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.

Few steps required

An easy-to-follow guide for Jews looking to ditch their Zionist identity and discover a more rounded human-rights perspective:

It’s going to be tough sticking it out with the Zionists, so what if you want to cut loose? What do you do if you want to parachute from the zeppelin of Zion but still maintain a Jewish identity? Can you bale on Israel without baling on Judaism?

UPDATE: Of course, Israel does itself no favours when it brazenly desires cluster munitions that are designed to kill and maim as many civilians as possible.

UPDATE II: Furthermore, the Zionist cause is always helped by former Israeli soldiers who spend their lives writing opinion pieces for national newspapers when, in reality, their strong desire is to be back in the Middle East killing Arabs. Another own goal scored (and it would help their credibility if they could at least spell my name correctly.)

  • Adam

    So, does this mean that Jews admit Zionist is a terrorist organisation otherwise why would they want to change their identity if they believed Zionist was anything but a terrorist organisation?

    Jews looking to ditch their Zionist identity

    I think its too late for this. In the Muslim world Jews are associated with Zionist and Zionist is associated with terrorists (well that’s what I’ve read in reports).

  • Addamo_01

    I tend to disagree Adam.

    The act of disavowing Zionism is a big ask, and surely, even Israel's agrieved victims woudl appreciate the step this would require.

  • Adam

    But the question is not about changing the name as we all agree would be a simple task but history would always link Jews to Zionists. This will not be forgotten in centuries to come and the way Israel is carrying on it seems it this is impossible.

  • Captain

    On his only visit to Israel, Antony Loewenstein spent his time hobnobbing exclusively with that country’s far-Left radical fringe.

    Ant, if he is misspelling your name, so are you.

    Can you please point out how you know it is "his strong desire to be back in the Middle East killing arabs"?

    No wonder no one takes your seriously. Obviously you are misspelling your name and now you get facts from mind reading!!!

  • Suze

    From the articel:

    I have no interest in the Antony Lowenstein’s personal life.

    Read it again Captain.

  • orang

    Oooh cool.

    "The request for M-26 artillery rockets, which are fired in barrages and carry hundreds of grenade-like bomblets that scatter and explode over a broad area, is likely to be approved shortly, along with other arms, a senior official said. "

    But don't worry , they will be used in humane killing;

    "In the case of cluster munitions…, the Israeli military only fires into open terrain where rocket launchers or other military targets are found, to avoid killing civilians, an Israeli official said."

    Oh go on , you joker you, pull the other one.

  • Glenn Condell

    I have wondered Ant whether you were acquainted with John Safran, who I have enjoyed ever since his brilliant Race around the World debut. He was always going to be criminally under-used given his propensity for confrontation, but we need more like him. This piece never engages with the issues enough to get too heavy (that's for the likes of you I guess) but it cheerfully told me a few things I didn't know and it helps make the point that the Politburo-style of Jewish leadership we see is neither mainstream or even representative of all the fringes.

    Safran mentions the Oblast; I recently read short stories by a young Jewish American writer, Ken Kalfus, who spent time in Russia and visited 'Birodbizhan'. He fashions an elegiac story of the shattered idealism of it's founders – well worth a look.

  • Addamo_01

    A fascinating post by Billmon (

    Kabuki Offensive

    This is like a scene from a bar fight, where one of the pugalists makes sure his friends have a good strong hold of him, and then starts yelling "let me at him!"

    Ehud Olmert's office said late Friday that the expanded incursion into Lebanon would continue "for the time being," despite agreeing to a cease-fire resolution drafted by the United Nations Security Council.

    Senior Israel Defense Forces officers said that the IDF is "continuing forward at full power,"

    This, of course, is 100% kosher bullshit – nobody in their right mind would start a major offensive at "full power" knowing full well that it wil all have to be shut down within 48 or at most 72 hours. The whole thing was a fraud to begin with — just a desperate attempt by Olmert and his bedraggled colleagues to try to kick a little dust in the eyes of their domestic constituents. The message — "yeah, boy, if they had'na stopped me I would have kicked his ass but good — isn't very original or at this point even slightly believable.

    But what are they going to do? They've blown it, right down the line, from the opening bid for an aerial knockout, through the defeats and retreats, the incredible shrinking war aims, the daily humiliation of seeing a third of Israel bombarded with rockets. And now this — a ceasefire that appears to give Hizbullah all or nearly all of what it demanded (although not the Laker tickets), all of it to be supervised by a "reinforced" version of UNIFIL (most of the reinforcements will probably never arrive) working under a limited one-year mandate, and with no more legal authority to use force than the current bunch of blue helmets.

    And for this, Lebanon was ravaged, thousands were killled, millions on both sides spent weeks couped up in air raid shelters and the credibility and any lingering shreds of respectability of the U.S. government in the Islamic world were flushed down the you-know-what. For this.

    After all, why did we embark on the war, if not to ensure that French soldiers will protect Israel from the Hezbollah rocket battery.

