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.

News bytes

– Robert Fisk challenges those who deny the enormity of the Jewish Holocaust.

– The London bombers were principally motivated by British foreign policy, especially the Iraq war, according to a new report.

– Scott Ritter encourages the anti-war movement to understand what is at stake:

In short, the anti-war movement has come face to face with the reality that in the ongoing war of ideologies that is being waged in America today, their cause is not just losing, but is in fact on the verge of complete collapse. Many in the anti-war movement would take exception to such a characterization of the situation, given the fact that there seems to be a growing change in the mood among Americans against the ongoing war in Iraq. But one only has to scratch at the surface of this public discontent to realize how shallow and superficial it is. Americans aren’t against the war in Iraq because it is wrong; they are against it because we are losing.

– Liberal senator Ross Lightfoot travels to Iraq and offers his humanitarian vision:

“I consider the cause of the Kurdish diaspora no less tragic a story as that of Jews, and I passionately support their right to a homeland. All of us who are members of the Coalition of the Willing have a responsibility, I think, to do all we can to promote freedom in Iraq and that’s what I am doing.”

– Hizbullah is selling fake viagra?

66 comments ↪
  • Chris

    Addamo

    Apr 3rd, 2006 at 1:29 pm

    … to feel scared of an unarmed 13-year old schoolgirl, who was already lying wounded and helpless on the ground?

    ******************************************

    This indicates that you know the girl was still alive at this point. Please provide proof.

  • Addamo

    I did. It's in the Guardian article I provided.

  • Chris

    The Guardian article gave no proof that the 13 year old was not dead.

    Again, please provide proof of the 13 year old lying wounded on the ground. This implies that she was not dead. Please provide such proof. Unless you do, it must be assumed that you are lying, again.

    All you’ve proven is that an Arab-Israeli (As the Palestinians wish to portray it, a Palestinian Israeli) pumped several bullets into a dead body. Not the smartest thing on earth, but not a war crime either.

  • Addamo

    The Guardian article gave no proof that the 13 year old was not dead.

    No it just reported it. Unless you can prove otherwise, it stands as the only source and the onyl proof.

    Unless you do, it must be assumed that you are lying, again.

    All you’ve proven is that an Arab-Israeli (As the Palestinians wish to portray it, a Palestinian Israeli) pumped several bullets into a dead body. Not the smartest thing on earth, but not a war crime either.

    It would be in any otehr country but Israel, a xcountry who elected a war criminal to lead it.

  • Chris

    No proof has been provided by Addamo, thus he has lied again.

    Now, please show that in other country's, pumping bullets into a dead body is a war crime. Unless this is your 3rd or 4th lie (That you've been caught) of the day.

  • Addamo

    proof is in the articel. if you'd kindly take the time to rad it Chris, you might find yourself better informed.

    For Chris facts = lie

  • Addamo

    Furthermore, all accoutns fo the incident state that the girl was unarmed and posed to threat whatsoiever to the IDF solcier, mamiig this a murder i.e. a war crime.

  • Chris

    Please show that in other country’s, pumping bullets into a dead body is a war crime. Unless this is your 3rd or 4th lie (That you’ve been caught) of the day.

  • captain

    orang, you are relying on Counterpunch, Al Jazeera and revisionisthistory.org as sources? No wonder you are so fucked up.

  • Addamo

    Some very good writers are sindicated by Counterpunch, including the highly respected Patrick Cockburn.

    Perhaps you woudl be better off not lecuring to peoiple abotu their sources when you are yourself using the ADL for your historical records.

  • captain

    lecuring to peoiple abotu their sources

    I'm sorry, I thought you appreciated that this was an English language thread.

  • Addamo

    Lame Captain, very very Lame.

  • orang

    captain Apr 4th, 2006 at 8:38 am

    "orang, you are relying on Counterpunch, Al Jazeera and revisionisthistory.org as sources? No wonder you are so fucked up."

    WAAAAAAHHHHH!!! Good One…..LOL,LOL,LOL!!!!

    (wait a minute, I think he's serious…..what a ..)

  • orang

    dork

  • edward squire

    Chris Apr 4th, 2006 at 7:31 am

    Please show that in other country’s, pumping bullets into a dead body is a war crime.

    I think it's a war crime in Australia.

  • Chris

    I appreciate your expose' of addamo. It has become too tiresome for me to do it all of the time.