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.

Running out of labels

Following the hilarious review of My Israel Question in the Australian Jewish News, the following letters appear in this week’s edition:

SELF-DESTRUCTIVE INVECTIVE

Antony Loewenstein’s pathetic diatribe (AJN 4/8) against the so-called “censorship” of the “Zionist lobby” smacks of the same self-destructive invectives of Mel Gibson.

The publishers who commissioned Loewenstein to write about “his Israel question” are to be equally pitied with him for their pursuit of a vendetta against their community. It is not about critical analysis or their claims of censorship, but more about their inability to accept the verdict of the majority of right-thinking people – Jews and non-Jews alike.

Wanting to join the ranks of those who wish to destroy the Jewish people is not a capital offence and no-one will cause them any harm. It is obvious that what they miss most is acceptance by their community. “Methinks thou protesteth too much.”

In the meantime they are laughing all the way to the bank at the expense of their own community – but this acceptance will certainly continue to elude them. The forces of those who wish us harm once more will make sure of that.

MALVINA MALINEK
South Yarra, Vic

ENTICING REVIEW

Your review (AJN 4/8) of Antony Loewenstein’s My Israel Question stops just short of attacking the author’s choice of breakfast cereal.

Jeremy Jones accuses Loewenstein of slipshod research, megalomania, evil intent, covert antisemitism, lack of insight, ultra-leftism and lots more. He says AJN readers should avoid it like the plague.

Sounds like my kind of book. Now I’ll have to buy it and read it.

STEVE BROOK
Elwood, Vic

I’ve now been accused of being pro-terrorist, akin to Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitism, anti-American, pro-Hizbollah, anti-Israel, anti-Jewish, un-Australian, a traitor and a host of other compliments. I look forward to any future examples of such vivid imagination.

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  • The more these pathetic creatures rant and rave, the more they claim they represent the Jews of Australia, the more the book proves just how necessary it was for it to have been written.

    Also the better the publicity and sales. Jeremy Jones and his ilk love the expression "far-left" and are also very fond of describing us as anti-semitic Jews.

    I am not sure how Jews can be anti-semitic. They can be anti-Israel since Israel has shown itself to be a client state of the USA. The next announcement from the Israeli government will surely be "We have no further territorial ambitions!" – except the waters of the Litani River just for starters.

    Congratulations, Antony, keep up the good work – you are getting to them, as evidenced by their pathetic book reviews and criticism!

  • JohD

    I am not sure how Jews can be anti-semitic.

    I can understand the term 'self-hating Jew', and I can also understand that someone born a Jew could become anti-Jewish aka anti-Semitic. I am perplexed that many Jews often use the argument that they could not possibly be anti-Semitic because they are Jews.

    The way I see it, it is an issue of identity, and most anti-Zionist Jews consider it as a battle of perception revolving around the ownership of the Jewish identity. Jewish social politics has been corrupted, and since the creation of Israel, Zionist's have effectively corraled Jewish public opinion and shut out dissenting voices. The result is that they monopolize the perception of others about Jews.

    So, if you are Jewish, then you either struggle to win the battle of perception, or you give up on your identity and denounce what Judaism or Jewishness appears to have become. The former is a form of resistance, the latter anti-Semitism. Many Jews consider anti-Semitism to be a moral imperative, but resistance undoubtedly is by far the preferred option.

  • JohD

    I might add that many groups find themselves in a similar predicament from time to time – lest I be accused *gasp* – of anti-Semitism, this time under clause 6 of Article XI of the Prohibition of Jewish Hatred Act 1996 dealing with the singling out of Jewish Persons for behaviour in common with others.

  • Addamo_01

    I can understand the term ’self-hating Jew’, and I can also understand that someone born a Jew could become anti-Jewish aka anti-Semitic.

    I think it's very ironic and very telloinig that this term was borrowed from WWII Germans who questioned the Nazi policies.

  • Addamo_01

    Captian, Comical and company have often asked for an example of University academics ebign censored with regards to Israel. Well, here is an extreme an example as you are ever liekly to come across:

    Douglas Giles is a recent casualty. He used to teach a class on world religions at Roosevelt University, Chicago, founded in memory of FDR and his liberal-inclined wife, Eleanor. Last year, Giles was ordered by his head of department, art historian Susan Weininger, not to allow students to ask questions about Palestine and Israel; in fact, nothing was to be mentioned in class, textbooks and examinations that could possibly open Judaism to criticism

    Leaving aside his boss’s doubtful qualifications to set limits on a class of comparative religion – her speciality is early 20th-century Midwestern artists such as Tunis Ponsen (nor have I) – the point to grasp is that Professor Giles did not make inflammatory statements himself: he merely refused to limit debate among the young minds in front of him.

    http://observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1…

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