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.

Fighting occupation

Haifa Zangana is an Iraqi-born writer and activist who was imprisoned and tortured by Saddam Hussein’s regime. She escaped to Britain and now campaigns strongly against the US-led occupation of her former country. She writes regularly for the Guardian.

I interviewed this amazing woman during the recent Sydney Writer’s Festival.

9 comments ↪
  • boredinHk

    AL,

    the link for the interview goes to a Media Player file of fractals?

    The link to the guardian is also looking a bit random.

    If I'm mistaken ,sorry for the bother .

  • captain

    Ant, she makes the comment that she would have been called a terrorist at the time and you joke about this saying that many people would be. But she went on to say that she was well versed with guns and bomb making. As evil as Saddam was, she was a combatant, not a political terrorist.

    In any regime, 6 months of imprisonment for such behaviour is hardly harsh.

    Now she is critical of Saddam's trial?? Now she is a propagandist for Saddam, blaming the UN/US for the effect of sanction and equalising the acts of Saddam with John Howard? She is unhinged.

  • Addamo

    As evil as Saddam was, she was a combatant, not a political terrorist.

    The determination of which is usually in teh eye of the beholder. The insurgency could just as easily be described as combatants, but because they are resisting occupation, they are called terrorists.

    You have such a simplistic and reactive reposes to any discussion Captain. Being opposed to the war does not mean you are a terrorist sympathizer or a fan of Saddam. Being critical of Saddam's trials (which has descended into a shambles and a farce) is not being a propagandist for Saddam.

    Most people woudl agree that if Saddam was guilty for the deaths of hundreds of thousands, then why is he on tril for suppressing the uprising of 150?

    The UN/US sanctions were genocide by anyone's standards. They killed a million Iraqi's. Not enough dead Arabs for you Captain?

    The US was involved in authoring the UN resolutions to which the sanctions were tied. They demanded that Iraq disarm – NOTHING more. Yet in the same year they were drawn up, (1991) Bush 41 ad James Baker both stated that the satins would remain in place so long as Saddam was in power.

    That is completely wrong and illegal, and the US knew exactly who would be forced to pay the cost for this decision. You can't put someone in prison for one crime and the later, decide you are not going to let them out (even if they meet parole conditions) because they are not killed in prison by other inmates.

    It is you that is unhinged Captain. Unhinged, unaware, uninformed and uneducated.

  • captain

    Actually what I meant was a political prisoner: she wasn't, she was a combatants.

    The problem with idiots such as yourself is that when diplomatic pursuits are chosen (including sanctions) they are called genocide, when military action is chosen it is called a war crime. In other words keep all evil despots in power or risk criticisms from the intellectual giants such as addduummbooo.

    Why is Saddam only on trial for killing 150? Because this is the most straight forward prosecution. It is the first of many. This is how the law works.

    It is difficult to argue with the balance of what you have written as it is unclear what language you are speaking.

  • Addamo

    Captain,

    You never cease to amaze with your stupidity. Little wonder with Viva here to spur you on to constantly outdo yourself.

    Diplomatic pursuits are based on agreements, not changing gthe goal posts post facto. I can see hwo for you, the deaths of people is of no concener when no jews re involved, but a million deaths is indeed genociude by anyone’s statndards. M
    Why is Saddam only on trial for killing 150? Because this is the most straight forward prosecution.

    Wrong. It’s because it took place before the US buddied up to him and thus, the trial will not result in Saddam calling Rumsfeld to the witness stand. This is not how law works, this is how propaganda works.

    It is difficult to argue with the balance of what you have written as it is unclear what language you are speaking.

    Like I said earlier, too high brow for small brains. I'll be careful to use smaller words next time agreed? Just do the noble thing Captain and admit you are wayaaay out of your depth. No one will blame you for your limitations.

  • captain

    Bush 41 ad James Baker both stated that the satins would remain in place so long as Saddam was in power.

    The satins? no wonder I am out of my depth in understanding you.

    Most people would consider sanctions still within the realm of diplomacy. It is not me who is unconcerned about Muslim deaths, it is the Muslim leaders themselves. Saddam was completely indifferent to the suffering of his own people as was the rest of the Arab world. We have seen time and time again that the Arab world would prefer their own people to suffer in order to make political mileage than to address the situation. Look at the deafening political silence from the Arab world about Sudan. We in the West care more about Muslim deaths than they ever will.

    What do you suggest when there is non compliance with UN security council resolutions? Status quo? thats exactly how the despots would like it. But of course that have never been your concern.

    How is your nuclear research going?

  • Addamo

    Most people would consider sanctions still within the realm of diplomacy.

    People? You mean liek Madeliane Arlbright, who considered a half a milliikn dead Iraqi children a justified price to pay? Are you one of those people Captain and does that not make you and these people also completely indifferent to the suffering of Iraqis? So long as no Jews are invoved, then it's all entirely academic right?

    We in the West care more about Muslim deaths than they ever will.

    Unless it is us that is inflicting those deaths, in which case, we call it collateral damage or a cost we are willing to pay.

    What do you suggest when there is non compliance with UN security council resolutions?

    How abtou sticking to the conditions stated in the resolutions, as opposed to moving he goal posts repeatedly so that they are never met? You seem to admire Scott Ritter. Read what he writes about hwo the CIA invented the numbers of missiles Saddam had and how they refused to acknowledge there weren't left, even though they received reports from UNSCOM that none existed.

    But of course that have never been your concern.

    That's nice a childish of you. I would never have been in favor of the US supporting Saddam in the first place.

    How is your nuclear research going?

    That was my previous career. You have a question or something that needs clarification?

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