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.

When is a Jew not an intolerant Zionist militarist?

My following article appears in today’s edition of Crikey:

Jews are expected to blindly support Israel. From a young age, I was always told that complete allegiance to the Jewish state was non-negotiable. If I didn’t agree with any its policies, said family and friends, best keep them to myself.

But the tide is turning around the world and a growing number of Jews are speaking out and challenging the Zionist status quo. This unthinking mob has had decades to resolve the conflict and achieved little more than encouraging the ever-expanding, illegal occupation of Palestinian land.

A group of British Jews recently launched Independent Jewish Voices – including comedian Stephen Fry, Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter and filmmaker Mike Leigh – and demanded “that individuals and groups within all communities should feel free to express their views on any issue of public concern without incurring accusations of disloyalty.” They feared that Israel’s militaristic path was endangering its future.

This week Independent Australian Jewish Voices launched, and I am one of its founding members. Our aims are similar to the British group, and we have attracted over 210 signatories (rising very fast), including Professor Peter Singer, Robert Richter QC, publisher Louise Adler, Ian Cohen MLC, Eva Cox, Professor Dennis Altman, former Whitlam minister Moss Cass, Professor Ivor Indyk, publisher Henry Rosenbloom, Dean of Monash Law School Professor Arie Freiberg, UNSW academics Dr Peter Slezak and Dr Jim Levy and the Socialist Zionist Youth Movement Hashomer Hatzair.

Our group does not hold any particular position on the Israel/Palestine conflict and nor do we claim to speak for all Jews. We came together at this time to argue that alternative Jewish opinions should be heard and respected. Moreover, a just peace for both Israelis and Palestinians will not be achieved through Israel’s colonial mindset. Israel has never been more internationally isolated.

One of the group’s co-founders, Peter Slezak, received a death threat last week after an article appeared about IAJV in the Australian Jewish News. Islamophobe Melanie Philips accused the British group of “paving the way for a second genocide” and labelled them “Jews for genocide.” Local Zionist mouthpiece Colin Rubenstein was equally disingenuous by falsely claiming we were against Israel’s right to exist, when in fact our statement clearly states “that Israel’s right to exist must be recognised and that Palestinians’ right to a homeland must also be acknowledged.” In such a toxic environment, it’s unsurprising that some Jews express their frustration through intimidation.

I’ve lost count of Jews and non-Jews who have contacted me in the last years and suffered accusations of anti-Semitism and disloyalty and received hatemail and slander for daring to articulate the need for a just solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict. My publisher, Louise Adler, tells similar tales simply for publishing books that favour debate over conformity.

True friends of Israel and Palestine are those who encourage free and frank discussion, rather than those who simply mouth the latest press release from the Israeli foreign ministry.

6 comments ↪
  • Addamo

    It's quite remarkable to see the poor Zionist extremists reaching so desperately to accuse your group of denying Israel's existence, even when this motto is made so blatantly obvious.

    The next thing they'll be doing is labelling you as self hating Jews and Holocaust denial.

    These poor souls are out at sea once you take away these cliche'd attacks.

    Particularly revealing though is how Zionist often criticize Muslim countries for issuing death threats against those who criticize them, yet here we have Peter Slezak, receiving one from a Zionist.

  • Hamid Beimnet

    Challenging people to go out of thier comfort zone is not the easiest task. i think people in both sides of this tragic conflict need to listen to what you are saying. and it is long overdue for politians and opinion makers here and in midd east to show leadership.

  • John Swanston

    Given the logic of those who have described your new association in less than complimentary terms I assume they would also have to conclude that the Prophet Jeremiah is to be labelled a self hating Jew as well.

  • Art Tissot

    I can understand someone who being called anti-semite if he/she is hate Jews. But I cannot understand why one would be called anti-semite just because some jews hate him/her ??

  • Addamo

    You hit the nail on the head Art,

    Anti-Semitism was a term used to describe those who had a hatred of Jews. Today it is used by some Zionists to describe those that they themselves hate.

  • God work all round, Anthony. There's so much big-brotherishness in the country at the moment (I blame the TV show… and the Daily Telegraph) with people being called un-Australian or muslims being called extremists. Everyone is watching what they say in case its not in-step with the crowd, or they are nailed to the media crucifix quick-smart. Its good to see your group getting coverage. I believe every group should have its own internal critics as part of its organisational system – i.e. We should have un-Australians working for Australia, etc. Criticism sucks and everything, but it is also very constructive as a way of improving mistakes or faults in something. Something like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would go a lot further if either side could admit that they had made mistakes and sought to ammend those mistakes.
    Keep up the good work, you have the support of this Anglo-Celtic, Catholic Un-Australian!
    (Oh no, I've just supported criticism of Israel and I'm goyim! Am I a wanna-be self hating Jew under all this?!)