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.
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Ron Paul ruffles Faux

Ron Paul stole the debate again in the second Republican debate and the mainstream media are in a completely tailspin over Ron Paul’s success.

After the huge interest he created during the first debate, Fox News made no attempt to hide their brazen efforts to smear him. In spite of a shamelessly orchestrated display worthy of the Soviet Union propaganda machine, the Texas Congressman still beat Rudy Giuliani in Fox’s own poll, and others.

The highlight of the evening was when Giuliani spat the dummy over the suggestion that US foreign policy may have contributed to the 9/11 attacks. Rudi, who considers anything 9/11 to be his turf simply because he stood in front of the cameras during the 9/11 attacks, not only assumes that his opinion on the attack is irrefutable, but that the experience alone endows him with expertise on foreign policy and Middle Eastern politics. When Giuliani patronizingly insisted that Paul take back his words, Paul replied smacked him down:

I’m suggesting we listen to the people who attacked us and the reason they did it. And they are delighted that we’re over there because Osama bin Laden has said: I am glad you’re over on our sand because we can target you so much easier.

Funny how Giuliani and McCain love to quote Bin laden when it suits them, then dismiss those very statements as unpatriotic when it doesn’t?

When the results started to show Paul as a front runner even of Fox’s own polls, the spin went into high gear. Cameron and others at Faux started concocting some conspiracy theory that Paul’s success was due to the efforts of office flooding voting lines – ignoring the fact that McCain had openly told his supporters to spam the polls on his own website.

Mike Gravel and Ron Paul are owning the online polls and surveys after the debates, yet Gallup claims they have ZERO support. Statistical error does not account for such a discrepancy. What clearer example can there be that the media apparatus like Gallup, are trying to “pre-sell” the acceptable candidates?

Pretty amazing, isn’t it, that Ron Paul nearly won (and probably did) a FOX NEWS poll? Think about that!! He wasn’t supposed to even be in the running on Fox News.

The rest of the debate was pretty much a case of the poseurs vying to become the scariest candidate and pose the biggest threat to the continued existence of the world.

The final tally had Paul comming a close second to Romney, an intellectual giant who thinks Hamas, Helbollah, Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and JI are all the same thing, and that Guntanamo needs to be doubled in size. What is clear is that Ron Paul’s traditional and principled approach is resonating with an American public that is sick of stench in Washington. This makes him a major threat to the establishment. It will be interesting to watch the media continuing to support and sell the occupation, while at the same time convincing the public that anti-war candidates such as Paul and Gravel aren’t really Presidential material.

UPDATE 1:

I can’t make up my mind whether that foul stench is the fairness or the balance, but Fox is piling it on. Listen to Gibson and Malkin accusing Paul of being a 911 Conspiracy theorist for bothering to read the 911 Commission Report and the The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States report.

The Nation summed it up perfectly.

Rudy Giuliani made clear in Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate that he is not ready to let the facts get in the way of his approach to foreign policy.

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But congressman did not back down, and for good reason. Unlike Giuliani, the Texan has actually read the record.

and…

Giuliani led the crowd of contenders on attacking Texas Congressman Ron Paul (news, bio, voting record) after the anti-war Republican restated facts that are outlined in the report of the The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

Then again, maybe Giuliani had read the reports and was protecting his own interests.

Rudy Giuliani’s much-publicized but misleading put-down of Ron Paul during Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate should have been tempered by a report that Saudi Arabia, the country that spawned most of the 9/11 hijackers, has been one of Giuliani’s lucrative foreign clients. However, Fox News questioners Chris Wallace and Wendell Goler did not bring it up.

Giuliani: Thanks Rupert. I owe you one.

UPDATE 2:

Andrew Sullivan admits he doesn’t agree with entirely with Paul but admits he’s the only candidate willing to address the crucial issues:

I may not agree with him on everything and he is far from a smooth operator. But he has more balls than most of them put together.

and….

They’re scared, aren’t they? The Internet polls show real support for him. Fox News’ own internet poll placed him a close second, with 25 percent of the votes from Fox News viewers. We have a real phenomenon here – because someone has to stand up for what conservatism once stood for.

UPDATE 3:

Rudy reveals he depth of his profound knowledge on terrorism:

 Giuliani said, “These people do want to follow us here and they have followed us here. Fort Dix happened a week ago.”

Giuliani’s claim that the Fort Dix terrorists are an example of why we need to stay in Iraq is extremely flawed. As TalkLeft noted, the individuals arrested at Fort Dix had been in the United States well before the Iraq war, some of them for more than 23 years.

No wonder he was so shocked at Paul’s revelations.

3 comments ↪
  • You know what, Anthony? The major media are right. Ron Paul and Mike Gravel are not presidential material. They're too smart, too well-educated, and too honest. And that's just for starters.

    But I would vote for either of them in a heartbeat!

    Keep up the good work, ok?

  • Mark Anderson

    Yes. If anything, Ron Paul is too much the statesman for Washington, D.C. It is really sad that he must be in the race because he is the only one who is speaking truth power. Ideally, he should be living in retirement. He is 71 years old. He is doing this because he loves his country, and that so touches my heart.

  • See also:

    Rudy Giuliani vs. Ron Paul II

    "Rush Limbaugh says Ron Paul is “spamming polls” (Link)

    Meanwhile, online, there is a strong buzz (Link) that Ron Paul has been ignored by the mainstream media in regard to his impressive Internet demonstrated accomplishments"
    http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Rudy_Giuliani_v