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.

After the bombings, questions will remain

The following article by Andrew West was published in The Northern Star (NSW north coast) on Saturday, July 22:

Is militant Zionism the correct path?

Weekend Star

Long after Israeli bombs stop falling on Lebanon’s airports, roads and bridges and Hezbollah’s rockets stop landing on Israel’s railway stations, two questions will remain.

When will Israel end its policy of collectively punishing those whose democratic decisions it does not like; and when can we have an honest discussion about Israel itself?

One of the more insidious aspects of the Israeli bombardment of Lebanon and Gaza has been the suggestion that, because the Palestinians voted for Hamas and some Lebanese for Hizbollah, then somehow the people deserve their fate.

It is an interesting proposition. What then can we say about the huge number of Israelis who voted to give Avigdor Leiberman and his racist Yisrael Beiteinu party 11 seats in the Knesset in this year’s election?

Just as Hamas and Hizbollah disgracefully refuse to accept Israel’s legitimate right to exist within secure borders, Leiberman and his allies want to ethnically cleanse Israel of its 20 percent of Arab citizens. He speaks of “transferring” Arabs, who have lived in Israel for millennia, to surrounding countries.

The Washington Post reported Leiberman’s big pitch to Israelis was for a “more homogeneous” (read purely Jewish) state. Yet no western country has imposed economic sanctions or military blockades on Israel because a significant slice of its population embraced a racist.

In fact, even suggesting sanctions and blockades (which I do not support) is a taboo in the West, which raises the second issue.

One of Israel’s great strengths as a country is not its nuclear arms or its reliance on the US for billions in military and economic aid, but the vibrancy of the discussion inside the country. This discussion goes to the heart of Zionism itself and whether, in its current militant form, it helps or hinders Israel’s undoubted right to future security.

Having visited Israel for extended periods, I have been witness to, and a participant in, this discourse with hundreds of Israeli Jews of goodwill. Yet to raise such questions outside Israel, as the Jewish-Australian author Antony Loewenstein does in his superb new book, My Israel Question (MUP), means that, like him, you will be pilloried by the reactionary right as traitorous or, most disgracefully, anti-Semitic.

Over the past 20 years, Israel has lost many of its friends because it refuses to look inward and ask some hard questions – about the way its treats the Palestinians and even who it elects to govern.

13 comments ↪
  • M.Mayes

    Indeed, for such a 'moral' country, it is ripe with double standards and should examine itself and resolve these issues before continuing on with foreign policy.

  • edwin

    When we say Israel has a right to exist, just which Israel are we talking about? The planned greater Israel? The Israel that will exist if Israel is successful in stealing even more land from Lebanon? The Israel that will exist when the wall is finished? The Israel of today? The Israel along the 67 line? The UN designated Israel, created with the expulsion of 800,000 of it's citizens, into what looks like permanent refugee status in order to create a Jewish majority?

  • Addamo_01

    Amazes me how anuone can deny Israel is an apartheid state.

  • Adam

    Would it not be simple if the Jewish (or current Israeli) lived along side Arabs and Muslims. Peace and love can change people, bring people together and unite until no troubles exist amongst them. But what this illegal state decided to do is to pursue its own hidden agenda which today it is paying the price for with blood of its own and Arabs.

    Shame on Israel and its supporters who build walls using the blood of the innocent Arabs and Muslims.

  • orang

    "Amazes me how anuone can deny Israel is an apartheid state. "

    Is it modelled on Apartheid really? When I think of the South African explanation, they claimed "Separate but Equal" which we know is nonsense but was a way of appearing civilised.

    The Israelis seem so confident of their status as superior moral beings, they no longer even attempt to hide their barbarity. Only when stopped to be asked they give, "Oh yeah, what was it? Right, two state solution. Gotta go, got Arabs to kill."

  • Ian

    Israel is an apartheid state

    No, not an "apartheid" one. That implies separate societies sharing the same land. What these wankers want is to complete the ethnic cleansing started 50 years ago.

    As odious as the white South African regime was, at least it didn't seek to expel the much larger native population!

    What can you say about a country which strives to be even worse that that pariah state? And all those who blindly support it no matter what?!

  • captain

    Peace and love can change people, bring people together and unite until no troubles exist amongst them.

    But adam, what about the evil ways of the Jews that are too numerous to mention?

    Have any of you actually been to Israel? Or are you just relying on Al Manar TV?

  • Addamo_01

    We all knwo you;ve been to Israel Captain. How could you not have gone there?

    So what did you learn? How to kill an Arab child with an Uzi?

  • orang

    he did meet and befriended several Arabs, which makes him even more detrmined. The old adage "you have to be cruel to be kind" has never been more applicable.

  • Addamo_01

    That's probably where the plot from Alien came from.

    Becasue as Captain knows, Inside every Arab, there is a terrorist gestating, waiting for the right time to come out. Bets to put those Arabs out fo their misery right Captain, and have a pure of heart Israeli Jew curtail thir potential suffering?

  • smiths

    i've been there captain,
    i lived there in jerusalem and tel aviv for six months in 1994,
    i worked in construction with palestinians and israelis,
    i did painting of apartments, gardening and worked in a kosher resteraunt with two arab cooks,
    and you know what,
    it means fuck all to any of what is being discussed here,
    we all have the internet, we all have access to new and information,
    and we can make our own conclusions regardless of wether we have been there,
    so shut up and address the points

  • Addamo_01

    Thanks for setting him straight Smiths,

    Next thing he'll probabyl ask if any of us speak Hebrew,

    I recall the last time you shared your experiences in Israel and how that other loony who is no longer with us, stated that your opinion was of no relevance.

    The morons are just a waste of time. They're not interested in discussion, just putting out fires and damdage control for their beloved country that they refuse to live in.

  • M.Mayes

    I'll drink to that Smiths. Cheers