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.

Aussies here to help

In terms of world affairs, Australia is a parochial backwater, reliant on Washington’s orders and wishes. The invasion of Iraq has left Tony Blair a virtual pariah, and John Howard may well be remembered in a similiar way. Iraq isn’t simply a mistake that can be forgotten, an error that history will look upon kindly. No, it’s a monumental act of arrogance, a belief that the Western powers have the right to “civilise” the Arab world.

The spectacular failures of the mission are unlikely to be appreciated by most of the pro-war crowd, but America’s ability to positively shape world affairs has greatly suffered. Indeed, the rise of alternative power centres (Latin America and the EU, as just two examples) are leading the way.

In Australia, the government is currently considering introducing legislation banning films and literature that “advocates terrorism.” Of course, the definition of such provisions is far from clear. Is supporting US defeat in Iraq advocating terrorism? Is supporting non-violent Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation advocating terrorism? If so, then they’d be better come and lock me up immediately.

Such moves are lazy and counter-productive. The government is desperate to appear tough on terrorism – perhaps somebody should tell little Howard that the Iraq invasion has contributed more to international terrorism than any other event in the last decade – and even the ever-dutiful Jewish community are calling the proposed changes too soft. The real aim of these laws is to silence serious criticism of US foreign policy and provide proscribed boundaries for debate over terrorism and its causes. Vile race hate, anti-Semitism and other forms of bile should be appropriately handled by the authorities, but perhaps this government should arrest themselves for assisting the Islamist’s cause.

  • Andre

    The other trap with the discussion about bringing troops home is that (ours or anyone else’s) is that is ignores the 100 thousand plus private military contractors that are there.

  • This echoes with something I blogged today:

    We re-elected Howard, knowing he was a War Criminal, and those of us who did not vote for him did not do enough to stop that. Our troops are still in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we have not done enough to bring them home. Innocent people are still dying every day on the far side of the world, and we all have blood on our hands.

    Indeed, it occurs to me that unless we can all acknowledge our guilt, jail those responsible for the decision making, and make amends to the victims of our violence, we as a nation will not be able to move forward, unless it is in the continued direction of militant Fascism. At some stage we must acknowledge the truth: "This was wrong". Otherwise we are locked into the Bush-Howard logic of one lie piled upon another.

    /self promotion.

    Seriously, it concerns me that we Aussies, if we swallow the Howard line about never saying sorry, and never admitting we were wrong, might end up in a very bad place indeed.

    We are well on the way, and we cannot expect the Howard government to take the lead in putting us back on track to a normal, healthy society.

  • gottcha


    You say we haven't done enough to bring our troops home but the issue with most Australians is that we haven't lost any troops in combat in Iraq. The Brits have and of course the Americans do every day. Our personnel are in an ancillary, peace-keeping role in Iraq not a combat role. That's the difference.

  • gottcha


    I haven't finished reading your book but one of the things that worries me about it is that you appear to think that the creation of Israel is the root cause of anti semetism in the world. And that 'race hate' is related to that event. Jews aren't a race, but you know what I mean.

    And yet. a reading of history tells us that anti semetism has been rampant in human history for thousands of years. There were pogroms in Russsia in the first world war. Some of these Jews fled to Germany only to be gased by Hitler in the second world war. Israel did not exist then.

    You don't tackle this conundrum in your book and it worries me. Perhaps you will in your second edition. I think this needs to be spoken about just as the Israeli desire to hold onto most of Israel at the expense of Palestinian people needs to be discussed. But to argue that anti semetism is the Jews' own fault for inhabiting Israel is not a sound argument.

  • BenZ


    Antony's book is now up to its 4th edition (or greater). Earlier errors, such as placing a map of Lebanon in between Tel-Aviv and Haifa, were so embarassing the publishers were forced to issue errata and reprint.