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.

News bytes

– How does a radical Zionist define “terrorist” and “freedom fighter”?

– Australia’s indigenous affairs minister has a novel way of “showcasing” Aboriginal people to foreign visitors. Australia is truly regressing to the colonial age.

– The perils of Australia’s Freedom of Information laws explained by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Gideon Levy says Israel’s war must “stop now, immediately”, Abe Foxman thanks his God for the Bush administration (and reveals how isolated Israel has truly become), and Lebanon raises the prospect of demanding billions of dollars in compensation from Israel.

– The literary festival is alive and well.

  • Roonaldo

    Abe Foxman's rant is a classic. How on earth can anyone still be trying to argue that the response is proportionate?

  • JohD

    Dear, dear dear, oh deary me!

  • Nell Fenwick

    Aborigines should stay in the bush, where the jobs are.

  • smiths

    for anyone that wants to focus on distracting the conversations, attacking the person, or just chucking out insults and prejudice i've compiled a list of examples from the resident grand master, captain



    terrorist cheer squad

    the resident islamist moron

    I just wonder how you feel as a gay man about Hezbollah’s view about homosexuality
    shrill justification of the terrorist cheer squad

    you are an islamist freak

    You identify with the perceived victim

    Perhaps you were marginalised because of your sexuality

    its obvious you are Ant’s alter ego

    poor intellectually challenged adummbooo

    Clowns are entertaining, not debating partners

    Ahhh, even Ahmadinejad couldn’t have put it better. Ooooh mysterious protocols of zion predictions!

    thanks for that illuminating reference

    I can’t believe you don’t even know where Lebanon is!!!

    Only lunatic left whingers would claim

    I have never seen so much self serving publicity

    you only show a superficial understanding

    It is shameful that your understanding of the longitudinal nature of history is elusive

    its great to see that in addition to the Adelaide Instituted you now have a Muslim extremist cheer squad in the UK

    If you are an Islamic fundamentalist be proud and open about it

    It seems to me you have switched from hating Muslims to hating Jews

    Can I get an issue of shiny black boots

    He just came to the conclusion that he was an antisemite. But just like the Adelaide
    Institute gave apparently unwanted support, Ant has fans in strange places

    Other than by morons here

    I can’t believe how naieve the resident islamist apologists are


    I just love the balance of the UN. It is so fond of protecting despots

    Did you get your Iranian pay cheque today?

    oh yes, all Jews who support Israel are either part of the evil jooooish lobby or the mossad. Pretty much as every muslim is a fundamentalist terrorist.

    when you use a spell checker I will answer your inane questions

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

    Hezbollah would sooner murder homosexuals than have them as supporters

    bleeding hearts such as yourself

    Good on you Fairfucked

    It seems your islamist mates realise this.

  • Adam


    Thanks for the information.

    Captain is a evil lunatic and a scalawag and will always remain one. Bare in mind this scalawag does change his name and returns to support his own comments, so if you see any other names on this blog singing the same song as captain then it’s captain and no one else.

  • JohD
  • Adam


    Thank you for that link, I like it.

  • JohD

    Given the propensity of people to use Israel's apologies as evidence that they are morally superior to their adversaries (I am sure, truly, that I have heard it more than a dozen times here recently), what are he chances that Israel will 'apologise' for blowing the brains out of three civilians who were following IDF orders this morning? I should, but won't, hold my breath.

  • Addamo_01

    That's an easy one JohD,

    By John Boltons standars, the they were killed by men in uniform and that makes it right and oh so moral.

  • Captain

    smiths, I hope you get a life sooner than later. No wonder you are such a Jew hater.

  • Addamo

    Hey Captain,

    Truth hurts doesn't it? Those who present facts are Jews haters. Now I know why you believe that Benny Morris was discredited.

    This King David Hotel celebration thingy? What's your position on that? You all for it? You going to make a toast to the new plaque being erected?

    Oh, but wai, that would make you a terrorist sympathiser woudn't it?

