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.

The warning

Robert Fisk, The Independent, August 5:

In fact, one of the most profound changes in the region these past three decades has been the growing unwillingness of Arabs to be afraid. Their leaders – our “moderate” pro-Western Arab leaders such as King Abdullah of Jordan and President Mubarak of Egypt – may be afraid. But their peoples are not. And once a people have lost their terror, they cannot be re-injected with fear. Thus Israel’s consistent policy of smashing Arabs into submission no longer works. It is a policy whose bankruptcy the Americans are now discovering in Iraq.

And all across the Muslim world, “we” – the West, America, Israel – are fighting not nationalists but Islamists. And watching the martyrdom of Lebanon this week – its slaughtered children in Qana packed into plastic bags until the bags ran out and their corpses had to be wrapped in carpets – a terrible and daunting thought occurs to me, day by day. That there will be another 9/11. 

25 comments ↪
  • orang

    Well when you don't even get an "oops sorry" anymore when they blast another family to oblivion, and then the fucking Piano Player says "Let the games continue, kill some more" then there's only one thing left. Revenge.

  • Addamo_01

    It's almost amusing to watch Abdullah, the Saudis and Mubarak haveing some sleepless nights. Looks like their time is up, it will be shortly.

    Perhasp there will be a democracy domino effect in the Middle East after all.

  • Roonaldo

    Speaking of democracy, I see the speaker of the Palestinian Parliament was arrested yesterday. What will Captain make of that?

  • Addamo_01

    Israel often boasts of being the only democracy in the ME. I guess they intend to keep it that way.

  • Captain

    He is a terrorist leader. He belongs in jail. When he renounces terrorism, if he does not have blood on his hands, he can be released.

    I just wonder how fiskie has polled all of the local arabs given the fact that there is no free media, freedom of expression or freedom of movement in the coutries he names.

    Yes of course there will be another 9/11, OBL promised that before during and after the first 9/11. That was of course before the iraq war and before the Lebanese war. Iran had been arming Hezbollah to the teeth with weapons for ages.

    When people elect terrorists to represent them, they can hardly then cry when their infrastructure suddenly gets bombed. Everyone, including the Israelis, most especially the Israelis mourn the loss of innocent life, but it will not deter them from pretecting their territory.

    Typically orang gets confused about cause and effect. Arabs have been preoccupied with revenge for decades. And it is not because of land, it is because they keep their own peoples impoverished, uneducated and dispirited, whilst Israel, despite the adversity has a progressive and modern economy. It has been inculcated into the minds of the vulnerable that Israel is the cause of their suffering yet places as far away as Pakistan have abolutely nothing to do with the conflict. It is called scapegoating.

    Beacause Jews dont denegrate their dead like the lebs seem to do, you don't have the reciprocal gruesome images as fodder for the despicable likes of Fisk.

  • Roonaldo

    Hello Captain, still using your racist language I see. These people are Lebanese not Lebs.

  • orang

    So skipper, they can make a big step towards placating you by dying quietly – is that correct? Sorry for you and your masters but they do make trouble. When their backs are up against the wall they won't die with a whimper.

  • Addamo_01

    Olmert is commiting acts of state sponsored terrorism and accordint to Human Rights Watch, war crimes, so we can trust you will be in full agreement when he and his minions aqre charged with such crimes – as were his predecessors.

    OBL probabyl died a long time ago, but you will no doutb insist that the Arabs in Lebanon and elsewhere are just a bunhc of cry babies for not accepting massacres and murder of their people on the chin. Any terrorist act against the US will not be driven by venegance, but ideology right you maggot?

    Iran had been arming Hezbollah to the teeth with weapons for ages.

    And the US has been arming Israel far more for much longer. So what?

    When people elect terrorists to represent them, they can hardly then cry when their infrastructure suddenly gets bombed.

    Fair enough. So when Tel Aviv get's hit, Israel wil just take it on the chin right?

    Therefore, using Capatin's logic, it is the Jewish leaders and the Jews in German occupied territory who are to blame for any Jewish deaths in WWII. They were warned. Inexplicably they failed to heed the warning, probably because they were all fifth columnists/spies.

    but Israel has been driven mad by its own logic. They have built a formidable military force, in order to defend themselves against the conventional armies of the region, which they have whipped badly every time they have met. They decided long ago on a preemptive war strategy, which was needed in '67, and they decided on disproportionate reaction. Capture a soldier, and we don't attack the kidnappers, we smash the infrastructure of a modern city.

    When it comes to Israel and "terrorism" (a subjective term at best, usually "defined" by the most powerful), Capatain maggot must simply be identified as what he is: a fascist. To him, Arabs are not human and their lives have no reality, so it really doesn't matter what happens to them.

  • Captain

    Hezbollah is a group whose raisen detre is the destruction of a sovereign state. Israel is armed to defend herself. I know nuance is not your strong suit. So let me say this in words even a filthy maggot like you will understand: you have to be armed to defend yourself against terrorists.

