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.

Praise the Jews

The rebirth of Judaism continues in Germany:

A group of rabbis has been ordained in Germany for the first time since World War II and the destruction by the Nazis of the country’s Jewish seminaries.

Three Jewish graduates from the Abraham Geiger College in Potsdam were ordained in the eastern city of Dresden.

More than 100,000 Jews live in Germany but there is a dearth of rabbis – there are only about 25 of them serving 100 congregations, a BBC reporter says.

For years Germany has had to rely on rabbis imported from abroad.

The ordination took place in Dresden’s new synagogue which was rebuilt after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Meanwhile, Zionist zealots continue to display signs of pathological delusion and shame Jews everywhere.

  • Ian

    So, messianic religions fixated "on the end of days" are bad, bad, bad and its adherents need to be dealt with by the 'big boys'?

    Now theres a dangerous concept to be putting out there!!!

    Adolph must, again, be giggling his head off shouting "See, they think just like me"!!

    Wonder which 'big boys' are going to deal with the messianic 'end of days' Rapture fanatics in Washington?

    To the extent that Muslims are seeking the Messiah, and I'm not sure that many are, is undoubtedly for the same reason that Judaism did: He would deliver them from oppression. If you wish to reduce the yearning for one, reduce the oppression. Simple!

  • Glenn Condell

    It is crass and it is crude and it's very sad really. In just a few days we have seen Jewish rabbis and professors indulge in public racism of a virulence that matches that of those they hate.

    That conference in Herzliya every year seems to be an unofficial HQ for GWOT talking points. In fact that town, off most people's radars, punches above it's weight in terms of semi-secret military/intel activity in the Clash of Civilisations. But while we insist on seeing every last bolt and screw in Iran we are curiously reticent about Israeli facilities and projects.

  • Suze

    So, messianic religions fixated “on the end of days” are bad, bad, bad and its adherents need to be dealt with by the ‘big boys’?

    I wonder how they square that with the support they are getting from the apocolyptic christian right?

  • orang

    "Islam is a messianic religion…"??


    and he must have got the memos to leave Iran to the US;
    "I'm not so sure that the business with Iran will be finished without confrontation, but it's not an Israeli business,"

  • Keith

    You guys are so ignorant of the Koran but your hatred of Jews blinds you. Don't read any biased reporting, just read the Koran and you will begin to understand.

  • Aaron Lane

    I like it how Antony has to end a positive story about jews with a completely unrelated criticism. As we all know, Antony would do exactly the same were he relating news concerning Muslims.

  • Suze

    He has expressed condemnation of Ahmadinejad on numerous occasions- if you're looking for the kind of blanket condemnation of all practitioners of Islam expressed by keith then go elsewhere.
    Keith, who are you saying is expressing hatred here? For all the wailing from people like you about hatred of the jews it is always people like you who end up expressing sentiments of hate. I don't hate anyone. Doesn't it bother you that Israel, according to the views expressed in that article, would be at war with the Arab world forever. It is the most unwise self-defeating kind of viewpoint and I am thankful that there are still some in Israel who do not agree with them, and who would be revolted too by your characterisation of the Koran as being the sole source of all of the complex problems facing them.