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.

Listen to me

A mainstream, Muslim woman in New Zealand explains why Burqa-wearing women deserve a voice and respect.

I wonder if such an article would appear in the Australian media.

  • orang

    This woman has courage and intelligence – unlike the Costello’s, Downers and Howards. The dick headed subject of her wrath is a lightweight compared to our “heroes”.

  • Paul Walter

    Did you notice the High Court allowed Costello to get away with his FOI scam challenged by the “Australian”, of all newspapers. Seems the sisters are not the only ones with something to hide!
    Back to the topic, it is interesting to observe the spate of comments from literate Islamic women in press and media of late. Anjum Rahman’s emminently reasonable article follows just days after the ABC “Compass” episode on the ubiquitous Silma Ihram, and her robust efforts concerning her Islamic school.
    Personally, I am a secularist. I particularly dislike private upper-crust schools of the grammar type that the yuppies are so menamoured of sending their precious ones to, to avoid them being educated in the same company as blue collar riff-raff and scum ( presumably including the ethnic migrant component of the category).
    But in Silma’s case, issues of identity beyond the norm are involved and so you can only however grudgingly, admire the “resistance”. We have abandoned the old democratic Aussie tradition of inclusionism, so people like Silma are forced to fight for an alternative.
    As for Anjum Rahman, the point in that article must be that the world ought to be “big” enough for ALL people to have wiggle-room to experiment a little during their lives/ growth, to find a way of being that is most comfortable for them. Censorship, including censorship in the form of dress codes, is a bit like torture. You can impose your will with force, but you haven’t persuaded or won over an other. If done clumsily, you have just proven yourself to be a bully (JWHoward?), alienating your subject forever.
    So, you say a kid can’t wear a crucifix, or headscarf, or skull-cap like many Jews and Muslims do; you just antagonise and marginalise such people.
    Something similar happened back at my time at school, when students were picked on for growing long hair or wearing short skirts, as some of the girls did. All it did was make people more stubborn!
    Yet, as the situation if France has demonstrated, there are often good arguments proposed- not by bigots, but rational educators- who argue for acceptance of a common uniform and dress code as an act of respect and “joining together/with” for and to the institution and the teachers. They plead:
    ” Should a school be a site of education OR, perverse resistance and conflict between forces (both of) whom are not prepared to consider an opposing viewpoint”. This becomes serious after the protagonists have degenerated into ideological or religious dogmatism.
    The sort of issues raised are never as simple as some would like them to be. They remain vexed and morph into new, unidentified forms from generation to generation, to test the patience of the various new protagonists.