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.

Dumb and dumber

Here’s how it works. Israel bombs Lebanon back to the Stone Age. The Bush administration supports this madness to the hilt. The war ends. A shaky truce is announced. Israel is the loser. Support for Hizbollah dramatically increases across the Arab and Muslim world. The US is rightly seen as a pariah for fully backing Israeli actions.

And now “US officials” are concerned that Hizbollah is leading the reconstruction effort. When will they ever learn?

  • M.Mayes

    Absolutely disgusting, who is America to determine who can and cannot help rebuild Lebanon, in particular a group which is solely made up of lebanese.

    The notion that Hezbollah may gain support by helping rebuild the south should be completely dismissed given that Hezbollah would have gained a ton more support from the destruction of the south to begin with (not to mention america's green light to do so)

    America is having a whinge about a situation it should take a large part of the responsibility for.

    Is it just me or is it every time an American official says hezbollah they put it 'iranian-backed hezbollah'.

  • john ryan

    Given who runs the US GW and co the answer is never

  • JohD

    Israel is nervous that Iranian funding will be used by Hizbollah and is pushing for tight restrictions on such assistance, telling the Bush administration to tighten up any loopholes.

    Israel, as always, in a war to prevent people helping others.

  • Suze

    Is it just me or is it every time an American official says hezbollah they put it ‘iranian-backed hezbollah’.

    Oh yes. The long, painful and entirely transparent preamble to the next war of terror begins. I meant war on terror, of course.

  • Addamo_01

    The Bush administration is freaking out because Hezbollah have been so fast to take the lead in the reconstruction. What also scares them is that Iran have promised unlimited funds for the reconstruction, which in turn will increase Hezbollah's standing in the region.

    Finally, there is 10 billion worh of construction, and not only will no American contractors see a penny of it, Hezbollah will do it very efficiently.

  • Addamo_01

    And whaddya know, Israel has already broken the ceasefie.

    What a surprise!!

  • Ian

    no American contractors see a penny of it,

    Thats the bit that hurts them the most, the great unpardonable 'sin'!!

  • Ian

    And whaddya know, Israel has already broken the ceasefie

    This isn't a surprise, but maybe the motives for ramping up hostilities are more personal than militarily imperative. Personal to some in the Israeli government that is, like:

    Ehud Olmert and his wife being investigated over a property deal in which they scored a house at 8 Cremieux Street, Jerusalem for well under market value.

    Justice Minister Haim Ramon being charged with indecently assaulting a fe3male employee on the very day the war started – talk about not focussing on the important things, no wonder it all turned out so badly!

    And of course there is the ongoing scandal of the IDF chief lining his pockets with mucho shekels literally moments before giving the order to begin the war crimes.

    The overnight attack may have been a diversion in the literal sense and one they may want to keep at least simmering if not boiling over.

  • M.Mayes

    And whaddya know, Israel has already broken the ceasefie.

    What a surprise!!

    Wheres a zionist when the indefensible needs defending? huh, come on stand up you sly dog