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.

Che rides again

Nick Miroff, Tom Dispatch, March 25:

Has Latin America ever had such a unifying figure?

At political rallies, his visage is held aloft as a beacon to regional independence and self-determination. He’s helped forge new trade partnerships to spur economic growth and alleviate poverty. And his leadership has fanned a gale-force electoral trend that’s sweeping the hemisphere to topple one pro-Washington government after the next.

Who is this grand inductor of Latin American leftism? Venezuelan fireball Hugo Chavez? Blue-collar Brazilian Lula Ignacio da Silva? Bolivia’s coca-farmer-cum-president, Evo Morales?

Epa! It’s George W. Bush, the accidental revolutionary.

9 comments ↪
  • Will Full

    One thing George has achieved is to cause countries to join together to oppose the growing American scourge: China and Russia, the E.U., South America, etc.

    Given the type of Presidents that America generally elects and the power they wield, the rest of the world must join together for survival. In rapid succession we've had Reagan (a dithering, second-rate actor), Clinton (whose penis did most of the thinking for him) and Bush (a mumbling, intellectually-challenged fool). One can only speculate on what foolish, dangerous figure Americans will elect next.

    It might be Arnie the Terminator ("I haf a drim") or, don't laugh, even Donald Duck!

  • captain

    yes, its like adolescents rebelling against their parents.

  • edward squire

    captain Mar 26th, 2006 at 12:28 pm

    yes, its like adolescents rebelling against their parents.

    More like slaves rebelling against an abusive master.

  • captain

    So its kind of funny that Australian Aboriginals don't do that. Neither do American Indians or many other people who feel that they are opressed.

  • Antony, if 'electing' Shrubya twice gets you one Hugo Chavez, America should revisit the 2-term limit on the presidency.

    Would be grand to watch the US continue to be speared into the terra at Mach III whilst socialist democracies that really help their own constantly spring up around them.

  • John Ryan

    Yes Captain you and your friends know a fair bit about oppressing people,you learned well from the 30s on then put it into pratice from 48 on

  • captain

    Thats nice John. But its an old and racist accusation that Jews are Nazis. No doubt you have never stepped foot in Israel. I suspect too that you have little direct knowledge of Nazi Germany or you wouldn't be saying that either.

  • edward squire

    captain Mar 26th, 2006 at 2:33 pm

    So its kind of funny that Australian Aboriginals don’t do that.

    It's an interesting case captain. The comparison is sometimes made with the Maori of New Zealand who fought the British invaders to a stand-still. The difference is complex, but apparently had much to do with the differing geography, cultural trajectories and emergent methods (and thus traditions) by which different indigenous 'nations' dealt with each other. The Maori were clustered together in a geographically limited area whereas the Kooris were not. The Maori developed 'fighting' cultures and established traditions of war and truce, whereas by and large the Kooris, unburdened by the problem of territorial and resource scarcity, developed stable and fairly peaceable cultures and what may be called 'diplomatic' traditions of interaction. Unsuprisingly, when the Brits turned up in New Zealand, they had a very different experience to when they turned up in Australia. The Maoris were highly territorial and well equipped and trained to attack invaders, whereas the Kooris had neither the physical nor the cultural 'equipment' to formulate, let alone launch, a coordinated resistence.

    There are still remnants of those different histories today in Maori and Koori approaches to politics, but by and large, today Maoris and Kooris have been, through various partically 'successful' programmes of "soft genocide" – both physical and cultural – squashed into the broader Anglo society (albeit at the neglected bottom).

  • Brasileirissimo

    Muito obrigado (muchas gracias, many thanks) Mr Baby Bush!

    You have been the one who has showed the USA´s true colours to the rest of the planet. Since the Monroe Doctrine of the 1800´s, the USA has been the same, however few have bothered to publish it or few have seen how evident America´s ruthless policies have been – but with Baby Bush in power, the world has finally awoken to America´s true colours: corporate totalitarian fascism, greed. deceit, are the real values behind the “NORTH-American way of lies!”

    Viva El Che !