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.

When amateurs get involved in wars

George Bush and Ehud Olmert have much in common. Both are sagging desperately in the polls , and both have exhibited a penchant for going to war for the wrong reasons, poorly prepared, and without any idea of what would be involved for achieve their unrealistic objectives.

“The decision to respond with an immediate, intensive military strike (to the capture of two soldiers) was not based on a detailed, comprehensive and authorized military plan…”

Is it any wonder that both have received failed grades and dismal reports cards over their respective wars?

Most disturbing of all, is that far from being put off and learning lessons from their mistakes, both are talking up bigger more dangerous military adventures.

12 comments ↪
  • gottcha

    We all know that George Bush is a christian fundamentalist. His sense of righteousness guides his hand when it comes to Muslims.

    And Olmert, he thinks Jews are God's chosen people.

  • BenZ

    Argud Olmert?

    I think you mean Ehud Olmert, the Israeli Prime Minister.

    "When amateurs get invoved in wars”"? No. This is what actually happens when Amateurs get involved in discussion about Israel.

    So Andre, are you going to claim it's an innocent typo? Tricky considering the letters are nowhere near each other.

    Alternatively, you could just admit you have little idea what you are talking about. Particularly sweet given that mere moments ago ( http://antonyloewenstein.com/blog/2007/04/30/is-i… ), you claimed I was "ignorant of current affairs" and you've botched one as basic as this.

    It's almost (but not quite) as embarrassing as when Antony Loewenstein thought Tzipi Livni was a man.

  • gottcha

    BenZ

    Picking people up on typos shows how desparate you really are to prove your opinion is right. And, really, if you ask me, Tzipi Livni sounds like a man. I bet it really pisses you off that Antony was nominated for the NSW book award?

    I am enjoying Andre's posts here. He goes to a lot of effort to post interesting and varied news.

    Andre, I reckon you should get your own blog mate. You're great.

  • Andre

    BenZ,

    Yes I plead guilty to a typo here. Thanks for alerting me to my mistake.

    Gottcha,

    BenZ has a point. Typos are are a no no, but thanks for the kind words nonetheless. It's much appreciated.

  • BenZ

    Yes I plead guilty to a typo here

    A typo?

    Please. Give me a break. Ejud, Enud, Eyud, or Dhud would be a typo. However the letters EH (from Ehud) and AR (from Argud) are at opposite ends of the keyboard and could not possibly be interposed unless you were typing with a bent stick held between your teeth whilst riding a unicycle.

    I don't imagine that you were.

    How unsurprising Andre, that, like Antony, you do not have the intellectual honesty to simply admit that you were wrong.

    God forbid even more people work out that you really have no qualification to be making commentary on the Middle East. Perhaps you could land a gig doing research for Antony? Cluelessness is evidently a prerequisite for posting here.

  • Andre

    BenZ,

    According to your theory, I do not know how to spell Olmert's first name, but an earlier post by me proves otherwise:

    End of story.

    Unless you are a opponent of free speech, there is no qualification necessary to comment or express an opinion on Middle Eastern affairs. You are simply cluttering this blog with noise about typos, because ultimately, you are too aware that you are defending the indefensible.

  • BenZ

    According to your theory, I do not know how to spell Olmert’s first name, but an earlier post by me proves otherwise:

    No it doesn't. In the previous example you bothered to read the article to maintain the illusion of knowing what you are talking about. Subsequently you forgot it making your embarrassing error. Sadly you are too arrogant to be embarrassed and are instead lying about it.

    Your underpinning knowledge is minimal.

    Unless you are a opponent of free speech

    I know for a fact a number of first time commenters aren't having their comments of the last few days approved on this site, as a few of them have emailed me about it. Do tell us more about free speech…

  • Andre

    BenZ,

    Your barking up the wrong tree as always. In any case, it looks as though you yourself are somewhat linguistically challenged.

    Subsequently you forgot it making your embarrassing error.

    Dear oh dear.

    Anyhow, as for the this "fact" about other first time posters having the comments moderated or blocked, the evidence proves otherwise. How many times do you need to have been proven wrong BenZ? Have you forgotten about how you fooled yourself into thinking Ant was appearing live on the ABC, when he was in fact in NY?

    You really need to see someone about that paranoid streak BenZ. It's not at all healthy.

  • BenZ

    Anyhow, as for the this [sic] “fact” about other first time posters having the [sic] comments moderated or blocked, the evidence proves otherwise.

    What "evidence" is that Andre? Your word? Not worth much I'm afraid.

    A quick Google for examples of censorship on this blog yields plenty (in addition to the current experience of some friends of mine).

    For example: http://rwdb.blogspot.com/2006/12/crikey-look-at-t… with a copy of a comment never let out of moderation, but eventually reposted via another pre-approved commenter here whose addition flew under the radar.

    I'd like to say you aren't fooling anyone, but I know that you are. Speaking of which, what was the error in my comment which you quoted? I'd suggest you don't throw barbs at anyone's written/spoken ability as long as yours wallows around primary school level.

  • Andre

    BenZ,

    You are beginning to sound a tad deranged my friend. You don’t have to take my word as evidence, but in case you have forgotten, you are the one making the accusation of censorship here, so the balls in your court if you want to produce evidence.

    I would encourage your friends to post to the blog with their complaints. Surely they are capable of doing so and I will gladly look into why their comments have been blocked, if indeed that is the case.

    The link to J.F. Beck’s blog looks interesting, but is hardly proof that Antony blocks or censors comments. Ant and I are strongly against censoring comments unless of course, they get seriously out of hand.

    There is no conspiracy here and no one is trying to fool anyone. Like I said, if your posts get stuck in moderation, I have offered to look at them and post them on your behalf. How many bloggers do you know have offered to do that, especially for petty whingers like yourself?

    Get a life mate.

  • BenZ

    Everything you need to know about Antony's censorship: http://rwdb.blogspot.com/2007/05/bloggers-credibi