    Its funny how OBL is able to make contemporary recordings whilst being dead. Oh, it must be those same american guys who faked the lunar landing.

    And if "Leb" is racist, perhaps you should correct Lebanese who use this term:Leb

    Calling someone Jew when they are Jewish is not racist. So get over it.

  • Addamo_01

    Your ignorance is beyond description Captain

    Hezbollah is a group whose raisen detre is the destruction of a sovereign state. Israel is armed to defend herself.

    You still haven’t figure out how to spell raison d’etre.

    Hezbollah was founded after the invasion of Lebanon by Israel. You’re poor brain wants to believe they share the Hamas charter, but they do not. It's sole aim was resistance to occupation. I know intelligence is not your forte, but just thought you might want to know.

    you have to be armed to defend yourself against terrorists.

    As you do to defend yourself against invasion. I know Israel doesn’t like to play by those rules, but resistance to occupation is allowed under the Geneva conventions, whereas invasion is not.

    Its funny how OBL is able to make contemporary recordings whilst being dead.

    It's funny that it never occurred to you that this can easily be achieved with generic messages that are non specific. He might well be alive, but then again, why is it that OBL is getting Zawahiri do all the appearance for him?

    Calling someone Jew when they are Jewish is not racist. So get over it.

    Jew is not a slang term or a derogatory one. Nuance Captain. Look it up.

  • M.Mayes

    but it will not deter them from pretecting their territory.

    I have an interesting question for you Captain,

    Given that sovereign states have the right to self defense and that Israel is currently doing so against Hebollah and yet Lebanon is the real sufferer here… could that same self-defense logic be used the other way around, what would you think Captain if the Lebanese Army invaded Israel now, invoking its right to self defense?

  • orang

    And for those who are reliving the glory of Entebbe with the news that the Noble IDF who "Captured 5 Hezbollah deep in Lebanon"

    Here's…Nobility!!!!

    "About the Israeli commando operation on Baalbeck where 5 members of the Hezbollah were captured:

    1. The parachutists landed on a hospital: Dar el Hekmat.

    2. The glorious battle of the elite soldiers provoked 17 dead among which eight children.

    3. The five people who were captured are ordinary civilians living in a house near by. Two of them, a father and his son, are called Nasrallah and have no relation whatsoever with the Hezbollah leader. Nasrallah is a common name not only in Lebanon, but in the Middle East. Such as Youssri Nasrallah, famous Egyptian filmmaker and Christian (please forgive this distinction, Youssri my friend, it's for the good cause) well known in the French film world). It's very possible that they would have been Hezbollah sympathizers, as are more than one million people in Lebanon, but they are not on the staff of Hezbollah.

    4. Inside the car that rushed out of the hospital area and that was chased and filmed by the Israelis were a man and his wife, eight-months pregnant. The first rocket hit the back of the car. The two passengers leave the car screaming for help. The helicopter makes a U-turn and shoots again. The man manages to escape, the woman doesn't. A little bit later, the neighbors rush to the car and find her dead, with an exploded belly and the fetus projected outside."

  • M.Mayes

    Also Lebanese calling themselves lebs is the same as Negroids calling themselves Niggers… by your logic captain if a white person calls a black one a nigger is that therefore not racist? Addamo had it right, the word derogatory sums it up pretty well.

    Dont even think about using this post as a scapegoat to ignore the last one either! that question still stands.

  • Progressive Atheist

    The U.S. press and blogosphere is awash with neocon-inspired calls for indefinite shooting, no talking and extension of hostilities to Syria and Iran, with Gingrich calling this a third world war to "defend civilization."

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/objects/pages/PrintA

    Also:

    The destabilization of Lebanon is designed to spill violence across the border into Syria, thus justifying an Israeli-U.S. strike on that country.

    http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/

    The recent attack on Qaa, in the far north of Lebanon, may signal Israel's attempted provocation of Syria. Qaa is on the Syrian border, and most of those killed in the attack were Syrian.

    In other news…

    One of the reasons Israel is attacking Christian targets in Lebanon is to show its opposition to the tactical agreement between the FPM and Hezbollah. The attacks on Christian targets are a way to punish Israel's one-time allies. The FPM, as well as most other Lebanese political parties, are also acutely aware of Israeli and American involvement in a series of "false flag" assassinations of Lebanese politicians and journalists in order to stir up resentment against Syria.

    http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/

  • Captain

    Nigger is definitely derogatory. Lebs and Pals is not. If you find yourself agreeing with addamo about anything, you should increase your medication.

    I agree that Lebanon has a casus belli. But they have been invaded by Hezbollah and they should turn their attention to destroying a non state sanctioned armed militia that is against international law. Given their propensity to passivity in the face of the PLO destroying their country and then Hezbollah doing the same, there seems to be little chance of them attacking Israel. So your question is about as relevant as asking whether a man can get pregnant from sex.

    When Syria does finally leave Lebanon and Iran stops meddling, there are great prospects for harmony on the northern border.

