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.

Truth revealed

In one shameless comment, New York Times columnist David Brooks reveals that he fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between journalists and their readers and, more crucially, treats the public with contempt:

“One of the things I’ve found in life is that politicians are a lot more sincere than us journalists and we are more sincere than the people that read and watch us.”

28 comments ↪
  • Suze

    I notice that a lot of people are putting Lieberman's defeat down to the influence of bloggers. I don't know if that's an over-reaction but if it's true- what does it say about the public's trust of the MSM and idiots such as Brooks? Who betray signs of being "embedded" even outside of the actual zones of war.

  • Ian

    Yep, politicians are right up there with the angels when it comes to truth, honesty and dedication, just pipping those saint like journalists, but the great unwashed public are no good, lying, thieving, completely untrustworthy scoundrels.

    Which is probably why pollies only notice us once every 3-4 years, and journalists never do except when drunk.

  • Suze

    Meanwhile hack attacks are taking down various sites from Palestine- Palestine.org is down and the "under construction" sign has links to:you guessed it – the Israeli army and some weird christian evangelical prophesy thing about how armageddon is coming.

    Lawrence of Cyberia has taken on some content from another site that's been hacked including some more recent examples of the IDF using human shields.

  • Suze

    More from the most moral army in the world. Official response in Israel- the media should exercise more self-censorship. Well that's honest at least.

  • Adam

    Here is something which will interest you all. The following is from the article, have a read its very interesting indeed:

    The New Yorker's Seymour Hersh has alleged that Israel had planned a military strategy to take on Hezbollah in Lebanon, and shared that strategy with the Bush administration well before the kidnappings last month that triggered the current war.

    Seymour Hersh, who in the past exposed the Abu Ghraib scandal and Vietnam's My Lai massacre, also wrote that the United States gave the green light to the attack on Hezbollah because of its own plans for Iran.

    The article can be found here

  • Leo Buddha

    Adam wrote

    Seymour Hersh has alleged that Israel had planned a military strategy to take on Hezbollah in Lebanon, and shared that strategy with the Bush administration well before the kidnappings last month that triggered the current war.

    That is very probable. Why would Isreal NOT be concerned about having zealous hate-driven, anti-Israeli militia (not controlled by its host nation) with ever-increasing arms hidden in civilian areas?

    Why do you think that that is stupid or indeed new or interesting? It's obvious isn't it? Even to Iran and Hezbullah! If they see and know that why not you Adam?

    Could Israel just wait for ever until Hezbullah became even stronger?

  • orang

    Leo, I think the point is the US are using this as a trial run for Iran. – You know Iran, the new bogey man buying uranium from…Africa? The same uranium that was used in….Hiroshima!?

    And why wouldn't Hezbollah get stronger in the face of the sole Imperialist/Colonialist power insatiable for land and water in the area? Who else is there to kick their arse occasionally?

  • Adam

    Could Israel just wait for ever until Hezbullah became even stronger?

    Likewise, could Hezbollah the resistance group just sit around on the edge of the fence watching Israel being armed to the teeth by western monsters? Hezbollah is a resistance group who were formed rightly to resist the illegal occupation of Palestine by Jewish refugees from Europe.

    Its not just about Israel and Hezbollah but rather its about the illegal state of Israel posing a massive threat to all of Middle East as Israel is the gateway for the west to fight proxy wars to destabilise the rest of Middle East so Israel can survive.

    The biggest disaster the world has ever seen is the illegal occupation of Palestine under the illegal state of Israel.

    I think you better view this interview with the orthodox Rabbi Jew who puts people like you to shame. This interview will probably answer all of your arrogant questions.

    Lets see how you would answer this interview?

  • Adam

    Leo

    Can you also explain this to me too.

    What's your answer to this then..?

  • Addamo_01

    Leo,

    Why do you think that that is stupid or indeed new or interesting? It’s obvious isn’t it?

    The fact is Leo, that Israel and her applogistd lied abou the reason for attacking Lebanon. Ask most of Israel's amen corner and they wil tell you this was about 2 kidnapped soldiers, when it clearly was not.

    If you say the real intention is obvious, then what is also obvious is that Israel lies trought it's teeth.

