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.

History is a dangerous place

One would think the US had understood about meddling in other country’s affairs. Clearly not:

Something smells funny about the recent denunciation of maverick Peruvian presidential candidate Ollanta Humala for alleged human rights violations. Before the accusations, Humala was riding high as the leading candidate in Peru’s presidential elections. Investigations illustrate that Humala’s accusers are subsidized by the US Government funded Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Washington may be interfering in this election to protect its own interests.

The former army officer heads a nationalist and anti-neoliberal coalition between his new Peruvian Nationalist Party and the ten-year-old center-left Union for Peru party. Humala, a mestizo, was never part of Lima’s white ruling elite which has traditionally run the major institutions of the country. He is often derided for being an upstart “cholo” (indigenous), which sheds light on the colonial racism still inherent within Peruvian society. So much of Humala’s support comes from the impoverished non-white majority who has suffered from the “neoliberal reforms” of the unpopular sitting president Alejandro Toledo.

As Latin America turns against the US, the super-power is starting to realise the increasing limits to its influence.

4 comments ↪
  • Marcelo Monteiro (Br

    Brazil 1964. Chile 1973. Venezuela, Argentina, Nicaragua, Cuba, the list of CIA/North American sponsored coup d´états against democratically elected governments in Latin America is endless.

    How did I get to know about the existance of such an entity named USA at 8 years of age ?

    By the electrical shocks in my aunts vagina by CIA and School of the Americas (in USA, obviously) trained torturers. Nice huh ?

    Why ? My uncle was branded a "communist" , so until they got my uncle, my aunts vagina had to pay.

    1,2 million dead in El Salvador. 30 thousand in Chile. The list of the south-american unspoken holocaust is endless. I fear for writing this here, should I not ? Nevertheless, I do.

    Fernando Henrique Cardoso(FHC), Brazil´s former president has said recently in a conference in Ecuador that the USA has been applying policies of "generous contempt" towards Latin America, for in his words, "if the USA acts, it is by the usual intervention, with the usual methods". It seems FHC is wrong.

    The USA will always intervene in our affairs, to our loss, oh CIA please don´t electrify me, this time again. I am just a powerless Latin American, daring to exercise free speech.

    I once heard a phrase by an American in LA, who complained about her daughter´s Salvadorian enslaved nanny: "they are all the same south of the Rio Grande"…

    I do hope north of the Rio Grande, people aren´t all the same: ignorant, ruthless, cruel.

    However, I have no doubt that north-american institutions are all the same. No need to mention any adjectives about such institutions. 2 2 = 4 !

  • Addamo

    Another very good article explaining the movement away from neo-liebralism in Latin America.

    Abnotu time I say. Good luck to all of them.

    Latin America Unchained http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/03/16/latin

    With the recent discovery of the large oil reseves in Mexico, I wonder how "hands on" the US wil lbe in seeing that Fox is re-elected.

  • orang

    Marcelo Monteiro (Brasil)

    Mar 20th, 2006 at 11:09 am

    …………….

    Brazil 1964. Chile 1973. Venezuela, Argentina, Nicaragua, Cuba, the list of CIA/North American sponsored coup d´états against democratically elected governments in Latin America is endless. "

    Bad luck for you guys to get their attention first. Latin America, you just keep driving and eventually you get there. Asia, Middle East sheeet, you gotta fly.

  • Marcelo Monteiro (Br

    orang

    Mar 20th, 2006 at 4:46 pm

    Bad luck for you guys to get their attention first. Latin America, you just keep driving and eventually you get there. Asia, Middle East sheeet, you gotta fly.

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    Mr Orang, you forgot to mention Africa ! Perhaps we´ll all "fly" together, along with the USA one day, just wait!