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.

Real priorities assessed

As ever, The Australian Jewish News (AJN) tackles the big issues and chastises those who dare not to:

Jews like to call themselves the People of the Book, but lately, there are more than a few Australian Jews discomfited by the actions of one of their own particularly bookish people – Louise Adler.In the space of 12 months, Melbourne University Press, of which Adler is the chief executive, published two stridently anti-Israel books, Jacqueline Rose’s The Question of Zion and Antony Loewenstein’s particularly notorious My Israel Question.

Both books have more holes than a block of Swiss cheese and it’s not just Jewish critics that have been lining up to slam these titles – even mainstream, non-aligned commentators have exposed the flawed logic and basic errors in both these publications.

As any decent publisher should, Adler has gone to bat for her authors and she has been particularly strident in her support for Loewenstein, predictably (and odiously) dismissing his critics as stooges of the Zionist establishment. But if she has already alienated mainstream Jews with her previous two titles, what would happen if she gets her way and publishes the story of David Hicks, whom she is starting to portray as Australia’s Nelson Mandela?

Hicks has been found guilty of providing material support for terrorism. Yes, he was the victim of a major and unacceptable miscarriage of justice, being imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for close to five years without any formal charges being laid.

But, as has been pointed out in these pages before, he is clearly no friend of the Jews, allegedly telling fellow recruits at his al-Qaeda training camp of his desire to “go back to Australia and rob and kill Jews”.

Adler has forged a fine reputation as one of Australia’s leading book publishers and as a champion of the arts. But she has also made some questionable judgment calls as to who she publishes. Rose, Loewenstein and Hicks might make a fashionable triumvirate for her fellow left warriors, but her fellow Australian Jews would hardly feel the same way.

The “controversy” created by Adler is a storm in a tea-cup, designed by those loitering in the “war on terror” waiting room. Hicks, the “convicted terrorist”, may well be an anti-Semite, and he’s probably no hero, but why not publish his thoughts? Many will want to read how an average Australian man ended up in Afghanistan and beyond. For the Jewish community, publishers should clearly only publish books with a “sense of morality”. In other words, nothing that trashes Israel, Jews, America, the West, the IDF, Howard, Bush, Blair…The list would be scintillating, of course. Just imagine the thought. Courageous tales of Mossad agents killing evil Arabs in Hebron. Or IDF soldiers murdering dozens of unarmed Palestinians in Nablus. Yes, Adler needs to really reassess her priorities.

And, finally, I wasn’t aware that my book was “particularly notorious.” Maybe for the handful of loudmouth Zionist bullies who hate the fact that they can’t shut us up, and continue to publish “non-stories” week after week about some faux controversy or another. But keep it coming, ladies and gents. It’s all wonderful for sales (and most importantly, shows how out of touch mainstream Zionism has become.) Our aim is simple: to expand the public debate and reveal the real Israel to Australia and beyond. And that’s what we’ve been doing now for years.

5 comments ↪
  • Dylan

    David Hicks is an "average Australian", Antony?

  • Andre

    Put it this way Dylan,

    The article itself is a swiss cheese of holes, starting with the lam that:

    Hicks has been found guilty of providing material support for terrorism.

    This is patently false. Hicks agreed to a plea bargain in exchange for his freedom. No evidence against him was presented. His options were simple. After 5 years in isolation, he either pled guilty to an innocuous charge, or remain incarcerated for the rest of your life.

    While accepting that "he was the victim of a major and unacceptable miscarriage of justice, being imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for close to five years without any formal charges being laid", their fall back position is that he deserves punishment regardless for not being a friend of the Jews.

  • BenZ

    But keep it coming, ladies and gents. It’s all wonderful for sales

    I will ask you once again Antony: How many copies have you sold?

    [ashamed silence]

    Enough to pay a week's rent? Why won't you tell us? I mean, you constantly bang on about how it's a "best-seller". Surely you would be screaming the sales numbers from the rooftops no?

    Good of you also to graciously congratulate the winner of the Gleebooks prize in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. That is – not Loewenstein.

    Who was it? The grand Jewish conspiracy? The Zionist Lobby Stooges? Tim Blair maybe? Surely it's somebody's fault, I mean, it couldn't be just that your book is poorly written and, what was that? With "more holes than a block of Swiss cheese".

    Maybe Andre can tell us about the Mossad's new literary directorate.

  • BenZ

    The silence continues, as predicted.

    Antony the Silenced, has done a good job silencing himself eh?

  • BenZ

    The silence is deafening!