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 countdown begins

While Israel kills Palestinian civilians with seeming impunity in Gaza – and a leading Israeli human rights group claims that war crimes are likely to have taken place – a Palestinian in Gaza worries that such behaviour is the shape of things to come:

The present subjugation of Palestinians to siege, poverty and confinement – in addition to continuing Israeli military attacks – can only make it easier for our people to slip into infighting and tragedy. Both the international community and peace-loving Israelis and Palestinians will inevitably face ever more criticism for their failure to stem this tide of misery. Even to those who never supported Hamas, it is impossible to ignore such a huge double standard: the outside world accepts Lieberman’s appointment as deputy prime minister, despite his extreme views, while it boycotts the Palestinian Authority’s elected Hamas administration.

The world will start to take notice when it realises a fascist is Deputy Leader of Israel. Avigdor Lieberman represents the real Zionist agenda, namely the expulsion of all Arabs from Israel. In some ways, his elevation is a positive development. The established Jewish community remains silent, of course, incapable of even expressing disagreement with his appointment out of supposed loyalty to the Jewish state. Sadly for them, international calls for a boycott against Israel will grow, and rightly so.

What will it take for Israel to change its ways? Large-scale international pressure, boycotts and isolation. It worked in apartheid South Africa after many decades, and it will work again.

  • I remember reading a very prescient article about, what was then, the proposed Israeli 'disengagement' from Gaza.

    It predicted, accurately, that Israels withdrawal from Gaza would inevitably lead to more extreme Israeli violence in Gaza. Their logic was that while Israeli settlers and forces were in Gaza, it remained somehow an 'internal' situation, which moderated Israeli actions. Withdrawal would mean 'The Strip' becoming an external entity with no Israeli repsonsibility, and hence whatever previous restraints existed would be lifted, resulting in more frequent and more deadly application of violence.

    It's unfortunate that the prediction was right.

    Apparently the UNSC will now hear the matter. I think we know what the result will be.

  • A photo of the massacre of civilians in Beit Hanoun in the Gaza strip shows a street covered in blood, a very disturbing sight. Not a dead body to be seen, but the blood told the story. Naturally the Israeli govt has expressed their regret. This was my letter to the Sydney Morning Herald today, which, like all the others on this topic, won't be published.

    Letter to the Editor

    There is a depressing familiarity to the dreadful killing of Palestinian civilians in Beit Hanoun, where the streets literally ran with blood (Hamas threatens revenge after civilian massacre, SMH, 8/11/06). If the world was able to broker an functional cease fire between Israel and Hizbollah, why can't we do the same with Israel and the Palestinians? International troops monitoring the Israeli army could end the brutal, relentless siege of the Gaza strip and also halt the largely ineffectual Palestinian rockets that gives Israel the excuse to commit to further atrocities. Ultimately it comes down to just one thing: the world must pressure Israel to end its occupation of Palestine.

  • Genocide as practised by Israelis who are Jews brings to mind genocide of the Jews by the Germans while the world stood by and let it happen during world war 2 when it could have been stopped.

    Genocides around the world have actually increased since the end of ww2, and the UN is powerless to do anything because it is controlled by the USA.

    That the Jewish state of Israel can commit genocide on the scale it is achieving at the moment without any repercussions is alarming, to say the least.

    The sanctions against apartheid South Africa finally helped bring down that particular regime, but never forget that South Africa's allies at the time included Israel. The whites in South Africa would have been hard pressed to achieve genocide because they were outnumbered by about 5 to 1. Australia has achieved genocide of its indigenous population because the world has also continued to let it happen.

    Who is expendable and why? Are West Papuans next to be fed to the wolves?

    Palestinians are being enclosed in their concentration camp and bombed to extinction. Will the world continue to stand by and watch?

    Sanctions will make a difference but will the new administration in the USA do something to change the dynamic in the middle east?

    Comments on tv over the last several hours suggest that the new congress will allow Bush to continue along his disastrous path for the next two years so that the Republicans are defeated resoundingly in the next federal elections in 2008 and the Democrats will win.

    This would mean no new direction of policy relating to Israel and Palestine and the slaughter will continue.

    Alan Paton's book "Cry the beloved country" is never far from my thoughts at these times!