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.

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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.

The South African experience

Gideon Levy, Haaretz, May 24:

At the conference luncheon, Ronnie Kasrils, South Africa’s minister for intelligence services, hurried over to grab a seat next to us. Kasrils, a Jew, had never been to Israel (where he has relatives) until his visit to the territories earlier in the month, when he invited Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh to his country. He then made his first, quick trip to Tel Aviv, saw Rabin Square and ate fish in Jaffa. “It was the most pleasant evening I had,” he acknowledges.

Tom Segev once wrote that he is “a guy I wouldn’t choose to be stuck in an elevator with,” but I would be glad to get stuck with Ronnie Kasrils, inside or outside an elevator. He is a Jew in conflict with his people, perhaps also with his identity – a courageous freedom fighter and communist, who joined the oppressed race in its struggle, was exiled from his country for 27 years and is now a minister.

A son of Lithuanian Jews, who had a bar mitzvah and belonged to Jewish youth movements, Kasrils is one of the most fascinating characters to come out of the local Jewish community – which now thoroughly denounces him. He brandishes his Jewishness openly, perhaps defiantly, even when he recently made an official visit to Iran and Syria. He once founded a movement called “Not in My Name,” to underscore his disassociation from the injustices committed by Israel in the territories. Ronnie Kasrils hates the Israeli occupation.

When we talked he said the Israeli occupation is worse than apartheid: The whites never shelled the black neighborhoods with tanks and artillery. 

9 comments ↪
  • Carrie Lewis

    The whites never shelled the black neighborhoods with tanks and artillery.

    I don't remember black leaders threatening to wipe out every white person in South Africa either.

  • gottcha

    Nor did the black Sth Africans strap bombs to themselves and blow white children to pieces.

  • BenZ

    Kasrils, a Jew, had never been to Israel (where he has relatives) until his visit to the territories earlier in the month

    Sounds like Antony Loewenstein, who had also never been to Israel but didn't let this get in the way of forming all manner of uninformed opinion.

    If Israel truly practices "Apartheid", then perhaps one of you (Antony and Andre) can explain how it is, that a Palestinian can walk onto any bus filled with Jews or into any cafe filled with Jews, and blow himself up, murdering all of them.

  • BenZ your ignorance is showing.

    Black and white South africans could mix in public spaces.
    While the 2 systems share an ideal of seperateness as the goal, the means, extent and detail are different.

    The Apartheid regime also sought to portray its' enemies as "terrorists". And the extreme tactics of some Palestinians is not so surprising, as Kasrils points out, Israeli violence and repression is far more severe than anything dished out by the Apartheid regime.

    It is unfair to compare Apartheid and Israels occupation………unfair to Apartheid.

  • Andre

    Sounds like Antony Loewenstein, who had also never been to Israel but didn’t let this get in the way of forming all manner of uninformed opinion.

    Funny how BanZ latches onto minutia in the argument but avoids the conclusion that Kasrils comes to regarding the occupied territories.

    It must take year of practive to develop such an impenetrable blind spot.

    If Israel truly practices “Apartheid”, then perhaps one of you (Antony and Andre) can explain how it is, that a Palestinian can walk onto any bus filled with Jews or into any cafe filled with Jews, and blow himself up, murdering all of them.

    Why not let Ronnie Kasrils explain it?

    And if any Palestinian could indeed walk onto any bus filled with Jews or into any cafe filled with Jews, there woudl be 4 million of them in Israel.

  • BenZ

    So that's a no, Andre? You can't explain it. As I expected, for the simple facts about Arab integration within Israel doesn't suit your argument.

    Michael – you don't know a damned thing about Apartheid.

  • Ronnie Kasrils knows an awful lot about it. I'll just remind you what he said,

    The wall you built, the checkpoints and the roads for Jews only – it turns the stomach, even for someone who grew up under apartheid. It's a hundred times worse.

    "We know from our experience that oppression motivates resistance and that the more savage the oppression, the harsher the resistance. At a certain point in time you think that the oppression is working, and that you're controlling the other people, imprisoning its leaders and its activists, but the resistance will triumph in the end.

  • LDU

    I still dont understand how Australian Jewry can so strongly support a nation which was created at the expence of a whole peoples. It wasn't the Palestinians who created Auschwitz. It wasn't the Palestinians who did the Holocaust. It wasn't the Palestinians who persecuted Jews in Europe.

    So why did the Palestinians have to be raped over and over and over and over again for the atrocities committed by European Christians. Why was it there land that was stolen? Why didn't the Jews take a chunk of Germany, or Poland, or Russia, or the US?

    And why do the Palestinians have to live as second class citizens in their own land? Why do they have to repeatedly face humiliation at the hands of Israel? Why do they have to be caged in their own land?

  • LDU

    BenZ: "If Israel truly practices “Apartheid”, then perhaps one of you (Antony and Andre) can explain how it is, that a Palestinian can walk onto any bus filled with Jews or into any cafe filled with Jews, and blow himself up, murdering all of them."

    And Jewish settlers and army haven't committed murder against the Palestinian natives?