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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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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Enemies among us

US troops are beginning to doubt the worthiness of the cause in Iraq, and who could blame them?

“I thought, ‘What are we doing here? Why are we still here?’ ” said Safstrom, a member of Delta Company of the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division. “We’re helping guys that are trying to kill us. We help them in the day. They turn around at night and try to kill us.”

No matter how noble the intentions of the troops, there is no avoiding he fact that they are occupiers. Apart from the Iraqi people, the Iraqi security forces they believe they are there to help are always going to resent their country being controlled by an occupying power.

4 comments ↪
  • gottcha

    And what about the Iranian weapons being smuggled in to kill our troops Andre?

    Do you have anything to say about Iran arming the insurgents?

    How about Syria arming Hezbollah during the recent war in Lebanon?

    How about Al Qaeda — are they occupiers?

    And how about us Andre, aren't we occupiers in Australia — shouldn't we piss off back to our colonial countries and leave the Aborigines to their land?

    Why are you in British occupied Canada? Why are you oppressing the eskimos?

    You are breaking your own rules Andre.

    Funny isn't it, how you can preach to others while you oppress the eskimos and colonial Antony oppresses the Australian Aborigines.

  • Andre

    Gottcha

    You just can't help accepting everything you are being told without even questioning it can you?

    And what about the Iranian weapons being smuggled in to kill our troops Andre?

    What weapons? The EFP's that Patrick Cockburn tells us are being produced from makeshift factories right inside Iraq?

    Do you have anything to say about Iran arming the insurgents?

    Iran's Shiites arming the Sunni insurgents who are trying their Shiite brethren in Iraq? Makes a lot of sense, but keep believing everything you read.

    How about Syria arming Hezbollah during the recent war in Lebanon?

    And your point is? Israel were supplied by the US and Britain. Oh that's right, Israel's opponents are only allowed to throw stones and make Qassams right?

    Wars and conflicts create markets for weapons, which is why military contractors like them so much. Right now, the US is arming the Lebanese military after the Lebanese government allowed Fatah Al-Islam into the country, and after Saudi Arabia armedand financed them at the behest of the US. Why wasn't the US arming Lebanon when Israel attacked it?

    BTW. Hezbollah use US made M-16 rifles . Do you think the US supplies them with those as well?

    How about Al Qaeda — are they occupiers?

    Which Al Qaeda? Have you bothered to ask if the AQ in Iraq have anything to do with Bin Laden or are just a franchise?

    And how about us Andre, aren’t we occupiers in Australia — shouldn’t we piss off back to our colonial countries and leave the Aborigines to their land?

    Yes the British did occupy the land and yes, we screwed the local population pretty badly. That too was an example of empire and taking what did not belong to them.

  • gottcha

    He he Andre,

    You are so funny … you claim that I…

    ' just can’t help accepting everything you are being told without even questioning it can you?'

    then you mimick…

    'Patrick Cockburn tells us are being produced from makeshift factories right inside Iraq?'

    It seems that what you really mean is that:

    I'm wrong for accepting what l read but it's fine for you to mimick stuff you read because you agree with it. That's pretty messed up isn't it?

    You spend many hours writing on this blog; many long responses to questions and opinions posted by others. But the fact is nobody is going to change their mind about what they believe and this place is simply a space to vent. Unlike you, Jews who live in Israel know the real problems elated to living there.

    People like you and Antony have only read about the country or holidayed there. You don't know what it's like to grow up there for the Jews or the Arabs and you never will.

    The most interesting thing about this blog is that it showcases pure antisemetism — people like Michael and you who are obssessed with Jews for no apparaent reason. It says more about you guys than it does about any inhabitant of Israel.

  • Andre

    A typical cherry picked argument from you Gottcha.

    Cockburn happens to be an independent investigative reporter. who's livelihood rests on his credibility, and thus his ability to report the truth. it is no secret that governments lie and the Bush administration has taken this to pathological extremes. In any case. Cockburn was on source among numerous others, that point to an alternative explanation for why Israel attacked Lebanon.

    Your post if a litany of nonsequiturs. One does not have to live in Australia or North America to understand that indigenous populations were slaughtered. One does not have to have lived in WWII Germany to learn of what became of the Jewish population. Similarly, the state of affairs in the occupied territories is only challenged by Israel's amen corner, who will defend Israel unconditionally, good or bad.

    There is nothing remotely antisemitic about this blog. Look up the definition of the term – you'll find that being critical of Israel is not mentioned anywhere. You are merely falling for the Abe Foxman broad brush stroke that aims to make the definition as ambiguous and vague as possible so that you can employ it gratuitously.