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.

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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.
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The people are speaking

The world froths at the thought of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons (and hopes and pray that the Islamic regime is in fact lying about its oil wealth). As usual, the view of the Iranian people are routinely ignored by the Western media (and their views are, as expected, very diverse.)

Hossein Derakhshan is one of the more well-known Iranian bloggers (now living in Canada and Europe.) He is pro-Western and anti-Ahmadinejad and yet a recent blog post reveals a growing anger towards the US:

It’s the ultimate hypocrisy of the West to punish Iran for a crime Iran has not committed.

When no one has found the tiniest evidence of Iran breaking the non-proliferation treaty that it has signed, what international law justifies the UN security council’s sanctions on Iran?

Since when the international law has been able to measure intentions of countries, if they say Iran intends to produce nuclear weapons? And how come the same UN Security council allows India, Pakistan to continue their attempts to produce and expand nuclear weaponry? (Although I repeat that I believe Iran has to produce weapons as deterrent after making peace with Israel.)

I believe Negri and Hardt are right to suggest that the new Empire, the United States, applies its dominance through supposedly neutral International organizations.

The more the clash between the West and Iran escalates, the more convinced I become that soon I have to take one side in this nasty conflict. Between Bush and Khamanei, I definitely take Khamanei’s side.

Islamic Republic and Khamenei’s worst is way better than anything that the United States or the European Union can bring to Iran.

And I’m saying this as a well-traveled Atheist who enjoys his best days of life in the wonderful capitals of Europe and who dreams of a secular Iran, run by a totally open democracy, with total peace with its neighbors including Israel. Not as a fanatic, religious support of Khamenei or Ahmadinejad or even Khatami.

My strong support for the reformists in Iran is more a matter of pragmatism, than an ideological one. I can’t even tolerate having dinner with most of these people who still believe in God and heaven and hell — and obviously never have tasted the joy of drinking May, or wine as it’s known in Persian literature.

If the US waged a war against Iran, I’d absolutely go back and defend Iran. I can’t let myself to sit down for a moment and watch they make a Baghdad out of Tehran.

Fortunately, I’m not alone.

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  • Mara

    Oh, puh-leez! How can you take Hossein Derakhshan seriously? The guy has no job, he has no university degree, he has not lived in Iran since 2000 (and has only visited once since then). All he does is flit around the world, getting paid to attend conferences and giving the same powerpoint presentation over and over. The guy is a complete charlatan.

    He is a pariah amogst Iranian bloggers because he has systematically attacked Iranian anti-regime activists who were jailed and tortured simply for expressing their opinion – e.g. Akbar Ganji, a dissident journalist was jailed and tortured for six years for revealing that the Iranian regime is responsible for murdering 80 journalists who dared to criticize the government.

    Yeah, Hoder is *such* a human rights activist.

    And besides that, Hoder is doing everything he can to find a way to live in the United States. If he hates America so much, why does he want to live there so badly?