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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  • Captain

    you forgot the next screen: as commissioned by Hezbollah

  • Addamo_01

    You forgot to mention that the invasino of Lebanon in 1982 was also Hezbollah's fault.

    Oh but wait, there was no Hezbollah in 1982. On that occasion, Israel were waching the PLO for caring to suggest their support for a 2 state solution.

  • Adam

    I think the screen got it wrong, what it should have said was:

    "Middle East is closed for reshaping to New Middle East, by Israel in association with USA"

    Condi Rice, in her address to US public before she set off to gain support for Israel offensive and help support and justify Israeli actions in Lebanon, she mentioned at he speech that “What we see here in the Middle East is just the birth pains of the new Middle East”. I just could not help wishing that the birth pains lead to a MISCARRIAGE in the Middle East.

  • Addamo_01

    They shodl everct a similar sign in Haifa.

    Apartments being refurbished. As commissioned by the IDF.

    The interesting thing that if military targets are legitimate, then most of Israel is also, seeing as Israel has conscription and most adults have served in the miltary.

  • Addamo_01

    I just could not help wishing that the birth pains lead to a MISCARRIAGE in the Middle East.

    Perfectly OK , so long as there is no abordtion involved and embryos are protected.

  • Captain

    yes addumbo all Jews are fair game.

  • M.Mayes

    Oh but wait, there was no Hezbollah in 1982. On that occasion, Israel were waching the PLO for caring to suggest their support for a 2 state solution.

    now captain we know i have been critical of you in the past, and i am all for the facilitation of learning so I'll guide you through this.

    Above is a statement that questions Israel's integrity. take your time and research this and come back with a response atleast a paragragh long arguing against what Addamo has said.

    I'll leave you with this useful tip.

    -try using facts and quotes instead of 7 word statements of your very limited point of view.

  • Addamo

    You know after all this, when Lebanon will have been bombed back to the stone age, I’m sure we will hear people like Captain saying that the Arabs animosity towards Israel is purely ideological and based on religious intolerance.

    In spite of the fact that most of Lebanon's youth are too young to remember the first invasion of Lebanon in 1982, it won't even enter into the equation that what Israel are doing in Lebanon is fuelling hatred towards Israel.

    That's just not possible. It will all the fault of the Islamists indoctrinating their children o be martyrs as per Captain's pathetic video links.

  • orang

    The Pic. It is a joke right?

    Ant , tell me its a made up pic – it's not really a sign?

  • captain

    My pathetic video link? so you watched the videos? Did you learn something?

  • M.Mayes

    *buzzer* ill give that attempt a fail captain

  • Addamo_01

    My pathetic video link? so you watched the videos? Did you learn something?

    Yes. Among otehr things that both you and Comical have lined to this sight, which suggests that you guys have your atlking points well organised.

  • Addamo_01

    BTW. Captain,

    In case you're still in denial about chemical weapons being used by Israel:

    Chekc the orthodox Jews in the BG. You think he's saying a prayer or waiting in line to sign the thing with his name?

  • orang

    Meanwhile The Piano Player, Condi The Compliant is going to do some shuttle diplomacy..

    "Let me be clear. I'm going to return to the Middle East. The question is, when is it right for me to return? We hope to achieve an early end to this violence."

    -what a worthless cunt

    And guess what, a couple of "Middle East Experts" are already headed to the Middle East. One of them is Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams. Remember him?

    From Wikipedia, (the free encyclopedia);

    "Elliott Abrams ….responsible for advancing Bush's strategy of advancing democracy abroad. A leading neoconservative, Abrams' appointment by the White House on December 2, 2002 was considered highly controversial due to his involvement in the Iran-Contra Affair, over which he subsequently pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of unlawfully withholding information from Congress."

    The Rag Heads are going to get a good hearing from him wouldn't you say? He may have time for some arms trading business while in the area. May have some specials on top secret stuff he can get his hands on, immediate transportation to our friends, a reasonable fee for the field testing would be acceptable of course. Go over old times with the boys, a few laughs, wind down, …

  • Addamo

    It remarkable how in one fell swoop, Bsh and Condi have basically trashed Us diplomatic leverage.

    All of America's past governments have at least maintained a veneer of even handedness as a power broker when it came to Israel and it;s neighbours, but their Codi's air guitar diplomaticv efforts and Bush's "me too" pro-Israeli party line, not one is even listening to them anymore.

    It's incredible. Where is Cheney in all this? Has anyone seen or heard from him these past two weeks on has he just been hiding out in his bunker in some undisclosed location, panning hwo to make money out of all this?

  • M.Mayes

    Condi is a pathetic excuse for a sec of state. Pretty hilarious that Bush told Blair NOT to go to the region. But then sent Condi over there anyhow.

    By the way i hadnt been to Tim Blair's blog before, and i got incredibly drunk last night and stumbled across it, made 1 post (in response to them having a cry about us talking about the holocaust) my post was number 8, 10 hours and a few replies later and we are up to 135 posts….. most of which are them having a go at spelling mistakes… god damnit they are meatheads over there.

  • orang

    Oh yeah, good excuse, "got drunk", .."stumbled across it", A likely story. And sure enough you woke up the next day and there's this incredible ugly thing you were cavorting with. – You immediately had a shower i hope.

    Next time wear a rubber.

  • M.Mayes

    Haha, yeh it was a bit of a shock. I had to take a course of antibiotics to protect myself from the highly contageous stupidity infection flying around that place.