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.

Jail him

Murdoch’s “Editor-at-large”, Paul Kelly, forgets his journalistic role as sceptic towards state power:

Blair’s policy is tough on terrorism and tough on its causes. He is a values man. He rejects the realist view that the West should just sit back and contain terrorism. That won’t work in an age of WMDs. “Our ultimate security lies in the spread of our values,” he says.

He is a crusading internationalist keen to wind back the limits of state sovereignty in the cause of justified interventions. Watch him in action today.

More fawning here and here.

Support for Blair has plummeted in the UK, but the Australian paints him as a crusading moralist. So let’s forget about the Iraq quagmire, Guantanamo Bay, extraordinary rendition, torture, curbs on free speech and sabre-rattling towards Iran.

Blair is a war criminal and should be treated as such. International justice will eventually catch-up with the likes of Blair, Bush and Howard. Only then will Western exceptionalism be dealt a necessary body blow.

7 comments ↪
  • Will Full

    What a shame Bush couldn't have visited at the same time as Blair. To see Howard, Bush and Blair on a stage profusely congratulating each other would have been like a bizarre reincarnation of the THREE STOOGES (stooges of the capitalist barons and Christian fundamentalists who currently pull their strings).

    But then, on second thoughts, the sight of the three of them would have caused me to throw up!

  • boredinHK

    AL wrote

    "Only then will Western exceptionalism be dealt a necessary body blow."

    I'm curious about this distain you sometimes express for western exceptionalism.

    Is this one of many types of exceptionalism you see about the world ?

    Where people show a solidarity with their nation , language and history does this always leave them exposed to a negatively critical analysis ?

    Following events discussed on this blog I'm more prone to believe that the major players are making mistakes and dealing with the consequences in the time honoured political way of lying and covering up – not by an overarching theme that "the way we do things is best " That is part of the excuses thay use !

    If the persons mentioned -Blair Howard and Bush are to be considered as war criminals I hope you have an additional list which contains the names of the many politicians who abuse the trust placed in them by their voters or their citizens. I would not like to see justice only sought exceptionally.

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  • edward squire

    Support for Blair has plummeted in the UK, but the Australian paints him as a crusading moralist.

    Well he is. He's a crusader and he's a moralist (the pathetic second-cousin of ethicist).

  • Progressive_Atheist

    Blair is a war criminal and should be treated as such.

    Thank you for saying this. I was hoping someone would point this out.

    Last week we had another war criminal visiting Australia – Condaleezza Rice. What is it with Australia and war criminals?

    International justice will eventually catch-up with the likes of Blair, Bush and Howard.

    I'm not so sure about that. George H W Bush is a war criminal and should have faced charges over the slaughter of innocent Panamanians in 1992, but when he was voted out of office, not a peep was heard from the media about his crimes in office. What chance do we have of bringing the Neocons in the current US administration to justice? We have already seen how complicit the media is in Western countries in the coverup of crimes committed by Bush Jr and Co.

  • John Ryan

    Yes well Kelly does work for Murdock and company policy is dont criticize Murdocks three pets Howard, Blair and Bush

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