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.

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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.

News bytes

– Romania decides to withdraw its troops from Iraq.

– How Iranian Jews are learning to live with Ahmadinejad.

– Dahr Jamail on the real power in Iraq.

– A campaign to boycott Israel’s Gay Pride festival.

– Just how much are Palestinian lives really worth? Murdoch’s Australian shows its true, bigoted colours.

33 comments ↪
  • smiths

    i for one am absolutely disgusted by this action in gaza,
    i permanently feel like i have reached a point where nothing israel does can shock and upset me anymore and then they do something even more out of proportion,
    the last two nights i have had to turn off SBS news because the coverage offends me so much, and thats SBS, imagine what the others must be like,
    that editorial in the Australian is so one eyed it makes me giddy,
    it liiterally does not matter how many palestinian civilians are killed by israel, the aggression is only ever perpetrated against israel according to the media,

    you know the old expression though,
    in the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king

  • Addamo

    I completely agree. What teh hell are Israel doing bombing the University, bombing power stations or buzzing Assad's home with f-16's in Syria? What the hell has this got to do with avenging terrorism or the kidnapping of an Israeli?

    THis action has shown what a violent state Israel has become, and the despicably ideology and zealoutry it promotes.

    A very good debate between Norman Filkenstein and Josh Block from AIPAC here:
    http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/06/

    Notice how Filkenstein refers to Block by his first name but Block (suitably named) refuses to address his much more renowned opponent by anything other than "he" or "the other speaker".

    Needless to say, Filkenstein runs rings around Block's incoherent rant.

  • smiths

    addamo, did you read the italy stuff a couple of threads down, pretty interesting eh?

  • Thanks Antony

    Fn the Romanian story. Picked up good links particularly about Mobile use and abuse in Iraq.

    Pete

  • Addamo

    Smiths,

    Yes I did thanks.

    I think that is one fo the reasons the Bushes are so afraid to lose the House in November – repercussions.

  • GreginOz

    The Israelis have just bombed the Palestinian Ministry of the Interior and KIDNAPPED 7 Palestinian Cabinet Ministers! WTF! This is Orwellian. I can't bear it. The Australian editorial made my skin crawl, this guy is our Ann Coulter! What a filthy disgusting freak. Read this link and scream http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/06/29/israel….

  • viva peace

    Yes indeed, the gays should most definitely boycott their party in Jerusalem; far better that they spend their time at the gay clubs of Amaan, Gaza, Ramallah, Cairo, Mecca, Medina, tehran and so on.

    Morons.

  • GreginOz

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=166114123… beach attack&time=40000

    I have to finally say it…I HATE ISRAEL WITH A PASSION! How a people that suffered the holocaust can do this to other human beings! God is dead.

  • viva peace

    GreginOz

    Let us guess, this hate has only come over you in the last 48 hours? Yeah right. Oh and on the Holocaust…I think it has something to do with "Never Again."

  • orang

    What I want to know is , why is Ahmadinejad not biting the heads off Jewish children in Iran? This is what we've been expecting. This is why we cannot have any sort of uranium enrichment thingy, because Iran will PUSH ISRAEL INTO THE SEA!!!!!!

  • Addamo

    Viva,

    Right on cue to change the subject and make this issue about gays. How typical of you. Josh Block did the same in defending Israel's actions in his debate with Norman Filkenstein.

    What is it with you guys. Do you receive daily talking points by email from AIPAC or is this a standard debating point as listed in your Zionist field manual?

    I think it has something to do with “Never Again.”

    …unless you are an Arab, in which case, why not?

  • orang

    GreginOz – No you don't understand, The Palis did it to themselves to get attention. They do this stuff all the time.

    Or, if the Israeli's did do it, it's because of "Never Again".
    "Never again will any Arab have fun on a beach."

    Makes perfect sense and completely justified when you think about it.

  • Addamo

    Don't you see Orang? Never Again only applies to those to whom it hasn't already happened. The Palis haven't experienced their own Holocaust yet, so they are fair game.

    Besides, Viva explained it perfectly. Israel are invading Gaza to protect the gay Arabs. It's so obvious, how could anyone doubt it?

  • viva peace

    Addamo

    How priceless. Yet again we see the vile evidence of you visceral and pathological antisemitism. Go back and read AL's opening post:perhaps then you will see why I commented on gays. 😉

    You see, your sickness has become chronic and I fear fatal. If there is any light in the room, you quickly want to draw the shutters to once more be immersed in your dark psychosis of antisemitism.

