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.

Be counted

One of the world’s finest filmmakers takes a notable stand against Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.

The tide is turning.

  • Adam

    I’m not surprised as recent events in the Middle East have clearly shown the extent to which the Jewish illegal state (Israel) will kill and commit war crimes against the original people of the land. Every time an Israeli fires a bullet which hits an innocent person it is a bullet from the west.

    I respect this news and all should follow suit.

  • orang

    bullets? Small stuff,

    "Israel stands accused by Amnesty International of committing war crimes against the civilians of Lebanon, whereby the Israelis knowingly bombed residential areas during the 33-day war.

    A United Nations demining official accuses Israel of dropping cluster bombs on more than 170 villages in southern Lebanon, in contravention of judgements passed down by the International Criminal Court which prohibit the intentional launching of an attack in the knowledge that such attack will cause incidental loss of life or injury to civilians or damage to civilian objects.

    The US is investigating Israel's use of cluster bombs (three types were used, as supplied by the US) in contravention of a 1970s agreement between the US and Israel that restricted their use to organised Arab armies and clearly defined military targets."

    Aren't those Israelis such rascals eh? The things they try and get away with. Naughty naughty, don't do that again (Ha Ha )

  • Nell Fenwick

    Civilains get killed when they are used as human shields. Even better for Hizbollah, each civilian death is a propaganda victory.

  • Addamo_01

    And as we saw in Lebanon, even more civilains get killed even when they are not being used as human shields.

    Human shields only worl if the agressor is discouraged from targetting civilians. Israel left no doutb in anyone's mind that attacking civilians was part fo their plans.

    The propaganda victory for Hezbollha was handed to them on a plate, because fo statements like those from Dan Halutz, who’s the Israeli Defense Forces chief of staff, said at the very beginning of the war that the purpose of the air strikes was

    to send a message to the Lebanese government that if they didn't rein in Hezbollah, that the Lebanese population would pay a heavy price.

    Also, using cluster bombs in civlian neighbourhoods is a sure fire way to lose the propaganda war.

    Israel have been completely shamed and exposed for the murderous regime that they are.

  • orang

    Nell Fenwick – you do actually fall for this drivel don't you?

    Aside from your link's headline, did you read the part where the family were getting away from the scene'
    "About five miles away, one of the vehicles broke down, Ms. Abdullah said, and was soon struck by a shell from an Israeli gunboat. Israeli helicopters then fired rockets at both cars and continued with machine gun fire, she said. Only four people survived the attack, she said, including herself, her niece Lara, who lost her entire family, and two neighbors."

    The New York Times headline should read;
    "At Funeral, a Sunni Village Condemns Hezbollah’s invitation to the criminal Mad Dog Israel to commit yet more War Crimes.-soon to be defended by Alan Derschowitz, lunatic Harvard Law Professor"

    The real issue here is that Israel has no special compunction against killing civilians, in fact they do it all the time without a second thought. In this series of massacres, they pre-empted (there's that word again) world condemnation by tossing out the propaganda about Hezbollah hiding behind civilians. If an objective analysis is made, it can be seen that Israel itself indulges in hiding behind civilians.

    However, you stay being a good boy and fall for that other crap.

  • Ian

    If Hezbollah did indeed deliberately use human shields as a tactic, and that is not as clear cut as the Israelis claim, where did they get the idea from, Nell Fenwick? Could it have been


    I also point out that most IDF installations are located in civilian areas and their largest weapons plant is slap bang in the centre of Jerusalem. A clear case of the IDF using Israeli citizens.

    But you really need to treat all claims made during war with a big dose of skeptizism, and especially those made by the IDF/Israeli Government. They have a long history of telling whoppers, one that began even before statehood when they convinced the world the Arabs started the 1947-9 war – one of the biggest lies, and biggest propaganda victories in military history.

  • Suze

    Hezballah's use of civilians as protection is amyth
    This is one of those perverted attempts to blame the victims for the carnage wrought in Lebanon by Israel and Israel alone.
    (Whereas as pointed out above, Israel's own high court has issued a ruling that the IDF is using the palestinians as shields and has ordered them to stop – Hasn't happened though.)

    George Galloway spoke from Beirut last night- some captures at Lenin's Tomb. He'll do another Talksport spot from southern lebanon about 6am Monday morning our time.

  • orang

    "Could it have been
    this." ??


    surely you are not suggesting that Israel's kidnapping of Palestinian civilians and then using them as shields to protect their chicken hearted child murdering cocksucking deviants used in the occupation of Palestine are in the same league as Hezbollah? I can only deduce you are anti-freedom and democracy, you should go before a Rabbi and confess your anti-semitism, say twelve hail Marys , …….

  • Ian

    I can only deduce you are anti-freedom and democracy, you should go before a Rabbi and confess your anti-semitism, say twelve hail Marys

    Guilty on all counts, and a godless heathen to boot!

    Freedom and democracy are piffle and humbug! I dream of world domination!! Be nice and I may allow you to rule some small spot in my name. New Zealand, or if I'm feeling less generous, England. 😉