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.

Embassy view

Robert J Callahan is a former press attache at the American embassy in Baghdad. His report on the difficulties faced by diplomats and journalists in the war-ravaged country makes for (unintentionally) revealing reading. He almost seems proud of his fellow officer’s ignorance:

Among American diplomats, fewer than a dozen had sufficient Arabic to use in an extended conversation and, like the reporters, none spoke Iraq’s other languages. That meant that either our contacts spoke English or we relied on interpreters. In the case of the most senior Americans – the ambassador and a few other civilians, generals with three or four stars – the interpreters were superb. But the rest of us, diplomats and journalists, had to rely on bilingual Iraqis who often weren’t professional interpreters. 

Callahan’s report reads like a boy’s own adventure. The brave US are just trying their best to bring order to Iraq, he says, though, of course, he admits they can’t actually speak to real Iraqis due to the appalling security situation. An imperial mindset is alive and well in the US diplomatic corp.

11 comments ↪
  • orang

    I said, it must be good now that you have democracy in Iraq. (tell him)

    Arabic: You can stick your democracy up your arse you jumped up fucking turd.

    (what did he say?)

    He said, "Yes, thank you very much, please say hello to President Bush"

  • Chris

    "he admits they can’t actually speak to real Iraqis"

    What other type of Iraqis are there? Aren't they all real? I don't care, but this concept really bothers Addamo.

  • orang

    The real ones are the ones outside the green zone who want to kick his arse.

  • edward squire

    orang Mar 24th, 2006 at 6:43 pm

    The real ones are the ones outside the green zone who want to kick his arse.

    Below HSC English level comprehension skills. What can one do?

  • Chris

    I see Antony has declaned to answer. Good for him. Once he starts catering to stupid questions, it never ends, does it?

  • Addamo

    What other type of Iraqis are there? Aren’t they all real? I don’t care, but this concept really bothers Addamo.

    In this case, "real" reafers to common Iraqis, as distinct from the ruling classes.

    So if this is the definition of "real" you stand behind, that makes your famous statement that:

    Real peopel admire Israel. Real peoepl do not admire Palestinians.

    ….very perplexing. Are you suggesting that the ruling elite thorughouot the West do not admire Israel?

    Hmmmmmmm.

    Or shoud I say, Ooooooooooooooops?

    You are not to good with ropes are you Chris? You have a penchant for hanging yourself with great regulatiry.

  • Chris

    Still waiting for Loewenstein's definition. Addamo tends to make things up on the spur of the moment. Sorry, but you have no credibility

  • Addamo

    Addamo tends to make things up on the spur of the moment.

    Comming from a liar that means nothing. I can understand why you woudl be ahsamed of this statement, but there is no uise deying you made it.

    Sorry, but you have no credibility

    Given your use of this charge in the past, this must mean I am pointing out the truth.

  • Chris

    Since it is not coming from a liar, It means an awful lot. Since you can not deny (at least honestly) that you've been caught several times, and I can certainly, honestly, deny that I have ever lied on this blog, it is a certainty that you have no credibility.

    On that nate, I still eagerly await Antony's definition of real. It is interesting to note that Addamo has finally confessed to new knowledge of the term "real people", in that he has acknowledged the concept while remaining ignorant of the meaning.

    Antony, on furthering information, can it be assumed that the articles meaning of non-proffesional translaters means that the translation is unreliable or that it can't be used in a court of law?

  • Addamo

    Of course you have lied on this blog. For example, you just did by denying you made the statement about real people admiring Israel and not admiring Palestinians. You said it and now you are pretending otherwise. In fact, that makes 2 lies including the lam that you have not lied on this blog.

    Then again, that implies you probably lie a great deal on other blogs.

    On that nate, I still eagerly await Antony’s definition of real.

    What about your definition of real? Isn’t it about time you stopped runnign away like a corward? I have been awaiting it for many weeks now and you have run away from offering an explanation.

    It is interesting to note that Addamo has finally confessed to new knowledge of the term “real people”, in that he has acknowledged the concept while remaining ignorant of the meaning.

    More delusions of grandeur. Why are you talking to be in the third person? Do you think here is an audience out there hanging on your every word? Who are you trying to impress? Perhaps this audience are made up of the real people that populate your imagination?

    I do not subscribe for any definition of real people, because that would imply there are those that are not real, which there is no evidence of. It is you who believes in the existence of real people and those who are not defined as real.

  • Chris

    I have made no denial of having made any particular statement of which you refer. I have no idea if you have reposted the actual wording. Odd's are, based on your reputation, that you have not.

    Antony, on furthering information, can it be assumed that the articles meaning of non-professional translaters means that the translation is unreliable or that it can’t be used in a court of law?