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.

Wrong horse

Tony Blair talking about values is as convincing as a paedophile discussing children’s rights.

9 comments ↪
  • Roonaldo

    Nice one Tone – Blair, that is, not Loewenstein. Most of the media will grab the "arc of extremism" bite, and you can puff out your chest and consider the big issues. Such as, just how are Cherie and I going to afford that 3.5 million squid place in Kensington, now that interest rates are on the rise? A book deal? Seat on Rupert's board? Lecture tour of the heartland? What about a directorship in Dick's old company? Nah, the reptiles of Fleet Street would take me apart on that one, but then again….

    Hold on, must answer the phone. Oh hi, Dick, just thinking about you. What's that? Weekend in the South with you and some friends shooting ducks? Sounds fine to me, especially as I am an ex-lawyer.

  • orang

    "There is an arc of extremism now ..region. To defeat it will need an alliance of moderation .."

    An alliance of moderation eh? By golly I think he really thinks he is one!

    Someone should let him know that "Moderates" usually don't dash off destroying countries, killing thousands of people for no reason. Nor do they say "Let the carnage continue" we'll wait for you to tell us when you're ready to stop – because we are MODERATES, while they are, if not already will soon be EXTREMISTS."

    Good one Tony. Sorry, no knighthood for you, go away and make money.

  • "arc of extremism", eh Tony? My favourite is "The banner was not actually "regime change", it was "values change". " The only common thread here is: banner change. There are so many glaring problems with Blair's drivel it's hard to know where to start. Even the Chaser team would have difficulty sending this one up. Makes you wonder what these turkeys pray for when they go to church…

  • Addamo_01

    It's little wonder Tony might go to work for Rupert when he's finished destroying the British Government.

    As they say, different job, but the same boss.

  • Suze

    John Stewart has kindly explained Israel's military strategy in a way I can finally understand

  • Addamo_01

    The Entebbe rescue was definitely an example of Israel of old. A truly class act by any standards.

    Intelligent, efficient, perfect pre-planning, surgical, restrained, proportionate, and measured.

    Those qualities existed because of necessity – Israel's military was strong but nothing liek it is today. The Israel of today has become a smaller clone of the US – a dinosaur. Big on muscle but small on brains.

  • Suze

    LNL this afternoon mentioned the jaw dropping statistic that 90% of war casulaties in the latter part of 20th C to now are civilians compared with only 14% during WWI. Half of those 90% are children. So much for sophisticated weapons systems. Or is it just that the ethics of war have been utterly debased.

  • orang

    Those stats are easily explained Suze.

    You see, the 1st World war was fought between chaps with honour. They would line up in their uniforms and shoot at each other and shout "Well aimed", and "Jolly Good shot". But then they started throwing mustard gas around and so on. But the ANZAC spirit remains and chaps get together-well they don't but the rest of the world apparently does, and talk about the good old days of war.

    Now, this brings us to today. Today our side of chaps is Good and Honourable. And one brand is also Noble.

    Now they have to fight some really nasty, treacherous chaps who don't wear uniforms and hide in their houses behind girls. They also hide behind their Mums and Dads. They often hide behind their children. Now we come to your statistics. Because of this, we have to drop a lot of bombs in amongst them all to ensure we actually get the nasty chaps. So that's why.

  • boredinHk

    Suze ,

    the world moved on pretty quickly from 1918.

    20 million soviet citizens died in WWII , difficult to assess how many millions of chinese during the same waste of lfe experience, the 30 years of the vietnamese war must have claimed a couple of million vietnamese lives – these would have been in the majority civilians and mass war used to mean mass casualities.

    Mind you Tony Blair's values are just the same as Tony Loewenstein's- what you choose to make of them.

    Beware of all prophets claiming to show the way.