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.

Zionism, a failed story

The Zionist establishment is clearly worried that its long-held dominance of the public arena is coming to an end. After decades of supporting Israeli occupation policies and brutality against the Palestinians, a growing number of Jews and non-Jews are rejecting these figures. Isi Leibler articulates the fear:

World Jewry is also experiencing a general decline. Despite a revival among the Orthodox, the vast majority of Diaspora Jews are undergoing unprecedented levels of assimilation and snowballing intermarriage. Anti-Jewish prejudice in the media and in society at large continues to escalate. More and more assimilated younger Jews are distancing themselves from Israel, some even becoming part of the anti-Zionist chic.

These trends are paralleled by a general decline in Zionism’s fortunes. Thirty years ago Jewish communal bodies all accepted the centrality of Israel in Jewish life and a strong commitment to Israel was a prerequisite for anyone with Jewish leadership aspirations. There was also a consensus that Diaspora Jews, whose lives were not on the line, were obliged to exercise restraint in relation to criticism of Israel’s security policies.

Today, that no longer applies. The influence of Israeli diplomats on Jewish communities has drastically receded. The Jewish Agency and its international Zionist affiliates have, with few notable exceptions, withdrawn from the political arena and concentrate almost exclusively on fundraising. The beneficiaries of these changes are the major American donors, who today dominate the agenda.

In recent years the situation has further deteriorated. Jews previously relegated to the margins of Jewish life are emerging from the closet to attack Israel with unprecedented hutzpa. When disowned by mainstream groups, they shriek that they are being denied freedom of expression…

Indeed, if one follows the UK media one may be forgiven for reaching the conclusion that marginal anti- Israel Jewish groups and personalities have become more effective than the mainstream Jewish organizations.

A more humane Judaism is coming to the fore, one that proudly speaks in public with a less militant voice. First-wave Zionism has failed to secure Israel’s future or establish a Palestinian state. It is therefore more than time to supersede them and shun them appropriately.

We are having a major effect.

2 comments ↪
  • Marilyn

    Wow, tell it to the 660 Palestinians slaughtered last year, or the 1300 Lebanese last summer based on a pre-planned lie of a war.

    Try telling it to the 1700 Palestinians recently made homeless in Beit Hanoun or the families of the children slaughtered in Beit Jbeil.

    What about the 12 year old Bedouin girl shot in the head, or the 15 year old boy shot in the leg and left to die last month.

    What about the wall, who protests the dreadful wall and who is not afraid to shout Ilan Pappes' revelations of the ethnic cleansing from the roof tops and scream out loud "forgive us, we know not what they do".

    How about them apples then.

    I finally read a book by a Palestinian after many months of reading books by Jews and he had an extraordinary story which I have had confirmed by an Iraqi who was 15 at the time and remembers being shocked to his core.

    ON 5 June 1967, just before the "war" that has become the big myth, the Israeli's blew up all the planes belonging to the arab states, left them undefended and then attacked on the 6th pretending that they had been attacked,

    Nothing really changes does it as they try to hang onto what is not theirs and steal more and more of it.

  • Roslyn Ross

    He of course completely misses all salient points:

    1. Jews are giving up being Jewish because it is now associated with a State which ignores human rights, commits war crimes and which conducts one of the most vicious occupations and colonisations in modern history.

    2. Jews no longer need to hold together because it is perfectly safe to be Jewish and live anywhere in the developed world. Just as it is safe to be Catholic or Anglican these days.

    3. Israel has become such a pariah in the world that any person of conscience who can, will remove themselves from association. At least until it changes its behaviour.

    4. Young people are more informed and less religious. Judaism is a religion. Its only raison d'etre is religious. My ancestors gave up their Jewishness shortly after arriving in Australia. Because they could. If you are not religious then why define yourself by a religion.

    5. No modern democracy can be established on racist lines. Israel cannot remain a Jewish State if it is to be a member of the developed world. Ergo, Israel is increasingly meaningless to Jews who do not live there, simply because they do not believe they need a safe reguge to which they can run and because it is simply not safe.

    6. Israel was established and has survived because of the holocaust industry. As the older generation dies out less and less people remember or care about that particular holocaust. One would hope that consciousness of all holocaust experiences are kept alive but one should not be more important than any other and it should most certainly not be justification for the dispossession and subjugation of others,ie the Palestinians. So the less 'real' the Jewish experience of holocaust becomes for people, the less relevant Israel becomes. That is not to say Israel will not survive but it will not survive as a Jewish State nor as an Occupier and coloniser.