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.

If they only knew…

Seymour Hersh on the US military:

“In Vietnam, our soldiers came back and they were reviled as baby killers, in shame and humiliation. It isn’t happening now, but I will tell you – there has never been an [American] army as violent and murderous as our army has been in Iraq.”

  • Graham Bell


    The Australian Defence Force troops have behaved honourably in all their recent deployments.

    That won't matter a bit when all the lurid, untrue, unverifiable wild allegations about our Diggers start spinning into the mainstraem news media as the Howard government distances itself from its own political blunders overseas and shifts the blame to the obvious culprits for these messes – the Diggers themselves. Never mind logic or truth, it's crude politics we're dealing with here. And there's a long history of betraying Australian service personnel and war veterans for political advantage to show there's nothing new in doing just that.

    We no longer have politicians hogging the spotlight in photo-opportunities with the troops; war has become unfashionble so they don't want to be associated with it if they can help it.

    This past week, there have been nasty sneaky moves against totally and permanently incapacitated war veterans.

    Today, The Bulletin "revealed" an incredible story about Veterans' Affairs Minister Billson being "threatened" by ex-Diggers' cartoons and grumbling ((as one who had REAL death threats against myself and my sister's children several years ago, I couldn't help laughing)).

    Tomorrow? Heaven only knows what evil all these ADF personnel and disabled veterans will commit. We should all be quaking in fright.

    Just watch out from now on for the seamless juxtaposition of stories about brutality committed by foreign troops in Iraq with innocuous pictures/vision of ADF troops. Politics can be a very dirty business – especially when unscrupulous politicians are trying to cling to power.

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  • Graham,

    How can you be so certain of the conduct of Australia's troops in Iraq?

    As for Howard shifting blame to the troops, I'm not so sure about that. Say what you like about Howard, but he doesn't tend to pay out on our troops. There are always easier targets;straw men like the forces of political correctness, those who wanted to cut and run, the Marxists running the ABC…

  • Graham Bell

    Andrew Worssam:

    Good point. I am not "certain" of the conduct of Australian forces in Iraq (not being there myself) but, for a variety of reasons, I am "confident" of the conduct of our forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, Solomons, etc.

    What I am certain of is that although the Prime Minister does not pay out directly on the troops – he is a very experienced political operator and would not do something so blatant and foolish himself – there has been, since the start of the Kovco scandal and the upsurge of suicide bombings, an absence of the former wholehearted support and a steady drip-by-drip corrosion of attitudes towards the troops and veterans alike. The ballyhoo slogans are still there for the gullible, of course, but the language – and the way the language is used – is changing.

    Disagree about the troops – and veterans – not being the easiest targets; there are tremendous organizational and social pressures that make defending themselves against abuse, slander and defrauding very difficult indeed. Furthermore, as we have seen all too clearly in the Billson cartoon farce this week, if any of them do try to retailiate or assert themselves, they get slapped down with the full fury of government – something that could not happen to advocates of political correctness or to supposed "Marxists" in the ABC.

    So get ready for the Prime Minister and his cronies to be "terribly saddened" by the awful (and very nebulous and politically advantagous) allegations about the (unspecified) misdeed of "rogue elements" in the ADF and the "firm assurances" that there will be a "thorough investigation" (of exactly what will not be revealed because of security). And the mug-voters will believe that John Howard can't possible have anything to do with failure of his military frolics because he is investigating the ones who caused the failures, isn't he? Give him his due, he understands the mugs very well indeed and the mugs will do their utmost to help him shift the blame because he is such a good Prime Minister, isn't he?

    Sadly, it's the Diggers who will suffer from the political treachery yet again …..