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.

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Richard Miniter from the moonbat blog, Pajamas Media , informs us he’s onto a huge story:

I have more pieces in the works, including an interview with a number of Saddam’s intelligence service who says he worked with al Qaeda, an interview with a key Iranian resistance leader, a humorous feature called “Scenes from the Green Zone” and much more. Stay tuned.

Can’t wait for that one. Perhaps he will do the honourable thing and share his Pulitzer Prize with Melanie Phillips.

Speaking of the Green Zone:

BAGHDAD — A sharp increase in mortar attacks on the Green Zone — the one-time oasis of security in Iraq’s turbulent capital — has prompted the U.S. Embassy to issue a strict new order telling all employees to wear flak vests and helmets while in unprotected buildings or whenever they are outside.

The order, obtained by The Associated Press, has created a siege mentality among U.S. staff inside the Green Zone following a recent suicide attack on parliament. It has also led to new fears about long-term safety in the place where the U.S. government is building a massive and expensive new embassy.

The situation marks a sharp turnaround for the heavily guarded Green Zone — long viewed as the safest corner of Baghdad with its shops, restaurants, American fast-food outlets and key Iraqi and American government offices.

The security deterioration also holds dire implications for the Iraqi government, which uses the Green Zone as a haven for key meetings crucial to its ability to govern.

This might explain why the surge is undergoing another round of augmentation. Who needs porn?

And speaking of Pajamas media, one of the writers, Gerard Van der Leun, seems peeved that the Washington Post is not giving Barak Obama’s pictures the Condi treatment.

Glenn Reynolds, the compassionate conservative, feels his pain.

OBAMA GETS The Glow. With, perhaps, a little help from Photoshop. And not the Condi Rice kind.

Oh whatever happened to the good old days?

  • BenZ

    Pajamas Media is a "moonbat blog"?

    Moonbat is not usually a term ascribed to the right-wing, Andre.

  • Andre

    Moonbat is a term ascribed to anyone who's grip of reality is tenuous as Miniter's Saddam apparent "scoop". Pajamas Media is just another arm of the right wing spin factory dedicated to saving Bush's reputation and ongoing ccupation in Iraq.

    You have to laugh when these desperate convince themselves they have access o intelligence that has somehow completely bypasses the US government.

    I suspect the story that woudl be worthy of front page status, won't even rate a mention because the alleged link between Saddam and Al Qaeda has been so comprehensively debunked.

  • BenZ

    There are any number of references to the term which suggest you are wrong. Again.

    By all means, continue to smugly use it though. You can also call the sky green and the sea purple if that's your thing.

  • Andre

    Still working on staying on topic BenZ, or is it just beyond you?

  • Jon Rosenberg

    "There are any number of references to the term which suggest you are wrong. Again."

    OH DEAR.

    BenZ, there really are very few experiences in life that are so tragic as witnessing the smug superiority of blundering ignorance.

    If you look hard enough, you will find a number of 'references' that will claim that the moon is made of blue cheese .. nevertheless, I think we can be sure that there is not a rational person alive who actually believes that it is.

    Had you actually bothered to look further than the wretchedly deluded Frontpage Magazine for your purported 'references', you would have discovered that the term 'moonbat' (or "barking moonbat" if it is precisely rendered) was in fact popularised (in 2002) by Perry de Havilland (of .. which you will be truly embarrassed to discover is a lefty libertarian blog).

    Perry de Havilland used the expression to exemplify the fact that certain subjects seem to trigger irrational reflexive responses from a range of quarters (especially – but exclusively – the American right-wing) and that (much as you have just so dexterously illustrated through your own words) these responses are evocative of watching wolves howling ineffectively at the moon.

    The fact that you would really accept, as true, the ‘fact’ that your staple diet of right-wing psychosis in point of fact has the inspired astuteness to invent their very own favourite "moonbat" epithet (to be employed against anyone to the left of Attila The Hun) is far more telling of you than it is of anyone you so impotently try to rubbish.

  • Jon Rosenberg

    I humbly apologise for straying from the topic, but some things just have to be said (when a barking moonbat gets my goat).