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.

How racism has invaded Canada

Robert Fisk, The Independent, June 10:

This has been a good week to be in Canada — or an awful week, depending on your point of view — to understand just how irretrievably biased and potentially racist the Canadian press has become. For, after the arrest of 17 Canadian Muslims on “terrorism” charges, the Toronto Globe and Mail and, to a slightly lesser extent, the National Post, have indulged in an orgy of finger-pointing that must reduce the chances of any fair trial and, at the same time, sow fear in the hearts of the country’s more than 700,000 Muslims. In fact, if I were a Canadian Muslim right now, I’d already be checking the airline timetables for a flight out of town. Or is that the purpose of this press campaign? 

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  • viva peace

    Poor old Fisk, washed up, a drunk, a laughing stock, his whole antisemitic worldview collapsing around him. Only Fisk could see the world's most tolarant and multicultural society as succumbing to the dark forces of "racism."

    Meanwhile in the real world, the rest of us say "Jesus, if even Canada has woken up and turned the corner, perehaps the genuine concern about Islamofascism's festering in every corner of the globe is more urgent that we ever thought!"

    Perhaps now the enemies-within the Anglosphere will join the rest of us in the fight. However, it could be too late for the foolish Brits.

  • Progressive_Atheist

    The CSIS entrapped those 17 Muslims, by posing as one of them and dreaming up the plot, then selling the fertilizer to them. In this case the CSIS are the real terrorists. Canadians should wake up to just how dangerous their intelligence services are.

  • viva peace

    Regressive Athiest

    Indeed! And man never landed on the moon, the Jews started the Frnch Revolution, Mossad is responsible for Sep. 11, and did I mention the Zionists? Ah, Regressive, Trotsky had a phrase for people like you. 😉

  • Anon

    you're a stupid stupid idiot viva. everything you say here indicates how poorly educated you are. just shut up.

  • smiths

    viva misery,
    i could spend a short time assembling FACTS that demonstrate your comments to be ignorant and childish but i have learnt the hard way that it would be a waste of my time,
    so instead i simply say,
    fuck off you half wit and stop wasting our time,
    most of the people here actually want to read the articles and develope their thinking on complex issues,
    you are a spoiler, and a waste of space, just go

  • Addamo

    Viva ,

    I see you are having another one of your Pavlovian reflexes, which is predictably triggered by the mere mention of Fisk. The article mentions nothing about Jews, but by golly, such details are never going to stop you from tying Fisk to alcoholism and anti-Semitism.

    I could swear that you and Captain are both the same poster here. You both spit the dummy when facts are held to your face.

    Yes you are right about Canada being a tolerant society, but as we’ve come to expect, completely wrong about everything else.

    The media have been valiantly working overtime to whip the public into a frenzy over this and it has been received with a collective roll of the eyes by the public. You can almost smell the desperation from our Bush wanna be at this fiction falling over like a pack of cards, and the legal team for he defense is grinning from ear to ear.

    The story has descended into a D grade movie script that has been unraveling since it broke. Last week, there was news that the 17 Canadians were connected to the London chemical weapons raid, which resulted in both suspects being released without even a minor misdemeanor.

    Here, the government is trying feverishly to agree on a story that holds water. First, we’re supposed to believe that suspects ordered 3 tonnes of ammonium nitrate (which is about as discreet as shopping around for plutonium), delivered by the government agents, even though the suspects lived in a tiny townhouse that had nowhere to space to store the cargo. Needless to say, no evidence of an order being placed has been produced.

    Then it came out that CSIS was aware of there teenagers because they were seen playing paint-ball (remind me not to partake in that again, or I’ll end up being deported), oh, an that they attended a mosque in Mississauga . Yeah, real smoking gun stuff as you can see.

    Then it was revealed that the original terrorist plan to drive bomb laden truck into parliament was scrapped because these Canadian residents didn’t know where Parliament was (which is as difficult to find as Sydney Harbour Bridge). So the government pulls the story out of think air that the leader of the group wanted to behead Harper, which even Harper giggled at when interviewed.