  • Addamo

    You gotta love Foxman,

    The emperor of slime and lying.

    helzbollah makes up 18% of the Lebese government, and was elected democratically, as pronounced by Washington, but according to Foxman, that is no reason to give Hezbollah legitimacy.

    Foxman is like Israel's ander to Rumsfeld. The way to knwo what's real is take whatever he says and reverse it 180 degrees.

  • Captain

    addamo, since when are you concerned with facts?

  • Addamo

    Avoiding the question Captain?

    So I take it you'll be opping out the chanpagne in celebration of the anniversay of blowing up the King david Holel?

  • Adam


    Get the hint “your not wanted”. Or at least your views stink and reek. Join the pro-Israeli rallies (if there are any main ones).

    If you were to ask my advice, I suggest you work hard in persuading the Israeli government in relocating, maybe here to the west. I think America would like to house you, but why have they not come out to help a friend in need to move if theirs neighbors have made them feel unwelcome for some reason. Maybe America don’t want these troublesome infested Israelis anywhere near them, I don’t blame them after all the world has been ruined in almost every century and the source none other than the Israelis. But I know what your reply is going to be, “I don’t need your advice”. And I think that is where the problem is.

    Captain, sling your hook.

  • Addamo


    While I appreciate your frustratino with Cpatain's blind spot, I think it woudl be a mistake to force him to leave this blog.

    I was just banned from Tim Blair's blog for daring to disagree with the general consensus. What it made me realise was that this was brought on b y intolerance to dissenting opinion by fearful extrmists who are afraid of being proven wrong.

    I made it clear to me that this is a sure sign of weakness.

    Let Captain keep positing his messages. he has every right to/ No one is forcing us to read what he writes.

  • Captain

    Adam, you are just so tolerant, like your jihadi masters.

  • smiths

    i agree addamo,
    if the truth be told i'd miss him if he went, and that goes for all of ya,
    i just wish captain would engage with the issues a bit more rather than chucking insults,
    but he has the same rights as me to say what he thinks, and youve got to love that,
    fair question though addamo about the plaque commemerating the king david hotel bombing,

    and captain, not that i have to really justify myself, but,
    my fiancee is jewish, i admire the close jewsih family orientated culture, the culture of questioning, the closeness of the sadness and laughter,
    my favourite philosopher, isiaah berlin, is jewish, my current book, the history of love is jewish, i marvel at the massive list of jewish nobel laureates and am intrigued by a culture that could produce so many great scientists and poets,

    in short, i am definately not the jew hater that you want me to be,

    so read my points, and drop the bullshit

  • Addamo_01

    Amen to that Smiths,

    Captain, you have much to be proud of. Criticism of Israel does not diminish Jewish people or the Jewish community.

    Truth be told, if Israeli leaders lost their etremism and hard line stance, the country could seriously fulfill it's potential to be a kick arse country. Jut simagine a country with such incedible minds, and such engenuity directing it's attentino to helping solve world problems?

    Imagine what the ME would look liek today had Israel actualyl been interested in negotiation? Israel coud have been the cnetre of indusry and commerce and Lebanon coudl have been the primary tourist destination in the region.

    Imagine what the Jewsih lobby could achieve beyond it;s obsession with furthering Israel's interests and power?

    Such a waste of resources and ability.

  • Captain

    Your fiance is Jewish and you support Hezbollah? No accounting for her judgement.

    It is not bullshit that you openly support Hezbollah. Why don't you read a bit about their stated objectives.

