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.

Take two Jews and you’ll get three opinions

The following letters appear in today’s Age newspaper:

I am not sure which planet the “Jews with diverse opinions” have been living on, but they seem to imply that the mainstream Jewish community has an unswerving and uncritical attitude towards Israel regardless of whatever happens in the Middle East — a premise that is patently false. The Jewish community is comprised of people who routinely articulate a diverse range of opinions, but if it seems that this community is united in its support for Israel then it is probably because there is almost universal rejection of the notion that Israel should lie down and roll over while her enemies plot her destruction.

These “Jews with diverse opinions” are encouraged to express their views when and where they like — but if they don’t receive the support their fragile egos expect, it is not because they are silenced, but because most of the Jewish community essentially does not agree with them.
Alan Freedman, East St Kilda

Who’s being ‘silenced’?
Antony Loewenstein is at it again, being printed in every major daily with the self-disproving argument he is silenced. Meanwhile, the names of many signatories to his petition appear weekly in the letters page of the Australian Jewish News. Some silencing! As for his claim that there has been an “overwhelming” response to his initiative, thus far, he has amassed fewer than 150 signatures, out of a Jewish community in excess of 120,000. His views aren’t silenced at all, just unpopular.
Daniel Lewis, Rushcutters Bay, NSW

The right to criticise
The dismissal by Colin Rubenstein, of the Australia Israel Jewish Affairs Council, of critical voices in the Jewish community as “the usual suspects” is a diversion from why more than 100 people have signed a petition calling for more open, and respectful debate on the crisis in Israel/Palestine. As Australians, we are entitled to have views and take actions that are critical of the Israeli Government. Such views do not threaten Israeli security and should not be manipulated for McCarthyite purposes within the Jewish community or in Australian debate on the Middle East. Our views are by and large based on the criticism of Israeli policies and actions which appear in the free Israel press itself. Finally It is a canard that critical supporters of Israel are uncritical supporters of Palestinian terror or duplicitous anti-Semites — as can be seen by the letters and opinion pieces which many of us have had published in the Jewish media and elsewhere.
Larry Stillman, Elwood

Just more of the same
While it’s all very nice to read about this new group, Independent Jewish Australian Voices, aiming to open up debate within the Jewish community, in the broader context this is pretty much more of the same. What is really needed is prominent voices in the wider community arguing the real Palestinian cause — which means putting the case against the legitimacy of Israel, rather than just supporting the kind of two-state cop-out that Antony Loewenstein and his comrades still cling to. Then we might have a genuine public debate about Palestine and — who knows? — maybe one day even some genuine justice for the Palestinians.
Jason Foster, Windsor

2 comments ↪
  • And here is a letter I wrote to The Age in response to the twittering of the usual zionist suspects plus a few others – only their letters were published by the paper and mine will not be, which is what my problem with the media is. They don't like the message – it is too radical – so don't publish it!

    Mannie De Saxe

    2/12 Murphy Grove

    Preston

    Vic 3072

    Phone: (03)9471 4878

    Email: josken@zipworld.com.au

    7 March 2007

    In 2005 the Jewish Virtual Library listed 102,000 Jews in Australia, 0.51% of the population.

    Colin Rubenstein and his Zionist mates need to get their facts right.

    Antony Loewenstein put the cat among the pigeons with the publication of his book, “My Israel Question”. Since then many Jews have realized that they can speak out about Israeli oppression and occupation and get their voices heard.

    Daniel Lewis (7 March 2007) gets the Australian Jewish population wrong. He says many signatories to Antony’s document get letters published in The Australian Jewish News (aka Israeli Zionist Times) weekly. What he doesn’t say is that many signatories never get their letters published because the owner and editor disapprove of the views expressed in the letters. This also goes for The Age over letters too critical of Israel of which the editors disapprove.

    At the time of writing this letter late in the day on Wednesday 7 March 2007, more than 300 people had signed the document, and more are expected to sign in the next few days and weeks.

    And Jason Foster (7 March), many of us do NOT support the two-state cop-out but believe that we need to build the strength of opposition to the Israeli government’s continuing apartheid style oppression of the Palestinian people, issues freely discussed in the Israeli media but silenced for the most part by the Australian media.

    Colin Rubenstein has got this issue wrong as ever, but gets his views published in newspapers. Antony Loewenstein has gained a voice for many silenced Jews in Australia by getting HIS and our voices heard.

    Mannie De Saxe, Jews Against Oppression and Occupation

  • Roslyn Ross

    Mannie, Those like yourself and Anthony are the backbone of Jewish integrity. Without honesty there is no future for any movement, religion, culture, community or nation. That is because without honesty and truth there cannot be integrity.

    One of the difficulties with the sorts of 'truths denied' in regard to Israel is that Jewish religion and culture has developed a psychological dysfunction in regard to itself, i.e. the mantle of 'victimhood' has been sewn, shroud-tight, to Jewishness to such a degree that many intelligent, informed and 'good' people are psychologically and emotionally incapable of objectivity in regard to the Israel-Palestinian issue and to their Jewishness.

    To question Israel is to question Jewishness and then to question themselves and their 'innocence' and 'reality' as victims. In this instance truth becomes not a trowel for tidying the Jewish 'garden' but a massive 'mechanised' excavator which has the capacity to completely turn over the entire landscape and reveal all that has been buried throughout emotional, psychological, spiritual and literal history.

    Nothing terrifies human beings more than to lose their dreams, their fantasies of what they are and in which they believe. People will literally fight to the death to defend a dream which saner people can see has been long-dead. This is not Jewish, this is merely human nature and it becomes even more entrenched when the 'dream' is so far removed from any 'reality.'

    To question Israel is to question Judaism and ultimately, one's Self. For a religious culture so immersed in its own 'rightness,' 'goodness' and perhaps unconscious, but 'superiority' this questioning represents the worst of betrayals.

    I wish you and Anthony good luck in your noble quest for truth and justice.