  • orang

    .."A little bit later, the neighbors rush to the car and find her dead, with an exploded belly and the fetus projected outside.”

  • orang

    "When Syria does finally leave Lebanon and Iran stops meddling, there are great prospects for harmony on the northern border. "

    Harmony? .Border? There will never be harmony until all Arabs have been killed – you know that, and the Issies are just the boys to do it, they find it really quite easy.

  • Progressive Atheist

    The U.S. press and blogosphere is awash with neocon-inspired calls for indefinite shooting, no talking and extension of hostilities to Syria and Iran, with Gingrich calling this a third world war to "defend civilization."

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/objects/pages/PrintA

    The destabilization of Lebanon is designed to spill violence across the border into Syria, thus justifying an Israeli-U.S. strike on that country.

    http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/
    (July 30, 2006)

    The recent attack on Qaa in far north Lebanon is the most recent attempt at provocation of Syria. Qaa is on the Syrian border, and all those killed were Syrian workers.

    In other news:

    One of the reasons Israel is attacking Christian targets in Lebanon is to show its opposition to the tactical agreement between the FPM and Hezbollah. The attacks on Christian targets are a way to punish Israel's one-time allies. The FPM, as well as most other Lebanese political parties, are also acutely aware of Israeli and American involvement in a series of "false flag" assassinations of Lebanese politicians and journalists in order to stir up resentment against Syria.

    http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/
    (Aug. 3, 2006)

  • M.Mayes

    So your question is about as relevant as asking whether a man can get pregnant from sex

    its not a matter of likelyhood, i know that lebanon will not invade israel. this is a matter of what you would think if lebanon DID invade israel under the pretence of selfdefense and killed hundreds of israeli civilians in the process… so the question remains.

  • Addamo_01

    How the hell can anyone insist that Lebanon has been invaded by Hezbollah, when Hezbollah is a Lebanese organisation? That makes as much sense as Israel being invaded by the IDF.

    they should turn their attention to destroying a non state sanctioned armed militia that is against international law

    So if they are state sanctioned, they get to stay right? The way Hezbollah's popularity is headed, they may soon be in charge.

    Given their propensity to passivity in the face of the PLO destroying their country and then Hezbollah doing the same

    Oops, you left out Israel, and no, Hezbollah has not destroyed Lebanon.

    When Syria does finally leave Lebanon and Iran stops meddling, there are great prospects for harmony on the northern border.

    Syria has left Lebanon. It may have intelligence oepratives there, but then, we know Missad has been there too because they were receintly caught by Lebanese authorities.

  • orang

    "Progressive Atheist

    Aug 6th, 2006 at 10:33 pm

    The U.S. press and blogosphere is awash with neocon-inspired calls for indefinite shooting, no talking and extension of hostilities to Syria and Iran, with Gingrich calling this a third world war to “defend civilization.”

    Hey, this is like being a teenager asking the old man for 20 bucks for a movie (yeah right) he gives you 200, a wink and a nod, "Have a good time son, get yourself a little pussy, don't worry about what time to get home, if the cops give you any trouble I'll deal with it- enjoy yourself!"

  • Lucas Formosa

    When people elect terrorists to represent them, they can hardly then cry when their infrastructure suddenly gets bombed.

    Well in addition to the obvious case of Israeli's, that also makes the populations of the USA, Britain and Australia completely fair game one's to assume?

    I gather I won't have to endure any more unjustified bleating about 9/11, the London bombings or the Bali bombings, nor any future acts if this ilk in that case…they simply had it coming.

    Oh, hang on…what if I didn't vote for Howard?

  • orang

    If you didn't vote for Howard you deserve everything you get because you are un-Australian.

  • Adam

    But their peoples are not. And once a people have lost their terror, they cannot be re-injected with fear.

    Is this just a confirmation that the Muslims (or Arabs) were subjected to terrorism (much like the west who insist they have been subjected to terrorism), and if they were by whom, the west?

    ..And why would someone (or some nation) would want the whole Arab states (and its nations) to have fear of the west? Is this statement just a confirmation of western sponsored terrorism in the Middle East via Israel on the Muslims and Christians living there?

    So really 9/11 was a reaction from the western action, which would mean the reaction was fair (much like how the west see Israel war crimes in Lebanon as fair, since this too is a reaction?).

    This is sad.

  • "Yid", "Kike", "Nigger", Kaffir", "Coon", "Boong", "Abo",

    just a few words to add to the vocabulary of some of the posts on Antony's blog – thought the others used were not offensive enough!

    Oh, just for the benefit of our racist, sexist, homophobic Jew-hating Jews posting here, maybe "poofter", "lezzo" need to be included.

    Amazing how offensive some people can be without even trying!

    Keep up the good work!

    But don't forget to tell us when you are leaving to join the IDF – they are losing a few, and replacements are urgently needed from the diaspora! They need you, and they need you NOW! After all, there are still about 6 million left outside Israel (ah yes, just the number Hitler killed – but maybe many of this six million, mainly the zionists – don't really like the idea of a slow boat to Israel!)