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 greatest form of flattery – or is it?

I just came across a very amusing blog called Instaputz, which is largely dedicated to pulling apart the many wayward posts created by Glenn Reynolds on the well known right wing blog Instapundit. Given the shear volume of “truthiness pumped out by Reynolds and co., Istaputz certainly has his work cut out.

On a serious note, such commentary really illustrates the contradictions and hoops the right wing will jump through, in the face of reality, to champion their ideology.

Here is a wonderful example of the satire that can be found on this blog. He has even given Reynolds a very apt nickname – Putz.

Suicide bombings in Iraqi parliament ain’t no thang.

Putz has been insisting the surge has been working since before it began so that whole suicide bombing and bridge blowing up thing in the Green Zone must be disheartening, right? Nope. He found someone who thinks it’s no biggie.

Depressed about the suicide bombing in the Green Zone? Don’t be. It is a shocking breach of security to be sure, but it seems that only one person was killed after all.

Exactly. C’mon, white flaggers — man up. It’s only one person getting blown to shreds while eating lunch in the parliament’s cafeteria after all! That must mean the surge is working!!!

  • viva peace

    The Pals have admitted to killing the BBC journo. The Israelis should just hurry and finish the fence then leave the Pals to their suicide-belts, their jihad, and their virgins.

  • Andre


    Not remotely related to the tread, but nonetheless…

    The Pals have admitted to killing the BBC journo.

    A tragedy if it’s true. That’s 2 killed sol far. One by a Palestinian group and a previous one by a bullet to the head from the IDF.

    Yes I agree, the Israelis should finish the wall and declare their borders – along the green line. The problem is, they don’t want that because it would mean the cessation of plans for expansion.

    For example, Olmert wants to move the wall another 5 km into Palestinian territory’s. Israel won’t be abel to do that once they declare their borders.

    I wouldn’t hold my breath.

  • viva peace

    The Green Line has never had any relevance whatsoever to the refugees

  • Andre

    Yes I have to agree with BenZ Marilyn,

    There was much that took place in 1948. Apart from the activities of Stern Gang and Irgun, there was indeed a war between Israel as the Arab states.

    The ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians took place that same year. Some argue that is was an accident of war, while others argue that the war was used as a pretext for implementing the removal of the Arab population.

  • viva peace

    The Green Line? ROFL. Dude, hullo? The Green Line refers to a ceasefire line after the 1948 war started by the Muslims. You know, the same ceasefire line they broke in 1967.

  • Marilyn

    Viva, the archives from 1948 and from 1967 make it very clear that Israel started both of those "wars".

    In 1967 they blew up all the airforces of the arab nations – the US senate archives show that very clearly.

    And in 1948 there was no war – just a group of terrorist gangs murdering and destroying every village in Palestine.

  • BenZ


    Do you actually have any idea what you are talking about?

    You wouldn't be the same Marilyn who is constantly derided over at The Australian would you?

    1948 – Try a casual Google search for "War of Independence".

    Which archives is it are you reading? Your own?

    I don't expect everybody to know everything about Israeli history, but when a post is as bombastic as yours, it does help if the person making it has at least one percent of a clue.