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.
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.

Being gay

The State Department recently released its annual list of gay-hating nations:

1) Uganda
2) Iran
3) Egypt
4) Saudi Arabia
5) Nigeria
6) United Arab Emirates
7) Cameroon
8) Poland
9) Nepal
10) India

Homophobic violence is on the rise in many nations, not least in Poland. The story of Krystian Legierski, a Polish-born black gay activist, is a source of both inspiration and concern. Is Poland’s anti-Semitic past now being supplanted by rampant homophobia?

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  • I received this email today, Thursday 18 May 2006, and it comes only a few weeks after a report from Iraq that a 14 year old boy had been murdered by the authorities because he was gay!

    Iraq will soon be on the list, but of course countries like the USA and Australia have not been included, but should certainly be, given the increasing tide of homophobia sweeping both countries.

    Poland is showing its true form as a conservative, reactionary, Jew-hating, gay-hating, racist country which should be kicked out of the EU. If the EU doesn't act on Poland, then the EU may see itself enter the ranks of all these other countries.

    "BAGHDAD, May 17 (UPI) — Hard-line Shiite militias in

    Baghdad have issued a blanket death sentence for homosexuals,

    lesbians, prostitutes, liberal professors and booksellers.

    Ali Hili, who ran a gay nightclub in Baghdad but fled to

    Britain this year after receiving death threats, told The Times of

    London he knows of more than 40 men killed in recent months.

    Hili claims Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the most revered

    spiritual figure in Iraq, provoked the slayings by saying on his Web site

    in April last year that homosexuals should be killed in the "worst, most

    severe way."

    "We could never envisage this happening when Saddam

    (Hussein) was overthrown," the 33-year-old Hili said. "I had no love for

    the former president, but his regime never persecuted the gay community."

    Elsewhere in the city, a 34-year-old theater actor, who

    would only give his name as Bashar, said he has gone into hiding

    after a death threat. Two close members of his family have been

    killed by militants, who say they will carry on killing his

    relatives until he turns himself in."

  • Glenn Condell

    I wonder if the league table of gay hating places would correlate closely with one for latent, repressed homosexuality. Those who protesteth so much tell us more about themselves methinks.

  • "I wonder if the league table of gay hating places would correlate closely with one for latent, repressed homosexuality. Those who protesteth so much tell us more about themselves methinks."

    I am not sure what this means and what its relevance is to the gay murders around the world.

    Does this imply that I am a repressed homosexual? This would come as a big surprise to all who know me.

    Maybe you would like to check out our web pages?

    http://www.zipworld.com.au/~josken

  • Glenn Condell

    Sorry Mannie, wires crossed I think

    I meant that it seems to me violence against gay people might be higher in societies where there is a high level of repressed homosexuality because of rigid cultural or religious prohibition. Which means it's pretty bad in most places I guess.

    The most sadistic exponents of such violence are very often driven by the disconnect within themselves which results from conflict between their desires and the imperatives of the culture they're in. Arab societies fit this paradigm; they deal death sentences for homosexuality but it is at least as common there as here, and has a very long history.

  • Glenn,

    Thanks for getting back to me on this terrible problem.

    Poland, a country not known for its liberal stance on many issues during the 20th century, is now at the forefront of gay oppression. This should surely earn it black marks in the EU which, over many years, has been a shining light on many issues of sexuality equality.

    Distressingly, and increasingly so, many Caribbean places such as Jamaica and St Maartens (which I didn't know existed – having only heard of St Martins – but they are Dutch and French halves of the same island), and African countries such as Uganda, Nigeria, and also increasingly so, Zimbabwe, have episodes of murders and attacks which are getting worse.

    The alarming thing is that they all deny homosexuality in black communities, stating that the white man brought this unholy sexuality to their lands, and we all know that homosexuality has been around as long as heterosexuality!

    Religion is often given as the excuse for these assaults on human rights, whereas what you have stated,

    "conflict between their desires and the imperatives of the culture they’re in" is more often what drives the murderous results around the world.

    Check out the Reverend (sic) Fred Phelps (USA) web site

    godhatesfags to give yet another perspective on gay hate.

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