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.

Word from the wise

Angry Arab outlines what is at stake in the current Middle East crisis:

A Note of Caution. It is very important that we don’t turn this conflict into an Arab-Jewish conflict, which it is not, and it has never been, and it should never be. I say this not only due to my stiff opposition to anti-Semitism since I got active in the Palestinian cause in my teens, but also because this is partly an Arab-Arab conflict. I mean, there are American and European Jews I know who are more supportive of the Palestinians and their struggle than many Arabs – certainly more than Arab regimes and their paid “intellectuals” and propagandists. So at a time like this, with emotions running high on “our” side, it is important that we don’t allow anti-Semitic kooks to infiltrate the ranks of Palestinian struggle, here or there. This is a conflict between Zionism and Arab reactionary forces on one side, and those who are opposed on the other side. Those of us on the left should also not forget our progressive ideals and leftist goals, but Israel is now bombing not fundamentalism or reaction, but the whole of Lebanon. And you should remember–as leftists – that the mother/father of Islamic fundamentalist fanaticism (the House of Saud) is on the side of Israel in this conflict.

58 comments ↪
  • orang

    Great, thanks

  • Captain

    Mannie, why don't you go and be a human shield for some of those poor victims?

    Of course it isn't barbaric for Hezbollah to launch missiles packed with ball bearings randomly at civilian sites. Because it is against the Zionist imperialist enemy.

    Why don't we also protest the fact that Hezbollah would sooner murder homosexuals than have them as supporters. Similarly I wonder what it would be like for you mannie as a gay man in almost any of Israel's neighbours?

    For some reason, bleeding hearts such as yourself seem completely oblivious to the bigger picture. Israel is an open democratic country that has freedom of press, freedom of movement and identity. Mannie would be welcome there and find similarly resonating views to his own.

    Israel's enemies are most threatened by the freedoms of both Israel and America. Sure you can prefer the propagandists communist-style news sources, but ask gays, unionists, christians and other minorities how they have fared by their Islamist hosts.

    Then come back and tell me about the millions of Israels who have to put up with Syrian and Iranian sponsored missiles lobbing into their homes on a daily basis.

  • Addamo_01

    Captain,

    All things and all people being equal (which you don't accept) one has to look at the effectiveness of the wepaons used. Hezbollah have laucnhed (according to ISrael) 900 rockets and only killed a few dozen Israelis, whereas Israel has killed nearly 400 Lebanese.

    If you want to talk abto barbarism, look at the consequences. The Lebanese are being told they can't even bury their dead. That's barbarism.

    Why don’t we also protest the fact that Hezbollah would sooner murder homosexuals than have them as supporters.

    Becasue that has nothgn to do with the topic at hand? I mean, if you are such a big gay supporter, peehaps we should go further and protest that there are parts of the US that outlaw homosexuality.

    Israel is a democracy yes, but freedom of movement is limited to Israeli Jews.

    The only people threatedbed by freedoms are those in power, which is why the US is fast becomming a police state. Like has often been said, 911 didn;t happen because of the US bill of rights.

    Sure you can prefer the propagandists communist-style news sources

    Don;t you mena the ones that report what is happenedin on the ground? The ones that are printing hte pictures you don't want to talk about? The ones that don't include pro US or pro Israeli spin and propaghanda?

    Then come back and tell me about the millions of Israels who have to put up with Syrian and Iranian sponsored missiles lobbing into their homes on a daily basis.

    And if you believe that Israel's present agression is reacting to those missiles, I have some Iraqi WMD to sell you.

  • Comical_Ali

    All things and all people being equal (which you don’t accept) one has to look at the effectiveness of the wepaons used. Hezbollah have laucnhed (according to ISrael) 900 rockets and only killed a few dozen Israelis,

    2,000 as of yesterday. They tried to launch some long range Iranian rockets into Tel Aviv via trucks. Concidentally they positioned these trucks in (suprise, suprise) densley populated civilian areas and tried to launch the rickets from there – some of these areas were christian neighbourhoods. But the IAF blew them up before they were launched. In his excitment, poor old Beirut Fisk confused one of those downed rockets for a downed IAF fighter jet whilst in the same breath said he saw the wreck of a truck with its "innocent" decapitated driver inside.

    whereas Israel has killed nearly 400 Lebanese.

    I'd be curious to know how many of these were civilians and how many of them were killed whilst being used as human shields by Hezbollah?

  • M.Mayes

    But the IAF blew them up before they were launched.

    and this time they werent just mistaking trucks carrying drilling equiptment for portable rocket lauchers?

    In his excitment, poor old Beirut Fisk confused one of those downed rockets for a downed IAF fighter jet whilst in the same breath said he saw the wreck of a truck with its “innocent” decapitated driver inside.

    Just for some clarity here, that wasnt the truck carrying the urgently needed (arab donated) medical supplies? no wrong truck, my mistake.

  • Comical_Ali

    Just for some clarity here, that wasnt the truck carrying the urgently needed (arab donated) medical supplies? no wrong truck, my mistake.

    Well, I think it was a concidience that Fisk first saw what he thought was a downed IAF fighter and then saw the wreck of a truck… dont you?

  • M.Mayes

    comical, what the hell does that have to do with what you quoted me on? i havent the faintest idea what happened with this whole fisk saw this and that thing so im not going to dispute it

  • "Mannie, why don’t you go and be a human shield for some of those poor victims?

    Of course it isn’t barbaric for Hezbollah to launch missiles packed with ball bearings randomly at civilian sites. Because it is against the Zionist imperialist enemy.

    Why don’t we also protest the fact that Hezbollah would sooner murder homosexuals than have them as supporters. Similarly I wonder what it would be like for you mannie as a gay man in almost any of Israel’s neighbours?

    For some reason, bleeding hearts such as yourself seem completely oblivious to the bigger picture. Israel is an open democratic country that has freedom of press, freedom of movement and identity. Mannie would be welcome there and find similarly resonating views to his own.

    Israel’s enemies are most threatened by the freedoms of both Israel and America. Sure you can prefer the propagandists communist-style news sources, but ask gays, unionists, christians and other minorities how they have fared by their Islamist hosts.

    Then come back and tell me about the millions of Israels who have to put up with Syrian and Iranian sponsored missiles lobbing into their homes on a daily basis."

    Captain, am I missing something, or are you on your way to protect Israel and the USA from their vile enemies?

    At 79 I wouldn't do too well as a human shield, and besides, I am a coward, and fled from the oppressive South African apartheid regime before it could tear my family and me apart (no pun intended!)in the late 1970s.

    Let's get a few things straight. Fundamentalists of all religions preach hate against homosexuals, and although christian and jewish countries don't stone them to death or kill them by hanging or shooting, they murder them in other ways by their religious preaching of hate to the young and gullible, so that homos are murdered in the USA, UK, Australia and other countries around the world – non muslim countries, but very few shout their support for homos, and come to their assistance when violence threatens. No doubt you have been a bully-boy too in your time?

    Also, it really is time that you homophobes understood that there are homos in muslim countries as well, even though their lives are at risk if the fact is found out, and there are muslim homos in Australia and all other countries – even Malaysia!

    By the way, there are unionists, communists, journalists and other minorities who do NOT fare well in their countries, and therefore need support from those of us outside those countries who can offer support through web sites and other modern technologies.

    Israel a democratic country with a free press? World Pride Jerusalem 2006? Other stories you would like to quote from your free country? If it such a great democracy, why are you here in Australia? – presuming you are – which is rapidly becoming a police state?

    Anyway, as we all know, it is just a communist plot!