    The long knives are already out — for Olmert, for Peretz, the ward boss turned defense minister, for Halutz and the commander of the Northern Front (who was effectively sacked in the middle of the war) and probably half of entire IDF general staff, if they don't sink them in each other's backs first. Losing is never pretty, and the post-war settling of accounts is going to be even less so.

    It seems as if every minor league neocon in Washington is taking the opportunity to remind Israel that if there's one thing America detest it's a loser. So much for all the tearful singing of the Ha'tikvah. If Washington's Middle Eastern Rottweiler wants to keep getting its kennel ration, it will put a little more teeth into the business next time.

    At this point, I'm not sure whether the Israeli branch of the punditburo doesn't recognize the magnitude of the debacle, or is just trying to put a brave face on it. But statements like this, from Ha'aretz's Ze'ev Schiff, are prime candidates for the Emperor Hirohito Memorial Prize for Ridiculous Understatement:

    In regard to other Arab elements, it is very possible that Israeli deterrence will be somewhat undercut.

    All the bellicose rhetoric in the world — like Schiff's threat to respond with "cruel craziness" if and when other red lines are crossed in the future — can't conceal the failures: of a miltary aristocracy's arrogant faith in technology, of an Army that's grown accustomed to waging war against Palestinian teenagers, of a political establishment that believes with zombie-like intensity that the cure for incompetence is ever greater applications of military force.

    There will be hell to pay for this fiasco — coming as it does on top of Uncle Sam's own murder suicide pact in Iraq. When and where that payment wil be demanded isn't clear yet, but if the past is any guide it will be paid in the blood of the innocent and not the guilty. Condi better swap her forceps for a shovel, because it looks like there's going to be a lot of graves to dig in the "new" Middle East.

    Posted by billmon at 09:32 PM

  • orang

    The Piano Player has always been a waste of space, but recently she's walking around with her slip showing and her undies down to her knees.

    Boy the Idiot must really be pissed at Israel. Gives them the "I see nuthing" Sgt Schultz wink and a nod to do their bit and the sissies have fucked it up. The little kids throwing rocks in Gaza are even going to laugh at them. "Hey Abe over here you sissy, my sister can kick your ass"

  • Glenn Condell


    Billmon's entire output since the start of the invasion has been of the highest quality; I printed the whole lot off and read it at a sitting. Pity such classic American common sense has no place at the top tables.

  • Addamo_01

    Indeed, Billmon is in a class of his own. I wish I could find his e-mail addy on his web site to ping him.

    His analysis has been top notch and bordering on prophetic. This guy seriously knows his stuff and writes superbly.

    I also recommend Dennis Perrin's blog.

  • pablo

    Billmon could well have hit the home run on this extraordinary month of Israeli or IDF shame. To dress up a military sacking as anything but what it is ..I am just so sick of mainstream media coverage of this debacle. You get a sense of America's abject failure by watching the mealy-mouthed John Bolton try and make a positive (for the US)of up to the minute negotiations of a new ceasefire arrangement. de Gaule was right about describing Israelis as 'elitist' and now they have been caught in a web of deceit of their own making. I do wonder how their air force officers approach another 'civilian' sortie – have they ever looked at Picasso's Guernica. Ah but the dropped leaflets they might say, makes us so different.

  • Addamo_01

    I would hardly decribe Bolton and mealy-mouthed. He may well be a bottom feeder, but he is a psycopathic bottom feeder.

  • Nell Fenwick

    AL writes Of course, Israel does itself no favours when it brazenly desires cluster munitions that are designed to kill and maim as many civilians as possible.

    The M-26 is especially useful for suppressing artillery fire, or rocket fire in the case of Hezbollah. If Hezbollah is at all concerned about minimizing Lebanese civilian casualties it would not fire rockets from their midst.

  • Nell Fenwick

    In the linked AIJAC piece AL's surname appears 10 times by my count. Nine of these appearances are spelt correctly with "Lowenstein" appearing only once. It's hypocritical of AL to castigate AIJAC for making an obviously minor error – a typo – when he has shrugged off criticism of numerous errors of fact in My Israel Question. Very petty.

  • orang

    "The M-26 is especially useful for suppressing artillery fire, or rocket fire in the case of Hezbollah. If Hezbollah is at all concerned about minimizing Lebanese civilian casualties it would not fire rockets from their midst. "

    Keith is that you?

    "After the Reagan administration determined in 1982 that the cluster munitions had been used by Israel against civilian areas, the delivery of the artillery shells containing the munitions to Israel was suspended."

    Wait a minute… 1982 ???

    "Israel was found to have violated a 1976 agreement with the United States …"

    "… Israel had fired cluster munitions on July 19 at the Lebanese village of Bilda, which the group said had killed one civilian and wounded at least 12 others, including 7 children. The group said it had interviewed survivors of the attack, who described incoming artillery shells dispensing hundreds of cluster submunitions on the village."

  • Nell Fenwick

    An estimated 20,000 French civilians were killed in association with the Day-D invasion. The Allies had to be targeting civilians, right?

  • Nell Fenwick

    Duh, D-Day.

