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.

Book nears arrival

My Israel Question is coming.

  • Good news! Look forward to being at book launch and reading the book.

    Congratulations and best wishes.

    Mannie De Saxe

  • captain

    I look forward to being at the book launch and asking you loads of questions. Here's hoping Margo has sobered up by then!

  • Addamo

    Do you promise to behave Captain? 😉

  • captain

    Oh yes! In the spirit of fairness, I will give both Ant and the reporters a compilation of comments that he has made and also the paranoid racist antisemitic comments made under his moderated blog.

    These included comments that are just plain wrong: eg marriage bans; comments that are plain antisemitic vitriol eg Israel is trying to kill as many palestinians as possible to mere errors of judgement (too numerous to mention.

  • Jon

    well now that the book cover is on the MUP web-site I wonder if Michael Danby will come out with another one of his rantings telling people not to buy the book, or will he wait until its published.

  • Addamo

    Hey Ant,

    Maybe you should erect one of those Bush style free speech zones for the likes of Captain and Danby. Nothign like taking a leaf out of book from the leader of the free world to prove that freedom of speech is what we are protecting.

    What "paranoid racist antisemitic comments" are you referring to Captain? In the spirit of fairness, do you intend to include teh one's you've made? Wil you be preaching to the press gallery how freedom of speech includes the freedom to suppress free speech?

    Israel is trying to kill as many palestinians as possible

    Sounds like you aere prepared to get creative with the truth Captain. Ant has never said this, but seing as no one will be able to fact check you on the spot, might as well give is a go right?

    With world cup fever, the book launch may turn out to become a debating match – The facts of Ant vs Captain fanaticism.

  • Onya Antony

    Even bad publicity sells.

    I cannot wait for my discount 😉


  • ed squire

    captain Jun 8th, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    Oh yes! In the spirit of fairness, I will give both Ant and the reporters a compilation of comments that he has made and also the paranoid racist antisemitic comments made under his moderated blog.

    Do you also intend to include a raft of your own morally repulsive comments so that people will know where you're coming from? Let me guess: no.

  • captain

    Prepared to get creative with the truth? Read this!

    I have made no morally repulsive comments. Whoops, I support Jews to live in peace. I know that would offend many here.

    I am looking forward to hear Ant make sense of the raft of contradictory statements he has made about both supporting a two state solution and also denying Israel the right to exist.

  • ed squire

    captain Jun 9th, 2006 at 7:41 am

    Prepared to get creative with the truth? Read this!

    By far the best post in that thread was orang's.

    God I hope you go through with it … it would be hilarious!

  • Addamo

    I have made no morally repulsive comments.

    Let me see. You described the death of Rachel Corrie as laughable.

    Whoops, I support Jews to live in peace.

    As for the rest of the population…… You support the right of Israel to have security, not peace, because you do not wantt he price to be paid for peace. Outside of Israel, just about all Jews live in peace, including Iran.

    I am looking forward to hear Ant make sense of the raft of contradictory statements he has made about both supporting a two state solution and also denying Israel the right to exist.

    Especialyl seeing as he never denied Israel's right to exist, but he has challenged the premise that Israel shodul be a Jewish state. Ant and everyone else knows that the state of Israel is not going anywhere. What is at issue, is it's make up.