funds.

    I know it's hard to believe, guys, but sometimes it's not the victim's fault.

  • Chris

    The Mullahs do not believe they are sacrificing their entire country. They believe they will survive. That may also be an unfair generalization in your eyes, but I do not see it that way.

    You have no knowledge whatsoever as to any substance to Iran's threat.

    As for generalizations, there were riots and protests by thousands if not millions of Islamics over the publication of cartoons making fun of Mohammed.

    How many Islamic rioting in protest over the cartoons concerning the holocaust in Iranian papers?

  • Addamo

    Do tell Chris how the Mullahs can be so sure they will survive a nuclear attack. What makes you come to that conclusion?

    "You have no knowledge whatsoever as to any substance to Iran’s threat."

    Neither do you. Actually I do knwo that there is not a shre of evidence that Iran has or is pursuign nukes, therefore there is no evidence of a thret to Israel. You on the other hand, prefer to make it up.

    How do the riots have anythnig to do with the myth of rising anti-semitism in the world?

    "How many Islamic rioting in protest over the cartoons concerning the holocaust in Iranian papers?"

    How many Jews rioted over the c"artoons making fun of Mohammed."?

  • Chris

    Ask them.

    As for you not nothing anything, all you've proven is that you still do not know anything. I'm glad to see that you are not making up the fact that you do not know anything.

    But the warning is real. The rest had to do with generalizations.

  • You're right, the guy has no idea. He's only an expert in his field, and we're all…not.

  • Chris

    Nice to finally hear from you. Which fellow are you referring to and to what aspect of knowledge is this bit of sarcasm about?

  • Addamo

    You avoided answering my question Chris,

    How can the Mullahs be so sure they will survive a nuclear attack. What makes you come to that conclusion?

    What evidence do you have that Iran has the cpabilityt to inflict a strike against Israel?

    Seeing as you know everything, this shouldn't be too difficult.

    And try to stay on topc this time, I really woudl love to hear what you come up with.

  • Chris

    There is no topic to stay on. I would assume the Mullahs trust in Allah. Previously, you proved how you knew nothing. It appears nothing has changed in that regard.

  • John Ryan

    To Chris and his ilk any criticism of Israeli politics and policy is anti-semitic

  • Chris

    Ilk? Who is John Ryan and why does he think? Is it just a primitive reaction to be prodded with a stick?

    Thank you for your profound thoughts. It improved the atmosphere.

  • Addamo

    Your stupidity is a sight to behold Chris. and our knowledge woudl barely sit on a pin head.

    So the hand of Allah is going to snatch those nuclear missiles from the air and extinguisht them is that right?

    Who is the rpimitive one here Chris?

  • Chris

    Leave your petty insults at home.

    It is not up to me to educate Mullahs.

  • Addamo

    I wil insult you when it is appropriate. Yo are not the only person on this forum with that provelage my little prince.

    "It is not up to me to educate Mullahs."

    The stop pretending to know what they think and what motivates them. Evidently, the Mullahs woudl not have anything to learn from you anyway, seeing as you are as extremist as they are.

  • Chris

    Leave your petty insults at home.

  • edward squire

    Chris Mar 16th, 2006 at 3:25 pm

    There is no topic to stay on. I would assume the Mullahs trust in Allah.

    Oh c'mon Chris – even you must know that they don't believe this. For a start, even the most fundamentalist Mullah steps out of the way of buses – they don't believe they're invincible. Further, it is haram for a Mullah to pray to God for something that is known to be materially impossible (such as nuclear weapons or nuclear radiation popping out of existence).

  • Chris

    I do not know that they do not believe in this. I have merely their holy books and their rhetoric to go by.

    Perhaps they'll be good enough to grant you an audience and reveal their thought process to you.

  • Addamo

    Once again Chris. you make a stupid and incradibly ignorant comment, then run way from it when you are held to accoutn. What utter cowardice!!!

  • edward squire

    Chris Mar 17th, 2006 at 4:47 am

    I do not know that they do not believe in this. I have merely their holy books and their rhetoric to go by.

    Well quite obviously you don't, otherwise you wouldn't have said it.

    It's not difficult to figure out whether Mullahs avoid the paths of buses and wayward taxis.

    As for their metaphysical beliefs, they can be ascertained, in the first instance, by acquiring one of those wonderful new inventions we have nowdays: books.

  • Comical_Ali

    I tried to post comments here before & will try for the tenth time (and see how "free-speech" antony will take to it):

    Squire, as a self-appointed expert on Islam, you obviously have never heard of or at least neglected to mention the Shia belief in the "coming of the 12th Imam."

    Perhaps that should give everyone a good look into the mindset of the Iranian regime & it's deranged President…

  • Shingo

    How about looking into the mindset of the lunatic right wing evangelicals, who pretend to be friends of Israel only because they see Israel as a means to usher in the rapture, whereby Jews will have their feet held to the fire and be foreced to convert to Christianity or burn in hell.

  • Comical_Ali

    True, he says, there are more instances in Europe of attacks on Jews by Muslim immigrants, but the problem can be easily resolved: as soon as Israel agrees to a “just solution to the Palestinian problem.”

    I'm sure Antony & friends would also agree to the following statement as well : "True, he says, there are more instances in Europe of attacks on Muslim immigrants, but the problem can be easily resolved: as soon as Islamic radical groups stop with their terrorism campaigns against civilians in every major European city and other cities world-wide."

    The victims are always to blame for their own plight, right?

    True, he says, the murderers of the young Jew in France last month chose their victim because “all of the Jews are wealthy,” but he still doubts that this is enough to make the murder an anti-Semitic incident.

    Well. forget about the French authorities actually acknowledging that the crime was purley anti-Semitic. Or the fact that the kidnappers who previously tried to abduct other Jews, were found with Pro Palestinian, anti-Semitic literature or more importantly the fact that the muslim neighbours in the building and area where Illan Halimi was held captive, either did not report what was going on to the police or worse actually participated in the torture and mutiliation of the boy themselves. As one kidnapper later explained to police as to why he tortured Halimi (burning a ciggeratte out on his forehead) – "I burnt the ciggerreate out on his head, because he was a Jew."

  • Shingo

    Comical

    "Well. forget about the French authorities actually acknowledging that the crime was purley anti-Semitic. Or the fact that the kidnappers who previously tried to abduct other Jews, were found with Pro Palestinian,"

    Please point to a source for this statement.

  • Comical_Ali

    How about every major news agency & media outlet? How's that for a source?

  • Chris

    How does the mind set of the "Mullahs of Iran" have to do with christian fundimentalists?

    This is over Irans threats to destroy Israel.

  • Shingo

    Comical,

    "How about every major news agency & media outlet? How’s that for a source?"

    Then you should have no trouble linnking to any one of them?