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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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.
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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.

Good reasons needed

Michael Scheuer, Anti-war, July 25:

Israel, realistically, does not fall into the category of a life-and-death national interest. It is, at most, a national emotional interest, and therein is the problem. In the past 30 years, and especially during the post-Cold War Clinton regime, our definition of national interest has expanded to include a lengthy list of nice-to-have but unessential ephemera, which are at the moment costing us lives and treasure. Forcing Iraq and Afghanistan to reserve parliamentary seats for women and efforts to install democracy abroad at bayonet point are just two instances of our bipartisan governing elites’ inability to differentiate national-security from national-emotional interests.

Most Americans, including myself, probably hope that Israel eventually proves itself a viable, prosperous, non-theocratic, nuclear-armed state. But it is not remotely imaginable that Israel is a national-security interest of the United States that requires the U.S. government to unquestioningly endorse, fund, and arm all Israeli actions and thereby earn the same enmity Israel earns from a billion-plus Muslims. 

10 comments ↪
  • Addamo_01

    Apease the Arabs Captain maggot?

    How is that being done exactly? All of Washingotn’s foreign policies since 2000 have been about creating dead to Arabs in large numbers, which eplains why you love Bush so much.

    I suppose Captian sees the above example as perectly normal and non unique.

  • Addamo_01

    It was truly beyond belief to hear the song and dance the Democrats made over Malaki's comments re Lebanon.

    In a letter to Maliki, the Senators write "Your failure to condemn Hezbollah's aggression and recognize Israel's right to defend itself raises serious questions about whether Iraq under your leadership can play a constructive role in resolving the current crisis and bringing stability to the Middle East. " The signatories include Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Senator Charles Schumer of New York. Al-Maliki has called for a ceasefire and condemned what he called Israel’s “operation of mass destruction and mass punishment.” Several Democratic lawmakers, including Senator Hillary Clinton and Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi, have indicated they may boycott Maliki’s speech today unless he renounces his comments.

    Honestly, this extreme over-reaction is more akin to some heated family dispute than sensible foreign policy. Can anyone imagine this kidn of tantrum being thrown had those somments been made about the UK, or even the US for that matter?

    Can there be any more proof that these whores are bought and paid for by Israel's lobby?

  • Glenn Condell

    They are a disgrace. The Clintons in particular are a disgusting example of expediency in US political life. The blanket US pro-Israel response in the major media (Richard Cohen had an ugly rant in the WaPo the other day and liberal darling Bill Maher penned a deeply stupid Zionist rah-rah piece in HuffPo too) and of course among pollies is par for the course, but for how much longer can they keep it up?

    It is the Lobby of course, but not just that. There must be significant corporate and military and intel support for this apparently sudicidal tilt at control in the Middle East. Oil, gas, water, not to mention the ubiquitous reconstruction industry – they are all involved at some level. There may be more to the stance these people are taking than the usual cowardice.

  • Captain

    oooh, the spooky lobby again….

    much better to appease the arabs and let Israel suffer.

  • M.Mayes

    oooh, the spooky lobby again….

    once again congradulations, somtimes i think you must enjoy making yourself look like an idiot.

    America is a nation that prides itself on freedom of speech, how do you then explain the actions of these senators trying to deny a politician his right to a point of view (also keeping in mind that he at no point argued israel should be wiped out, he merely said there should be a ceasefire because israel is over reacting).

    but once again you have found the most irrellevant part of the post to reply to which i assume in some way in your mind makes you feel like you have accomplished something and lets you have a chuckle before you go to sleep.

    I know someone asked you this before captain but how old are you exactly? I'm interested to know if you are just young and naive (now I am only 19 so i will be very suprised if you are older given your ability to argue) or if you are older but just plainly stupid.

  • orang

    Don't forget the Dems are originally of the lefty ilk of the 50's and 60's where going to a kibbutz with a left leaning Jewish mate and helping to make the "desert bloom" was a pretty cool thing to do. Palestinians? Where?

  • Ian

    Palestinians? Where?

    Oh, over there with the 'Abos' who of course, Australia having been officially Terra nullius, that is an uninhibitated continent, don't actually exist. If Israel has its way then soon the Palestinians/Arabs won't either except their disappearance won't be a legal fiction.

  • orang

    You do know of course that the Zionists bought the land from the absentee landlords – you know the Ottomans in Instanbul. So legally it's theirs. See? No more Palestinians, gone gone away. Oh and since the Bedouins couldn't produce deeds to their land when the heavy mob came calling, legally …they had no claim. Bedo's gone gone away.

    Hey, Abbo's and Bedo's..Got a nice ring to it. Let's see, if sung to the tune of "My Favorite Things",

    Abbo's and Beddo's and Ben Gurion's ding dong…

    Oscar, we need some lyrics.

  • M.Mayes

    You do know of course that the Zionists bought the land from the absentee landlords

    very interesting because whilst he zionists where smart with their dealings(and still are to make them seem morally correct) the arabs still worked the land just like in any empire the original people of the and are forced into proletariat duties to the all mighty landlords… the point of this being that when the zionists purchaed the land they then employed less fortunate jews to work the land rather than the original arab occupants, thus created land in which the Israeli's were essentially kicked off, now lets here you name 1 area that had western civilisation forced on it (ie. aboriginies, american indians etc.) that the natives have been forced off their land (as opposed to destroyed or reconciled with at great expense to the colonizing government) interesting that these ideals of western colonialism have been since renouced and that Israel a newly developed states (such as north korea, many indonesians states who in the past 50 or so years have gained independance)still practises its democratic and sovereign naivety in trying to colonize the arab land (such as gaza strip and the western bank to give recent examples of israeli exspanionism).

  • orang

    The reality is – and the Arabs were well aware of it (no, sorry, it's not a jew/arab, or jew/muslim thingy) the old Imperialists embedded their proxy in their midst to maintain their control of the rigion. And that's why they hate us.