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.

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15 comments ↪
  • john ryan

    What no Shanahan Minle or Sheridian god the world has stopped or are Murdocks satraps preaching to no one

  • captain

    Thanks for the update about Iranian Jews. I hope Addumbo has read about the thriving population there.

  • orang

    Life must be difficult for the Iranian jews, on the one hand you have Israeli agents fermenting agitation with the Kurds (for instance), Olmert flying to Washington to advise big W and the Piano Player on Iran, and on the other you have a President with paranoia regarding the US and Israel. Some would say justifiable paranoia.

  • Addamo

    Iteresting indeed Catpain,

    Irania jews get to run their own hospital. Sure sound they're one step away from being marched off to the gas chambers doesn't it?

    These quote have oppression and exodus written all over them:

    Those who remain say emigration has slowed and those who have stayed are unlikely to change their minds.

    it continues a medical tradition in which Jewish physicians have been celebrated in Iran for centuries.

    the difficulty of securing a government job and anti-Semitism in state media – but say they do not face active hostility.

    "Everyone thinks the Islamic republic is killing us, but this is wrong," Dr Morsathegh insists. "As a minority we have some problems, but they are not as bad as people outside the country think. We can live here, study here, work here."

    Also, rather surprising that according to the number you yourself provided, the Iranian Jewsih population has double in what, 8 years?

    Feel like a dufus now Cpatain?

  • orang

    "the Iranian Jewsih population has double in what, 8 years?"

    What? This is serious!! It will change the Iranian demographic. Do you realize that in 20 years time Matza Balls will be the national dish, Stand Up comedians will be on every street corner? Mark my words, Costello is right, true blue Iranian women will have to start having one for the country to combat this.

  • captain

    Yes, and he spoke with complete freedom!

    Addumbo just imagine what would have happened if he commented to the contrary. It is not the US!!

    I think we know who is the dufus.

  • Addamo

    Ah captain,

    Tell me if any of these comments would be uncommon in the US or even Australia, if they were made by Arabs and muslims, especially after 911?

    Would such groups be able to say, unequivoically that, they do not face active hostility?

    It all comes down to the fact that anything less than red carpet treatment must therefore imply persecution and oppression.

  • captain

    Arabs and Muslims in Australia are protected by legislation. Arabs and Muslims have shown open hostility to the Australian government at various times and the government response has been measured and supportive of difference. There are no arrests of Muslim leaders because of dissent. There are no people who disappear here because of their views. Hostility from the community is different to a totalitarian regime that arrests people according to their views and has made it so uncomfortable that there has been a mass exodus. Contrast that to Australia when there has been a mass influx of Muslims and Arabs.

    You have had Western world leaders repeated say that Islam is a religion of peace. Contrast this with the experience in the Arab countries where there is no freedom of expression, no freedom of movement and no freedom of association. This is hardly red carpet treatment.

    Addumbo you believe what you want to, but you suffer from (among other things) confirmation bias. You merely dismiss evidence that doesn't suit you. You clearly have no idea what life is like in a totalitarian regime. If people spoke in Iran about their leader the way Americans speak about Bush, they and their families would just disappear. I have personally spoken with many Iranian refugees who have experienced this kind of persecution and readily attest to the brutality of that regime. Where do they come to? The pluralistic west of course; the very place that ignoramuses like you demonise. But Addumbo knows best.

  • Addamo

    Hostility from the community is different to a totalitarian regime that arrests people according to their views

    You mean like laws against hate speech?

    Captain,

    You are right abotu my not knowing waht life is liek in a totalitarian regime, but the point I keep making is that the Iranin Jews clearly have a choice to leave Iran if the conditions were untolerable for them.

    If people spoke in Iran about their leader the way Americans speak about Bush, they and their families would just disappear.

    Perhaps, but you cannto ignore the stories of those in the US who have spoken out against Bush, getting visits from the FBI?

    Would I want ot live in Iran? No f'ing way. Is the government of Iran brutal and oppresive? No doubt they are, but I am far more concerned with the way the Iranian leadership is being demonized every day in an effort to soften up the public to another war.

    I am sick of those who keep squaling about how Iran wants to wipe Israel of the face of the earth, while ignoring that a) they have no means to do it and b) that the statement was nothing more than hot air for domestic political comsumption.

    If the recent BS about cloth strips is any indication, who's to say whether Amadinejad really did say that anyway?

    Similarly, if Iran is a threat ot all Jews, then how is it that Jews in Iran seem happy to remain?

  • captain

    What Ahmedinijad said is on televised footage. There is no doubt about it. The fact that you even have doubts about this is disturbing. Just like smiths things that 9/11 was an American plot when today BinLiner takes full credit.

    Many people don't leave abusive situations for a number of reasons. It is human nature often to stay with the devil you know.

    The fact that you continue to draw parallels between the US that has a healthy ongoing debate about everything and a totalitarian regime is completely ignorant and therefore difficult to dispute.

  • captain

    BTW Addumbo, you may not realise that despite the writing being on the wall for many Jews in Germany, Austria and elsewhere, there was considerable denial by them about the evolving climate. This contributed to the size of the catastrophe.

  • Addamo

    So Captain,

    Best you get on the blower and let the Iranian Jews know that the writing is on the wall.

    Better get busy, you have 20,000 plus people to warn now.

  • Addamo

    BTW.

    Bin Laden has never taken credit for 911.

    And if you consider thr overwight, 5' 10" right handed, gold ring wearing forget video to be proof, you'd best wake up.

  • captain

    How quickly and easily Addumbo is exposed for his empty assertions. Just read here.

  • Addamo

    Ohhhh Captain my Captain,

    Have you not yet woken up to quotes followd by pro preceeded by:

    The authenticity of the tape could not be verified. It was posted on a website often used by Al Qaeda.

    Bin Lande denied any involvement in the 911 attacks. The statement immediately after 911 from Bin Laden was a denial. In fact, he denied any knowledge of it entirely.

    I bet you feel for the cloth strips story, and the niger uranium fraud hook line and sikner, am I right?