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 fading light

Israeli exceptionalism is a disease largely suffered by Zionists with one eye on the Holocaust. Despite the fact that a majority of Palestinians want Hamas to negotiate with Israel, Holocaust survivor and former parliamentarian, Tommy Lapid, believes that Israel’s behaviour is beyond criticism because of the Holocaust:

Israel currently has six million Jews living in it. We will not be deterred by the threats of our enemies; nor will we listen to the advice of our friends. We will not rely on anyone else.

For us, that is the most important lesson of the Holocaust.

So when you have difficulty understanding us, think about the Holocaust. When you find yourselves searching for our motives, remember the Holocaust. When you try to understand the steps we take, consider the Holocaust.

The Holocaust will inevitably shape Jewish thinking on Israel, but this does not justify occupying another people, nor does it explain a state that specifically discriminates against non-Jews. Lapid’s argument may have carried weight in 1949 or even 1960, but 2006 is another matter altogether. How much longer must we hear the same explanation for Israeli-only roads in the occupied territories or arbitrary checkpoints in the West Bank?

Israel needs to realise that to be fully accepted in the international community, it cannot use historical tragedies as excuses for brutality. Indeed, apartheid South Africa similarly claimed that it had no choice but to act cruelly against blacks because they supposedly threatened white existence.

The Jewish state is at a crossroads. Lapid’s hyperbole won’t insulate a perilous future.

  • Addamo

    Lapid represents the most distateful aspects of Zionsim, the macabre exploitation of the Holocasut to counter criticsim or accountability. He also uses it as a reason to oppress a people that played no part in the Holocaust itself.

    Thsi comment takes the cake:

    We will not be deterred by the threats of our enemies; nor will we listen to the advice of our friends.

    One wonders how loud this imbecile woudl squeal if Israel's friends were to turn off the financial tap?

    I would be most interested to know how much such somments are discussed in the Western media, for surely they woudl be met with outright condemnation and distaste.

    I read recently that not only do the majority of Palestinians want Hamas to negotiate with Israel, but that the majority of Israelis want Israel to negotiate with Hamas. As is often the case, the leadership is making descisino based on personal ambition and idieology as opposed ot the common good.

  • edward squire

    nor does it explain a state that specifically discriminates against non-Jews.

    Well, one one advocates a Jewish State, as Israeli politicians have always done, one is pretty much required to be ethnically discriminatory, otherwise it all means nothing. The problem, of course, is that the whole notion of an ethnically discriminatory state was all fine and dandy 100 years ago in Europe where the idea was formulated, but alas for Israel, the world has moved on from the days when ethnic bigotry (sometimes called racism) was an acceptable tenet of state-formation.

  • viva peace


    You would do well to hit the history books if you think that Palestinian Muslims had nothing to do with the Holocaust.

  • edward squire

    viva peace Apr 27th, 2006 at 12:46 pm

    You would do well to hit the history books if you think that Palestinian Muslims had nothing to do with the Holocaust.

    When the line that the Palestinians don't exist doesn't convince, crazies then got to the other end of the spectrum and invent stories about Palestinians being the Holocaust-makers. What a classic case of demonisation.

  • viva peace

    edward squire

    If you have evidence you are more than encourgaed to produce it. Oh, and on the ethnic basis of states, might I draw your attention to Jordan, Australia, the U.S….oh why do we bother?

  • viva peace


    A "classic" case of "demonization?" Perhaps you could rank the "cases" from "classic" to "nouveau?" Or perhaps you are not up with the latest anti-semitic agitprop? Fisk, while hilariously "Fisking" himself last night, announced to the world that "bestializing" is the new "demonizing!"

    I do hope that you will alter your rhetoric to keep up. Wouldn't want to appear "old-fashioned" and "out of the loop" now, would you?

  • viva peace

    And one more thing. What exactly is "Israeli exceptionalism?"

  • Glenn Condell

    Why don't you post again viva. And again after that. No need to actually contribute anything more than a sneer or a low jape, or indeed a braindead diversionary question, like 'What exactly does the word 'and' mean?

    Do you sayanim get paid or is it all for love?