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.

Fair warning

Patrick Seale, Agence Global, July 19:

The explosive impact on Arab opinion of the war in Lebanon and the martyrdom of the Palestinians should not be under-estimated, particularly in view of the graphic media coverage of Israeli atrocities, provided by Al-Jazeera and Hizballah’s satellite channel, Al-Manar.

Israel’s indifference to Arab life risks convincing many young Arabs that long-term coexistence with Israel is not possible. Arab intellectuals are increasingly expressing the view that Israel is a colonial state, which must eventually disappear, as Europe’s colonial empires did in their time.

At their summit meeting in Beirut in March 2002, all the Arab states declared their readiness to establish normal peaceful relations with Israel within its 1967 borders. But Israel, intent on expanding its borders, rejected the offer. It must surely be time for Israel to think again. The offer may still be on the table.

Only by withdrawing from Palestinian territories, respecting Lebanon’s sovereignty and returning the Golan to Syria will Israel live in peace. 

7 comments ↪
  • Addamo_01

    It’s the same as always: “kill them all and let god sort them out.”

    Israel policy never changes. They seem to deliberately wipe out those who might actually be willing to compromise, negotiate, or otherwise facilitate a path to peace. Israel really doesn’t want peace. They can perpetuate the fiction that they have no “partner’ and use that as a pretext to grab more land, create more refugees and bomb their neighbors.

    It’s time for the West to wake up and realize that Israel doesn’t do anything that is in anyone’s national interest but it’s own, and hasn’t in a very long time. They now want a war with Iran, and by god Bush is probably gonna give it to them.

    IN Gaza they fabricated a (clearly false) story in their newspapers about a “kidnapped” soldier.

    In Lebanon, the Israeli Death Force sent troops into a disputed piece of Syria (Shebaa Farms: it was stolen from Syria by Israel in the surprise attack of 1967, so the legalistic Isaelis decided they did not have to return it to Lebanon when they withdrew in 2000) knowing full well how Hizbollah would respond to an intrusion by IDF troops into Arab lands. Hizbollah responded exactly as they have in the past. No surprise here. Israel used this as an excuse for their pre-planned attack on Lebanon.

  • Captain

    In 1948 all of the regional arabs wanted to get rid of Israel, and again in 67 and 73. What has changed? Just the justifications of Jew hatred.

    Poor addumbbo will only believe what is fed to him from arabic and far left media.

  • johnfaber

    The fact that the "regional arabs" have wanted to get rid of Israel on a number of occasions of course reminds us that this conflict is not new. What is changing however, is worldwide perceptions of Israel.

    Large numbers of people, both Jewish and not, see Israel's actions as those of an aggressive, colonial power. Little wonder, as Israelis are far more likely to be educated, wealthy and enjoy relatively more security than Palestinians and the southern Lebanese. People worldwide thus expect more of a reasonable approach by Israel.

    It's unlikely that many observers support or condone the actions of regional terrorists. But of course, it is easy to see why the terrorist organisations enjoy a following, given many grow up knowing nothing but war their whole lives. Without good education and a broader world view, there is no way they will see any explanation but Israel being at fault for their suffering.

    Israel, with it's financial and US backed offensive might is in the best position to start changing the situation. It will take time, but the Arabs are not going to disappear. What will disappear is the support worldwide for Israel if it doesn't do something to aid its image.

    That does not auger well for Israel's future.

  • Captain

    Israel’s indifference to Arab life risks convincing many young Arabs that long-term coexistence with Israel is not possible.

    johnfaber, you just don't get it. The above quote suggests that that there is a cause an effect. In fact "many young arabs" were keen to have Israel eliminated many many times. The only constant is the sentiment.

    When Israel was steeped in the Oslo accords, there was never more paleostain terrorism. So it really doesn't matter Jew haters are Jew haters. The nazis also explained their actions in terms of problematic Jews.

  • johnfaber

    I do get it.

    My point was that the sentiment of some Arabs may not be changing, but the sentiment of the rest of the world is. This will be a problem for Isreal, as dwindling support worldwide will leave Israel painting itself into a corner. How long can Israel weather attacks? Does it really want the present situation to continue? Probably not, but its actions are not likely to effect real 'progress' in the region. By progress, realistically, I mean compromise. None of the parties are keen, it's failed before, but the violence from both sides has to stop.

    Captain, I don't want to get into a slanging match with you. Perhaps you will call me an 'Islamofascist', or accuse my of being part of a "pro terrorist cheer squad". Just because my opinion differs to yours does not mean you need to insult me. I mean for god's sake you call Addammo Addumbo, pre-school playground behaviour do you not think?

    I assure you I 'get it'.

    Not all jews are happy with the situation in Israel.

    I am one.

  • smiths

    au contraire johnfaber,
    because your opinion differs from his it indeed does mean he needs to insult you,
    he simply has nothing else,

    plus captain since you are quick to point out others typo's i can only conclude that the term "paleostain" that you used was intentional
    really, really sad fucked up individual

  • Addamo_01

    To bad Captain maggot,

    But your stock talkign points are being laid bare for the whoel worldl to see as lies.

    The fact that Israel just "clelebrated" the bombing og the King David Hotel, tells us every thing we need to knwo about Isrel's founders and the mentality of it's leadership.

    Israel has always used lies and deception to justify it's agression. We were told that the Lebanon attack was:

    1. in response to the catpure of 2 IDF soldiers – lie
    2. to stop relatively harmless rockets form being fired into Israel – lir
    3. Because Hezbollah crossed into Israel – lie

    When in fact, Israel wants to do as it has always done. Invade and occupy Lebanon.

    Poor addumbbo will only believe what is fed to him from arabic and far left media.

    You mean those infalatbel dolls they put in those pictures we now see every day?