    No wonder the Jews feel obliged to remember "never forget. Never Again."

  • Addamo

    "How priceless. Yet again we see the vile evidence of you visceral and pathological antisemitism. Go back and read AL’s opening post:perhaps then you will see why I commented on gays."

    Ah he's back, making accusations of some "vile evidence" who's only proof of existence is that Viva declares it as such, but clearly has no relevance to my post. But what the hell, been too long right Viva?

    Yes I am aware of Al's post. It was you that was pathologically working to create another distraction to connect the dots and pretend Israeli gay pride has some relevance to the Gaza issue. Don't tell me – the IDF have painted their Apaches, F-16s and Abrahams tanks the colors of the rainbow right?

    If there is any light in the room, you quickly want to draw the shutters to once more be immersed in your dark psychosis of antisemitism.

    So says the resident hit and run hatchet man. He who cries Holocaust denier at the sign of twig breaking in the wind. Funny how you continually allude to my cowardice and moral frailty when I have in fact, stood very much in the headlights of your pathetic accusation and asked you repeatedly to provide proof of my making statements denying the Holocaust, or questioning Israel's right to exist, by offering you $20,000 if you are able to do so. Time to put up or shut up Viva. Whadya say? Think long and hard, and ask, "what would David Horowitz do"?

    No wonder the Jews feel obliged to remember “never forget. Never Again.”

    You are a superb case study in the pathological obsession that is so predictably born out of a sense of inferiority aligned combined with a perennial persecution complex.

  • viva peace

    OMG. You get more priceless with each new post. Digging yourself deeper and deeeper into your antisemitic hole! Dude, NOWHERE did I link the dopey 'boycott Gay pride" campaign to the "Gaza issue." I linked it to the broader abomination of Islamic homophobia. Hullo?

  • Addamo

    Viva,

    Fair enough, you mentioned Gaza, but point taken.

    But speaking of "priceless", there's fat cheque waiting for you should you decide to do your homework. How about you address that "Holocaust denial" and "denial of Israel's right to exist" question? Are you ever going to step up to the plate and actually back these accusations up with proof/evidence of statements made to that effect, or you just continuing on your cowardly ways, skirting the issue and making the accusations anyway? It will be the fastest $20k you ever made I'm sure.

    It's quite poignant that you speak of your fear and light in the room. Cockroaches also tend to have issues with both

  • viva peace

    Addamo

    OK. First thank you for seeing that you misread my post.

    now, you have mentioned this holocaust denial on just about every thread; as though it somehow bolsters your positions on ANY issue.

    I have alread twice copied the post where you claimed that myself and others were duped by the biggest propoganda myth of all, the holocuast. You claimed that this propoganda myth's purpose is to give the Zionists a state and to legitimize their treatment of the Pals. Now, if this is not Holocaust denial I do not know what is.

  • Keith

    I'm all for the Gay Pride march to be held in Ramallah.

  • Addamo

    Viva,

    I have alread twice copied the post where you claimed that myself and others were duped by the biggest propoganda myth of all, the holocuast. You claimed that this propoganda myth’s purpose is to give the Zionists a state and to legitimize their treatment of the Pals. Now, if this is not Holocaust denial I do not know what is.

    I have missed it both times.

    Please indulge me and post it again. I would be most interested to see exactly what statement you are referring to, because I have never denied the Holocaust, for the very good reason that I believe it to be a historical fact. Similarly, I have never denied Israel's right to exist because it's legitimacy is no different to that of tany other country.

    To argue on the other hand, that the Holocaust was instrumental in the creation of Israel, I think that's part of the record. To argue that the Holocaust has been exploited by Zionists to immunise Israel's actions from criticism or moral equivalency is also a more than reasonable conclusion.

  • Keith

    To argue that the Holocaust has been exploited by Zionists to immunise Israel’s actions from criticism or moral equivalency is also a more than reasonable conclusion.

    I think all would agree that Israel has the most open media in the Middle East on equal to any Westen country. I don't think that Israel as a government could possibly exploit anything without question. What is true is that the the argument you have just put forward has been exploited by the Arab world and staunch anti-Israel advocates to make a claim of moral equivalence on Israel's actions and the Holocaust.

  • Addamo

    What is true is that the the argument you have just put forward has been exploited by the Arab world and staunch anti-Israel advocates to make a claim of moral equivalence on Israel’s actions and the Holocaust.

