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.

Open to interpretation

The Australian media and the current Middle East crisis. Discuss.

  • Progressive Atheist

    I am becoming more and more convinced that the war was begun by Israel after Hizbollah captured the two israeli soldiers after an incursion onto Lebanese territory (Aita al-Chaab). Thus I question Andersen's assumption that Hizbollah kidnapped the Israeli soldiers.

    Fortunately there are some jounalists who are beginning to see the light.

    On I read that after the IDF soldiers were abducted — in Israeli territory, as we've been told a zillion times — their empty tank somehow drove itself so deep into Lebanese territory that the Israelis still haven't been able to recover it.

    What's with the tank, guys?

  • orang

    "What’s with the tank, guys?"

    A technicality, just a misunderstanding. What do you think we are, animals?

  • Roonaldo

    The print media treatment in Australia has been poor, especially The Australian. However, it was noticeable yesterday that following the murder of the four UN observers (one of whom was Chinese) Murdoch's paper did run a piece questioning Israel's strategy.

    That said, there have been some disgraceful examples of racist and overt propaganda allowed to be given air in Australian newspapers this week. Propaganda in this war has also been on the mind of John Pilger, who has just published an excellent article in the New Statesman.

  • Adam

    I think this website here is relevant to this topic and I would encourage all to support and forward to as many. Just remember if you were today in the unfortunate Lebanese position what would you want the world to do? So please forward this website url to as many.

  • Addamo_01

    Yes an excellent web site Adam.

    It's qutoe remarkable that in spite of the almost exclusively pro Israeli cobverage of this war, these internet sources are slicing through the propaghanda like a hot knife through butter.

    People were wondering why Israel bombed an ant-Hezbollah TV statino in Labnon (as well as the pro-Hezbollah station), but the answer is in these pictures. Whether you are pro or anti Hezbollah, these pictures tell the story and Israel is hemoraging in that regard.

  • orang

    When they bomb the USS Liberty a US ship and get away with it, what's to stop them bombing any damn thing they feel like?

  • M.Mayes

    Little it would seem, the a few US lives lost on liberty are a small price to pay for a foothold in the door to the largest remaining Oil Reserves in the world.

  • viva peace


    Exclusive pro-Israeli media coverage? What an absolutely extraordinary load of rubbish.

  • orang

    Viva, you are quite right the coverage is not exclusively pro-Israeli. It is impossible to be in this case. At face value, the media is reporting events dispassionately and not sullying their reputations as objective messengers by passing judgement. Equal air time is given for instance for the kidnapping of 2 Israeli soldiers as to the 10,000 political prisoners in Israeli jails. -(If I've heard the term "kidnapped 2 Israeli Soldiers" once, I've heard it 10,000 times)

    Or, for every rocket that hits the ground in Israel we also see an Israeli airforce bomb an apartment building blown. So, equal coverage.

    This except for the Aussie who went over to fight with the IDF and got killed – he got hero time.

  • Addamo_01


    Exclusive pro-Israeli media coverage? What an absolutely extraordinary load of rubbish.

    I beg to differ. Were it not for the pictures appearing on the internet, the MSM would have an easier time of giving the one sided coverage we are used to hearing.

    Essentially the media have towed Israel's talking points verbatim. Hezbollah is a terrorist organization, which is complete bollocks of course. That Hezbollah started this whole conflict and that it was purely the result of captured Israelis, when in fact the plans were in place, awaiting an opportune moment.

    There is also the fact that the MSM have ignored all of Israel's actions prior to June 28. They even describe Israel's invasion into Gaza and Lebanon as an "incursion", yet Hezbollah's alleged crossing of the blue line was most definitely a breach of Israel's sovereignty.

    Way to go Orang,

    I particularly like how wayward Hezbollah rockets are describes as targeting civilians, but bombed UN compounds, power stations, oil refineries, milk factories, tissue factories, and cars carrying refugees are precision bombed targets of military significance.