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.

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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.
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Why is the US trying to break Somalia?

Somalia was actually on a road to peace, when the US decided to  introduce their own brand of chaos to the region.  They backed Ethiopian warlords to attack the country, and presto, 300,000 refugees were produced overnight.

US and Ethiopian military intervention in Somalia has hampered international efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country, an independent British report said Wednesday.

“Genuine multilateral concern to support the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Somalia has been hijacked by unilateral actions of other international actors — especially Ethiopia and the United States — following their own foreign policy agendas,” the report from the Chatham House foreign affairs think-tank said.

The Islamic Courts that had assumed control of the country enjoyed overwhelming support from the population, but when US interests are concerned, the wishes of the people are of no consequence.

Indeed, while warlords and secular governments have come and gone, the Islamic Courts have enjoyed relatively consistent support for over a decade.

Indeed, while warlords and secular governments have come and gone, the Islamic Courts have enjoyed relatively consistent support for over a decade.

What else could this be but another attack on an Islamic country that was not threat to the US or its neighbors?

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  • I woke this morning to a BBC account of the devastation in Somalia. The reporter concluded that the short six-months (before December '06) Somalis enjoyed under the decentralized, eclectic, and UNAGGRESSIVE Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) will be looked back upon as a "kind of Golden Age." That was before the unnecessary and unprovoked invasion by Ethiopia, with backing from the usual suspects.

    If we are to be saddled with the misnomer of "Islamofascism" which I would contest, then we should also contemplate an equally dubious notion of Christofascism. But whatever nomenclature we designate to describe these two versions of intolerance, both need to be combatted and defeated.

  • Monica

    I believe that I must have watched the same BBC documentary – it may have been carried out in their 'Reporters' series – and was downcast to see the extreme efforts that, once again, America is going to in an attempt to destabilise yet another nation, in this case with the help of Ethiopian forces, no doubt as aresult of the US's sophisticated system of bribery and threat.

    The present US administration is like a gangrenous wound on the face of the planet, but the toxins have bled far deeper than many people realise, and I'm sure will have infected the next administration as well. A day or so ago, in the televised questioning of the presidential candidates, it appears that the sole dissenting voice to the notion that 'Iran poses the biggest threat to the world since the Cold War' was Kucinich, bless him. And I mean that. He makes so much sense. There was Barack Obama voicing his certainty that Iran was a huge threat, Hilary Clinton attempting to excuse herself for having voted for the war in Iraq (and what damage had her spouse, Bill Clinton, already done to Iraq through its lethal sanctions for years!).

    Kucinich, meanwhile, has been pushing for a REAL, proper, and comprehensive investigation into what really happenrd on 9/11. And I, for one (amongst millions of others around the globe) am fully for the truth coming out on this issue. The evidence is stacked against the official govt line, and yet it continues on its bloody way, on a mission of "Christofascism" as Vigilante has cleverly termed it.

    We can never begin to have the healing that humanity is so desperately in need of until we have the truth on 9/11. America and Israel – and possibly Britain – have a great deal to answer for on that subject. Far from being 'free' societies with democratic and open governments, our worlds have become ever more enchained by secrecy, and the undermining of human rights in an effort to leave the power and the decision-making in the hands of those who have most to gain through lying and propagandising on a massive scale to their populace and the world. Dissent is seen as disloyalty – we are made to feel afraid to criticise, and real threats are made and carried out to those who dare to expose unpalatable truths.

    We are all in danger if we fail to act on what we know and see to be evil: where black flag operations and subterfuge become the currency of the 'Free' World's freedom, where the death of a human being multiplied many 100's of 1000's means so very little to those who have ulterior and immoral motives.

    Monica (in the UK): thanking Antony Loewenstein for his continued brave dissenting journalism.