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.

A war without end

Robert Fisk, The Independent, July 27:

Is it possible – is it conceivable – that Israel is losing its war in Lebanon?

From this hill village in the south of the country, I am watching the clouds of brown and black smoke rising from its latest disaster in the Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil: up to 13 Israeli soldiers dead, and others surrounded, after a devastating ambush by Hizbollah guerrillas in what was supposed to be a successful Israeli military advance against a “terrorist centre”.

To my left smoke rises too, over the town of Khiam, where a smashed United Nations outpost remains the only memorial to the four UN soldiers – most of them decapitated by an American-made missile on Tuesday – killed by the Israeli air force.

Indian soldiers of the UN army in southern Lebanon, visibly moved by the horror of bringing their Canadian, Fijian, Chinese and Austrian comrades back in at least 20 pieces from the clearly marked UN post next to Khiam prison, left their remains at Marjayoun hospital yesterday.

In past years, I have spent hours with their comrades in this UN position, which is clearly marked in white and blue paint, with the UN’s pale blue flag opposite the Israeli frontier. Their duty was to report on all they saw: the ruthless Hizbollah missile fire out of Khiam and the brutal Israeli response against the civilians of Lebanon.

Is this why they had to die, after being targeted by the Israelis for eight hours, their officers pleading to the Israeli Defence Forces that they cease fire? An American-made Israeli helicopter saw to that. 

Meanwhile, Iraq’s Prime Minister displays a modicum of independence on Israel’s war in Lebanon and he’s labelled an “anti-Semite” by the Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean (heading a party on the road to irrelevance). “We don’t need to spend $200 and $300 and $500 billion bringing democracy to Iraq to turn it over to people who believe that Israel doesn’t have a right to defend itself and who refuse to condemn Hezbollah”, he said.

What an ungrateful little puppet.

55 comments ↪
  • M.Mayes

    Hang on a sec, I think this makes captain a anti-semetic, self hating jew, does this make him a self-hating jew Addamo? CAPTAIN YOU SELF-HATING JEW, TAKE YOUR ANTISEMITISM AND LEAVE!

  • Captain

    You are obviously ignorant of the relationship between Hitler and the Wiemar republic. He installed himself from a minority position. He did so by force. What is the connection between this and Holocaust denial? You are children.

  • viva peace

    Addamo/Mayer

    Given that you have both already shown yourself preposterously ignorant about history and international law, I am stunned that you are going for the hattrick! We all wait with glee to see you present us your position of the historiography of the rise of Nazi Germant? Would you say you were intentionsalists or functionalists? I am not convinced by Kershaw's synthesis, are you?

    Ah, yes our resident confederacy of dunces will perhaps bail their fellow-traveller, Mel Gibson out of jail.

  • Addamo_01

    Viva,

    You have just wasted everyone time prancing around like a deranged and washed up diva on a stage long after the audience has left, telling the empty theatre how superior you are, yet clearly struggling to overcome your fear of engaging anyone in debate. When you’re asked a question, your reaction is to look the other way and pretend you haven’t hear it.

    I trust that the compendium of irrelevant invectives about whether one should regard one’s self as an internationalists vs a functionalists, is infested to mask your hide that you reside in some parallel universe. We are talking about matters of foreign affairs after all, so whenever you decide you want to join us, feel free.

    I am surprised that you even mention international law, given the contempt you have repeatedly voiced about it.

    Many posts back, so it seems, you offered us an explanation as to why the plaque a Auschewitz was revised, and we are still waiting. Now you are babbling about the “historiography” of the rise of Nazi Germany, as is to imply it is some guarded mystery that only a handful of exceptional people like yourself fully comprehend.

    You seem to be unable to avoid painting yourself into a rhetorical coiner with your hit and run posts Viva. Isn't it time to put up or shut up?

    I am not convinced by Kershaw’s synthesis, are you?

    That’s another topic isn’t it? I haven’t read Kershaw’s work on Hitler, but I would certainly be interested to hear what your reservations are. I must confess to not being a big fan of Hitler. As apocryphal and WWII was, I don’t regard Hitler as unique to history as some would have us believe.

    Gibson is a troubled soul. His battles with addiction and his own demons is unfortunate, but I have little sympathy for those with so much to celebrate in their lives, who fail to appreciate how fortunate they are.

  • M.Mayes

    You are obviously ignorant of the relationship between Hitler and the Wiemar republic. He installed himself from a minority position. He did so by force.

    Hitler's attempts to forcefully gain power failed (Munich Beer Hall Putsch and whatnot) he then exploited loopholes in the Wiemar's parlimentry system to force elections and each time he gained more support from the public (and used scare campaigns on the opponents) to gain power.

    So I am really not sure what you are talking about there captain.

    What is the connection between this and Holocaust denial?

    Funny that when it comes down to you, there needs to be a connection to holocaust denial, especially considering I obviously said it in a jovial manner whilst you and Viva accused (quite ignorantly) Addamo and myself of being deniers.

    Would you say you were intentionsalists or functionalists?

    I would rather wave the idea of joining in with an 'ism'. I am a moderate. Each Functionalism and Internationalism have their good intentions but how the idea of the world working together whilst you have Islam attacking the west and the coalition attacking Islam, I'm not entirely convinced either could work at the present time.

    What are your thoughts on the subject?

    We all wait with glee to see you present us your position of the historiography of the rise of Nazi Germant?

    I will have to agree with Addamo there Viva, the history of germany isnt exactly a gaurded secret, I've studied it, I'm sure you have studied it, I'm infact sure most of the people in Australia have studied it. If you have any things about Nazi history you would like cleared up, feel free to ask.

    As for Kershaw. I'm sure I have come across his theories when I studied Hitler's Germany years ago, care to share your knowledge on the matter?