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.

Celebrating terror

Doesn’t this just make me so proud to be Jewish?

  • Carrie Lewis

    So what?

    Columbia votes against Israel on nearly every one-sided anti-Israel resolution that’s brought forward in the U.N. as do many other human rights abusers throughout the world.

    Should that make Palestinians proud to be Arab?

  • Thanks for the link, Antony. I’ve never understood why an accident of birth would be a matter of pride?

  • Andre

    Isn't a "one-sided anti-Israel resolution" at tautology?

    Since when are resolutions brought against countries not one sided? I don't recall too many dissenting votes opposing the resolutions against Iraq.

  • BenZ

    Because we all know how proud Antony Loewenstein is of being Jewish…

  • gottcha


    You know that's lousy. Antony is entitled to his views and he has a right to have them. He doesn't forfeit his Jewish entity just because his views offend many Jews. If you want a real solution to Israel's problems then you have to be prepared to listen to the Antony's of the world. If you disagree then fine but don't be discriminatory. It is a reflection of your inabilities not Antony's. I don't agree with Antony on many issues but I will ALWAYS defend his right to say what he thinks and to argue his perspective.

  • BenZ

    you have to be prepared to listen to the Antony’s of the world.

    Why? Antony is clearly unprepared to listen to anybody with whom he disagrees and continues to censor such comments on this blog.

    I am *still* waiting for him to address the question of his censorship on this blog. It's pretty damned obvious he'd prefer the matter was overlooked.

    I don’t agree with Antony on many issues but I will ALWAYS defend his right to say what he thinks and to argue his perspective.

    Too bad you won't defend the rights of others on this blog to do likewise. How about you direct some overdue criticism of Antony toward him, and join me in demanding he respond. Or are you all talk?

  • gottcha


    I support the right of all people to be heard. I don't know about the problem you are having with Antony or Andre. I would need to see it in order to have a view.

    I can only base my judgement on my own experience and that is quite different to what you are claiming. I haven't had any comments deleted and I haven't been stuck in moderation as you call it. And I do disagree with Antony and Andre on some issues — and I have openly said so.

    If you have problems being heard, then perhaps you should try joining in the debate about the Middle East rather than personally attacking the owner of this blog. It must get very tiresome for Antony to be attacked continuously, I'm sure he has been called every name under the sun by people trying to post comments here. Can I suggest you try a different approach. Try to keep your comments political not personal.

  • BenZ

    Sorry Gottcha, your experience doesn't counter that of others. See the link in my previous comment.

    I can only imagine that your initial comments were acceptable to Antony and consequently you have stayed off his radar.

    The same is true for my original comments and I am no doubt now a bee in their bonnet.

    It must get very tiresome for Antony to be attacked continuously

    For one who has no problem at all being abusive toward others, I would expect him to get as good as he gives…

    If you have problems being heard, then perhaps you should try joining in the debate about the Middle East

    As I have inferred, plenty of others have tried and failed as fundamentally Antony claims to desire debate but this is simply not borne out by his actions in censoring many such attempts. Sorry.