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.

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47 comments ↪
  • orang

    "Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population." Moshe Dayan, address to the Technion, Haifa, reported in Haaretz, April 4, 1969.

  • A very sad cartoon.

    Ought to infuriate the war-mongers again. Good.

  • Captain

    "We came to this country which was already populated by Arabs and we are establishing a Hebrew, that is a Jewish state there. In considerable areas of the country we bought the lands from the Arabs, Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not know even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you, because these geography books no longer exist; not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahalal arose in the place of Mahalul, Gevat — in the place of Jibra, Sarid — in the place of Haneifs and Kefar Yehosua — in the place of Tell Shaman. There is not one place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population"

    Nice try with the fake quote. Orang is the typical islamist propagandist.

  • Progressive Atheist

    Hey, look everybody. Leunig is showing sympathy towards the Palestinians. He must be an anti-semite!

  • Ros

    Leunig probably wouldn’t relate to Big Pharoah’s message to Palestinians then.

    “OK..Now..The Palestinians, once again, proved that they are the most stupid of all Arabs, definitely much more ignorant than this 80 year old Yemeni desert dweller with the piece of qat in his mouth. Once again they proved how dumb they are. Palestinians, YOU ARE MORONS. ”

    And he reports a very angry response from Lebanese to Hezbollah’s game plan.

    Interesting analysis from Martin Indyk on Lateline last night
    http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2006/s1685

    Particularly the possibility of the dead hand of Iran playing out its fight with the USA at the expense of Palestinians, Lebanese and Israelis.

    Nothing about India. Israel was after all supposed to be one of the triumvirate with the USA and India that let off the atomic bomb that caused the tsunami to kill Muslims. Leunig has missed a chance.

  • Captain

    so orang, are you going to own up to your fake quote?

  • Addamo

    Nice try with the fake quote. Orang is the typical islamist propagandist.

    Are you going to prove it's a fake Captain?

  • Captain

    Here.

    Addamo you are very non discriminating with your sources. Arab propaganda is frequently debunked and they have a poor record for reporting truthfully. There are abundant examples of this.

    Now that I have proven it to be fake, retraction anyone?

  • orang

    Oh yeah, that's right the Arabs sold it all their land to the Jews – so what the fuck are they complaining about?

  • orang

    Wait a minute. If the Arabs were selling their land ti the Jews that means there was someone there before the Jews. Is this right? You mean the dessert was blooming before the Jews ? I don't accept this. Help me!!!!!

  • Captain, that is hopeless. You know that other forums would not tolerate that kind of nonsense. Pull your socks up, mate. Seriously.

  • Captain

    the problem with leftists such as yourself is that you are completely one eyed. Rather than passing judgment on me (a fond leftists tradition), why don't you tackle your mate for inventing quotes. Your gay chivalry is completely misguided.

  • Captain, it's good to catch you online.

    Please, what part of "you pathetic fuck" is constructive? That's my point. Grow up, mate.

    Chivalry? WTF.

  • Captain

    Which part of making up quotes is constructive? Surely you don't think that inventing comments is helpful to a debate? Outrage! Outrage! Where is the head tilting? The nail biting? Mercy!

    Which part of Ant's assertion that the Cold War was a beat up was constructive?

    Which of Addamo's garbled quotes from arab propaganda sources is constructive?

    I have never met a less constructive or more pathetic group of of Israel haters and Islamist apologists in my life. Look back at everything that orang has said and my comment about him is merely a sober observation.

    I mean its a complete giggle every time Addumbo or orang accuses a dissenter of taking the zionist pay cheque.

    If you want constructive, go here. If you have difficulty with ad hominem, tidy up your own house first and leave orang to defend himself.

  • Wow. What a response.

    So what are you contributing? Do you honestly think that statements like, "I have never met a less constructive or more pathetic group of of Israel haters and Islamist apologists in my life" are useful to anyone or anything?

  • Addamo

    Which part of Ant’s assertion that the Cold War was a beat up was constructive?

    Uh I dunno, maybe the bit abotu the fact that is was provent o be a beat up. I knwo it's hard for you to keep up with the news captain, but this stuf is old news.

    Which of Addamo’s garbled quotes from arab propaganda sources is constructive?

    My grbled quotes? Which quotes were they? i merely asked you to provide evidence that the quote from Orang was taken out of context. You are seriously loosing it Captain.

    I have never met a less constructive or more pathetic group of of Israel haters and Islamist apologists in my life.

    I never met such a biggoted liar that takes such pleasure is seeing palestinain Arabs being killed.

