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.

Independent Australian Jewish Voices launches

PRESS RELEASE
Monday, 5 March 2007

INDEPENDENT AUSTRALIAN JEWISH VOICES

A number of British Jews, including prominent figures such as Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter, filmmaker Mike Leigh and comedian Stephen Fry, recently expressed their concern publicly that independent views on the Middle East were not adequately represented by official Jewish bodies. Their group, ‘Independent Jewish Voices,’ issued a declaration that was published in the British press and now has several hundred signatures expressing support. A German group with the same aims, ‘Schalom 5767,’ has also been established and has received 7,000 signatures on their website.

We are Australian Jews who share the concerns of such groups worldwide and today we are launching ‘Independent Australian Jewish Voices.’ Our declaration of principles below will be published in the mainstream media in the coming days. A number of prominent Australians have signed including philosopher Professor Peter Singer (Princeton University), Robert Richter QC, Louise Adler (Melbourne University Publishing CEO), Ian Cohen MLC, Eva Cox (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, UTS), Professor Dennis Altman (Politics, Latrobe), Moss Cass (former Federal MHR Whitlam government), Professor Ivor Indyk (publisher & UWS), Henry Rosenbloom (founder, Scribe Publications), Professor Andrew Benjamin (Associate Dean of Research, UTS), Professor Arie Freiberg (Dean of Law, Monash), Professor Andrew Jakubowicz (Sociology, UTS), Professor Ephraim Nimni (Queens University, Belfast), Professor David Goodman (Contemporary China Studies, UTS), Antony Loewenstein (author and journalist), Dr. Geoffrey Brahm Levey (Foundation Director of Jewish Studies, UNSW), Dr. Peter Slezak (School of History & Philosophy, UNSW), Dr. Jim Levy (School of Languages & Linguistics, UNSW), Hashomer Hatzair (Socialist Zionist Youth Movement).

For a full list of current signatories (over 120 people), please see our website: http://iajv.org/

Statement of Principles: A Call for an Alternative View

We are Jews with diverse opinions on the Middle East who share a deep concern about the current crisis in the region and have formed a group, Independent Australian Jewish Voices (http://iajv.org/).

We are committed to ensuring a just peace that recognizes the legitimate national aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians with a solution that protects the human rights of all.

We condemn violence by all parties, whether state sanctioned or not. We believe that Israel’s right to exist must be recognized and that Palestinians’ right to a homeland must also be acknowledged.

As Australians we are privileged to live in a democratic state that embodies the principles of tolerance and free speech. We feel there is an urgent need to hear alternative voices that should not be silenced by being labelled disloyal or “self-hating.”

Uncritical allegiance to Israeli government policy does not necessarily serve Israel’s best interests. Our concern for justice and peace in the Middle East is a legitimate opinion and should be met by reasoned argument rather than vilification and intimidation. In particular, we are concerned that the Jewish establishment does not represent the full range of Jewish opinion. Contrary to widespread concerns, anti-Semitism is not fuelled by Jews who publicly disagree with actions of the Jewish State.

Jews understand what it is to suffer racism and victimization and therefore we are not only concerned about anti-Semitism but also the demonisation of all other minorities.

We call upon fellow Jews to join us in supporting free debate to further the prospects of peace, security and human rights in the Middle East.

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  • This is a message of support for Independent Australian Jewish Voices. I am an agnostic, humanist, Australia-born scientist, writer and artist. To my knowledge only about a dozen of my wider family in Hungary survived the Holocaust in 1944-1945. The message from the Jewish Holocaust (and indeed the Holocaust as it was applied to Russians, Ukrainians, Poles, Serbs, Bosnians, Roma and others in WW2) is that RACISM is dangerous, deadly and must be resolutely opposed and, further, that SILENCE KILLS and silence is complicity – decent people are obliged to inform others about gross human rights abuses.

