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.

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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.

There is no hunger in Gaza

Gideon Levy, Haaretz, April 9:

The departure of Israel from Gaza does not remove a speck of the responsibility it has for the fate of Gaza’s imprisoned residents. Israel, which forbids Gazans from going to the West Bank – a violation of signed agreements – and prevents the provision of supplies from both Israel and Egypt, has never left Gaza, not even for a moment. The world and people of conscience in Israel do not need to wait for the first Palestinian child to die of hunger to raise the hue and cry. Enough Palestinian children have been killed because of too easy trigger fingers or disgraceful health services. The responsibility is not with the international relief agencies, but on Israel’s shoulders. But Israel’s conscience in recent years operates only according to one index, the index of protest from Washington. If Washington remains quiet, everything can be covered up.

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  • orang

    From the link;
    "..Sixty-five percent of Gazans and 48 percent of the West Bankers now live under the poverty line, ………….But even if they have bags of flour and rice, the living conditions of the Palestinians are chilling. They live in prison. Their daily routine includes humiliation that is no less terrible than malnutrition. Anyone who has to beg for permission to leave his village, to spend hours crowded in line at a checkpoint just to reach his destination, anyone whose bedroom is brutally invaded in the middle of the night by the occupation army, whose time and life is considered valueless, and whose basic human dignity has been trampled into dust, cannot find any consolation in the fact that flour and rice is available. Those who think that all it takes is providing a quota of flour to be free of any responsibility for the fate of the people they occupy, are suffering from a serious case of moral blindness. Does the fact that a Palestinian youth is not hungry in any way blunt the fact that he cannot dream, cannot aspire to a career, an orderly education, a vacation or simple pleasures of life? Does the fact that his belly is not completely empty cover up for the miserable present and the hopeless future? "

    Oh come on, only bad news? Lighten up, it's not that bad. How about some humour;
    http://observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,175…
    "Just before midday on 11 April, 2003, an Israeli sniper opened fire on three children as they played in a dusty, makeshift playground in Rafah, deep in the fag end of the Gaza Strip. The youngsters froze. A young English photographer dashed to the scene, carrying the traumatised body of a small boy to safety.

    Hurndall returned into the line of fire. As he bent to scoop a small girl away from the fizzing bullets, a bullet thudded into the side of his head. Hurndall spent the next nine months in a London hospital. He never regained consciousness."

    ..no that's not the humorous bit, wait;

    "The Hurndalls have also experienced Israeli intransigence on financial matters: the Israelis provided a cheque to cover the cost of repatriating Tom's comatose body to a London hospital after he was shot – but it bounced."

    The check bounced!!! Now don't say they don't have a sense of humour.

    ..take my wife….please…

  • edward squire

    Both these stories are either

    (a) complete lies, propaganda by anti-semites designed solely to undermine the existence of Israel and thus the Jewish people – in short, they are both barely concealed calls to genocide against the Jewish people (yet again)

    or

    (b) while true, everyone is getting their just deserts; the Palestinian kids (perhaps really adults) are no more than terrorists-in-training who have nothing in their hearts but anti-semitic hatred and a desire to commit genocide against the Jewish people (yet again); and the Hurndall fool was clearly a supporter of the Palestinians and thus by definition was a flagrant supporter of both terrorism and genocide against the Jewish people (yet again).

    Writing this stuff is as easy as pie.

  • orang

    ..and don't forget that Rachel Corrie – a lunatic, burned the US flag before embarking on her pre-natal depressive suicide

  • orang

    I think I'm missing Chris and the Captain…

  • edward squire

    orang Apr 10th, 2006 at 9:51 pm

    I think I’m missing Chris and the Captain…

    Tell me about it! I think I'll have to take on the role while they're gone … but it's just not the same.

  • Addamo

    Even Comical has abandoned the list of late. What gives? Perhaps they think that boycotting tne forum will lead to it's fizzing out?

  • edward squire

    Apropos the Hurndall murder case:

    Israel will boycott an inquest opening today in London which will investigate the death of a British peace activist shot dead in broad daylight by an Israeli soldier.

    Vikram Dodd, Monday April 10, 2006,

  • edward squire

    Apropos the cold blooded murder of Hurndall:

    Israel will boycott an inquest opening today in London which will investigate the death of a British peace activist shot dead in broad daylight by an Israeli soldier.

    Vikram Dodd, Monday April 10, 2006, The Guardian. Yep, a real Light to All Nations – a warning light: "Don't become like us."

  • orang

    You wonder, how can they purposefully murder foreign cameramen and people like Hurndall – obviously someone outside is going to question it, bringing bad publicity. They apparently don't care about the publicity. It's kind of scary to think what they are doing to the Palis away from foreign eyes.

  • Addamo

    I often wonder the same thing Orang. There was a story recently about an AP cameraman having his video tape erased after he'd filmed an IDF soldier shooting a Palestinian child at point blank. I this level of self censorship is beingpracticed by the MSM, one can only imagine what else they have chosen NOT to report.