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.

Persecution and stifling democracy

The efforts of Azmi Bishara have drawn the fircsest of retaliations from the Israeli government. Sonja Karkar illustrates how Israel’s Jewish identity may come at the expense of democracy.

All of Israel’s one million plus Palestinian residents ­ the survivors and descendants of the 1948 Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine – have long felt discriminated against, despite Israel paying lip-service to their democratic rights. They also felt on the sidelines of what was being played out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, that is until Azmi Bishara, the outspoken political leader of the National Democratic Assembly (NDA) or Balad in Israel and a Knesset member, began campaigning for the collective rights of Palestinians. His vision is not just for change inside Israel, but involves an all-inclusive civil rights struggle against political Zionism – the racist and colonialist policies that have dispossessed, marginalised and oppressed all Palestinians for almost 60 years. This is what Israel is at pains to put down by any means. It cannot afford to have someone like Azmi Bishara rallying people to his way of thinking. Now, after many attempts to muzzle him, Israel has finally succeeded in getting him to resign from the Knesset and to stay out of the country.

A list of unpublished charges were drawn up against Bishara whilst he was abroad – charges so serious that they would likely have landed him in jail on his return. While the charges themselves are not known, it is not difficult to guess at what they involve. Bishara has been previously charged with undermining the “Jewish nature of the state”, but the charges have always been dropped. This time it seems that Israel’s state security services may have formulated charges that not only label Bishara a national security threat, but accuse him of treason and espionage. The media is not allowed to discuss any of it and even Bishara himself is reticent on the matter, no doubt to protect himself from being further arraigned because he is adamant that he will eventually return to Israel.

The creation of a Jewish state was certainly justified on moral grounds, but is the purity of Israel’s Jewish indentity so important to Israel that it is willing to succumb to fascism? Surely if the case for Israel’s Jewish indentity were so solid, such draconian measures would not be necessary.

17 comments ↪
  • viva peace

    The British were legally required to facilitate a Jewish state, but failed to do so. The UN provided for an Arab and a Jewish state in 1947, but the Muslims rejected it.

    The UN is not in the "creating democracies" business. So the case for a Jewish state is a no-brainer. Over the past 20 years the Arabs have ummed and arred about what they would really like. If some version of the original 1947 plan ever eventuates, it would be best for all concerned, if Israel's Muslims moved to the Arab state.

  • Viva channels Benny Morris – the only real problem with the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 was its incomplete nature, a problem which should be rectified.

    Pity the orginal 1947 plan never envisioned anything like a Jewish ethnocracy, barely even a Jewish majority.

    Given such attitudes, it's little wonder that some have referred to Israel as the 'little Serbia with nukes'.

  • Marilyn

    Viva, your utter stupidity is on display again. Of course the zionists accepted the partition of Palestine, they were being given 55% of someone else's land.

    Why the hell would the Palestinians accept that? Especially in light of the ethnic cleansing the Jews then committed against them and the information that they were shut out of negotiaions in 1919.

    Israel is a military dictatorship. Now viva, please tell us how you would like another person building his house in your backyard without your permission?

  • viva peace

    Marilyn

    Actually the land belonged to the Jews. After the Allies defeated the aggressor Muslim Turks in WW1, most of the mpire was lost and therefore became the victors. The League of Nations required Britain to enable the establishment of a Jewish state.

    nowhere did the Arabs and Muslims have any "right" to any political sovereignty. Besides in those days there was no such people as "Palestinians," except the Jews.

    And for god sake woman improve on your debating skills. Backyards? Poor you.

  • viva peace

    Michael

    Are you seriously suggesting Morris is wrong? If so, debate. Don't just name call.

  • viva peace

    The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity.

    In reality there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct "Palestinian people" to oppose Zionism.

    For tactical reasons, Jordan which is a sovereign state with defined borders cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.

  • Andre

    Viva,

    I do believe you have plagiarized that quote, seeing as you haven't attributed to anyone.

    Tut tut.

    Moshe Dayan said this. Who are you goign to believe, an Arab or a Jews?:

    Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist, not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushu'a in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not one single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population.

  • Are you seriously suggesting Morris is wrong? If so, debate.

    – viva

    Only wrong as far as the Serbians were wrong in Kosovo. Perhaps that is not at all for you.

    And you were quite wrong on this,
    "The League of Nations required Britain to enable the establishment of a Jewish state." – viva

    The Mandate called for a "national home", not a Jewish state. Futhermore it caled upon the British to facilitate "Palestinian citizenship" for Jewish immigrants.

    So few rabid Zionists, so many errors.

  • BenZ
  • Andre

    BenZ,

    You raise a good point. Pulling quotes out of context is a cheap and lazy way to make an argument, but you seem perfectly comfortable with Viva resorting to such methods,

    How convenient?

    However you wish to characterize Dayan's quote, the point it that it dispels the notion Viva is trying to perpetuate that there were no Palestinians in 1948.

    As for the canard that "we purchased the land from Arabs", it is beyond ridiculous. The land was purchased from trustees who had no more legal right to sell it than the government has the right to give your family home away to a foreign power.

    In the end, this is a distinction without a difference.

  • viva peace

    Andre

    So transparent is your ideological zeal that not only do you doctor quotes from Benny Morris, and plagiarize from anti-semitic hate sites, you also doctor quotes from significant historical figures. The Dayan quote starts thus:

    We came to a region of land that was inhabited by Arabs, and we set up a Jewish state. In a considerable number of places, we purchased the land from Arabs and set up Jewish villages where there had once been Arab villages.

    WHY must you persist with this sleaziness?

    And again this quote proves my point. notice he does not mention "Palestinians?"

  • Andre

    Viva,

    I would ask you the same question. Why do you persist with lies and straw men? What quotes from Morris for example, have I doctored?
    What have a plagiarized? Nothign, unless you consider yourself also a plagiarist.

    And what may I ask is anti-Semitic about quoting Benny Morris? Is it not the epitome of desperation to accuse label sites that hold Morris to acount for what he has said as anti-Semitics, especially when you yourself have indulged not only in blatant islamophobic rhetoric on countless occasions, but rejoiced in past and present acts of violence?

    And why must you persist with the pathetic insistence that Palestinians did not exist? The Arabs lived on that land for hundreds of years. By any standards, they owned that land and it was taken from them.

    The quote proves that the land did indeed belong to the Arabs and was taken from them. The ethnic cleansing was preplanned and violently executed.

  • Andre,

    viva is correct in one sense that a 'Palestinian people' don't exist, but it's in the same sense that an 'Israeli people', don't exist, ie. it's a constructed idea. Viva just likes to apply the idea selectively.

  • Andre

    Indeed Michael,

    On one occasion, Viva insisted that Israel as created by Israelis. A novel concept.

  • Yes, I remember that one. At least viva is good for a laugh.

  • viva peace

    How despairing. While you people continue to post threads disparaging the MSM, censorship, and so on, censorship continues unabated on Ant's blog.

  • Andre

    How so Viva?

    Have you been censored?