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.

Madness is still an option

Some Bush-fellaters are devastated that the American people have rejected their hero (and actually claim that another terrorist attack on the US mainland is now more likely. Really.)

Meanwhile, leading Australian academic Scott Burchill provides some historical perspective on the Iraq dilemma facing John Howard:

Prime Minister Howard now argues that a withdrawal of coalition troops from Iraq before “relative stability” is established would be seen by terrorists as a humiliating defeat for the US, who would be emboldened across the world, including in our region.

The problem with this argument – lets call it the “Billy McMahon line” for want of a better term – is that the US and its allies were defeated in Iraq about 2 years ago. What has happened since is humiliating and encouraging for terrorists. Many insurgents want to keep US, UK and Australian troops bogged down in Iraq as long as possible where they can be further humiliated – Muhammad Ali called it “rope a dope.” In addition, the longer they stay in Iraq, the greater the political damage that can be inflicted in Washington, Canberra and London. A withdrawal would take away their raison d’etre.

Howard needs to look at the final months of the McMahon government in 1971-2, when Nixon formalised his policy of ‘Vietnamisation’ – handing the prosecution of the war over to the corrupt and incompetent government in Saigon. McMahon was caught out arguing for an intensification of the war while Nixon and Kissinger were secretly negotiating with Hanoi for a ceasefire and planning their departure. He was humiliated by his erstwhile ally to which he had been faithful, supportive and uncritical. Will history repeat itself? There is no prospect of a coalition victory in Iraq regardless of how loosely it is defined. Bush will now succumb to domestic pressures and may find a Democratic-led Congress strangles the war budget as it did in 1972-3. The replacement of Rumsfeld with Gates means Iran is off the table.

Fidelity may not be sufficient. Can Howard trust Bush to keep him up to speed? If he was still alive, we know what one former Liberal Prime Minister would be saying. 

I hope he’s right that Iran “is off the table.” The Iranian press are joyous about the election result, but never under-estimate the ideological fervour of Dick Cheney and Bush. The President allegedly believes that “saving Iran is going to be his legacy.”

4 comments ↪
  • Addamo

    It's such a common theme that Israel's amen corner are so convinced that only the Bush administration will protect then and that the Democrats will abandon them.

    This typical and baseless hysteria is based on the belief that Israel is only safe so long as there is a trigger happy drunkard in control of Washington.

  • Don Wigan

    Scott is probably referring to the new positioning of Gates, Baker and other Bush I figures.

    True, Bush II and Cheney would be just crazy enough to want to have a crack at Iran. But Cheney might be forestalled by charges of corruption with a hint that they'll be dropped if he backs off on Iran.

    Dubya is just a crazy enough wannabe to try to go alone, but he may not have enough lackeys to work out the details. The remaining neocons will either be purged or (if ambitious) jump ship.

  • orang

    ..I'm still imagining a blow job from Melanie Phillips…..cripes….

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