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.

Another crystal-ball loser

Leading neo-con Michael Rubin, from the American Enterprise Institute, in a letter to the Australian on July 2, 2004:

“With luck, Iraq can be like Malaysia.”

(This still pontificating-genius now believes that “engagement” with Iran and Syria is pointless.)

UPDATE: In Washington, Australia’s Defence Minister Brendan Nelson, continues to issue laughable assessments of the Iraq war:

It’s time that more people got behind the United States in what it’s trying to do and seeking to achieve in Iraq for Iraqis and also for stability in the region. And, I think it should be, it’s to the great credit of the President and the Administration that in a year when they face midterm elections where it would have been expedient to reduce US troop numbers, they actually increased them because it was the right thing to do. And, whatever is happening in Baghdad in particular, if there’s a precipitous withdrawal of US and coalition forces, then there will be significant bloodshed right across Iraq, destabilisation of the region, and Iraq will become a country that will be a haven for terrorism that will reach out throughout the world. And no-one should forget that most of the sectarian violence and bloodshed we see every day on our television screens was inspired and planned by Al-Qaeda. And Al-Qaeda is the enemy that is faced by free countries and countries like Australia that are committed to people living in a free world. And so whatever happens in Iraq, it’s absolutely essential that we make sure that good prevails and that we all support the Iraqi government, democratically elected, the United States, the British and other coalition parties, to see that we get the job done. And Australia has never been a quitter, and we’re not about to start. 

al-Qaeda causes all the violence in Iraq? If Nelson seriously believes this, he’s either delusional or a fool. The Iraq Study Group found that al-Qaeda makes up a tiny percentage of the insurgency, with the bulk of the resistance coming from Iraqis themselves. What will it take for the Australian government to recognise the fact that the majority of Iraqis support attacks against “Coalition” troops?

  • Ian

    Nelson and Downer are having a great old time in Washington basking in the warm inner glow of 'Australia' being "America's' best friend"

    But I wonder how they'll go in a post Bush America with a president and administration who has to clean up the mess they helped create? I suspect the glow will turn decidedly icy. But maybe they don't expect to be in office then.

    Meanwhile America's Military Industrial Complex is going to become some $12 billion dollars richer from the sale of a hundred or so fighters of dubious ability to 'America's best friend' Though it appears we still won't get the USAF version with the secret radar absorbing paint. Guess there are limits to even the most simpering 'best friendships'!

  • viva peace

    Oh goodie. And now Abdullah has vowed to throw money at the Sunnis in Iraq if the US leaves. And y'all won;t believe me that this whole mess is about Islamic imperialism???

  • viva peace