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 hidden war

The war in Congo is the most deadly since the Nazi genocide, yet it is barely reported in the Western media. This news is therefore even more distressing:

United Nations peacekeepers in the Congo are contributing to the systematic destruction of civilian-occupied villages during combined operations with government forces.

Video evidence filmed by Channel 4’s Unreported World shows the total destruction of a hamlet called Kazana in Ituri, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The assault was part of Operation Explorer to dislodge recalcitrant Walendu ethnic militias from the Front de Resistance Patriotique en Ituri (FRPI) before Congo’s first democratic elections on 30 July.

South African and Pakistani units of the UN force, known as Monuc, broke UN rules by opening fire using mortars and heavy machineguns when women and children were present and by giving no warning of their attack. Monuc officers, whose mandate is to protect civilians from violence, had claimed the hamlet held only militias and perhaps a few brainwashed camp followers.

But as mortars fell, figures could be seen running in all directions. For days after Kazana’s destruction we tracked down traumatised survivors from this and more than a dozen other destroyed villages. Monuc is mandated to provide relief to the victims of conflict, but we saw many terrified women, children and elderly people without food or shelter. They told of rape, torture and other ghastly treatment at the hands of government troops. 

7 comments ↪
  • Comical_Ali

    It is barley reported in the West because your "co-religionists" in the media are too busy shedding crocodile tears for alleged US and Israeli human rights abuses and war crimes. Inevitably all other issues of actual human rights abuse and war crimes (far more severe in scope and scale) have taken a back seat as a result.

  • Comical_Ali, what the fuck are you on about?

  • Comical_Ali

    When seven Palestinians are inadvertenly killed on a Gazan beach it makes the international headlines & crocodile tears for their deaths flow from the usual suspects.

    When tens of thousands or even millions of people are subjected to indiscrimnate mass slaughter, rape or torture in some African country, nonone seems to give a merde ('scuse da French), as Antony so kindly points out. At best the story is relegated to a tiny article on page 16.

    Are Palestinian lives worth more? Or is it just more politically convienant to back their cause and shed crocodile tears?

    Worse still, the fact that its becoming more clearer that the Gazan family was not hit by an Israeli shell – a fact now accepted by Marc Garlasco of Human rights Watch (who earlier backed the Palestinian version of events) – is hardly making a dent on the international headlines. Old lies seem to never die.

  • The lack of information/news about the Congo tragedy reflects several "laws about the news";

    Issues are less likely to be reported if:

    1 – locals don't speak English

    2 – locals are not white

    3 – locals are not Christian or Jewish

    4 – there's no sexual titillation aspect

    5 – there are few/no English speaking press resident incountry (Washington and Jerusalem are at the other end of the spectrum)

    6 – its happening in Africa (written off as a lost cause)

    If a pretty American or Australian female tourist (with a modeling photo portfolio) were killed there or imprisoned for drugs she'd get more coverage than 100,000 local deaths.

    Pete

  • Comical_Ali

    Pete were the seven Palestinians killed, Jewish? Were they christian? Were they pretty American female tourists? Did any of them speak english?

  • Addamo

    When seven Palestinians are inadvertenly killed on a Gazan beach it makes the international headlines & crocodile tears for their deaths flow from the usual suspects.

    How pathetic Comical. So when Israeli Jews are killed it it unreported is that right? You are such a hypocrite. When there is a thread abtou Israel, you are your fellow travellers flock to it like bees to honey, at the ready with your pre-canned defensive arguments, and then complain when others whoi disagree with you join the party.

  • Comical

    Exceptions don't disprove useful generalisations. I think the large English speaking press corps in Israel may explain why the 7 Palestinians are remembered – sad but true I think.

    Pete