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.

Finally, some home truths

A conservative, Australian columnist articulates a growing view towards the Jewish state:

The moral legacy of the Holocaust has now passed into history. It can no longer be leveraged, in any way, in contemporary politics. The idea that members of the Jewish Diaspora can only be the victims of racism, rather than the practitioners of racism, like every other group, is now a dead letter and untenable.

I write this as someone who has given support to Israel, and taken a hard line against Muslim racism, but can no longer draw any other conclusion than that the combustible policies of the Israeli Government have become a danger to Australia and to Australians everywhere.

As Australia’s Muslim population grows in number and political force, politicians will be forced to adopt a more balanced view of the Israel/Palestine conflict. Israel in its current form is not sustainable. When an individual like Sheehan starts accepting this, it’s only a matter of time before others do, too.

24 comments ↪
  • Addamo

    Simply put, the actions and policies of Israel need to stand alone, not framed in terms of the Holocuast. Israel is no longer a victim or vulnerable, but very much in control of the regional situation.

    It will be healthy for all countries, including Israel to accept that the Holocasut has past and what is taking place in the Middle East can no longer be justified or excused by it.

  • Addamo

    One more thing.

    Someone posted to the Seymour Hersh thread a comment using my ID to the effect of advocating that the US bomb Israel instead of Iran. I did not post this message. I am totally opposed to the bombing of any country by any other, and would completely condemn such an act.

    I have been away from an internet connection since Sunday, so either someone with eh same ID as I posted that message or is misrepresenting me.

  • viva peace

    Actually, the Holocaust is growing exponentially in global consciousness; and it has nothing to do with Israel or your dreaded Zionists!

    Given that Israel is surrounded by Islamic Nazis, who have vowed to obliterate them for decades, who wouldn't respond decisively!!?

  • Addamo

    Actually, the Holocaust is growing exponentially in global consciousness

    How do you arive at that conclusion Viva? It wouls seem to me that the world is growing more tolerant to violence and oppression on a massive scale, not less, which would make events like the Holocaust appear almost normalised – if that were actually possible.

    Given that Israel is surrounded by Islamic Nazis, who have vowed to obliterate them for decades, who wouldn’t respond decisively

    are you referrign to states or individuals? I ask, because Israel's amen corner seem to draw no distinction. There is "respond decisively" and then there are overhwlmingly disproportionate responses, like we are seeing in Gaza. which is even alienating Israel from some memebers of it's amen corner.

  • viva peace

    Addamo

    Go into any bookshop and tell me if any other historical event has such a significant section devoted to it. Check the history department webpages of universities across the globe. Check all the research of the postmodernist black armband historians who cannot get wenough of the Holocaust.

  • viva peace

    The Muslim only understands and respects the sword, so he should not cry when he gets it.

  • smiths

    what a dickhead you are viva,
    ignorance piled high upon stupidity,

    "The Muslim only understands and respects the sword"

    that is really pathetic, and without doubt racist.

    the whole world has turned against israel in the last two weeks,
    personally i am scared of what israel will do next in its obviously psychopathic mind state.

  • orang

    Wow, where did you get the training from? The Nazis taught you well. Racist maggots like you have been advising wankers like the US on how to treat Muslims and then call yourselves "Middle East Experts". In reality you enjoy killing Muslims – right? Maybe a little torture before hand doesn't hurt , a little shrapnel to tear at the little kids bodies is also good in your eyes – they deserve it , remember the Holocaust.

  • Comical_Ali

    If you call directly quoting you “provoking outrage,” then so be it. Each to their own (definitons) I guess.

    I certainly didn’t mean to provoke you – lest a vain pops out in one of yours fits of provoked outrage. Judging by your last post, its probably too late.

  • Addamo

    Viva,

    Can you please provide some links which support your statrements that Novik and Morris loathe Filkenstein? Just curious as to why Filkenstein is not getting the message if those he is quoting have it in for him.

    What Finkelstein has to understand is that historiographic interest in the Holocaust not only predates his loathed “hoaxters and hucksters” but it is also a global interest.

    The point you made earlier is that the number of publications covering the holocuast is at an al time high, so that is not the point now is it? What is important is waht is fueling the popolarity of the subject.

  • Addamo

    Viva,

    I am truly perplexed by you.

    When it comes to those who’s thesis you disagree with, you show a great ability to discriminate and pick arguments apart, yet you refer to Martin Kramer as sone kind of intellectual giant.

    After listening to his pathetically dubious presentation he gave with respect to the history of US relations with Iran and Iraq, I can only conclude that you are either ideogically blinded and so overtly biased that you cannot see it.

    How can you listen to that speech and not feel embarrassed for Kramer?

  • viva peace

    Addamo

    No. The point is that interest in the Holocaust is not a reflection of evil American Joos manipulating the Holocaust myth for propaganda purposes (in your charming locution).

  • ed squire

    viva peace Jul 10th, 2006 at 1:59 pm

    Go into any bookshop and tell me if any other historical event has such a significant section devoted to it. Check the history department webpages of universities across the globe.

    Yes, history. Not lived reality.

  • Addamo

    Yes I would agree that interest in the Holocaust is high, but my point was that the Holocaust is beginning to approach it's used by date in terms of international currency.

  • Comical_Ali

    those money grubbing yids and their filthy holocaust. If only Hitler had done the job properly…right Adddamo?

  • Addamo

    those money grubbing yids and their filthy holocaust. If only Hitler had done the job properly…right Adddamo?

    Money grubbing? Who aid anything about that Comical? What is it now Comical? You trying a new angle on the Holocaust denial accusation trick, only in reverse? Trying to provoke some outrage here are we? Tsk Tsk. You are wayyyy to obvious my friend.