    The other thing to mentin is that the "zealous hate-driven, anti-Israeli militia" you refer to are no threat to Israel, and never threatened Israel as long as Israel stayed on the rigth side of the border. Invade most contries and you wil be met with "zealous hate-driven, anti-occupation militias".

  • Addamo_01

    Could Israel just wait for ever until Hezbullah became even stronger?

    Hasn't that been the fete of Israel's neighbours? Why is Israel so speacial….back up, don't answer that, we all know why don't we?

    Tell me Leo, as a critic of those intellectuals who tell half truths, will you be a vocal critic of revisionism when this conflict is wrtten about in the future, and the cuase for this conflict is decribed as a spontaneous response by Israel to 2 IDF soldiers being captured?

  • Glenn Condell

    David Brooks is a vile parody of a pundit, who in less dangerous times might be fodder for a few laughs but whose establishment toadying in times like these poses a threat to the democracy he pretends to uphold. He is, like Tom Friedman, neocon front of house, good cop to the administration's bad cops, a soft and sunny muffler to cover the hard and ugly realities of US realpolitik, a well-paid diversionary mouthpiece.

    Other than that he's fine.

    We have analogues here of course, with Gerard Henderson the closest to Brooks in Big End fealty and fidelity to received wisdom, normally received from the Liberal Party, just as Brooks is at rock bottom a Republican stooge with the mandatory Zionist substrata. There's also the revealing contempt for anyone who dares publicly to display more humanity than they do, leftist luvvies and liberal patsies without their insider's 'grip' on the ways of the world. People who don't invite them to parties. Henderson even looks like Brooks; determinedly beta male, unthreatening to anyone with a pulse, relentlessly avuncular and carefully low-key, 'sincere' even.

    Brooks has a bald spot that I imagine to be evidence of a hundred patrician hands thanking him for a job well done.

  • orang

    Glenn, that's brilliant. It's how I imagine you look by the way (no insult intended) but with a yellow sleeveless jumper, hair slightly too long, big, has been known to smoke a pipe.

  • M.Mayes

    More from the most moral army in the world. Official response in Israel- the media should exercise more self-censorship. Well that’s honest at least.

    "if the army doesnt like it, it isnt shown" Ah Suze, you dont understand, thats just the 'freedom of press' that captain and viva keep harping on about.

    Leo perhaps something less fueled by delusion (no doubt drilled into you unknowingly, by zionist propaganda and spin) and something that actually considered that Israel is not immune to moral scrutiny

  • M.Mayes

    To your credit though Leo, i agree that Israel would have previously had a plan to take on hezbollah and that it doesnt necessarily reflect badly on them for having it.

    what you need to look at though is why hezbollah might be ever so slightly pissed off at israel to begin with, as addamo put it "[hezbollah] never threatened Israel as long as Israel stayed on the rigth side of the border. Invade most contries and you wil be met with “zealous hate-driven, anti-occupation militias”".

    So infact Israel wouldnt have needed to plan incase they needed to engage Hezbollah if they werent occupying areas in the south of lebanon and crossing the 'blue line' that Israel so hates when is done against them.

  • M.Mayes

    The same could actually be said for Palestinian suicide bombers (note: I do not support suicide bombing, or civilian death of any kind, this is an understanding not support).

    Israel is occupying Palestinian land and treating them like filth in it. The suicide bombers are trying to show the Israeli government that the Palestinians are not a weak people who can be walked over and that aslong as Israel occupies their land, they will continue to fight that occupation.

    These are not people driven mad by religion, these are people who because of immoral Israeli actions, hate Israel and want to fight for their land in the only way they can (they dont have the force to fight the American backed IDF in any other way)

  • M.Mayes

    Lets go for 4 in a row.

    Palestinian suicide bombers are no different from the zionist terrorists fighting British 'occupation' of their 'holy land' in order to gain their independence.

  • Leo Buddha

    M.Mayes wrote

    Leo perhaps something less fueled by delusion (no doubt drilled into you unknowingly, by zionist propaganda and spin)

    All that's drilled into me is to not accept things simply because I am told or I read it.

    and something that actually considered that Israel is not immune to moral scrutiny

    Israel is very demonstrably under very rigorous amoral and immoral and moral scrutiny from within Israel and from the outside. Anyone who clainms otherwise is an ostrich or a dimwit.

