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 end is nigh

As Israel commits war crimes in Gaza (more here and here), a former adviser to the Israeli prime minister argues that the US Zionist lobby offers little more than fighting a perceived “enemy”:

Writing during the Rabin era in an article entitled “Foreign Affairs: Mischief Makers,” Tom Friedman argued, “It is as if these organizations can only thrive if they have an enemy, someone to fight. They have no positive vision to offer American Jews.”

It would require huge institutional and personal efforts and realignments, but it is still not too late for AIPAC to be a part of providing that positive vision. That would mean cutting the umbilical cord to the neoconservatives, the Christian right, and Israel’s (now fringe) Likud party. The alternative for AIPAC would be to ultimately become a much loathed obstructionist footnote in history. The alternative for the moderate majority of Israeli and American Jews will be to forge new alliances and ensure that this time, the shared interest of peace and ending the occupation carries the day. 

Zionists are unlikely to take this advice. After all, creating an enemy makes good financial sense.

9 comments ↪
  • orang

    Is he under that bridge ? Nope , can't see him there.

    Is he under this bridge? Nope, not there either.

    Is he under the Power Station? Nope not there either…

  • orang

    Oh , this is good,
    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/4011007

    "………after saying they would drop leaflets urging citizens of Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahiya to leave their homes, Israeli artillery batteries began shelling."

    So, let's see, what do we think is the purpose of the shelling?

    Choose one.

    a) To save diesel – D-9 Caterpillars can knock down homes also.
    b) To look tough.
    c) To clear the way for a free fire zone inside Gaza.
    d) To fuck with the Pali's because we enjoy it.
    e) All of the above.

  • Addamo

    Imagine the US invading Australia and arresting the government because the US did not approve of the Australia's voters' choice.

    Israeli forces arrested nearly one-third of the Hamas-led Palestinian Cabinet and 20 lawmakers early Thursday and pressed their incursion into Gaza, responding to the abduction of one of its soldiers. Here is the real agenda. Even Israel has not claimed that the legally elected government of Palestine was responsible for the capture of an IDF occupier, yet the Palestinian government is being arrested.

    10,000 Palestinian prisoners of war in Israeli detention camps, including several hundred women and children, are deemed to be of no value whatsoever, whereas a single Israeli prisoner of war deserves a major onslaught on the most defenceless and densely populated strip of land on the face of the earth.

  • Addamo

    This kinda makes me dislike Israel (w/poll)
    by Richard Carlucci
    Wed Jun 28, 2006 at 12:48:37 PM PDT

    Israel gets an unfair rap from a lot of sources in the world – Iran, Hamas, the KKK, nutjobs who think they rule the world through Hollywood and banking, etc – so it's hard to criticize the country without A)lumping yourself in with the crazies and B)feeling like you're adding more to an already unnecessarily large pile. The fact that Israel's knee-jerk reaction to every criticism it receives is to cry anti-semitism also does its part to discourage… but I digress…

    There are times, however, when I must ignore the urge to restrain myself and let it all hang loose in the open. This is one of those times: I'm sick and fucking tired of defending these assholes.

    I understand that Israel is the constant target of terrorist attacks. I understand that Israel is the Muslim world's perpetual whipping boy. I understand that there are a lot of countries and people who wouldn't be bothered at all if Israel didn't exist. I completely understand that all of these things, and more, make the Israelis an edgy and nervous people. And that's cool – I can't blame them for being suspicious and taking every precaution when they live in a rough neighborhood and have such a big target on their backs.

    But then they go and do flat out dumb shit like this:

    Israel Defense Forces confirmed that Israeli planes had flown over the Syrian president's country home and Israeli television reported al-Assad was at home at the time.

    Let's ignore for a second that the Israeli response to a single kidnapped soldier was to blow up the only power plant in Gaza and invade the territory with enough troops and tanks to take a small country. That in itself crossed the line of necessity.

    But to take it a step further today and commit such a blatant and irresponsible act of provokation as flying fighter jets over the home neighbouring country's President – who wasn't even involved in the recent violence – is a step too far.

    I'll stand up for Israel to a point. When I think they're being at least arguably fair and reasonable, I'm willing to defend them. I've got no ill will towards the country. But when they do stuff like this, frankly, they're just begging for an ass-kicking – and I'm not the kind of person who's going to allow them those kinds of excesses without consequence.

    For years, decades even, they've retaliated against the Palestinians in excess of what they probably should have. Palestinians detonate a car bomb and Israelis bomb a house. Palestinians bomb a market and Israelis blow up an apartment building. Palestinians take out a building, and Israelis raize a town…. I always felt they went a little overboard, but I never really complained because I sympathized with them. In some ways, I felt they had a right to retaliate with more aggression.

    But no longer. Maybe they think that because we have their back they can get away with anything. Maybe they believe that their nuclear arsenal makes them invincible. Maybe they're just assholes. I don't know what it is that makes the Israelis do some of the things they do in response to terrorist attacks.

    But I do know that the totally unnecessary actions they took today crossed a whole new line. This wasn't an over-zealous response to an attack – this was a totally unrelated act of unprovoked aggression. This is the kind of action that starts wars. And if the Syrians decide they want to make something of it, then I for one think they have every right to do so.

    If Syria retaliates, I don't want the US fighting alongside the Israelis. the bottom line is they deserve whatever's coming to them for what they did – and our support for them does not extend to defending boneheaded, irresponsible antics like this.

  • orang

    Yes but, "Israel has a right to defend itself." Sonic booming the neighbours is somewhat unconventional but hey, why not put a little fun in defending? No reason to defend yourself with a sour look on your face. What's the point of having all those Nukes if you can't scare their asses shitless every now and again. Haw Haw.
    Hey how about that Jenny Craig diet we put those Pali's on.. Now they're eating diet food under candlelight, how romantic!! Haw Haw..

  • viva peace

    Addamo

    Imagine the US invading Australia and arresting the government because the US did not approve of the Australia’s voters’ choice.

    Putting aside the possibility that this did indeed happen in 1975, what the hell does this have to with Hamas?

    You are not seriously relativizing Hamas and the Australia parliament? And you could not be so diabolical to compare Australia to Gaza?

    Or could you?

  • orang

    "You are not seriously relativizing Hamas and the Australia parliament? And you could not be so diabolical to compare Australia to Gaza?"

    And your point?

  • Addamo

    That's teh point Orang,

    There isn't one. Just kick up dust and change the subject.

    Speakign of which Viva, where si the obligatory Holocasut denier accusation? You must be getting twitchy by now.

    Putting aside the possibility that this did indeed happen in 1975, what the hell does this have to with Hamas?

    Gee I dunno. The Palestinians elected Hamas demnocratically and Israel doesn't approve, so they have been workgin to xchange it both covertly (starving the Paelstinians until they change their mind and overtly, invading Gaza and arresting Hamas leaders.

  • viva peace

    Addamo

    Well actually what was YOUR point?