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.

Jews giving Jews a bad name

Here’s yet another sign of the dangers of Zionist extremism in a post 9/11 age. The Australian Jewish News reports:

A visiting Israeli expert on Islam has urged Australia to cap its intake of Muslim immigrants, warning “life will become untenable” unless the Muslim population is kept in check.

Raphael Israeli, a professor in Islamic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said Australia was in danger of being swamped by Muslims – especially from Indonesia – and called for a “preventative policy” to protect national security and ensure Muslims remained a “marginal minority”.

Professor Israeli, whose visit is in part sponsored by the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, has just begun a six-week stint as a scholar-in-residence at the Shalom Institute in Sydney, where he is teaching a course on “Understanding Islam”.

Israeli now claims he has been misunderstood and even the lobby that sponsored his trip has distanced itself from his outright racism.

But the main point remains. His sentiments are widely shared in the Jewish community (and wider society.) Islam is seen as a threat. Muslims are viewed with suspicion, prone to violence and irrationality. Islamophobia is not only encouraged but welcomed (yet most whities barely know any Muslims). Professor Israeli has simply articulated the feelings of many.

  • MH

    Are there no limits to the depths of racism that some (not all, thank heavens!) Israelis will sink?

    Of course he says that he has been misunderstood – that was also the catch-cry of the former S.African apartheid regime.

    And what incredible chutzpah for him to tell Australia how to behave: he should first look at Israel's track record. Perhaps he wants us (France) to build a big wall around the Muslim communities in our midst?

  • MH

    Sorry – I made a typo: my post should read "…perhaps he wants us (and France)…

  • The SMH reported Israeli's statements relatively uncritically. It even reproduced uncontested his claim to be an expert on Islam. Just incredible.

  • Addamo

    This "misunderstood" explanation is so typical.

    In another thread, an Israeli apologist was defending the dropping of a million cluster bomblets in Southern Lebanon on the grounds that it was more complexed than we reallied.

  • Ajay

    Well surely this is a case of antisemitism if there ever was one; given that the peoples of the Arabian peninsular are all, by and large, semitic peoples?

    His course on "Understanding Islam", sounds a lot like one A. Hitler or his minions running a course on Understanding Judaism, what a sick joke.

    He certainly makes Sheik al-Hileli's reported comments and attitude seem positively benign.

    This looks a lot like yet another attempt to foster a United Front of Jews and Christians in a Fifth Crusade against the infidel. If we read Chris Hedges new book – American Fascists" – this all starts to come together.

    Hopefully ignorance and indifference within the Jewish community as well as both secular and Non-fundamentalist Christians of Australian (and the US), will not continue and society as a whole can rise up to defeat this putsch.

    This is not about Islam or anti-semitism, it is about the undermining of democracy, a liberal society and the values of the Enlightenment – in reality a new Dark Ages.

  • suze

    Off topic a little but has anyone read Lenni Brenner's Zionism in the age of Dictators? I've just discovered that it is available in full on the web.

  • BenZ


    You write that " His sentiments are widely shared in the Jewish community". How do you know? Have there been any statistics or polls?

    I'm always careful of statements like this, as they can be manipulated by both sides. For example, I'm Jewish by birth yet have very different opinions to what might be considered "mainstream" in the Perth Jewish community.

    Many Jewish people don't respect my opinion, particularly on matters concerning Israel and this has caused me consdierable angst.

    One of my biggest arguments is when people tell me I'm entitled to my views, but they are the minority. I always ask "how do you know"?

    The same attitude must apply on both sides however. I like the point you are trying to make, but think you need to be careful in citing your sources, otherwise you'll be picked apart by your opponents. I've bookmarked the site though.

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