  • smiths

    captain you are infantile,
    maybe you should concentrate on simple things like finger painting and the two times table,

    i dont support hezbollah, i dont support war as a way of acheiving objectives,
    but i am old enough to understand that in certain situations the very strong will opress the weak and the weak will ultimately use whatever they have to try and free themselves,
    i understand the motivations but i dont support the means,
    i grieve for every family fucked up by this fighting, israeli and lebanese,

    if israel had genuinely gone to the negotiation table with a plan to give palestinians a homeland with a chance of surviving economically, not split by israeli corridoors, then a true path of peace may have been walked on and all of the arab insurgencies would have been eroded,
    the hezbollah/israeli fight stemed from the attack on gaza,

    israel has treated the palestinians as sub human, as the nazis did to the jews,
    the abused have become the abusers,
    there is no justification on earth for this,
    and all of the middle eastern arabs and muslims have mourned for their palestinian brothers, and been shown there own weakness and perceived lack of dignity and value,
    israel as the one holding the cards had a chance to play them well,
    but they voted in tough guys, who have acted the only way they know how to

  • johnfaber


    My sentiments exactly. Frustrating as it may seem, perhaps regularly re-stating one's position in each thread will help clear up the confusion for some.

    People are busy, and their memory can fail them at times…


  • Mendez

    I don’t blame them after all the world has been ruined in almost every century and the source none other than the Israelis.

    Hi Adam, just curious what that means.. Israel hasn't really been around for that long..

  • Captain

    smiths you said "give them hell Hezbollah". If that isn't support, I don't know what is.

    Hezbollah's actions have got nothing to do with gaza, other than it is coordinated with Hamas to deflect attention away from Iran. Hezbollah and Hamas both have explicit aims to eradicate Israel. Exactly how do you negotiate with that? What does that say of the populace who elected them?

  • Addamo

    Hezbollah’s actions have got nothing to do with gaza, other than it is coordinated with Hamas to deflect attention away from Iran.

    That's complete bullshit Captain. Hezbollah have control of 18% of Lebanon's government and you are still inssisiting that their interests lie only with Iran? Absolutely absurd.

    Hezbollah and Hamas both have explicit aims to eradicate Israel.

    actualyl they have explicit aims to protect the soverignty of the land they live in. Neither has the means to eradicate Israel and they know it.

    What does that say of the populace who elected them?

    It says they are democracies and are entiteld to choose who represents them. Hamas has made majort overtures to Israel, but the thing that scares Israel's leadership more than anything, is the idea of any kin dof peaceful settlement.

  • Captain

    Hamas has made majort overtures to Israel

    Like Hitler made overtures to Jews. Nice.

  • Addamo

    Like Hitler made overtures to Jews. Nice.

    and Israel does even less, by dropping leaflets over Lebanon. That must mean they are not even considering peace. Nice

  • Captain

    How can Israel consider peace with Hezbollah firing thousands of rockets and kidnapping soldiers?

  • Addamo_01

    They weren't considering it before, so the rockets are hardly the issue are they?

    And what do we have here!! Sweet old Israel is now using cluster bombs. How delightful. So pure.

  • M.Mayes

    smiths, I hope you get a life sooner than later. No wonder you are such a Jew hater.

    haha there ya go another one for your list smith, this guys gold.

  • M.Mayes

    captain you are infantile,

    maybe you should concentrate on simple things like finger painting and the two times table,

    maybe two times tables are a little overkill for him, he doesnt yet seem to grasp the idea of two's yet, two-state solutions, two-sides to a story what-have-you. maybe we should stick to one times… much more constricting and oppressive like he obviously enjoys it.

    although i must say perhaps introducing captain to new multiples might make him more like to drop the standard One-Line responses he gives constantly…

    by the way captain you never answered the qestion before, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE KING DAVID HOTEL BOMBING? WHERE DO YOU STAND THERE? there its nice and capitalised for you so you can see it whilst you choose the most irrelevant piece of this post to reply to.

  • Addamo_01

    And my quesrion Captain, which I have asked you half a dozen times and you have refused to answer:

    By what legal authority can the army of one state order the civilians of another sovereign state out of their homes?

    Surely you have had time to think about it?

  • M.Mayes

    hmm i dont think he is coming back, i hate it when threads you have to go back pages to find never get additional comments, maybe we should pose these questions to him again in more recent threds