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.

Just what we need…

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Mad Americans, crazy Zionists, warmongers and idiots apply here.

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  • Ian

    Wonder if Qantas will refuse to carry wearers?

  • Addamo

    Let's flog them over at Tim Blair's blog. We'll make a fortune.

  • Let's thank Ahmadinejad for that.

  • ajay

    These are NOT conservatives, they may be casual neo-fascists, but they are not conservatives, that is just dis-information.

  • Suze

    So how do you provoke a war at short notice? – Maybe by classifying Iraqis of Iranian origin as "agents of Tehran" and then issuing the order that they be killed.

  • E. Mariyani

    The shirt's not bad, but for real style, you gotta go for the belt buckle of bullets fashioned to resemble the USA flag. Bloody booodiful.

  • Addamo

    Let’s thank Ahmadinejad for that.

    If it was Ahmadinejad shooting it's mouth off, the west would have found another reason. Cheney has been working on a strike on Iran for 6 years. 2 years before Ahmadinejad became a household name.

    In 2003, Iran made a peace offering with the US, to normalise relations with Washington, Wash it's hands of Hezbollha/Hamas and enter into a peace process with Israel. Washington rejected the offer because talking to Tehran woud lhave meant not bombing them.

  • Addamo,

    The fact is that Ahmadinejad is making everything worse. While there exists a home-grown trouble-maker, I do not blame others. Why do you think anyone should care for Iranian's well-being, if Iranians themselves don't?

  • E. Mariyani

    Why do you think anyone should care for Iranian’s well-being, if Iranians themselves don’t?

    The premise of the rhetorical question is implicitly racist: that Iranians as a people don't care about their own well-being – i.e. are not quite human. This fits neatly into the current insane anti-scholarship being pushed by an Israeli "professor": that Iranian Muslims are inhuman messianic death-dealers who want to destroy all life of Earth (literally).

    The answer to the question of why anyone should care about Iranians is the same answer one would give, if one were not racist, for any group: Because it is moral to care about other human beings; especially when we now know – thanks to Iraq – what kind of hell the USA neo-cons would like to dish out to the citizens of Iran. If anything is inhuman, it is to merely say "meh" to the prospect of such a public gutting and burning of humanity.

  • Adam

    Does the t-shirt say “I nuke Iran” or “I’ve been nuked by Iran”.

    The later makes more sense for the Americans. If I’m not mistaken I could classify this t-shirt expression as inciting racial hatred.

    How would America react (assuming its an American made/sponsored t-shirt) if there was a T-shirt which showed the following “I (picture of burning twin towers) America” which was worn by people around the world?

    America the civilised world policing the world (cough) (cough)

  • Mariyani,
    I wish we could discuss these matters with less prejudgment. For you information, I am an Iranian.

  • E. Mariyani

    Kamangir on Jan 28th, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    I wish we could discuss these matters with less prejudgment. For you information, I am an Iranian.

    The comment isn't about you, it's about the comment. To say that IranIANS, with no qualifier whatsoever, thereby implicating Iranians as a people, don't care about their own well-being is a patent absurdity which runs seemlessly together with the dehumanising rhetoric which is currently being constructed.

  • Addamo

    Kamangir,

    Why do you think anyone should care for Iranian’s well-being, if Iranians themselves don’t?

    Your question makes no sense. What evidence is there that Iranians don't care for their won well-being. Ahmadinejad's popularity is already sopping ,like a lead balloon, though you wont hear that reported here in the West. Even so, there is a reason why Iran is called a theocracy – because Ahmadinejad has little power in Iran.

    As you know, Ahmadinejad's statement was mistranslated. He said nothing about wiping Israel off the map. In fact, while lunatics war mongers like Netanyahu are insisting that Iran is about to launch genocide against Israel, 25,000 Iranian Jews remain in Iran and have ignored calls by Israel to leave.

    In the mean time, Israel and the US are planning to bomb Iran, for doing what they are legalyl entitled to under the NPT. There is not a shred of evidence that a nuclear weapons program exists.

    All you hear here in the West is that Iran called the US the Great Satan, which is supposed to be evidence of Iranian extremism, while no one seems to mind Bush referring to Iran as part fo the axis of Evil.

    The US blames Iran for their woes in Iraq, and demands that Iran stop meddling, yet the US and Israel has agents inside Iran and has backed the MEK to set off bombs in Iran to create civil unrest.

    Iran have been been extraordinary in their restraint since the overthrow of Mossadegh.

    – They endured 25 years under the Shah and his secret police that dissapeared 10's of thousands of Iranians.

    – They lost half a million people in the decade long war with Iraq that Iraq stated and whom the US supported.

    – They lost 290 people in an Iranian Aribus that was shot down by a missile by the US Nazy, while the plane was in Iranian air space.

    – They were rebuffed when they made a huge peace offering to the US in 2003, which included entering into peace talks with Israel and distancing itself from Hamas/Hezbollah. They even offered to put their nuclear power program on the table.

    Not once have Iran retaliated in anger. That is a testament to the Iranian people.

    Now, who are you blaming again?

  • E. Mariyani,
    Chakerim. Do you think we can do this discussion when you might feel a bit less angry? 😉

  • Antony,
    You might like this, regarding the T-shirt.

  • E. Mariyani

    Kamangir @ Jan 29th, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    Chakerim. Do you think we can do this discussion when you might feel a bit less angry?

    Permisi. I'm not angry. Read my statements in a monotone voice to see that this is true. 😛