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.

They serve death

Chris Hedges, The Nation, December 21:

The Israel lobby in the United States does not serve Israel or the Jewish community – it serves the interests of the Israeli extreme right wing. Most Israelis have come to understand that peace will be possible only when their country complies with international law and permits Palestinians to build a viable and sustainable state based on the 1967 borders, including, in some configuration, East Jerusalem.

This stark demarcation between Israeli pragmatists and the extreme right wing was apparent when I was in the Middle East for the New York Times during Yitzhak Rabin’s 1992 campaign for prime minister. The majority of American Jewish organizations and neoconservative intellectuals made no pretense of neutrality. They had morphed into extensions of the right-wing Likud Party. These American groups, to Rabin’s dismay, had gone on to build, with Likud, an alliance with right-wing Christian groups filled with real anti-Semites whose cultural and historical ignorance of the Middle East was breathtaking. This collection of messianic Jews and Christians, leavened with rabid American imperialists, believed they had been handed a divine or moral mandate to rule the Middle East, whether the Arabs liked it or not.

When Rabin, who had come to despise what the occupation was doing to the citizenry of his own country, was sworn in as prime minister, the leaders of these American Jewish organizations, along with their buffoonish supporters on the Christian right, were conspicuous by their absence. On one of Rabin’s first visits to Washington after he assumed office, according to one of his aides, he was informed that a group of American Jewish leaders were available to meet him. The surly old general, whose gravely cigarette voice seemed to rise up from below his feet, curtly refused. He told his entourage he did not have time to waste on “scumbags.” 

  • viva peace

    Ant, I am sorry, but all those criticisms of Carter’s book are quite mild and absolutely legitimate!

  • Lawrence Step

    I happen to be a Hegelian. Many Jewish scholars see Hegel in a very positive light — Walter Kaufmann, Shlomo Avineri, and others, but none of them seem concerned that Hegel himself envisioned Judaism as simply obsolete if not positively harmful. Christianity itself was, to Hegel, merely a rather lame substitute for Hegelianism. A while back, I wrote two articles “Hegel and the Jews” and “Karl Marx and the Jews” in the journal JUDAISM. Will I get to the point? Well, it seems to me that the Jewish community might have to choose between accepting the role that Hegel sees in them, which is to be sent off as slaves to Egypt, or Babylon, or driven out by Romans or by Roman Catholics, or Spanish, or English, or Nazis… etc., etc., or to follow the advice of Bruno Bauer (1809-82), who was both friend and teacher of Marx, and simply give up Judaism. Period. In his work, DIE JUDENFRAGE (1842) he proposed that Jews along with Roman Catholics (I’m one) convert to Protestantism so as to make it all the more easy to become atheists. This negative conversion to pure secular humanism would rid the world of religious wars and bigotry. Bauer was, as Marx, quite the optimist. Still, his proposal is about as reasonable as expecting differing faiths to get along with one another. Then again, if atheism seems too harsh, perhaps a lukewarm belief might be in order to cure the excesses of the religious rights (Christian, Islamic, or Jewish). A random thought: Is it the case that religious wars are confined to those religions coming out of Judaism, such as Christianity and Islam? Do Hindus believing in Shiva get riled up over those who believe in Vishu? Best ask a Hindu.

  • Suze

    Lots of local conflict in India in the past- thats how the East India Company got a foothold- by offering mercenary support to the fighting forces of whichever region they wished to exploit.

    explain Viva, how the one person to broker a lasting peace between Israel and one of it's neighbours is suddenly an antisemite? Please reply in detail rather than by way of broad insult.

  • Lawrence Step

    Thanks for the help on India, but I cannot but wonder if the "fighting forces of whatever region they wished to support" were engaged in a religious fight over whose God was the best? Or perhaps merely local land-grabbers or local exploiters? Any Hindus about?

    I recall reading a column by Charles Krauthammer who proposed that anyone critical of Israel was a covert antisemite. Well, it seems to me that an overuse of the charge "antisemite" might well, in a neat Hegelian way, generate the opposite effect intended by those who use the charge to discourage antisemitism, to wit: generate antisemitism. There is no more effective way to create an enemy than to call someone an enemy.

  • viva peace


    Well perhaps when somebody tells Jimmy Carter who Dennis Ross is, what 242 actually says, what his own Accords say, what "international law" is, and how the US presidency actually makes strategic decisions, then maybe he can bitch about Protocolsesque "Jewish lobbies."

    It would also help his case if he came clean about his deep-rooted Xian-fundy antisemtism. ')

    Merry Xmas sweetie. xxx