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.

The real cost

How much do Israeli settlements cost? The latest figures, courtesy of the Foundation of Middle East Peace, confirm a country addicted to expansion.

The true social cost, however, is becoming more apparent by the year.

10 comments ↪
  • JohD

    Gee, it's good to see that there are no poor non-Jews in the Jews-Only-State.

  • captain

    Gee, how much to apartments cost in Sydney? Sydney must be into expansionism as well. Ooooohh, those evil joooos.

    I wonder how much the Iranians are spending developing nuclear bombs to hold the world to ransom. Or how much threat North Korea poses. Or the devolution of the former soviet union back into the dark days. I wonder what the real cost is of these real issues?

    And by the way: many of those being housed in settlements are refugees. From many of those resolution loving members of thhe UNGA.

  • Addamo

    I wonder how much the Iranians are spending developing nuclear bombs to hold the world to ransom.

    Based on all evidence, ZERO.

    Or how much threat North Korea poses.

    To whom, South Korea?

    Or the devolution of the former soviet union back into the dark days.

    A LOT less than was ever spent in the US.

    And by the way: many of those being housed in settlements are refugees.

    Paelstinain refugees>

  • Chris

    Based on what you know is zero. Based on what the UN knows is what is interesting.

    The world in general. If you think the total effect of NK launching an atomic weapon is only in the country hit, then… I guess there is really no need to post the rest, is there?

    Pove that it was a lot less.

    Are the only refugees who are important Palestinian? Does that belief make you a racist? Or just a bigot? Or a supporter of palestinian fascism? Or a supporter of neo-nazi style movements? Or all of the above?

    And what does any of this have to do with a report by a company which is contrary to its stated purpose for existance?

  • Addamo

    Based on what you know is zero.

    There is not a shred of evidence of nuclear arms being prodcuced or ever pursued. The fact that the IAEA had to be lobbied ot refer the case to the UNSC is proof that the UN has nothing on Iran. China and Russia are both demanding that the IAEA actually deliver a report during the meeting of the UNSC, so that the facts don;t get distorted.

    Based on what the UN knows is what is interesting.

    Care to elaborate? What does the UN know that the IAEA has not already reported? Or are you trying to stir up speculation?

    Does that belief make you a racist?

    That was supposed to be a quesrion mark a the end of the sentence. I was asking whcih refugees Captain was referring to.

    And what does any of this have to do with a report by a company which is contrary to its stated purpose for existance?

    Ask Captian, he raised th ematter not me.

  • Chris

    You do not know of any evidence. That is evident.

    It appears the UN knows more than you. Seems that is all the elaberation that is required.

    The question mark does not change the fact of whether or not you are a racist as it seems the only refugees you care about are palestinian refugees.

    Again, what does your remarks have to do with the cost of settlements?

  • Addamo

    Seems that is all the elaberation that is required.It appears the UN knows more than you. Seems that is all the elaberation that is required.

    It's not abtou what they or I knwo, it;s abotu what they have, Nothing. What you don't realise is that referreal to the UNSC woudl ahgve been automatic had Iran been in breach of the NPT. IKnstead, the US and it's Eu lackies lobbied to achieve this aim, proving that it was based on politics, not evidnce.

    I care aboput anyone who has been displaced. Unlke your pathologic blineheredness, all people are equally deserving of human rights in my opinion. If there are Jewsih refugees in Israel, then they are deserving of huamn rights as much as anyone, though unlike Paelsitnina refugees, it;s unlikely they ended up being refugees from havin gtheir land taken or their houses demolished or being enthincally cleansed.

    Again, what does your remarks have to do with the cost of settlements?

    They were in respnse to Captain, Can you not read?

  • John Ryan

    Whose land are the settlements built on, are they past the 1967 cease fire line if so they are on stolen land and the people and govt the condons it are thieves.

  • captain

    Its always amazing how the Jew haters have no concern at all here about the hundreds of thousands of Jews who were forced out of Arab countries. In their minds, Jews can only be perpetrators. Unless you are Loewenstein or Finkelstein and then you can be simultaneously a Jew and a victims of Jews.

    It’s not abtou what they or I knwo, it;s abotu what they have, Nothing…..They were in respnse to Captain, Can you not read?

    Buddy, we can all read but can you write? Or has your Jew hating gotten you into a lather?

  • Chris

    The 1967 cease fire line includes all of those lands. Therefore there was no theft. Thank you for enabling us to put that issue to rest.