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 public speaks on the conflict

Encouraging survey results are released in Australia:

Fewer than one-in-two Australians are strongly pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian, a new opinion poll shows.

Both Prime Minister John Howard and federal Labor leader Kim Beazley are staunch supporters of Israel, but a national survey of 500 people has revealed a range of views on the Jewish state and the Palestinians.

The survey conducted by UMR Research for Labor-aligned lobbyists Hawker Britton asked respondents who they felt the most sympathy for – the Israelis or the Palestinians.

Twenty four per cent nominated the Israelis, 23 per cent the Palestinians, 33 per cent said neither or both and 20 per cent said they were not sure.

Of those who felt more sympathy for the Palestinians, 83 per cent said they supported Israel’s right to exist.

Unsurprisingly, Australia’s leading Zionist group is upset (and, of course, blames the media, actually incredibly pro-Israeli in this country):

Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council executive director Colin Rubenstein expressed concern at the near equal levels of support for Israel and the Palestinians shown in the poll result.

“They show the results of the relentless bias against Israel in sections of the Australian media, and demonstrate the need for Israel’s supporters to work together more effectively to promote greater understanding of Israel’s position,” he said.

Dr Rubenstein said it was a positive sign only a small number of people whose sympathies lay with the Palestinians thought Israel had no right to exist.

A more measured response appeares from the country’s Palestinian representative:

The head of the General Palestinian Delegation to Australia, Ali Kazak, said he was surprised the poll did not find more support for the Palestinian cause.

“All the indications I have are that the majority of Australians support the rights of the Palestinians and the minority support Israel and the occupation of Palestine,” he said.

Mr Kazak said those surveyed should have been asked if they support Palestine’s right to exist.

“The question should be whether people think Palestine has a right to exist because Israel already exists,” he said.

The age and gender breakdown is fascinating, so read the whole report.

The Australian Jewish News leads with the results this week and features a range of Zionist leaders who attempt to analyse the outcome. NSW State Zionist Council president Brian Levitan argues that a lack of support for Israel is probably based on – wait for it – anti-Semitism:

“When they say they support the Palestinians, what do they mean? They have been offered a state three time and have rejected it.”

Those ungrateful Palestinians really should stop complaining.

Executive Council of Australian Jewry president Grahame Leonard issues the most desperate statement. He says support for the Palestinians is likely to come only from “far-left groups”:

“[The left] is always pro-victim and they see the Palestinians as victims. Often the pro-left circles are pro-victim but this does not necessarily mean that they are anti-Israel. Our own knowledge of Israel suggests that they are victims of their leadership.”

Let me get this straight. Leonard is seriously suggesting that only “far-left” elements would support the Palestinians. It wouldn’t be because they’ve lived under occupation for nearly forty years under brutal Israeli occupation. No, of course not. “We’re” obsessed with blaming the victim. Actually, I’m very comfortable blaming the aggressor, Israel.

These poll results are pretty encouraging. I’m surprised that support for the Palestinians is so high considering the barrage, especially since 9/11, of anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian propaganda in the Western media and by dog-whistling governments. Such results are a slap in the face to Zionists who believe that Westerners automatically accept Israel’s aggression as “self-defence.”

US public support for Israel is high – and after all, real change won’t happen until the US government realises that its current, blind pro-Israel stance is unsustainable – but the situation is likely to change with a growing Muslim population and politically active citizens of the Islamic faith.

The struggle continues.

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