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.
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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.

Serenading the boss

John Howard and George Bush talk the language of love:


  • captain

    What a lovely departure from smearing Jews, Israel and mothers who put their children into childcare.

  • smiths

    maybe captain is in fact just a computerized response machine,

    someone just plugs in a couple of words pertaining to an article and the machine spews out an entirely predictable response, i am sure of it

  • smiths

    by the way captain, i just have to ask,

    how did those pesky arabs fly four planes for an hour and a half through the most heavily defended skies on earth?
    at least two-dozen air force installations are within fast flying time of the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Among the air bases that did not respond on Sept. 11 were

    • The 104 Fighter Wing in western Massachusetts.

    • The 174 Fighter Wing in Syracuse, New York – directly in Flight 11’s flight-path until it turned south.

    • The 103 and 118 Fighter Wings in Hartford, Connecticut just 100 miles N/E of Manhattan.

    • A “battle-ready” squadron of F-16’s was also stationed with the 177 Fighter Wing out of Atlantic City – less than half the distance from New York City compared to Otis AFB.

    • Armed fighters on training flights or patrolling Air Defense Intercept Zones just off the Atlantic Coast that morning

    • Two Air National Guard F-16s already airborne near Manhattan? Armed with practice bombs for runs over New Jersey’s Pine Barrens near Atlantic City, the intimidating interceptors from the 177th Fighter Wing could have been over the WTC in less than three minutes.

    and how did those pesky arabs dissapear from radar screens over Ohio, turn off the transponder which is never normally done by hijackers because its pointless, and then come back on radar just near the pentagon,
    and then execute an incredibly precise diving turn at a rate of 360 degrees/minute while descending at 3,500 ft/min, at the end of which levelling out at ground level to keep the pentagon lawn perfect

    The maneuver was in fact so precisely executed that the air traffic controllers at Dulles refused to believe the blip on their screen was a commercial airliner. Danielle O’Brian, one of the air traffic controllers at Dulles who reported seeing the aircraft at 9:25 said, “The speed, the maneuverability, the way that he turned, we all thought in the radar room, all of us experienced air traffic controllers, that that was a military plane.”

    all performed by a fucking shithouse pilot

    The Herald report also said that Arabic-language flight training manuals were found in a car in the airport's parking garage and said the two of the men were brothers, one a trained pilot.

    Hani Hanjour, who investigators contend piloted airliner that crashed into Pentagon on Sept 11, was reported to Federal Aviation Administration in Feb 2001 after instructors at Pan Am International Flight Academy in Phoenix found his piloting skills so shoddy and his grasp of English so inadequate that they questioned whether his pilot's license was genuine

    can you captain, explain all this to me?

  • john ryan

    No Captain has enough problems explaining the theft of land, the oppressing of the palestinians,the explaning away of why blacks is white, hang on he might have some idea after all hes a great spin merchant

  • captain

    I forgot that smiths is a loony conspiratorialist.

    Its funny how people are only concerned with their perception of oppression, when there is an opportunity to either blame the U.S. or Israel.

    Lets face it, you only like Luenetic's cartoon because it conforms to your world view. But really its pedestrian and lacking in all imagination. Leunetic is a predictable hack.

  • john ryan

    Dear Captain, there is one the the Israeli Govt propaganda dept has it,s a lot of hacks, takes one to know one

  • edward squire

    Comical_Ali May 24th, 2006 at 12:10 am

    What did you do to my previous two posts, free-speech Loewenstien?

    Not only were they inoffensive…

    They were probably offensive.

  • captain

    Yes, left wing universalists seem to find dissent offensive, unless it is their own of course.

  • captain

    I find it curious that Ant on one hand condones the use of parody by Leunig , yet finds it offensive when Comical_Ali is at his finest. Very thin skinned indeed.

  • Comical_Ali

    why is the dissenter so quick to curb dissent, especially when there is nothing to curb? This is like a Stalinist purge.

  • captain

    Comical_Ali: you have said it best.

  • smiths

    not good enough captain,

    offer me some plausible explanation for the highly improbable events listed above,

    applying 'conspiracy nut' label is a cop out

  • Comical_Ali

    Smiths, I for one have decided to come clean about this, yet Ant for some reason or another decided to delete my posts. There is no point in trying to cover this up any longer. Your constant vigilance, Smiths, has certainly paid off.

    Captain I suggest you do what I did and come out of the closet.

    Now that everything is out in the open thanks to Smiths and others who have searched out the truth, you are basically left with two options, Caps – either put up or shut up

  • Addamo


    You might try eplaining to Captain therefore that freedom of speech does not include the right to suppress the speech of others. Both yo uand Captain seem ot think that Danby' efforts to prevent Ant's book from being published is such an example.

  • edward squire

    captain May 24th, 2006 at 9:23 am


    What's a "universalist"?

    I find it curious that Ant…finds it offensive when Comical_Ali is at his finest.

    I find it curious that you know Comical is at his finest when he's offensive, when his offensive remarks get deleted before you see them.

  • captain

    This is what a universalist is.

    edward is almost always smarmy and offensive, but I guess offense is in the eye of the beholder. Personally I find the conspiratorialist anti Jewish comments here to be among the worst.

  • edward squire

    captain May 25th, 2006 at 12:11 am

    This is what a universalist is.

    Something like a non-exceptionalist then, I take it?

    edward is almost always smarmy and offensive

    Perhaps , but pointing out matters such as your basic logical errors (as above) is limited to that which you find personally offensive (i.e. being offended by the inference of 'none-to-bright'); it does not constitute merely saying something personally nasty; nor does it relate to the more general kind of offensiveness that comes with racism, sexism, homophobia and so on.

  • Captain

    Basic logical error? Ant referred to himself as a "universalist". I sent you the link. The only logical error is with Ant, not me.

  • Comical_Ali

    Squires which part of my remarks did you or Ant find offensive? My coming clean about sleazy hook nosed Jews, conspiring and succeeding to bring down the WTC? Or issuing a fatwa against the infidel Andrew Denton for giving Leunig "enough rope" from which to hang himself with. which part was more offensive, the fatwa/"enough rope" part or the conspiring shylock nosed Jews part?

    Or the bloody history of the bloody thirsty Jews courtesy of their blood thirsty Purim celebration part and Torah, (not to mention their mythical King David) – which was published in this very same comments section two months ago — which was not deleted by Ant?

    Addammo, curiously for some reason or another Ant decided to supress my free speech after I decided to come out in favor of Leunig not to mention Smiths theory that Bin Laden was not behind 9/11.

    Leunig is considered sacred here, so I was not trying to mock or be critical of him in anyway. On the contrary I was praising him and denouncing his enemies – enemies like the Zionist Denton.

    As far as I know, Danby has not managed to suppress anyone's speech, but our Antony has.

  • smiths

    oh what the hell, heres some more conspiracy loons

    “[T]here was just an explosion [in the south tower]. It seemed like on television [when] they blow up these buildings. It seemed like it was going all the way around like a belt, all these explosions.”–Firefighter Richard Banaciski

    “I saw a flash flash flash [at] the lower level of the building. You know like when they demolish a building?”–Assistant Fire Commissioner Stephen Gregory

    “[I]t was [like a] professional demolition where they set the charges on certain floors and then you hear 'Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop'."–Paramedic Daniel Rivera

    but wait, explosions up and down the buildings? how did those arabs manage that,

    oh i know, all of those 503 firefighters witness statements suppressed for three years describing explosions in the buildings are bullshit