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.

Hands out-stretched

With Israel fighting its most unsuccessful war ever, it’s heartening to read this from our close neighbour:

In the wake of recent attacks on a mosque in Lower Hutt and a synagogue in Christchurch, New Zealand Muslims and Jews stand together against racism and vandalism. The New Zealand Jewish Council and the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand issued the following joint statement today:

In the wake of recent attacks on a mosque in Lower Hutt and a synagogue in Christchurch, New Zealand Muslims and Jews stand together against racism and vandalism. We are all dismayed by the current turmoil in the Middle East, but we pray and work for a lasting peace daily. We have no desire to bring foreign hatred to New Zealand’s shores – we only want to live peaceably with our neighbours. The vandals and bigots are a tiny but vocal minority, and we know that our many friends are ashamed of such acts occuring in New

We call on all New Zealanders to work hard towards increasing understanding and supporting each other in times of trouble, as this is the best way to achieve peace.

Stephen Goodman
Chair, New Zealand Jewish Council

Javed Khan
President, Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand

Sadly, Sydney has experienced yet another anti-Semitic attack in the last 24 hours.

UPDATE: Israel’s claims about Qana now look decidedly shaky, at best.

  • Suze

    Shaky all right. Meanwhile on the clueless right, Quana was all staged by Hezbollah (see, if you can stomach it and, the former a favourite of a Captain , whose huge list of conservative links includes one called "The Moslem Question". Unfortunate.

    I wonder if he is a relative of our Captain.

    Anyway so much for the left's penchent for conspiracy theories- this one rivals the faked moon landing.

  • Addamo_01

    As yes, the bile swilling Michelle Malkin, who when the three Gunatanamo prisoners hung themselves (one who was abtou to be released) said "boo frakin hoo".

    It seem that the right is witnessing a trend for vitriolic pindits in mini skirts. The strange thing is that no matter how many times these people are wrong, they just pretend like it never happened and simply carry on as though they are the ultimate authority.

    Similiar to Tim Blair's interview last week, when he said he moved to the right becasue it was closer to the reality in the ground, yet this same guy also suports a war for whom all rationales ( pre and post invasion) have not onyl been completely debunked, but are now being ridiculed.

  • Adam

    Lebanon is just the start to yet another Middle East re-shape plan. Every day we read and see reports indirectly attacking Syria and Iran. It will only take another 9/11 inside job within the illegal state of Israel to convince the US and UK to draw up more flawed accusations to bring Syria and Iran into battle. Syria and Iran may just be that surprise which the US, UK and Israel need to stop their world level bullying.

  • Roonaldo

    Addamo – you are spot on. The US have Malkin and Ann Coulter while, here in Australia, we have Miranda Devine. Maybe they should meet up on a heath somewhere and brew up some eye of newt.

  • Addamo_01


    Actually Miranda Devine isn't in their league. I have had email convos with her and she's pretty level headed.

    You shoudl see that pasting she gets when she posts at Tim Blair's blog. It's like a pack rape.

  • Suze

    I am not at all knowledgeable about politics but I've noticed a lot of people, both journos and bloggers like Riverbend, saying that there is no way that the US would ever attack Iran because they need Iran to help them exit from Iraq, considering it has a majority of its populace shia moslems? Does anyone know anything more about this?

  • Addamo


    The issue is far from clear cut but in basic terms, there is a battle Royale taking place within the Bush Administration between the realists and the neocons.

    The realists recognise that Iran is crucial to securing Iraq and that the US is in no position to start another war. They also recognise that a) occupying a country is futile, even for the world largest superpower and b) that regime change is like Russian roulette and that the outcome is far from predictable.

    The neocons are ideologically driven and are convinced that Iran must be taken out as part fo their plan to redraw the Middle East. They have had their hearts set on overthrowing Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia for over a decade. They are not discouraged by the disaster in Iraq, insisting that all would have been flawless had Rumsfeld only listened to their advice.

    Don't buy any of th erubbish abtou nukes. Even if Iran had them, they would not be a threat to the US or Israel. Liek the WMD fiasco, it is just a pretext. The fact that the nuke argument wasn't working is why Israel and the US are trying to draw Iran into the Lebanese conflict.

  • And on a related note, a new group has just formed over this side of the Tasman called Aotearoa Jews For Justice. We're a bunch of anarchist & anti-Zionist Jews, and we'll be making our presence felt for the first time on Friday in Wellington at a Palestine/Lebanon solidarity demonstration.

    Website to come soon…

  • orang

    Brilliant Asher.