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.

Fighting the wrong enemy

The “war on terror” notches up yet another victory:

A new Gallup poll finds that many Americans – what it calls “substantial minorities” – harbour “negative feelings or prejudices against people of the Muslim faith” in this country. Nearly one in four Americans, 22%, say they would not like to have a Muslim as a neighbour.

While Americans tend to disagree with the notion that Muslims living in the United States are sympathetic to al-Qaeda, a significant 34% believe they do back al-Qaeda. And fewer than half – 49% – believe U.S. Muslims are loyal to the United States.

Almost four in ten, 39%, advocate that Muslims here should carry special I.D. That same number admit that they do hold some “prejudice” against Muslims. Forty-four percent say their religious views are too “extreme.”

In every case, Americans who actually know any Muslims are more sympathetic. 

20 comments ↪
  • Addamo_01

    These polls just confirm that the US has become the most controlled and brainwashed country in the free world.

    When the numbers who believes Saddam had WMD goes up in spite of evidence fo the contrary, you have to accept that there is little hope for these poor sods.

    Americans used to be admired. Now the world just pitties them.

  • orang

    Pity is the right word – what crap they are fed in "the news".

    I lived in the south and watching the news they'd say "and now for World News, …in Seattle the 76'ers.."

    Australia, if honest John has anything to do with it will go the same way.

  • Suze

    Just as an aside, does anyone have any comments on why it took Christopher Hitchens so long to write a single word about Lebanon (or Gaza), and why, when he did so , he produced such a vile mealy-mouthed piece of fence sitting that I shudder to think of the state of his corpulent arse?

    Link here

    Does anyone think his support for the neocons has anything to do with foreign policy analysis, or is it just that the right have better wine cellars?

  • Addamo_01

    That's the million dollar question Suze,

    The blog on Slate that dicusses Hitch's weekly articles has been perplexed, with Hitch preferrign to talk about Castro, bash Mel Gibson etc. The Hitchens of old would have been onto this like a dog with a bone, but since he sold his soul. Hitch has new paymasters to answer to.

    Obviously he could not offend his neocon fellow travelllers, but similarly, if he contradicted his pre 911 position on the Israelis, there would be to great a danger of offering his crittics the opportunity to rub his face in it.

    It's ironic that by steering clear of the subject so blatantly, he has effectively revealed how big a hole he has dug for himself.

  • Addamo_01

    Oh and Suze,

    Since that right wing hawks and neocons are buying, I'm sure Hitch has probabyl been too sozzled to offer up a congent argument either way. Let's face it, it's been a very profitable coupel of years for the war contractors and they are probabyl sparing no expense showwering Hitch with their largesse.

  • Captain

    Oh and look, pals need to phone home regularly. No doubt The Great Satan has manipulated them into this purchase. I mean I am sure there is a pure explanation for all of this. There always is!!!!

  • Suze

    Abu- Ardvark's Aug7th entry is fascinating- he gives a run down on a US Information Operations report and it turns out that the burgeoning of press freedom in Iraq post 2003 was in fact due to Psyops artificially creating a whole heap of TV stations and newspapers in order to carry US spin. And then, of course, Bush could tell congress that Iraqui Freedom was succeeding because- "look at all this press freedom they now have". What a card.

  • Suze

    Halliburton have finally cooked their own goose and lost Army contracts in Iraq. Not for human traffickking- which is obviously a minor offense in US eyes, but for overcharging.

  • M.Mayes

    Yes captain, its always nice to know when you have found a perfectly useless news report. especially this one given that they are 1. cooperating with police 2.offered a reasonable explaination of their actions and 3.havent been found guilty of anything.

    for someone who loves democracy so much you sure seem to think democracy has some parts that should be side-stepped… innocent till proven guilty for example.

    as i asked you in a previous post, how do you feel about being lied to by your FREE govt's of howard bush and blair? the claim that iraq had WMD's as an excuse to get public support for an invasion?

