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.

Bombing with knowledge

Raw Story reports:

The Bush administration continues to bypass standard intelligence channels and use what some believe to be propaganda tactics to create a compelling case for war with Iran, US foreign policy experts and former US intelligence officials tell RAW STORY.

One former senior intelligence official is particularly concerned by private briefings that Vice President Dick Cheney is getting from former Office of Special Plans (OSP) Director, Abram Shulsky.

“Vice President Cheney is relying on personal briefings from Shulsky for current intelligence on Iran,” said this intelligence official. 

Considering how well the Iraq war and its associated intelligence is now viewed, it’s completely understandable that Cheney and his cronies would bypass traditional methods of gathering useable data on Iran.

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  • Not to forget Seymour Hersh's very serious allegation that the United States placed pressure on Israel to invade Lebanon and neutralise Hezbollah as a fighting force, with a view to easing the US's proposed invasion of Iran. See – http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/081306Y.shtml and http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/….

  • edwin

    The last time the US considered becoming a fascist state was during the McCarthy period. During the McCarthy period, it was when McCarthy attacked the army that he met his waterloo. The army resisted.

    Again, it seems to be the army, and elements of the CIA that have not yet been purged that seem to be creating the most resistance to the US becoming a fascist state.

    Amazing. I would not have guessed that the CIA and the US army would strongly resist in moving the US towards fascism.

  • Suze

    Not to forget Seymour Hersh’s very serious allegation that the United States placed pressure on Israel to invade Lebanon and neutralise Hezbollah as a fighting force, with a view to easing the US’s proposed invasion of Iran.

    It seems pretty obvious now that the US were using Israel as a battering ram against Iran- this paper foreshadows the actions needed to be taken against Hezballah in any strike against Iran.

    What's the bet we see repeated violations against the ceasefire- in self defence of course, until the US goes to the security council and dictates a move against Iran.

  • Suze

    And not forgetting that Iran as a signatory to the nucleur non-proliferation treaty has submitted to inspections, none of which have indicated that they are preparing a nucleur weapon, and that even if they were, it would be another 10-15 years before they had one. SO where's the hurry- it clearly has nothing whatsoever to do with a Nuke -real or imagined.

  • M.Mayes

    Amazing. I would not have guessed that the CIA and the US army would strongly resist in moving the US towards fascism.

    they are already pawns enough, no need to volunteer to wear mind control helmets i guess.

  • edwin

    And not forgetting that Iran as a signatory to the nucleur non-proliferation treaty has submitted to inspections, none of which have indicated that they are preparing a nucleur weapon, and that even if they were, it would be another 10-15 years before they had one. SO where’s the hurry- it clearly has nothing whatsoever to do with a Nuke -real or imagined

    The inspectors do have a proven track record in Iraq.

    Perhaps here is the conspiracy theory. With the US/Israel repeated threats to invasion, including the invasion of Lebanon, which certainly looks like a failed prelude to an invasion of Iran, and with the act of aggression against Iraq – If I were Iran I would assume I was next. It is like Nazi Germany, but instead of occupying countries the US leaves them shattered – perferably in a state of civil war.

    I just can't imagine Iran caring what they have signed. The only real way to protect its population is through the threat of retaliation – MAD. That means either biological or nuclear weapons. I assume they already have biological weapons.

    It is possible that Iran is run by a Martin Luther King, or Nelson Mandella; someone who might resist the temptation of nuclear weapons. Frankly I see no evidence of this type of courage in the leadership of Iran.

    I assume that Iran is moving ahead as fast as it can on nuclear weapons. I assume that the driving force is the United States and Israel. As part of driving ahead as fast as they can they need all the cover they can get. I would also expect Iran to agree to and sign whatever was necessary to provide that cover.

  • Addamo_01

    What's so madenning is that The big unknown is that nutcases like Shulsky should have been publicly rebuked years ago, were it not for Pat Robert's dragging his feet on phase II of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which was supposed to invasive how the failed Intel on Iraq was politicized.

    Even the State Department were not awae of the OSP until they started seeing the crap being produced by it and found it to be the source of jokes.

    Cheney has already set up an OSP for Iran – surprise surprise. Cheney is the real freak and danger in all of this. He has 50 people full time in his office and the whole operation is beyond secretive. It's impossible apparently, to find out who these poeple even are.

    Aerial bombardment alone, as we have seen in Iraq and Lebanon, will achieve nothing. The US know that bombing the Busher eactor is purely symbolic, seeing as it is a light water power reactor and completely useless for nuclear weapons proliferation. Hersh pointed out in an earlier article that the big concern in the Pentagon is that no one knows what to bomb or where the targets are – they can only guess.

    This of course, will not put of Cheney and Rumsfeld, who remain convinced that they have divine foresight.

    The big unknown in all of this is what the Russians and Chinese are prepared to do if Iran is threatened. Russia is ten years ahead of the US and Israel is missile technology and could turn the who conflict on it's head by supplying Iran with anti-aircraft missiles, anti-missile missiles, long range missiles, anti-ship missiles, all of which are all unstoppable. There are also Sukoi fighter planes that are more than a match for what the US has.

    If Russia puts it's foot down and arms Iran, then things will get out of control. The Kornet anti-tank missiles turned the war in Lebanon, and that is only the tip of the iceberg.