  • orang

    I don't think the Lebanese are thanking the Israelis in this case. In fact they never have. In fact they don't want them anywhere near Lebanon. Now that's what makes a D-day analogy ..NOT!

  • Suze

    And Hezballah is the German army…NOT! Though right now its kind of hard to tell which is the regular army and which are the "terrorists"

  • Suze

    Reports still coming in that Israel may be using chemical weapons against Palestinians in Gaza- which, if proved to be true will result in …what? UN sanctions, UN inspections, a COW force to oust the evil dictator Sadd Olmert ….any bets?

  • orang

    "These explosives contain toxics and radioactive materials which burn and tear the victim's body from the inside and leave long term deformations."

    Captain would be concerned about their insensitivity. Why don't they just die quietly?

    OK so the US is experimenting with DU (That's DEPLETED uranium stoopid, no radiation dumbo? read my LIPS!) (Ignore them – the Ihatemuslims@MarkSteyn afficionados) and paying them to see what it does to little girls ovaries in the long term – ok , ok some die entirely but a percentage live, so this is SCIENCE. Nurenberg. What? Hahhahaa.. I spit on your face with Monty Python accent.

  • M.Mayes

    Ok Nell Fenwick, so AL is as guilty there as Lapkin of pointing out minute errors. I wonder, errors in My Israel Question aside, what do you think of the rest of the book? what do you think about all the BIGGER points it makes.

    The boy at AIJAC are lucky I'll give them that, they get paid to sit on their asses and once in awhile analyse something making special point not to engage in any issues involving itself that are brought up (or any in relation to things israel had done wrong) but rather harp on about a few minor errors.

    Jewish only road for one. agreed lapkin, they are Israeli only roads, Israeli only roads tat are present in territory it isnt supposed to be occupying to begin with. And more importantly the apartheid connotations still remain given that only Israeli's are allowed to use them, Palestinians are not.

    But regardless the point is that AIJAC is a fucken waste of space and resources.

  • Nell Fenwick

    M Mayes,

    If all AIJAC does is pick out errors in stuff like AL's book, they certainly aren't controlling Australia's foreign policy as AL contends.

    If AIJAC is a waste of space and resources, why would you care? It's neither your time nor your resources being wasted.

    The book is a difficult read largely because it doesn't flow smoothly. AL very much reminds me of Alby Mangles, who in his TV adventures often told viewers how dangeours were the situations he filmed. AL repeatedly points out how much his fearless crusade has cost him in terms of friends and family, etc. Far too much is made of supposed efforts to "silence" him. Far too many gratuitous references are included in an effort to secure academic cachet. I'm only up to page 110 but have encountered AL speaking with only lefties and anti-Zionists so far – this does not encourage me that AL was seeking balance when "researching" the book. The book contains numerous factual errors. The book is poorly edited – the first 110 pages could easily be reduced by half or more.

  • Addamo_01

    they certainly aren’t controlling Australia’s foreign policy as AL contends.

    That is debatable. When you have Downer sobbing over a dead guy who went to fight for Israel and calling him a hero, that kind fo sucking up is evidence of who is pulling the strings.

    The book is a difficult read largely because it doesn’t flow smoothly.

    There you go again, harping on about writing styles. Who gives a fuck about penmanship? The arguments are either supportabel or they are not.

    AL repeatedly points out how much his fearless crusade has cost him in terms of friends and familyFar too much is made of supposed efforts to “silence” him. Far too many gratuitous references are included in an effort to secure academic cachet.

    Oh shame on the guy for promoting himself. Who does this guy things he is?

    The book contains numerous factual errors.

    And I presume you will list those I presume, seeing as you have such a solid grip on "facts"?

    The book is poorly edited – the first 110 pages could easily be reduced by half or more.

    What woudl you suggest? Zero pages? I bet Lapkin would love that.

    Anyt criticizms you woudl liek to offer abto the art work? Too bland perhaps? The font? To cliche? The grade of the paper it's printed on? B grade right? The way the book looks as it sits on your coffee table? Hmmm, clashes with the tones of 2005 decor.

  • Nell Fenwick

    Penmanship refers to the handwritten word.

    Really, I'm so distratced by AL's harping on about efforts to "silence" him and the cost of being a rebel I can't remember any of the substantive points he might have made along the way. (The "abuse" he so often refers to is documented with nothing more than mild insults.)

    Why don't you give us your take on the book?

  • Addamo_01

    I ordered it, but being OS it will take a few days to be delivered.

  • Adam


    CAPTAIN and VIVA (and all alike)

    What are you comments about this

    you're in BIG TROUBLE

  • Suze

    Why don’t you give us your take on the book?

    Well he documents concerted campaigns against the ABC's reporting of events in Gaza and the West Bank. Many of these complaints were not about factual errors but about perceived bias against Israel- for the mere reporting of facts. What's your take?

  • Leo Buddha

    Suze wrote

    Many of these complaints were not about factual errors but about perceived bias against Israel

    Truth alone and out-of-context can be and often is a lie. Everyone knows that. Especially certain people at the ABC.