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.

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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.

Out now

When should the US withdraw from Iraq?

(Hint: yesterday.)

  • I vote for sooner rather than later.

  • there are no easy answers. from a coldly selfish view, a "quick" US pullout isn't an option, because of the tactical realities which would guarantee serious casualties to our troops as we found it difficult to defend a retreat back to kuwait. there simply aren't enough soldiers there, and as soon as the "insurgents" noticed a rearguard action was taking place, it'd be a free for all turkey shoot, just for jihadist point scoring, if not for revenge.

    the situation is made worse by the lack of iraqi security forces. from what i'm reading, half of them are "insurgent" plants and the other half are too afraid to admit they hold the job, and thus highly unlikely to die for the cause, if it came to that. the militias (28 in b'dad alone, last count) are the only forces with any control, and of course they're busy shooting at each other when they're not shooting at US or iraqi gov't forces.

    there is no "winning" and there is no "peace" for iraq for many years to come. the choices for US led forces are 1) stay and bleed 2) leave and bleed 3) leave more slowly and bleed. the amount of blood is determined by the (in)competence of the military leadership, which i'm sorry to say, isn't likely to produce stellar results anytime soon. purging the competent officer class and replacing them with political hacks was one of bush's first, and most damaging moves.

  • "from a coldly selfish view, a “quick” US pullout isn’t an option, because of the tactical realities which would guarantee serious casualties to our troops as we found it difficult to defend a retreat back to kuwait"

    Can I just check if i've got this right c.d., there are too few troops to leave safely, but there are enough to stay??

  • The same stupid endless "we can't pull out now because…" debate happened with Vietnam, and the USA finally ended up hauling their assess of the roof of their embassy in one of the most shameful pieces of footage ever seen on television. Are we supposed to maintain this fantasy debate until the same thing happens in Iraq? How long will that take?

    Let's face it: if the USA blew up their military bases and razed the Green Zone to the ground before they left, there really wouldn't be much of anything left in Iraq for anyone – including Al Quaeda – to turn into a "terrorist training ground". Similar barran, lawless wastelands can be found the world over.

    Oh, but the oil! We can't let the terrrrrrrrrrrrrsts get their hands on that oil revenue!

    Well, it's very, very highly unlikely a post-US Iraq would be run by terrorists, for starters. The Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites would have a thing or two to say about that. More likely the country would split along ethnic lines, but that is happening anyway. And whoever finally holds control, oil revenues are not going to soar any time soon. And lest we forget: that oil actually BELONGS TO THE IRAQI PEOPLE, not the USA or anybody else. So let them decide what to do with it.

    Finally, and perhaps most importantly for anyone who disagrees with the above: THE US PRESENCE IN IRAQ IS ONLY MAKING THINGS WORSE AND INCREASING THE THREAT OF MILITANT ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM THE WORLD OVER! Do I need to repeat that?


    US OUT NOW! You know it makes sense.

  • Don Wigan

    You're right, gandhi. The arguments about withdrawal are circular. Meantime the incubation for Islamist fundies goes on.

    Even the US is getting no benefit from this hubris stuffup, not even control of the oil. (Halliburton and Bechtel are probably doing all right out of their insider favoured-treatment, but their time is coming through corruption.)

    The only other beneficary is Israel, which apparently feels safer having neighbours engaged in civil warfare. Destroy Iran, as they're now urging and maybe Syria and there's no local 'threat'

    Story in Counterpunch is that Bush will try to hold the line until his term's up so that someone else will cop the blame for 'losing' and withdrawal. What a pathetic reason for wasting more lives.

  • Addamo_01

    For some reason, six months has become the time interval of choice for measuring the Cheney Administration's failures in the Greater Middle East.

    We are repeatedly told that the "next" six months will be critical. Then that passes, things have gotten much worse and the cycle starts all over again.

    The NIE leaked recently states that the insurgency will be growing into 2007. There is not going to be a right time to do this.

    It's simply a case of either leave now, and the risks that this involves, or remain behind, lose hundreds more troops and leave later, and incur the risks anyway.

  • Great information once again! Thumbs up.