    That is true it has been exploited by the Arab world, but Israelis and Jews have also expressed this very sentiment.

    There is no quesrion that the Holocaust is a very compelling issue on all levels, but for a country that demands to be recognised for the legitimacy of it's democracy and freedom of exporession, there holocaust cannot continue to be used as immunity from scruitiny or accountability. It is now nto only counter productive to Israel's opponents, but to Israel itself.

  • Comical_Ali

    excellent point Keith. After all, these are people who commonly exploit the tragedy of the holocaust to further arab propaganda by (among other things) cynically using & exlpoiting nazi terminology such as "zionazi," "facist," "Lebernsaum," etc, etc to describe Israel and her actions. As a matter of fact they live off the exploitation of this tragedy.

    funny that they are everything that they accuse Israel & their supporters of being and a whole lot more.

  • orang

    This whole thread has turned into gibberish.

  • Addamo

    funny that they are everything that they accuse Israel & their supporters of being and a whole lot more.

    It's typical to lump anyone who shares a similar argument into the same boat. Doe example, Allan Dershowitz criticised W&M's thesis on the grounds that similar issues appeared on neo nazi web sites, implying that both sources must have the same motivations and agenda.

    Comical, you really need to shut up for a while. JohD dissected you earlier and showed you for the fool and the fruad that you are. Show some descency.

    Now as Oran pointed out, back to the topic, that the hell are the IDF doing in Gaza? Hwo does taking out power stations (and thus water suppplies), the GAza University and taking hostage Palestinian lawmakers have anythign to do with stopping Qasam rockets or rescuing a kidnapped Israeli?

    Teh San Francisco Chronilcle has an interesing theory:
    http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006

    That the hell aer the Israelis doing firing missiles at goverment buildings?
    http://www.rawstory.com/showarticle.php?src=http:…

    "It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion, clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts that are forgotten with time. The first of these is that there is no Zionism, colonialization, or Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands."

    — Ariel Sharon, Agence France Presse, November 15, 1998.

    This invasion into Gaza surely cannto be motivated by secuirty concerns, so is it pure rascism gone unchecked?
    http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m24304&hd=0&si

    Are Israel trying to borrow from the US idea of installing a government of their choosing?
    http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m24304&hd=0&si

    And for Christs sake, what has this got to do with Damascus?
    http://www.itszone.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=54
    http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m24299&hd=0&si

  • Comical_Ali

    generalising & lumping everyone into the same boat is something which you, addamo, certainly don't do.

    JohD dissected you earlier and showed you for the fool and the fruad that you are. Show some descency.

    Here it is for all to see – my final response included:

    http://antonyloewenstein.com/blog/2006/06/27/hate

    Oh & agreeing with & supporting the bigoted generalisations of a racist, anti-semite (e.g. "Jewish monomania" among other things) might just lump you into the very same boat that you ever so often like to talk about.

  • Addamo

    JohD was not lumpoing you into anything. He was calling you for what you are.

    A biggot, and a rascist who uses his Jewsih identity to immunise himself from being exposed as a hate mongerer.

  • GreginOz

    Sigh, no Viva, you troll, this did not happen overnight. Think of it as my own, personal tipping point. I would put Israel on par with Myanamar. And no, this is not an anti-Jewish rant, it is anti-State. The blogsphere is writhing with examples of Israeli egregiousness, and I walk around stunned, half believing I am an extra in the movie 'Brazil'.

  • Comical_Ali

    JohD was not lumpoing you into anything. He was calling you for what you are.

    A biggot, and a rascist who uses his Jewsih identity to immunise himself from being exposed as a hate mongerer.

    Jewish monomania?

    I didn't bring in, mention or make an issue of my jewish identity. He did, which makes him &yourself (who supported him) a racist and a bigot.

  • Addamo

    oh come on comical, to even use the word israel in a sentence rather than the objective 'zionist' is racist and bigotted. Any person that doesn't hate israel is a racist.

  • Comical_Ali

    or to quote addamo "a money grubbing yid." Personally, I prefer "Kike" because it sounds more objective.

  • orang

    I love this quote,

    "There is only one nation of victims. If somebody else wants to claim this crown of thorns for himself, we will bash in his head."
    (Uri Avnery, 31 January 2004)

  • Comical_Ali

    anti-Catholic bastard. What his problem any way? Doesn't he like it when they reenact "the march to Calvary" every easter?