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.

His best effort

Following my article in yesterday’s Crikey regarding the Zionist lobby, AIJAC functionary (and rug seller) Yosi Tal responds today:

Crikey’s use of self-appointed truth revealer Antony Loewenstein shows how low Crikey has sunk. It has now joined the hysterical baying of the loony left, attempting to strip the Jewish community of its democratic right to be heard and to lobby on the behalf of itself and the state of Israel. Loewenstein first burst onto the national journalism scene approximately three years ago when the Sydney Morning Herald ambushed Colin Rubenstein of AIJAC with an article by the until then unknown internet music journalist Loewenstein. With no serious academic qualifications or journalistic qualifications on this issue Loewenstein has been lauded by some as an expert on the Middle East and the Jewish community while ignoring the fact that he has a history of hatred and vilification of the Australian Jewish community and the Jewish state. The portrayal of the Jewish lobby as a dark and sinister cabal attempting to shut down debate is outright anti-Semitic and totally dishonest. The Australian Jewish community is a broad church with a wide variety of opinions articulated in a variety of communal forums and the Australian Jewish News. We are not afraid of debate and welcome it; inside our community and in the general community. If Crikey bothered to get off its a-se and research the issue then it would not be offering Loewenstein as an expert on this issue. If anything, Loewenstein is a publicity seeking, self-hating Jew who is prepared to go to any length and sacrifice any ethics or morals to demonise Israel and the Australian Jewish community. Shame Crikey, shame. 

Perhaps Tal would also like to accuse me of being anti-Israel, anti-American and pro-terrorist. I eagerly await his next missive.

  • smiths

    as we observe so regularly here,

    the zionist golden rule of debate,

    ad hominem, ad hominem, ad hominem

  • Suze

    Anti-semitic and a self-hating jew. WOW Hyperbole and tautology. Miraculous. The silencers are compaining of being silenced! (Conveniently forgetting their attempts to prevent publication of Loewenstein's book).

    I wonder how they would define "debate" since their response to AL has been
    to discredit, attack and shout down a proponent of one of the "wide varieties of opinion" they claim to embrace.

  • C'mon Yosi, tell us what you really think! Thanks for posting this Antony, it gave me one of the best laughs I've had all day (was he a rug seller or a drug seller?). Tal's character assasination should also have mentioned something about you being "extreme left" and a "smouldering teen idol" too. Tal should also have a chat with Labor MP Michael Danby and remind him about the Jewish community's commitment to debate. Tal seems to have disappeared right up his own a-se.

  • Glenn Condell

    Jeez there can't be much room left on the SS Loony Left can there? Could we all fit into the MCG? Unlikely, and less so with every passing day.

    And just quietly, what apart from his alignment with the prevailing Zionist mindset, are Mr Tal's qualifications to comment on the issue?

  • M.Mayes

    It's somewhat hilarious that he is talking about the Jewish community being a broad church that should have a right to speak out, when he himself is (by the very posting of his article) trying to silence one of the members of the acclaimed 'broad church'

  • boredinHk

    "AIJAC functionary (and rug seller) Yosi Tal responds today:…."

    Al , I have met many rug sellers and can't agree this work should be used as some sort of denigration. This person shames rug sellers everywhere.

    If you think mentioning this is a counterpoint to his criticism of you as having " no serious academic qualifications or journalistic qualifications on this issue " please don't lower yourself.

    What Smiths said .

  • Addamo_01

    Yosi Tal's ravings are just waht we need to hear. More of it should be printed in MSM, becasue these guys are amazing at scoring own goals of the Jewish lobby.

    The inconherence and emtional crap emanating from these pieces is surely strong evidence that these guys are under pressure.

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