    I mean its a complete giggle every time Addumbo or orang accuses a dissenter of taking the zionist pay cheque.

    again, I have never accused nayone of accepting money for their voews onthis list. More proof that you are an inssuferable imbecile.

    If you want constructive, go here. If you have difficulty with ad hominem, tidy up your own house first and leave orang to defend himself.

    A dead link from a dead head.

  • Captain

    Call a spade a spade mate. You can't do that? The left have never been able to acknowledge its shortcomings. So consider it a favour I am doing for you.

  • Addamo

    You can’t do that? The left have never been able to acknowledge its shortcomings.

    As oppose to the right whioch has been such a wonderful example to humanity.

    Here is an eye opening inteview.
    http://movies.crooksandliars.com/Countdown-John-D

    John Dean makes the case (with data he uncovered) that many conservatives (ie. right wingers) of today need an authoritarian figure to guide them and they willingly do whatever it takes to please that figure. Dean cites G. Gordon Liddy as the perfect example of a guy willing to be shot in the street to indulge his master. He highlights the fear mongering that the Bush administration has been using for years now as a model that allows the concept to be implemented. The way Tom Delay controlled the House is another perfect illustration of this behavior. Dean is a Barry Goldwater conservative.

    Juts though this might help explain the condition you are aflicted with Captain.

  • Let me guess: Whatever I say you will disagree.

    Good on you, Captain.

  • Addamo

    Incidently,

    So consider it a favour I am doing for you.

    Since when has talking shit supposed to help anyone?

  • Addamo

    if you're stil in the mood Captain,

    hers is a perfect example of how a right wing hate mongerer can so easily be disected and how much the right depends on fear and the indentification of enemies to mainatin any cohensiveness.
    http://movies.crooksandliars.com/Donny-Deutsch-An

  • Captain

    its a pit that your protector has deleted 4/5 posts that I have made refuting all of the points that were made by Addumbo and others. Funnily though the vehement antisemitic postings remain. I guess that is the flavour of the moderator.

  • viva peace

    Addamo

    Is that "proof" of the Cold War as a beat-up the same as yuor "proof" that the Holocaust was a beat-up and "propaganda myth?"

  • Addamo

    Viva,

    When are you goignto stop lying?

    Is that “proof” of the Cold War as a beat-up the same as yuor “proof” that the Holocaust was a beat-up and “propaganda myth?”

    When did I ever say that teh the "the Holocaust was a beat-up" and a “propaganda myth?” You really are suffering from dementia.

  • Addamo

    its a pit that your protector has deleted 4/5 posts that I have made refuting all of the points that were made by Addumbo and others.

    Clearly these dissapearing posts are as much a fabrication as your idea that anything you have to present suffices as a rebuttal.

  • Captain: "its a pit that your protector has deleted 4/5 posts that I have made refuting all of the points that were made by Addumbo and others."

    Ah, the old disappearing comments trick.

    Mate, open a blogger account and then you can refute to your little heart's content.

  • Captain

    Ant is so tolerant of dissent that the view I express must be censored. One can only shudder at the potential of his Robespierre type approach at Macquarie Uni.

  • Robespierre?

    Good one.

  • Captain

    Well, I did answer all your questions but was censored. orang is allowed to liberally use expletives and vulgar terms, but because I disagree, there is no tolerance. I just wonder why there is so much tolerance for antisemitism here.

    Perhaps you could explain your own tolerance for orang making up quotes.

  • Captain, I did attempt to reply to your nonsense but my comments disappeared.

    Help! Help! I'm being repressed!

  • JohD

    When did I ever say that teh the “the Holocaust was a beat-up” and a “propaganda myth?” You really are suffering from dementia

    That should be: 'that the Holocaust is a beat-up is a myth; but it is definitely propaganda.'

    Today, it is customary to launch aggressive wars from the pulpit of a Holocaust memorial. Unfortunately, the memorialising of the Holocaust needs to be value judged according to its use; and it's use today is the opposite to its stated purpose. The decent thing to do is to protest the memory of war dead, that serves to create more war dead.

  • Captain

    leftvegdrunk no doubt you are repressed.

  • Addamo

    Perhaps you could explain your own tolerance for orang making up quotes.

    that hasn;t stopped you has it Captain? You still hapr on about Iran's leader calling for Israel's destruction, when this statement has long been debunked.

  • Captain

    debunked in your mind but not in reality. those ketuysha's that are paid for by iran that are destroying property and killing civilians may also be imaginary.

  • Addamo

    debunked in your mind but not in reality.

