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.

We want war

The LA Times may claim that at least 50,000 Iraqis have been killed since the 2003 “liberation” – a grossly conservative figure, it seems – the Washington Post provides space for Richard Perle to demand US action on Iran:

I know it is not too late for us, not too late to give substance to Bush’s words, not too late to redeem our honour.

Perle and honour aren’t two words that automatically spring to mind.  The fact that the Post still publishes people like Perle proves that the establishment respects individuals who express hyperbole and advocate war, yet refuse to take responsibility for their past, criminal actions.

64 comments ↪
  • orang

    Or, do we want to invade a country? No problem learn from Israel "Pre-Emptive". Wow , what a great word!

    No need to worry about being labelled a greedy warmongering cocksucker, just think of a word for it and you are absolved.

  • Addamo

    Comical,

    How many Israeli Jews were "were killed abroad (e.g europe) by Arab terrorists"? Do you have a figure, or is it easier just to say "thousands" and not expect anyone to ask you to qualify that claim?

  • Addamo

    As for the Gaza incident – the IDF needs to go in and flatten the entire area.

    What have they been doing in the mean time? Oh yeah, bulldozers are used for reconstruction right?

  • Addamo

    The Israeli army has deployed a large contingent to the border with the Gaza Strip in preparation for a major offensive over a kidnapped soldier. Corporal Gilad Shalit was abducted Sunday in a Palestinian operation that left two Israeli soldiers and two Palestinians dead. On Monday, Palestinian groups offered to lead Israel to Corporal Shalit in return for the release of all Palestinian females and youths under the age of eighteen in Israeli prisons. Israel has rejected the demand and says it will target Hamas leaders if the soldier is not freed.

    Just for one soldier captured by the Palestinian terrorists, and Israel threatens to wipe out all of Gaza. Meanwhile, Palestinians are captured and held in Isreli prisons by the tens of thousands and that's Kosher.

  • orang

    "One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail." — Rabbi Yaacov Perrin, Feb. 27, 1994 [Source: N.Y. Times, Feb. 28, 1994, p. 1]

  • Comical_Ali

    How many Israeli Jews were “were killed abroad (e.g europe) by Arab terrorists”? Do you have a figure, or is it easier just to say “thousands” and not expect anyone to ask you to qualify that claim?

    I said in Israel and abroad you illiterate imbecile.

    The vast majority were obviously killed inside Israel.

    I've got nothing else to say except that Israel should flatten all of Gaza and destroy the entire Hamas leadership, which they wont do, because they are too scared. If it were the Americans, russians, British or french, they would have done this a very long time ago.

  • GreginOz

    When people (I use that term loosely) like Perle, Michelle Mulkin, Ann Coulter et al get traction on US media it really shows the dead heart that is Morality, in the USA. They are not even apologists for war, they are CHEERLEADERS. Ensconsed in their Neocon ivory towers, financed by hate filled rapture-ready xenophobes…brrrrr…it chills the blood. Personally I'd like to waterboard the lot and drop them on the outskirts of Fallujah. Remember Albright, a DEMOCRAT, said that the death of 500,000 Iraqi children was 'worth it'! Now that is one seriously fucked up bitch. The Democans and Republicrats have NO 'honour', the greatest terrorist organisation in the world is The State.

  • GreginOz
  • Addamo

    I’ve got nothing else to say except that Israel should flatten all of Gaza and destroy the entire Hamas leadership

    Don’t worry Comical,

    The IDF has amassed along the perimeter of Gaza, ready to strike, so your patience will soon be rewarded.

    While the of the world eagerly anticipates the World Cup Quarter finals, you will no doubt be pacing back and forth, waiting for word that Israel has launched an attack against it’s starving, defenseless and wretched enemy.

    Take out that bottle of wine you’ve been saving, dim the lights and put on that DVD of the carnage in Quana, while you sit back and bathe in the experience, imagining it happening over and over again. You switch to the bonus DVD, which includes the looping sounds of babies heads exploding as SUV’s run over the.

    While goals are scored in Germany, you can rest assured that though Israel is not in the World Cup, doesn’t mean you don’t get to have a little fun, right?

    The best part is that when the horrors of what took place read the media, there will be no condemnation from the West. Condi or Bolton will make a press statement urging restraint on both sides, but holding no one responsible

    Being a Zionist extremist is hard work, but it’s times like this that makes it all worth it.

  • Comical_Ali

    "The IDF has amassed along the perimeter of Gaza, ready to strike, so your patience will soon be rewarded."

    nothing will happen. The Israeli govt is all talk & no play. At worst the PA & propagandists such as yourself will cry "massacer"and say that hundreds or better still thousands were killed before a UN committee finds that 50 people – 34 of whom were armed combatants hiding behind civilians -, were killed.

    And so for the world cup – bloody zionist conspiracy!!

    I bet the Qassam rocket attacks that were launched after Israel withdrew from gaza and this latest attack on soldiers inside Israel, is merley a zionist conspiracy – just so the zionists could re-occupy the land of the poor, blameless Palestinians.

  • "If it were the Americans, russians, British or french, they would have done this a very long time ago."

    Now this is a very interesting comment considering how many years the Americans and French were in Vietnam, how many years the Russians and now the Americans have been in Afghanistan, and how many years the Americans and British have been in Iraq.

    And what exactly is stopping the Israelis? Don't they have enough military equipment? Is world opinion against them?

    Is anybody around the world taking up the cause of the Palestinians?

    I await some interesting answers!

  • Addamo

    The Israeli govt is all talk & no play.

    The IDF has already taken out power stations and briges. No doubt these are all terorrists tools am I right?
    http://www.rawstory.com/showarticle.php?src=http:…

    I bet the Qassam rocket attacks that were launched after Israel withdrew from gaza and this latest attack on soldiers inside Israel, is merley a zionist conspiracy

    how many people have died, or even been injured as a resutl fo these big mean Qassam rocket attacks?

  • orang

    http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/w-me/20

    "Israeli warplanes fired at least nine missiles at Gaza's only power station, cutting electricity to 65 percent of the Gaza Strip, engineers at the station said. The station's three functioning turbines and a gasoline reservoir were engulfed in flames."
    ….

    Oh and I love this one,
    "The Israeli military said in a statement that three bridges were attacked "to impair the ability of the terrorists to transfer the kidnapped soldier."

    Did someone say let's have some wanton killing and destruction in Gaza? Wait, a few more months and they'll be bombing the rubble to "intimidate the kidnappers" Haw Haw!

  • Addamo

    And when one of those bombs kills Gilad Shalit. the IDF will blame the Palestinains for using him as a human shield.