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.

The lobby goes on

The Israel lobby: does it hold too much influence on US foreign policy?

The recent London Review of Books debate in New York presented on video.

  • Suze

    Thanks for that link. How interesting that Tony Judt made a powerful point about the rarity of the conversation and now he has been prevented from speaking at another event on this same issue, after the intervention of the ADL

  • Addamo_01

    Indeed Suze,

    and if JUdt dare nention a word of it, it will likely be denied as a figment of his anti-Semitic paranoia.

  • Addamo_01

    Just watched the video thanks Ant,

    Interesting stuff. No wonder the ADL wanted to silence Judt. The guy is eloquent and Jewish to boot.

  • Adam

    Sorry in advance for this but I had to bring this up as it is so important and the western bias media have deliberately ignored this problem.

    A terror raid that doesn't make the headlines – BNP Terror Plan
    The bomb factory you won't hear about..

    Police officers raided a home in Lancashire on Monday night and uncovered a huge cache of chemicals used to make explosives. Officers say it is the largest haul of such chemicals ever found in this country. One man has already appeared in front of Burnley magistrates charged under the Explosives Substances Act 1883. Another man has also been charged after a raid on his house uncovered rocket launcher and a nuclear biological suit.

    You'd have thought this would be national front page news, wouldn't you? After all the hype, at last we have solid evidence of terrorists attempting to perpetrate a murderous outrage on the population – prosecutors say the pair had "some kind of master plan".

    Except, of course, that the men charged are not Asian Islamists, but white fascists. Robert Cottage, who has been charged for the explosives haul, stood for the BNP in Colne at the last elections. More details here, here and here.

  • Addamo_01

    Brilliant stuff Adam,

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. It really goes to the bottom of what a scam this "war of terror" business really is.

    This is also worth taking a look at.

    The Mohammad Atta tapes were supposed to have originated from an "reliable" source, but it turns out the source is linked directly to Donald Rumsfled's office.

  • Glenn Condell

    Good catch Adam.

    Some wild eyed conspiracy theorists (who may end up prescient sages yet) have posited an agreement between far right elements in the UK and national security/military intel units, which sees the State turn a blind eye to terrorist acts committed by these elements so that they can be blamed on Muslims. I remember reading something a while ago about a leading white power terrorist somehow evading imprisonment for firearms and explosives charges and then being found to have been in regular contact with the security apparatus.

    This has already happened in I think Belgium, where semi-secret govt security units have been charged with organising bombings which had been blamed on Islamists. Are these disparate incidents one offs or co-ordinated?

    But the biggie is 911 and the official Atta background is unravelling fast. Don't forget he and his mates were gambling on a boat owned by Jack Abramoff not long before the big day. Or the hundreds of Israeli art students tailing Arab terror cells in the US, the forewarned Odigo employees, the moving van Israelis jumping for joy while videoing from New Jersey the planes hitting the towers, and then their ultra-quick repatriation to Israel by Michael Chertoff.

    All ignored by the official 911 report, authored by Rice offsider and card-carrying neocon Philip Zelikow, now under pressure to explain why he and Rice have pretended they received no prior warning of the attacks. Justin Raimondo in his latest column meditates on this and for the first time admits the possibility of official foreknowledge and/or the likelihood of the involvement of a foreign intelligence agency and the awful possibility that the inaction was deliberate.

    He's a bellwether, having arrived at the correct conclusions about virtually everything over the last five years a good year or so before anyone in the mainstream catches on. It will be interesting to see how far he burrows into this, and whether others are game to follow.