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.

Wilting under the heat

New Under the Sun is a collection of Jewish Australians writing about religion, politics and culture (naturally enough, the Australian Jewish News thinks the book is vitally important.) While some chapters are worthwhile, it suffers from a classic case of avoiding the elephant in the room. Israel is barely mentioned. The Jewish state is discussed, analysed and profiled, and yet virtually no discussion appears about the occupation. But then, why would it? Most Jews prefer to avoid it, too. Israel should not be the central focus of Jewry – and the book’s contents prove this – but if a serious publication wants to truly understand the nature of Australian Jewry, robust and various perspectives on Israel must be offered. The editors and publisher clearly didn’t want this. Much easier to write about the Holocaust, migration and adult education, topics bound to cause no offence to anybody.

Comedian John Safran contributes a chapter and features a fictional interview with Federal Labor MP Michael Danby – a Zionist fond of bullying – and yours truly. It’s mildly amusing, aiming to parody the overly sensitive nature of Zionists like Danby and Jews such as myself who believe that the Israeli occupation has corrupted the Jewish soul. It’s also bleedingly obvious.

Unfortunately, New Under the Sun is a failed attempt at in-depth analysis. At a time when Diaspora Jewry overseas is starting to wake from years of blindly supporting the Jewish state, Australian Jews, it seems, are happy to continue the fiction. They’ll be rudely roused soon enough.

21 comments ↪
  • captain

    no one could be as insightful as you Ant.

  • Comical_Ali

    While some chapters are worthwhile, it suffers from a classic case of avoiding the elephant in the room. Israel is barely mentioned…Most Jews prefer to avoid it, too. Israel should not be the central focus of Jewry – and the book’s contents prove this – but if a serious publication wants to truly understand the nature of Australian Jewry, robust and various perspectives on Israel must be offered.

    Take note of the words I highlighted –

    1.Avoided/avoiding – Antony why are you avoiding the latest developments of the Gaza beach incident?

    2. Serious (i.e. has to offer various perspectives on Israel) – Antony if you expect people to take you seriously on Israel (or any topic) why are you avioiding what Marc Garlasco of HRW recently said (after all you did previously quote him – quite freely and without hestitation). Why are you avoiding the finding of a recent German newspaper which suggested that they were killed by a Palestinian land mine? Why do you fail to offer a different perspective on what happened? Why have you suddenly gone silent on this issue?

    Of course your avoidance, failure to be taken seriously or show a different perspective is your standard Modus operandi. The Gaza beach incident is only but one minor example.

    Pot calling kettle black?

  • Addamo

    What latest development on the Gaza beach incident Comical? Weapons experts are maintain that Israel is to blame are they not? at least the independent ones who aren't being interviewed by the Jerusalem Post.

    Why is it that you have to go as far and finding a German newspaper to support your argument?

    Why do you fail to offer a different perspective on what happened? Why have you suddenly gone silent on this issue?

    Perhaps becasue the weight of evidence condemsn Israel.
    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20060614

  • Comical_Ali

    Interestingly your link proving that "Weapons experts maintain that Israel is to blame are they not?" has

    weapons expert Marc Garlasco asking "was it fired by an Israeli artillery piece, as Palestinians charge, or was it buried in the sand, either on purpose by militants, as Israel alleges, or left over from an earlier attack."

    But for Addamo its already guilty as charged. Perhaps you should shoot a quick email to the editor of that website and get him to quickly edit that little inconvienant Garlasco quote out.

    Even more interesting – your linked article is dated "June 14," a few days before weapons expert Garlasco back tracked further to favor the Israeli version of what transpired – saying that Israel was not responsible for the deaths.

    Now Ynet reports "IDF: Shrapnel found in Gazan boy not from Israeli shell"

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3265729

    I wonder what Garalsco's response would be to that. Will he back track further? Damn those pesky zionists and their corrupting influences.

  • Addamo

    Are you suggesting this is an aberation, while in the mean time an Israeli Air Strike Kills 3 Children in Gaza Strip? Captain keeps recounting the tragedy of Israli's being killed while in a cafe, but children being killed while playing is collateral damage right?

    The aritcle I linked to was baed on the fact that the expert was clearly NOT allowed access to teh scene of the crime or the evidence.

  • captain

    Yes they are collateral damage. The PA allow terrorists to use Gaza for the daily launch of missiles. Of course civilians are going to get killed with that happening one way or another. Even according the strictest criteria, Gaza is no longer 'occupied', so why would the PA allow terrorists to continue to put its civilians at risk?

    But you would probably suggest no reaction. After all, who cares about Israeli citizens. You mock the intentional targetting of civilians in a cafe as if there is some moral equivalence. Shame on you.

  • Addamo

    if Gaza ius no longer occupied, even "according the strictest criteria", then what the hell are the IDF doing there?

    After all, who cares about Israeli citizens. You mock the intentional targetting of civilians in a cafe as if there is some moral equivalence. Shame on you.

    Cafe's are out of bounds but beaches are a free fire zone am I right Captain? Lvoe the shame on me bit. That tends to be your way fo saying "yes you're right".

