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.

Delusions of grandeur

Der Spiegel interviews Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and discusses Israel, Zionism, the Holocaust, Iraq, nuclear weapons and Western hypocrisy:

Ahmadinejad: We don’t want to confirm or deny the Holocaust. We oppose every type of crime against any people. But we want to know whether this crime actually took place or not. If it did, then those who bear the responsibility for it have to be punished, and not the Palestinians. Why isn’t research into a deed that occurred 60 years ago permitted? After all, other historical occurrences, some of which lie several thousand years in the past, are open to research, and even the governments support this.

SPIEGEL: Mr. President, with all due respect, the Holocaust occurred, there were concentration camps, there are dossiers on the extermination of the Jews, there has been a great deal of research, and there is neither the slightest doubt about the Holocaust nor about the fact – we greatly regret this – that the Germans are responsible for it. If we may now add one remark: the fate of the Palestinians is an entirely different issue, and this brings us into the present. 

20 comments ↪
  • Indeed it does bring us into the present, because something can actually done to end the suffering in the Occupied Territories. Ending the Occupation would be a good start.

    In any event, a far easier method for Ahmadinejad to help alleviate suffering world wide is to look in his own backyard and end the persection and murder of minorities such as homosexuals, non-Muslims and dissenters in Iran.

  • President Ahmadinejad (bless him) is the "little guy" compared to the Americans but he is wantonly callous about regional sensitivies and the history of the Holocaust.

    This guy has been a University academic and so's his wife – so he knows better. But he is appealing (with disturbing success) to the lowest common denominator of anti Semitism in the Muslim world and in Western Europe.

    Pete
    http://spyingbadthings.blogspot.com

  • viva peace

    Oh please. The suffering of the Palestinians is overwhelmingly the fault of the wider Arab world and the Palestinians themselves. The world is slowly waking up to all the propogarnda about "end the occuptaion and the suffering will stop." As If!

  • Addamo

    Oh come on Viva,

    Waking up to what? Israel has all but given up tryign to win the propaghanda war and has settled for the giving the world the "fuck you". Palestinans are not bombing themselves or shelling the Gaza strip.Palestinans are not bulldozing their own homes. Palestinans are not shooting their own children.

  • viva peace

    Addamo

    And many, including myself, are now coming around to sympathising with Israels' "fuck you" attitude. You only have to have followed the Quartet's policies since the lection of Hamas to see that people are no longer buying the "poor us, innocent victims of the world's most BRUTAL and ILLEGAL occupation ever, ever…" that the Palestinian propoganda machine has been so successful in spewing over the past few decades.

  • Progressive_Atheist

    And many, including myself, are now coming around to sympathising with Israels’ “fuck you” attitude.

    Stop trying to bullshit us. You've always had a "fuck you" attitude towards Zionism's critics.

  • viva peace

    Progressive_Athiest

    I must say that I have rarely had any respect for western 'Zionist critics." A bit to undergraduate posturing for my liking. But I am not talking about them. I am talking about the Palestinians, the wider Arab world, Iran, and the Israelis.

  • Addamo

    On the copntrary Viva,

    You are confusing the moves of some sycophantic governments with the general sentiment among the public.

    Suggestion of boycotting Israel are now openly discussed, where previously, no one would have dared. Similarly, the notion of trying IDF officers as war criminals is also becoming more common.

    Just today:

    British war crimes lawyer denied entry http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=114848

    CUPE in Ontario votes to boycott Israel http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2006/05/2

    As for the most successful propaganda machine ever, you can’t beat the milking of the Holocaust to get yourself not only a country, but have the world’s foremost superpower play your lapdog. When it comes to “poor us, innocent victims”, the world is getting increasingly bored with this coming from a country with 200 plus nukes.

  • Comical_Ali

    Israel has all but given up tryign to win the propaghanda war and has settled for the giving the world the “fuck you”.

    Hence the reason why they expelled over 10,000 Jews in Gaza and destroyed green houses which contributed over US$300 mill to the Israeli economy. In response the Palestinians voted in Hamas. Thats what I call a "fuck you" attitude.

