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 threat

The FBI file of Palestinian intellectual and activist Edward Said is revealed.

  • viva peace

    Said was an Egyptian-American born of an upper class English colonial family: hardly a "Palestinian," especially given that there was no such thing as a "Palestinian" until the 1980s.

  • viva peace

    Edward Said was a tragic 2nd rate fraud. As the spoilt sdon of an Egyptian-British colonialist and American he has fooled a whole generation of 2nd rate Marxists. These people are solely responsible for the dissolution of the wretched southern Syrians aka "Palestinians."

  • orang

    yes viva, you're right. Good girl. There, there. It's alright.

  • Ian

    there was no such thing as a “Palestinian” until the 1980s.

    Ignorant twaddle

    "Palestine became a predominately Arab and Islamic country by the end of the seventh century. Almost immediately thereafter its boundaries and its characteristics—including its name in Arabic, Filastin—became known to the entire Islamic world, as much for its fertility and beauty as for its religious significance…In 1516, Palestine became a province of the Ottoman Empire, but this made it no less fertile, no less Arab or Islamic…Sixty percent of the population was in agriculture; the balance was divided between townspeople and a relatively small nomadic group. All these people believed themselves to belong in a land called Palestine,"

    Edward Said, "The Question of Palestine."

    OTOH, the northern kingdom of David known as Israel existed for a mere 73 years before the Assyrians blew it and its people to the 4 winds. Judah existed as an independant Jewish ruled state for only a total of 414 years. Note that is not 414 continuous years. The rest of the time the Jews of Judah/Samaria were just one group among many including Persians, Samaritans, Greeks and decendants of the old Caanite tribes in a land ruled by others. Source: Illene Beatty, "Arab and Jew in the Land of Canaan" and Marcia Kunstel and Joseph Albright, "Their Promised Land."

  • Addamo

    Edward Said was a tragic 2nd rate fraud. As the spoilt sdon of an Egyptian-British colonialist and American he has fooled a whole generation of 2nd rate Marxists. These people are solely responsible for the dissolution of the wretched southern Syrians aka “Palestinians.”

    Don't you just love how Viva has this God complex which compels him to dismis anyone who wriotes what he doesn;t want to hear as a fraud?

    And as always, who does it better than balming vicitms for their own demise? I suppose that the Jews had themselves to blame for choosing to walk into the gas chambers right Viva?

    We should all read the ramblinigs of chom Viva considers to be an intellectual giant, Martin Mramer, a man who believes that Saddaam's invasion of Kuwait was an act of anti-Americanism, in spite of the fact that Saddam got the green light to invade from the US in the first place.

  • viva peace


    Edward Said is neither an historian nor a reputable scholar. He was a fraudelent polemicist. Kinda like an Egyptian Ann Coulter.

  • M.Mayes

    wretched southern Syrians aka “Palestinians.”

    I honestly hope viva that you have never brushed off an arguement from anyone on here on the basis that they are racist (anti-semitic or otherwise) or extreme/facist.

    Though I could apply your version of anti-semitism to you aswell viva since karl marx was essentially a jew himself. very little logic on my part there, see if you can draw a parallel viva.

  • viva peace


    ROFL. Dude, Marx was an antisemite, just like AL is. Hullo?

  • Ian

    It was not until the Romans crushed the second Jewish revolt against Rome in 135 A.D. under Bar Kochba that Emperor Hadrian applied the term Palestine to the Land of Israel.

    One of the first Christian uses of the term Palestine is found in the works of the Church historian Eusebius, who lived in Caesarea. He wrote around 300 A.D

    Thomas S. McCall

    Zola Levitt Ministries

    [after the second Jewish revolt i 132-5AD] Judea was renamed Syria Palaistina.

    The Arab conquest began 1300 years of Muslim presence in what then became known as Filastin.

    The Greek word Palaistinêi from which "Palestine" is derived, was first used in the 5th century BCE by Herodotus who wrote of the "district of Syria, called Palaistinêi".

    Oh, BTW and have you heard of the Philistines, Viva? They're mentioned in the Bible I believe. I await your dismisal of its authors as "fraudelent polemicist[s]" and no doubt "self-hating, anti semitic Jews" with considerable amusement!

  • M.Mayes

    Dearest Viva, you may note the term "very little logic" used. That being said the first point I made in that post still stands