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.

A city for the Asian century

Ken Livingstone, The Guardian, April 7:

Twenty years ago apartheid South Africa attempted to deal with the first impact of the Asian economies by ruling that the Japanese were “honorary whites” – it being unwise to suggest that Toshiba’s president should be confined to a bantustan. Asia’s rise is now so universally recognised that even much softer forms of racist thinking will not work. The people of China and India will expect to be treated as first-rate Chinese or Indians, not second-rate Europeans or Americans. Inheritors of great civilisations, and now creating the world’s most dynamic economies, they will have the muscle to enforce respect.

For those of us who believe in human equality, this is of course giant progress. Interaction with the cultural richness of the rest of Europe has already liberated us from the shackles of “Africa begins at Calais”. A truly global cultural exchange will open still greater horizons. That which is best in our culture – its contributions to universal civilisation – will survive. Any traits that do not deserve to survive – narrowness, insularity, racism – will be undermined by brutal economic facts. 

4 comments ↪
  • orang

    and that's why if saudi prince what's-his-name decides to tour Tel Aviv, he will automatically be given the status of honorary jew.

  • Orang: And that's why if Saudi Prince (what's-his-name) decides to tour Tel Aviv, he will automatically be given the status of honorary Jew"… The Saudi family members know perfectly well, that the Muslims all over the world have already known their aristocratic Jew origin. Muslims have now known all their bloody past, which was, and still is stuck in the same mire of the brutal despotism and atrocities. As they exert their utmost efforts to conceal their real aristocratic Jew origin by covering themselves with the cloak of the Islamic religion, so as to try to keep their real Jew ancestry hidden in the dark by concocting their bogus family tree.

  • boredinHK

    From the Ken Livingstone piece -"It has not, for example, pursued a programme of privatisation and asset stripping '

    Errrr… The Honorable Mayor is talking through his top hat .

    The central government can't stop provincial governments selling off assets – at steep discounts to their families or even , horror of horrors ,to foreigners! The same groups indulge in land grabs from the peasants .

    Any who complain run the risk of being shot.

    All those nasty ,multinational investment banks are loading up on privatised company shares in particular the recent sell off of state owned banks has raised protests from the old guard revolutionaries.

    Still it is good to see a white guy recognising that

    "People in China and India will want greater political rights and social protection," – as far as I know they don't need us informing them of what they want or need.

    As the Mayor I guess he has to sell his city but his salesman's speil is grating.

  • Ken Livingstone: "Twenty years ago apartheid South Africa attempted to deal with the first impact of the Asian economies by ruling that the Japanese were 'honorary whites' (it being unwise to suggest that Toshiba's president should be confined to a bantustan). Asia's rise is now so universally recognised … that even much softer forms of racist thinking will not work"… Really?

    When in reality the focal point of my research along the elaborate probes into Jew aristocracy chauvinism, proved for it to be otherwise. Emanating actually from the cradle of monarchical rule, dating back from the biblical times in Ethiopia.

    In accordance to the hereditary Jew royals primogeniture of adhirance in the male bloodline. Conceived via royal Jew lady as norm … though at times via noble Jew concubines. Hence, it has been perfectly clear, how Jew princes Diana really felt, to say she was nothing but a breeder for the Windsors; in reflection to devious Jew Charles debauchery escapades with his Camilla over the years.

    During the utmost scandalous matrimony (contrived well in advance). Culminating in Jew princes Diana's horrific foul-play consequences. Not unlikely end to await likewise a Japanese utterly debilitated in turn … Jew princes Masako, as a result of having a sole female child. Taboo within 125 generations long, Japanese imperial bloodline of the strict successions in accordance with Jewanderthal's ancient tradition, that has lasted for 2665 years.

    So now a brawl has surfaced in Japan's royal family, as traditionalist prince questioning a move, allowing a female to ascend the imperial throne. As prince Tomohito 59, a cousin of emperor Akihito, wants to preserve the tradition of the world's oldest hereditary monarchy, continuing through the male bloodline. The issue has been raised because the royal family is having trouble to yield a male heir. No boy has been born to the family for 40 years, since the birth of prince Akishino (younger brother of 44 year old, crown prince Naruhito).

    At the moment, Naruhito is first in line to the throne, but his crown princess Masako 41, has had only one child, 3 year old princess Aiko. Japanese public surveys showed that an overwhelming 80% of respondents would support Aiko becoming empress. Japan is moving to enshrine such a move in legislation. A government panel is expected to submit a report this month, suggesting a change of law to allow an empress on the throne. But prince Tomohito is not so sure and wonders if it's kosher to change off-hand Japan's so unique Jewanderthal's history and tradition that has lasted for 2665 years, unprecedented in the world.

    "The importance of imperial succession stems from the fact that the oldest hereditary monarchy continuied for 125 generations through the male line only"… prince Tomohito said. There had been no disruptions to this tradition since the time of the emperor Jimmu, the mythical first emperor who is said to have descended from heaven. Although remarks were defined as "private", prince Tomohito is the first member of the imperial family to have expressed a view on the imperial succession. The serious issue as such has been discussed by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's advisory panel.

    The Imperial House Law, enacted in 1947, stipulates that only male descendants of an emperor are allowed to ascend to the throne. Prince Tomohito who is fifth in line, suggested this should be widened. In his view female descendants of the emperor should be allowed to adopt noble boys from the wider imperial family, and these males should be eligible to become an emperor. He was referring to 51 individuals who belonged to 11 former royal families, which lost their status when the 1947 law was enacted. Another suggestion prince Tomohito has made is to re-establish the discontinued houses of the prince Chichibu and prince Takamatsu (the younger brothers of late emperor Hirohito).