  • Addamo_01

    Suze,

    As always, the devil is in the details. There is nothing mentioned abotu Halliburton not being given oil contracts in Iraq.

    M.Mayes, I doubt you will get a satisfactory answer. I posed that question to Tim Blairs goons and it is amazing how deep in denial these Iraq war supporters are about Iraq. They still refuse to believe that they were lied to, often puchign the carnard that "everyone else thought Iraq had WMD", which is complete bunk of course.

    Of course, when all else fails, these people who support any policy thatinvolves killing Arabs, run back to the "Saddam gassed the Kurds, and have you ever thougth abtou them?" argument. Somethign tell me I doubt we'll hear any complaining from this camp if Turkey end up invading Kurdistan.

    I suspect they and the Captains of this world will hang their argument around the fact that the number of American's who believe Iraq had WMD in 2003 has risen from 36-50% in the last year as some kind of "evidence" it muct be true.

  • Adam

    F.A.O

    CAPTAIN and VIVA (and all alike)

    What are you comments about this

    you're in BIG TROUBLE

  • Captain

    And Suze, when do you question the psyops coming out from the Islamofascists?

  • orang

    "pals need to phone home regularly."

    Boy we are struggling now, and in the article.."One man was driving while the other two were in the back opening the phone packages with box cutters"

    Hmmm. "box cutters" eh?

    Now where did I hear that word a lot…..That's it 9/11!! THESE GUYS ARE THE SAME.. tHIS IS IT! ..Boy are we lucky to have Boy George or what? I'm going to tell all my friends and go into all these limp wristed lefty bloggs and tell tham what a bunch of anti-semitic chardonnay sipping pansies thay really are.

  • Addamo_01

    And Suze, when do you question the psyops coming out from the Islamofascists?

    Captain, you are using that crack pipe way too liberally my friend. Psyops from Islamofascists? Sure.

    Hey, we islamofascists are sooo misunderstood. We love the Jews. He'll, we'd comvert to Judaeism in a day if only the Israeli's woudl have us.

  • Suze

    And Suze, when do you question the psyops coming out from the Islamofascists?

    Which newspapers and TV stations do you thinkare run by Islamic fundamentalists? We are lucky- we can read al-jazeera, AND The Jerusalem Post, The Guardian AND Fox news- and then we can look at all the versions of the same story and make up our own minds. You should try it Captain.

    As always, the devil is in the details. There is nothing mentioned about Halliburton not being given oil contracts in Iraq.

    Yeah- in fact one of the articles said that they continue to do this.

    Interesting story about a UK SAS soldier who refused to go back to Iraq- expecting to be shoved in a military prison he was instead given a glowing character reference. The incompetent brutality he describes is the whole sorry Iraq adventure in microcosm.

  • Suze

    Here's another example of transparent lies– Israel attacked a convoy of refugees because they might be smuggling weapons – AWAY from the Hezballah fighters. How sneaky can these "terrorists" get- they are smuggling their weapons OUT of Lebanon's south. Is there no end to their fiendish cunning?

  • orang

    It was the WMD's from Iraq via Syria, back to Iran via Syria – that's why we have to take Syria and Iran out next.

  • Suze

    Oh yes – a product recall- my mistake.

  • Addamo_01

    How sneaky can these “terrorists” get- they are smuggling their weapons OUT of Lebanon’s south. Is there no end to their fiendish cunning?

    Suze,

    I do believe you have uncovered the islamofascist "psyop" that Captain was referring to. No doubt designed to confuse the those bloggers at Little Green Footballs.

    Good work!!

  • orang

    And for a little ethnic cleansing we have;

    "According to Palestinian human rights organisations, the new restrictions involve barring Palestinians carrying foreign passports, including those married to a Palestinian spouse, from re-entering the West Bank after leaving for their adopted country of citizenship, even for a brief visit."

    "They want to reduce our towns and villages to inaccessible detention camps and large open-air prisons until we succumb to their bullying or implode from within."