    There are more books being written on politics and international affairs in general. I suspect that the Holocaust subject is gaining in popularity partly due to the greater international awareness and interest in the Middle East in general. No doubt you will also find more books on the subject of Islam, the Koran, the nation building of the Middle East, and US foreign policy.

  • therzal

    For a scholarly and well argued analysis to the whys and wherefores of the huge (and disproportionate) amount of writng on the Holocaust, see Finkelstein's book, "The Holocaust Industry"

  • Addamo

    Far from it Comical,

    You are not provoking me in the least. Being true to your name, your posts are usually just lame attemps at baiting those you disagree with. You are obviously an ingelligent man, but you insist on framing the debate from such a paranoid perspective.

    Viva mentioned that there are an abindance of books being published by the Holocaust, and rather than taking that up with him, you implied that this was somehow consistent with my "apparent" belief that the authors are "money grubbing yids and their filthy holocaust".

    Pathertic really.

  • viva peace

    therzal

    "The Holocaust Industry?" ROFLMAO. You're kidding, right? Clearly you have not read it. Which is par for the course on this blog.

    In it he relies on, and bastardizes, Peter Novick. Novick is scathing of Finkelstein. This book is trash. Finkelstein's bigotry is so blatant it is embarrassing. What Finkelstein has to understand is that historiographic interest in the Holocaust not only predates his loathed "hoaxters and hucksters" but it is also a global interest.

  • viva peace

    Addamo

    Often you are articulate, but when you post viscerally, rather than cerebrally, you betray your more unpleasant antisemitism.

    but my point was that the Holocaust is beginning to approach it’s used by date in terms of international currency.

    What could this possibly mean? What is "international currency" when we are discussing interest in human events? nd when does this "use by date" expire? How do you know this? How have you calculated this date? What have been the characteristics of its "in date" currency?

  • Addamo

    Viva,

    This is not about anti-Semitism, though I am painfully aware of how vigilantly you are searching for it.

    There is the interest in the Holocaust per se as an historical event, as well as a humanitarian one, and in those terms, I agree that the interest in the subject is alive and well.

    The point I was making is that the until now, the Holocaust has served as a moral barrier to criticism of Israel or scrutiny of it’s actions and that this phenomenon is dissipating. Israel and it’s supporters demand that Israel’s legitimacy be universally recognized and that Israel be judged according to international norms, but clearly, it cannot demand this and also expect to be indulged to the Holocaust VIP treatment indefinitely.

    The latest foray into Gaza has is dispelling the myth once and for all that Israel’s existence is threatened or that Israel is realistically vulnerable from attack any longer.

    What makes be arrive at this conclusion?

    Headlines like these. The world of opinion suggests that Israel is fast using up whatever has used up whatever special status it has enjoyed until now.

    Israeli army turns on Olmert http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id

    Israelis denounce attack on Gaza http://www.redress.btinternet.co.uk/ipa.htm

    Author Mario Vargas Llosa: I'm ashamed to be Israel's friend http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/736233.html

    Israel Is Bogged Down in Gaza. Where is the U.S.? http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,121

    Gaza operation so far unsuccessful: Israel defence minister http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060709/wl_mideast_a

    'Apartheid Israel' worse than apartheid SA http://www.mg.co.za/articlepage.aspx?area=/breaki

    Israel’s offensive against peace
    War crimes http://mondediplo.com/2006/06/19palestine

    The reoccupation of Gaza: Israel and the Big Lie http://wsws.org/articles/2006/jul2006/isra-j08_pr

    Israel's failed-state strategy http://fairuse.100webcustomers.com/fairenough/sal

  • therzal

    Viva.. THe Historical Data is against you.
    I use the terms holocaust and Holocasut as defined by Finkelstein in his book.
    Clearly you are quite wrong because I have read it three times and followed a number of the quoted references to information on both sides of the "situation"
    Finkelstein is far more reliable than you want to believe. To give any credit or acknowledge any truth would mean that you and many others would have to face up to the reality of the global scam that expropropriates the holocaust and turns it into the Holocaust.
    ".. historiographic interest in the Holocaust.." Not quite sure what meaning you want to convey with this rather waffley phrase. I actually had to look this one up..
    The holocaust was known about almost from the beginning of the crimes. Very little was made of it because of the need to rehabilitate the defeated Germany. At that time, significant compensation was paid to a number of actual real survivors of the camps. Approx 40000 at this date.
    I actually learnt much about the situation from a little known book called The Password is Courage, by the inappropriately named Charlie COward. There is a tree to him along the Avenue of the Righteous. I have seen it.

    The present Holocaust serves two purposes.
    1) It deflect criticism from the ever increasing catalogue of crimes against humanity perpertrated by the IDF against the numerically smaller and militarily weaker Palestinians. This has been the lynch pin of the "antisemite" cry should anybody point to these crimes and demand a stop to them. As Finkelstein says, such actions are Beyond Chutzpah..

    2) It has been a major factor in extracting $1.2 billion from Swiss Banks as compensation for the approximately $400 million that they found after a voluntary and exhaustive audit that cost them $500 million. A similar amount is likely in US banks but so far, unaccounted or unsought.
    Survivors now number approx 500000… WTF???

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  • Glenn Condell

    I don't often find myself agreeing with Mr Sheehan. He has been among the worst of the knee-jerk pro-war right from the get-go, and has a hard on for Tony Blair.

    But those two paragraphs are the most important he has ever written and will prove a bellwether. They indicate a courage I thought beyond him. If the Sheehans of this world are starting to think this way publicly, it is time for the Zionists to panic, though what is really needed is a few his establishment-friendly analogues in the US to do likewise.