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.

The homeland

What kind of society has Israel become? A bitterly divided and racist one, according to a new study:

Over half of the Jewish population in Israel believes the marriage of a Jewish woman to an Arab man is equal to national treason, according to a recent survey by the Geocartography Institute.

The survey, which was conducted for the Center Against Racism, also found that over 75 percent of participants did not approve of apartment buildings being shared between Arabs and Jews. Sixty percent of participants said they would not allow an Arab to visit their home.

Five hundred Jewish men and women participated in the poll, which was published Tuesday.

According to the survey, racism against Arabs in Israel has seen a sharp rise since a similar survey was conducted two years ago.

In 2006, 247 racist acts against Arabs were reported, as opposed to 225 one year prior.

About 40 percent of participants agreed that “Arabs should have their right to vote for Knesset revoked”. The number was 55 percent lower in the previous survey. Also, over half of the participants agreed that Israel should encourage its Arab citizens to immigrate from the country.

Over half of the participants said they would not want to work under the direct management of an Arab, and 55 percent said “Arabs and Jews should be separated at entertainment sites”.

Participants were asked what they felt when they overheard someone speaking Arabic. Thirty-one percent said they felt hatred, while 50 percent said they felt fear.

Over 56 percent of participants said they believed that Israel’s Arab citizens posed both a security and a demographic threat to the country.

When asked what they thought of Arab culture, over 37 percent replied, “The Arab culture is inferior.” 

Zionists may claim that Israel is the Middle East’s only democracy, but it seems that many Israelis would rather all Arabs left the country entirely.

11 comments ↪
  • Marilyn

    Where is Rosa Parks when you need her? This all reads suspiciously like the 1950's segregation laws in the US and is very frightening indeed.

    It is one thing to want a Jewish state but the Winograd Commission has just "discovered" what Finkelstein and Pappe have described in graphic detail before.

    Israel is a military dictatorship with the military making all the decisions.

  • viva peace

    One has to admire the tenacity of the Israelis. Imagine if Australians had to put with over eighty years of mad Muhammadans trying to push them into the sea? I suspect, Australia would have dealt decisively with them decades ago.

  • Ian

    Well Aboriginals' have put up with 'mad' whities trying to push them into extinction for more than 200 years, viva.

    They could use Israel as a precedent for reclaiming the land stolen not up to 2,700 years ago but, in some cases, within the last decade. Not only is their claim stronger because the loss is more recent, but whereas the Kingdom of Israel lasted a non consecutive total of less than 80 years and Judea/Sameria less than 400, they have been here for at least 60,000 years!

    When would be a good time for them to reclaim – without compensation – the bit you occupy, apparently illegitimately, Viva?

  • Ian

    Oops, cut the most important part of my reply while transferring from the spell checker:

    The only time anyone tried to "push them into the sea" was 1973/4 and that only after 6 years of Israel's illegal occupation of the West Bank.

    The wars of 1947/48, 1956, 1967, Lebanon 1982 and Lebanon 2006 were all wars of choice instigated by Israel (Jewish settlers in '47).

  • ej

    Ein volk, ein Reich,…

  • E.Mariyani

    viva peace Mar 30th, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    One has to admire the tenacity of the Israelis.

    One has to admire the tenacity of everyone in this conflict. The only thing more impressive than Israeli tenacity is the Palestinian refusal to vamoose despite 40 years of an appalling inhumane military occupation.

    That said, there is nothing admirable about the Afrikaner-style racist values and behaviour.

  • al loomis

    israel began as a group of bandits. what kind of society would you expect? their survival depends on constant military response to the rage and hatred of those they disposessed, how can you go on shooting people who don't have the sense of decency to lie down and die, unless you learn to despise them?

    justice is not always triumphant, the iroqois, cherokee, lakota and nez perce peoples can testify- but the western world finally stopped supporting the boer/apartheid regime in south africa, maybe someday they will regain some self respect and tell israel and it's usa sponsor:"you're time is up!"

  • viva peace

    ej

    You poor deluded thing. Don't you get it? It is the Palestinians who are the true heirs to Hitler.

    ARTICLE ELEVEN

    The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up.

    This is the law governing the land of Palestine in the Islamic Sharia (law) and the same goes for any land the MOSLEMS HAVE CONQUERED BY FORCE because during the times of (ISLAMIC CONQUESTS), the Moslems consecrated these lands to Moslem generations till the Day of Judgement.

    ARTICLE EIGHT:

    Allah is its target, the Prophet is its model, the Koran its constitution: Jihad is its path and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes.

    ARTICLE THIRTEEN

    There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors. The Palestinian people know better than to consent to having their future, rights and fate toyed with.

  • Andre

    What do any of these articles have to do with Hitler Viva?

    Such inflammatory and baseless comments only reflect on your extremism.

  • E.Mariyani

    viva peace Mar 31st, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    It is the Palestinians who are the true heirs to Hitler.

    Who would disagree with this?

    The early Zionists most certainly would.

  • Leo Braun

    "The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself"… Nietzsche. A new voice for Australian Jews versus Zionist politics …
    http://www.newmatilda.com/home/articledetailmagaz