    What is really intersting is why other states ARE NOT subjected to the same rigorous moral scrutiny.

  • viva peace

    Glen Condell

    Reading your post made my skin crawl. You must be a truly ugly person to get so ugly over a dreary journalist.

  • Suze

    Israel is very demonstrably under very rigorous amoral and immoral and moral scrutiny from within Israel and from the outside. Anyone who clainms otherwise is an ostrich or a dimwit.

    What is really intersting is why other states ARE NOT subjected to the same rigorous moral scrutiny.

    The press in Israel is certainly more likely to break cover on issues that reflect badly on current Israeli policies- here the enormous pressure put on the press by the likes of Rubenstein et al has had an impact- they would have been screaming bias if the ABC for eg had screened this

    It took Channel two in Israel to break ranks and screen it – then the west followed. But the reaction from Israeli officials is revealing- they call for more media self-censorship.

  • orang

    Leo,

    "What is really intersting is why other states ARE NOT subjected to the same rigorous moral scrutiny. "

    Well its a long story – I'll give you the condensed version. For 50 years plus we've been told how pure and holy the brave state of Israel is surrounded by all those evil Arabs. The rhetoric and lies have been incessant …No Partner for Peace" yada yada..We are actually very fucking sick of hearing about how wonderful they are from them and their fucking fan clubs. The facts are the complete opposite of what they try and ram down our throats. They have stolen Palestinan land, continue to steal and make destitute the Palestinians, kill Lebanese apparently for fun and some of us are FUCKING SICK OF IT!!! Couple this with the most powerful countries backing their every whim and no, sorry they won't escape rigorous moral scrutiny-nice try though, it could have worked if this was a bunch of 5 year olds reading the posts here.

  • orang

    viva, the drama queen…"made my skin crawl"..

  • Addamo_01

    What is really intersting is why other states ARE NOT subjected to the same rigorous moral scrutiny.

    Right. If that were true, then the US adn Britain woul not be labelling Hezbollah, as well as the insurgents in Iraq, as terrorists, but as noble freedom fighters. Israel would be internationally condemed as a terrorist state.

    viva, the drama queen…”made my skin crawl”..

    Orang, it's probably one fo those conditions. You know, like what happens to Vampires when the sun comes up?

  • M.Mayes

    All that’s drilled into me is to not accept things simply because I am told or I read it.

    I'll assume then leo that your lack of moral empathy is a result of poor upbringing, or that you simply don't know whats going on but feel like passing judgement anyway.

  • M.Mayes

    Speaking of morals and empathy and alike, the news quoted an Israeli official (damned if I can remember who) saying, in relation to the ceasefire "If Hezbollah so much throws a stone at Israel, We will flatten a Lebanese village" … kinda blows the whole self-defense thing out of the water dont ya think.

    Israel is very demonstrably under very rigorous amoral and immoral and moral scrutiny from within Israel and from the outside. Anyone who clainms otherwise is an ostrich or a dimwit.

    What is really intersting is why other states ARE NOT subjected to the same rigorous moral scrutiny.

    Your right Leo, I feel I should acknowledge you on this one, Israel is under constant scrutiny by other nations and the UN… what I should have said is that THEY DONT CARE. Or that as orang put it, they have "the most powerful countries backing their every whim".

    This is a very interesting site, for any who care to look.

  • Addamo

    I’ll assume then leo that your lack of moral empathy is a result of poor upbringing, or that you simply don’t know whats going on but feel like passing judgement anyway.

    Being a ziomnist means never having to say you're sorry. I guess "never again" has become a universal theme for them.

  • M.Mayes

    Interesting ting i read whilst browsing AIJAC opinion pieces.

    "There was absolutely no justification, either in law or in ethics, for Hezbollah's blatant violation of sovereign Israeli territory on July 12"

    But I'm sure Rubenstein has no problem justifying the hundreds of cross-border raids the IDF has made since 2000.

  • great catch, AL. i put that up at corrente.