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.

The oil curse

During a recent trip to East Timor, World Bank head and former US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said that being oil-rich could be a curse for developing countries.

“I want to learn more…about how your people and the government plan to handle what is, potentially, a blessing of oil and the money that comes with it,” he said.

“Unfortunately, if you look around the developing world, I think you’d have to say that oil revenue is more often a curse than a blessing.”

This is the same man who strong advocated and planned the Iraq war and offered this insight in March 2003:

“There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.”

This hasn’t happened, of course, and the Iraq war may cost up to US$2 trillion. Wolfowitz’s utterances should be treated with the utmost caution.

  • Addamo

    This guy is a lunatic and knwos even less about accounting, which makes his appointment to the World Bank pretty incredible. News is that highly qualified peoep are already leaving the World Bank in droves, becasue of Wolfowitz's style of getting hs own people into key positions.

    Greg Palast noted that even if Wolf believed that $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years woudl pay for the war, ne never adressed how ao much oil would be sold without detroying the price of crude oil.

    Like all neocons. facts and reality are of little consequence for Wolfowitz.

  • orang

    He probably once was a "Middle East Expert" and then honed his economic skills to prepare for the World Bank with one of his other jobs as the Ambassador to Indonesia;

    "Wolfowitz is certainly not solely responsible for the
    devastating effects of the 1988 deregulation. But he
    was one of a handful of key actors pressing the
    Indonesians forward on a reckless and risky path,
    driven by simplistic free market ideologies summed up
    in the now discredited "Washington Consensus."

  • orang

    and speaking of "Middle East Experts" – SBS had Richard Perle (gasp, choke, desease and pestilence, hawk, spit) the prince of darkness commenting on the Iran issue. What a slimy piece of dog shit. Are these fucking networks locked into a lifetime contract to trot these arseholes into the studio?

  • orang

    …nothing to do…

    "Israel's Sharon to be declared permanently incapacitated

    JERUSALEM – Ariel Sharon will no longer be Israel's prime minister as of tomorrow."

    WHAT?? They're taking his head off?
    ….Oh not decapitated…
    (Would have made a good centrepiece)

  • boredinHK

    I heard an interview with an east Timorese government official recently on the BBC.

    The topic being discussed was the proceeds from the oil and gas fields and the official ( sorry I can't recall their name ) said the government was going to follow the example of the Norwegian government and establish an oil fund .

    This fund would receive the money made and invest it in a suitably safe and cautious manner for the long term good of all Timorese.

    The entry for the Norwegian oil fund on Wikipedia is helpful in explaining how this fund operates.