    My heroes include Raoul Wallenberg (who saved many Jews in Budapest in 1944; he is remembered by a bust at Kew Junction in Melbourne), Polish hero Jan Karski (who tried to alert an unresponsive and unbelieving world to the on-going Jewish Holocaust), George Soros (who saved Jewish lives as a teenager in Budapest and who has recently demanded the "de-Nazification" of racist, violently Islamophobic and imperialistic Bush-ite America) and to outstanding Jewish intellectuals who have had the courage to rise above natural tribal loyalties to speak out for the human rights of Palestinians, such people including Professors Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein and Bertell Ollman (US), Tanya Reinhart and Ilan Pappe (Israel) and Stephen Rose (UK) and courageous Jewish writers such as Dr Jennifer Loewenstein (Oxford), Antony Loewenstein (Australia) and Gideon Levy and Deb Reich (Israel).

    Over the last 3 years I have researched and written a book on global avoidable mortality (excess deaths, avoidable deaths, deaths that should not have happened). A very small part deals with the post-invasion excess deaths in the Occupied Palestinian Territory that total about 0.3 million. The Palestinian refugees total 6 million and 80,000 more are fleeing each year. In comparison, from the latest medical literature and UN data the post-invasion excess deaths in Occupied Iraq and Occupied Afghanistan total 1.0 million and 2.4 million, respectively (and the refugees 3.8 million and 3.7 million, respectively) – largely due to Occupier war crimes and resolutely IGNORED by lying, racist, holocaust-ignoring Mainstream media (for details see my writings on MWC News, Counrtercurrents, Newsvine, State of Nature, Media Monitors, Crosswire and elswhere).

    As documented and discussed in the nominated website article above, there are many ugly comparisons that can be made between Apartheid South Africa and Israel. The horrible injustices perpetrated by the Racist Zionists running Israel endanger not only Palestinians and Israelis – they also endanger Jews around the world who are tarred with the Racist Zionist brush. Indeed the largely Jewish US organization Not In My Name (NIMN) protests this highly offensive Racist Zionist conflation of themselves and de facto Apartheid Israel with Judaism and Jewry and the even more offensive Racist Zionist appropriation of the Jewish Holocaust.

    Outstanding French Jewish writer Emmanel Todd in his best-selling "After the Empire" (English translation, Constable, London, 2004) warns of the dangerously tight identification of Israel and the Israel Lobbies with Bush-ite American imperialism in its dangerous last throes. A Google search now for the utterly obscene phrase "nuke iran" has yielded 185,000 URLs. This is the unimaginable nightmare to which we have been led by violent Racist Zionism and its intimate partner racist Bush-ite imperialism. I hope your organization of leading Australian Jewish intellectuals can help bring us back from the brink.

  • All strength to IAJV. Colin Rubenstein's response to Antony on Radio National this morning only confirmed the truth of what Loewenstein and the IAJV are standing up for. All the usual distortions and lies were there in abundance in Rubenstein's statement: Blame the Palestinians for everything, the Gaza pullout only shows the benevolent intent of the Israeli government (just don't mention the ongoing siege of the Gaza, the crippling of the economy, it was typical of Sharon's benign intent and striving for peace, right?), I could go on and on. You can fool some of the people some of the time…

  • IAJV zindabad!*

    *Long live IAJV.

  • Addamo

    I salute you Dr Gideon Polya,

    You are an inspiration to all people, Jews and other alike, and you exemplify the most admirable and powerful traits of the Jewish identity – wisdom, compassion, humanism and forgiveness.

    Shalom.

  • mallee

    Ditto to Addamo's previous comment to Dr Gideon Polya and …

    Ant? Do you need to be Jewish to sign the petition?

  • This is a bit disheartening. I always saw Apple engineers as the "best of the best." I'm surprised they couldn't get this working effectively. AirPrint wasn't a big deal for me just an added convenience. I don't ever see a reason why I'd have something on my phone that I couldn't print from my mac or my pc. But, that's just me.AirPlay on the other hand, scrap that and I might start a revolt. lol