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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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.
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They are sub-human

Haaretz, May 15:

The bottom line is the decisive one in yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on family reunification. In light of such serious damage to the equal rights of Arab citizens of Israel, it does not matter at all what the ruling says or how instructive the position of the minority justices, led by Supreme Court President Aharon Barak, was. It also does not matter that the decision to rob Israel’s Arab citizens of the right to marry the person they choose and live with that person in Israel was made by a 6-5 majority.

There is no country in the Western world that does not limit immigration and set priorities in accordance with its needs at a given time. Immigration laws make it difficult for foreign partners of citizens to receive citizenship, and they combat fictitious marriages. But not one single Western country discriminates against some of its citizens by passing laws that apply only to them, and that impose limits only on their choice of a partner with whom they can live in their homeland.

Israel claims this racist law is due to “security” concerns. The world will rightly see Israel as an “apartheid state.” Perhaps Israel should start herding Palestinians into cattle trains? The world continues to ignore the ongoing suffering.

  • smiths

    its absolutely unbelievable,

    how far does that state have to go before the apologists see it for what it really is,

    i didnt think it was possible for me to be disgusted by israeli government actions anymore, but i was wrong, again

  • Comical_Ali

    why can’t they move to ‘palestine’ where concidentally no Jews are allowed to live?

  • john ryan

    The only Palestine I know of is the one where they klive now,only the name has changed

  • Allen JAY

    Your observations are spot on so far as both the Israeli action and the lack of awareness, interest, concern on the part of the the rest of the world generally and our leaders in particular.

    It merely demonstrates the lack of real ethics in our Anglo led world in particular and in Israel also.

  • edward squire

    Israel claims this racist law is due to “security” concerns.

    The "security concerns" are in fact "demographic concerns".

  • Leo Buddha

    Fascinating and very moral and ethical comments about Israel.

    In which Arab or Muslim countries can and could Jews really live in peace during the past 10, 20, 50 or more years?

    Does anyone here have any related moral comments?

    Are such comments, ideas, or ethical concens really relevant?

  • Edward Squire

    Leo Buddha May 17th, 2006 at 4:47 pm

    Fascinating and very moral and ethical comments about Israel.

    Fascinating comment. For what it's worth, I was simply stating Olmert's position on the matter.

  • Addamo

    "In which Arab or Muslim countries can and could Jews really live in peace during the past 10, 20, 50 or more years?"

    How about Iran?

  • Leo Buddha

    Addamo wrote

    How about Iran?

    I think that many (most?) Jews have left Iran as have many Christians and Baha'is. Given the current Irani regime, I think most non-Muslims who have the means probably leave. However, a few Jews have returned to Iran from Israel and the US because their new lives in the promised lands were very much harder than they anticipated.

    Difficult and in many ways very scary stuff… I do not have any glib and easy answers.

  • Leo Buddha


    also see fIranian Jews barely hanging on under hard-liners

    Or just google <a href=",GGLD:2004-22,GGLD:en&q=Iran +jews +spies" rel="nofollow">Iran jews spies

    Or search the dreaded MEMRI for <a href=" +jews&Realm=All" rel="nofollow">iran jews

    Or do your own..

  • Leo Buddha

    Edward Squire may wnat to do his own search by adding Zionist to the above searches

  • edward squire

    Leo Buddha May 19th, 2006 at 3:09 pm

    Edward Squire may wnat to do his own search by adding Zionist to the above searches

    Google searches seem to be the only way to find Zionists. Out here in the world, they appear to be almost invisible.

  • Leo Buddha

    edward squire wrote

    Google searches seem to be the only way to find Zionists. Out here in the world, they appear to be almost invisible.

    That is obviously true for and about you Edward. It really depends on the (hot) air one breathes and the (narrow and incestuous) circles (congregations really) in which certain people live, work, and socialise.

    It also depends on what you mean by Zionist.

    Edward: What do you mean when you use the words Zionist and Zionism?