  • captain

    What are the IDF doing shelling at those who are launching missiles. Hmm, that is a tough one.

  • Addamo

    On Gaza beaches Capatain? Hey, you never know – that those Cafe's in Israel coudl have been fronts for Mossad assainatino teams.
    http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/148708

  • john ryan

    Wonder how long it will take the Israeli Govt propergandaists on this site who accuse everone who criticizes the Govt of Israeli as being anti semitic,which seems to be the refain of these people.
    Keep going lads as every time you do you make more and more people realise that there may be more to the Palestinian problem than they or the Govt that backs them want us to know.
    Its Ok for the Israeli Govt to steal Palestinian land,it OK for them to blow up and destroy homes,with the people still in them, kill people, occupy land and wonder why the people they oppress get pissed off and resort to terriorism which was Ok for the French and Europe during WW2 against the German Army,mind you the people who blew up the King David hotel what were they,the IDF is an occupying force and oppressed people will hit back with what ever they have.
    I,m sorry if you find this anti semitic but for the life of me I cant see how it is,I think perhaps you people should go and ask the people who train you how every one can be troubled by your Govt, but you see no problem with what they do

  • captain

    and its ok for pals to lob missiles into neighbouring cities. They are the kind of people you want next door.

    There is more the pal problem than meets the eye. It has nothing to do with land and everything to do with Judenrein. Why cant Jews live in Gaza?

    King David hotel, blah blah blah….come to the present and face the realities. The pals have become a death cult.

  • Comical_Ali

    Are you suggesting this is an aberation, while in the mean time an Israeli Air Strike Kills 3 Children in Gaza Strip?

    yes.

    Captain keeps recounting the tragedy of Israli’s being killed while in a cafe, but children being killed while playing is collateral damage right?

    children being killed by terrorists who hide amongst them (using them as human shields) is just as tragic as those children who are delibratley murdered by those same terrorists.

    The aritcle I linked to was baed on the fact that the expert was clearly NOT allowed access to teh scene of the crime or the evidence.

    Here is what you said – “Weapons experts maintain that Israel is to blame are they not” followed by the link quoting the main if not only weapons expert, which directly contradicted what you said and defeated the purpose of you having to post that link in the first place. Perhaps you should think before you post. Actually reading what you link as "evidence" would be a start. Employing your sharp wit by trying to talk your way out of it after realising you committed a bit of a "boo" might not be.

    On Gaza beaches Capatain? Hey, you never know – that those Cafe’s in Israel coudl have been fronts for Mossad assainatino teams.

    You know what, I'm convinced that you're a mossad agent. If you purport to speak on behalf or in favor of the Palesitnian cause, then you've got to be. Trust me, I can see through all zionist tactics and dirty tricks. Especially when it comes to trying to secretly discredit the Arab/Palestinian cause. Question is, how many of you really work for Mossad?

  • Comical_Ali

    seriously how much is Mossad paying you?

  • Addamo

    Why cant Jews live in Gaza?

    Because this implies the presence of IDF troops to protect Jewish settlments, which implies check points and intimidation. Once Israel recginises a Palesinain state, there should be no reason for Jes not to live in Palestine.

  • captain

    its amazing how you can twist reality to suit yourself. Israel does recongise the PA and has no control at all over Gaza. Come on, why would Jews living there REQUIRE protection? These peaceful people called pals surely wouldn't harm them just because they are JEWS? How many people need an ARMY just so they can live a normal life?

    There are check points in every country dufus.

  • Addamo

    Israel does recongise the PA and has no control at all over Gaza.

    Control comes in all forms. If the IDF are there, they control it. If they bomb the place, they control it.

    Come on, why would Jews living there REQUIRE protection?

    Maybe because that's a good way to grab land. It's worked wonder until now. Drop bombs on "terrorist" targets. Install check points to secure the area. Create "temporary" borders to secure the area more. Move settlers into the area, which in turn requires more check points. Drop more bombs. Increase the secures area and so it continues.

    There are check points in every country dufus.

    Wow. I keep missing the ones in Australia, Canada and the US. i don't recall women’s in these countries being forced to give birth as these invisible check points either, Nor do I recall these invisible check points stopping people visiting their families, getting to a hospital or getting to work, How do I identify them? Are they suppose to be hidden?

  • john ryan

    One could ask how much is the Isreali Govt paying you and captain and your alter ego viva peace

  • viva peace

    john ryan

    Oh please. Are you seriously suggesting that a person could only oppose Islamofascism if they are on the Israeli payroll? What I want to want to know is what does it take for somebody, like yourself, to actually SUPPORT Islamofascism?

  • john ryan

    Mate you would say black was white is your bosses told you so

  • captain

    adddummbboo obviously you don't fly.

  • Addamo

    Viva,

    You remind me of Bill O'Reilly when he refers to the left. He doesn;t call them the left, he always calls them the FAR left.

    Similarly, in your case, when referrign to Arabs or Muslims, their cause is Islamofascism, for it surely cannto be territorial claims or dreams of sovereignty now can it?