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.

The weekly hysteric

Melanie Phillips is a worried woman. Multiculturalism, anti-Semitism and immigration are destroying her beloved, white Britain.

The poor dear. She should move to Israel, where there a good chance she would be ignored. Rabid Zionism never had such an unattractive advocate. Individuals like Phillips seem blissfully unaware that they provide a convincing argument for anti-Zionism.

UPDATE: A welcome debunking of the Phillips “thesis.”

  • Addamo

    Phillips has to be one fo the most ill informed and most ignorant pundits I have read. I cannot believe this preson has such a legion of followers.

    She exemplies the mentality that subscribes to the belief that the world revolves around the worlds Jewry.

  • captain

    yep, can't trust those evil jooos.

  • Addamo

    No Captain, not evil Jews, but ignorant fanatics on all sides are to be treated with caution, woudn't you agree?

  • captain

    no it is the evil Joooish apartheid regime backed by evil amerikkkka and chimpy mchitlerhalliburton bush.

  • Addamo

    Come of Captain.

    Tell me you don't read this woman's hsiterical references to the Weimar at the drop of a hat and not feel embarrassed for her!!

    She sounds inseperatble from the Straussian neocons in the US. They too tkae tehmselves way too seriosly, have no sense of humou and find disaste in the joie des vive of the masses. They too believe that the thing to fear is not fear itself, but not enough fear.

    This woman has had absolutely no personal experience to substatiante her ramblings, but some thoguth experiment she does fron the confines of the degenrate mind.

    This is a woman who thinks nothing of the hunderds of billions the US spends on defense (more than the rest of the world), yet, after the successful test of Russia's Topol ICBM, she has the chutzpah to accuse the Russians of entering into an arms race.

    This woman is so srewed up that she takes the news that Europe is clamping down on Shriah law as evidence Shariah law is threatening and overtakling Europe.

    How blinkered can you get?

  • captain

    well, you are pretty blinkered so I guess the answer is, quite a long way.

  • Addamo

    I was referring to her, but your petty reponse is evidence that you have no disagreemtn with the points I raised.

  • viva peace


    You never cease to stun! What a hide YOU have to accuse anybody else on this planet of "subscribes to the belief that the world revolves around the worlds Jewry."

    You obsession with Jews is so overbearing, total, and uncompromising that I am not confident that even 10 years of intensive therapy could even remotely begin to help you.

    There is only one explanation for a bourgeois white boy living in Canada who is neither Jewish nor Arab nor Muslim to engage in such unrelenting hatred and focus…

  • Addamo

    My obsession with Jews Viva? There you go, projecting again.

    Have you actually bothered to read this article, or you just doing one of your pathological extrapolations here like your predictable accusation of anti-Semitism when Fisk pens stories that don’t even address Jews or Israel? Actually don’t answer that. You’re the one who considers Martin Kramer to be a genius, which pretty much says it all.

    You are such a compulsive reactionary, I bet you are able to hear the mere mention of the word “Jew” or “Israel” within a 1 kilometer radius on a still summer evening – further if you happen to be near water.

    Have you read any of Melanie Phillips blogs? Do you have any idea what the hell you are talking about?

    Incidentally, what has my working in Canada got to do with anything, pray do tell? I also happen to spend on average, one week every month in LA. What do your tarot cards make of that? You have me worried Viva, what is it I’m coming down with and do you think it’s serious?

    Furthermore, what does being Jewish nor Arab nor Muslim have to do with entering such a discussion?