    Right now the Israeli govt is planning to expel a futher 100,000 jews at the cost of US $20 billion (more than a quarter of Israel's entire economy) and are implementing serious budget cuts to all sectors of Israeli society. So much for a "fuck you" attitude. What will the Palesitnians do in response?

    Palestinans are not bombing themselves or shelling the Gaza strip.Palestinans are not bulldozing their own homes

    No they are not bombing themselves or shelling Gaza, but they are quite curiously bombing Israelis and shelling Israeli towns and villages (details that you conviently leave out)…hence the type of respnse that you are seeing from Israel.

  • Addamo

    Hence the reason why they expelled over 10,000 Jews in Gaza and destroyed green houses which contributed over US$300 mill to the Israeli economy.

    These plans were in place long before Hamas came ot power. Regardless, while withdrawl's from Gaza (which is of zero value to Israel) the West Bank was being further populated.

    (more than a quarter of Israel’s entire economy)

    Yeah like Israel is goign to foot the bill – NOT. Another US tax payer subsidized campaign.

    hence the type of respnse that you are seeing from Israel.

    Since when have Israel needed a reason to shoot Palestinain children, or to bulldoze Palestinian homes.

  • edward squire

    viva peace Jun 1st, 2006 at 1:41 pm

    I must say that I have rarely had any respect for western ‘Zionist critics.” A bit to undergraduate posturing for my liking.

    Stop the presses: Undergraduate Finds Undergraduates Dislikeable.

  • edward squire

    Comical_Ali Jun 1st, 2006 at 4:47 pm

    Right now the Israeli govt is planning to expel a futher 100,000 jews at the cost of US $20 billion (more than a quarter of Israel’s entire economy) and are implementing serious budget cuts to all sectors of Israeli society.

    Classic amateur error of Cost-Benefit Analysis: count the costs, ignore the benefits. The Overall outcome is a net gain in land for the Israeli expansionists.

  • viva you wrote "The world is slowly waking up to all the propogarnda about “end the occuptaion and the suffering will stop.” As If!"

    Who said the suffering will stop? All demcratic and free countries have problems but that is NOT a reason for us to occupy them.

  • In any event, a far easier method for Ahmadinejad to help alleviate suffering world wide is to look in his own backyard and end the persection and murder of minorities such as homosexuals, non-Muslims and dissenters in Iran.

    I share your view here Iqbal; that he should look in his own backyard first. This is the same view I have of US administrations too.

  • viva peace

    Nadia

    That is the point. The Muslims will not stop their plans to destroy Israel. For them "the occupation" means the existence of the state of Israel!

    The world must stand firm and let the Islamofacsists know that we will no longer fall for their deceits!

  • captain

    Stop the press : fast eddy shares the same views as the islamofascists.

  • Addamo

    Viva,

    The Palestinains have overwhelmingly agreed to the idea of a two state solution. Two states implies the contionued existence of Israel. Droo the histerical idiocy, even though the impedning destruction of Israel is the one remaining ace up the sleeve for the continuiance of Israel's expasion.

    You also deliberately conflate Islamofacsists with Palestinains and even Hamas. It is you that must understand that Islamofacsists are, small, hardly influentilal, isolated, dispersed and control NOTHING. Never have and never will.

    You and your fellow travellers are clipnging onto this myth as if it were a new Cold War.

  • viva peace

    Addamo

    Oh OK, so now you are channeling David Irving; or perhaps david Duke; or even Robert Faurrison. Remember Addamo, if you lie down with dogs you will get fleas.

  • viva peace

    Addamo

    Do you even read the Palestinian press!? Please. The majority support a 2 State solution? What a scream! Have you even read the Hamas Charter?

  • ed squire

    captain Jun 2nd, 2006 at 9:57 pm

    shares the same views as the islamofascists.

    Huh? Islamo-fascists (whomever they are) argue for a serious and honest approach to cost-benefit analysis? Don't tell me you're for a dishonest approach to such things? That would be soooo out of character for you.

    Tell me something: has the area occupied by the Israeli regime increased or decreased after the Gaza pull-out. Here's a hint: increased.