    On the cintrary -very much in reality. You are havinga lto fo trouble keepin gup these days aren't you?

    those ketuysha’s that are paid for by iran that are destroying property and killing civilians may also be imaginary.

    As oppose to the missiles, and bombs used by the IDF, which are paid for by…..The US of course. And what did Olmert say to Condi when she called for "restraint"? He told her to bugger off. What a class act!!

    How many Israeli’s have been killed? 2? And was this before or after Israel made their incursion and attacks on Lebanon?

    Israel has destroyed 10 bridges, how many roads, a power station, a university, government buildings, the airport in Lebanon, over a dozen dead children, and over a hundred people in Lebanon alone, in the last few days. Hell, they even shot at a FOX news reporter yesterday (who was wearing a flak jacket that had PRESS in big letters written on it).

    You must be loving this Cpatain. All the Palestinian blood you could hope for on the streets. try not to poay with yourself on the bus when you think of that. Looks bad.

  • Addamo

    Here is some snuff footgae for you to drool over Captain.
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1

    Maybe they'll out it out on DVD at you nearest Zionist book store.

  • Captain

    On the cintrary -very much in reality. You are havinga lto fo trouble keepin gup these days

    Can you please stop drinking before you blog?

    You must be loving this Cpatain. All the Palestinian blood you could hope for on the streets. try not to poay with yourself on the bus when you think of that.

    I think that I care more about Palestinian blood than they do. It is they who repeatedly call for martyrs. This is not merely a call for victory but for the loss of their own lives. It is part of their culture and this has been demonstrated to be part of their school curricula.

    So Israel should just tolerate hundreds of missiles into sovereign territory? Are you joking? Lebanon, Syria and Iran are to blame and they will be severely punished. If bridges are used for illicit purposes they are bombed, same with roads, airports etc. Israel are being remarkably disciplined in their responses.

  • Captain

    LOL, the independent broadcaster:

    "…the occupation forces…"
    " …confirming once again with absolute truth the brutality and savagery of the rapist entity…"
    "…the Israeli death machine…"
    "…martyred…martyred…martyred…" (ie culture-bound Islamist interpretations)
    "…Israeli aggressions…"

    "Hezbollah's bold operation…"

    There seem to be more casualties than there are Lebanese citizens!!!

    Addumbo, lay off the sauce and take your hand off it.

  • Addamo

    Yeah, did you liek the make up Captain? The prosthetics and the fake blood? Cool hah?

    What was it that Moshe Dayan said in the early ’70s to his cabinet colleagues ?

    we should tell the Palestinians that we have no solution for you, that you will live like dogs, and whoever will leave will leave, and we'll see where that leads

    Maybe what he really meant was dog meat.

  • Addamo

    There seem to be more casualties than there are Lebanese citizens!

    Amazing what modern weapons can do these days isn't it Captain? 37 Lebanese civcilians killed today alone, inclusing one cleric, along with his wife and 8 children.

    I wonder of the IDF pilots get cash bonuses for children?

  • Comical_Ali

    so orang, are you going to own up to your fake quote

    Leave him alone Captain – he is still reeling over the fact that Banana prices have gone up to $14 a kilo.

  • Addamo

    Comical,

    Speaking of invented quote, I am eagerly awaiting your evidence that I came up with the greedy yids statement. Please produce that or admit that you are a lying shill.

  • Comical_Ali

    You've got to be kidding, right?

  • Addamo

    No I am not kidding you liar.

    Here is my post from the otehr thread where you started your bullshit.

    You claimed that Ant had taken down the thread, whcih was a lie.

    The thread is only a few days old and still on the blog. Here is it.
    http://antonyloewenstein.com/blog/2006/07/10/fina

    Here are the postings. It is clear from that thread that you are the one who introduced the comment about greedy "yids". This proves without a doubt that you are a coward and a scum sucking liar.

    # Addamo Jul 11th, 2006 at 7:55 am
    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.

    # 11 Comical_Ali Jul 11th, 2006 at 9:38 am
    those money grubbing yids and their filthy holocaust. If only Hitler had done the job properly…right Adddamo?

    # 12 Addamo Jul 11th, 2006 at 9:58 am
    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.

  • Comical_Ali

    ROFL!

    No further comment

  • Addamo

    No further comment

    Especially seeing as you fell for the comments posted by an imposter either playhing a joke on you or trying to discredit me.

    I had no access to the internet between the 2nd and 8th of this month. Ant has confirmed that someone using my ID, but a diffrent password and IP, was posting as Addamo to this forum.

    You have any idea who that might have been Comical?

  • Captain

    it must have been israeli intelligence.