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.

Al Qaeda does it too

The campaign of the pro-torture, right-wing pro-war cheer squad over the recent “discovery” of illustrations in former Al Qaeda safe houses – depicting examples of torture methods employed by Al Qaeda types – has been fascinating, to say the least. First of all, these intrepid sleuths, who pride themselves on being able to sniff out frauds, have disregarded the most basic of questions.

Look, they could be legit, but (sorry, this is going to be somewhat graphic) why would you need to do an elaborate full-color sketch of a cleaver cutting off someone’s hand, or a hand being pierced by a drill?

………Funny, our government never seems to have released any pictures of corpses of Iraqis tortured with drills. Ah, but that’s been the handiwork of the Iraqi Interior Ministry, so never mind.

But now, they are incensed that those who oppose torture by the US and sundry haven’t joined in the chorus to condemn torture by the terrorists with the same enthusiasm.

Apparently, it has not occurred to James Taranto of The Wall St. Journal that while few would be surprised at Al Qaeda members using torture, it came as a surprise to most of the public to learn that the US also does it.

The tools, the drawings, and the photos are gruesome and clearly show what type of enemy the U.S. is facing.

Yet most of the liberal media are deliberately silent. This is the same self-righteous liberal media that ran more than 6,000 stories and countless photos of Abu Ghraib and the abuse of prisoners there by several U.S. soldiers. Where are they now? Why will they not show the American people what al-Qaeda is actually doing in Iraq right now? Whose side are they on?

You have to admire the level of discourse here.

Glenn Greewald points out:

It is easy sometimes to lose sight of how extreme a period this is in America’s history, how profoundly our national character has been degraded and how fundamentally our country’s core has changed over the last six years. If you haven’t already read Andrew Sullivan’s superb and dispassionate analysis of the Gestapo’s “Verschärfte Vernehmung” manual (German for “enhanced interrogation”), I encourage you to do so.

The Andrew Sullivan article points out that the torture defense offered today is identical to the ones used by Nazi war crime defendants to justify their use of “enhanced interrogation” techniques. Incidentally, some of these Gestapo defendants were convicted and sentenced to death at a 1948 war crimes trial for carrying out “interrogation” techniques similar to those that White House Counsel John Yoo regards as benign.

Just as disturbing is the endorsement of torture among the Republican base. During recent debates, we witnessed enthusiastic applause in response to candidate Mitt Romney calling for the doubling of Guantanamo, and Tom Tancredo calling for more Jack Bauer. It reminded one of the scene from Borat when he appeared in front of a Rodeo audience. The louder the calls for torture and lawless detentions, the louder the applause.

Joshua Muravchik of the American Enterprise Institute (AIE) dismisses an Amnesty International report documenting American violations of human rights:

Today, it may be that some U.S. actions in the war on terror are questionable or blameworthy. But such derogations are trivial in comparison with what is at issue between us and the terrorists. No one genuinely devoted to human rights can be blind to this. Those who ignore it are using the lingo of human rights to pursue some other agenda.

In other words, it’s permissible to sink to the most barbaric standards of human existence, because that’s what the terrorists are doing it, and there is no other way to defeat them. Still, that doesn’t mean we’re as bad as they are, because you know, we wouldn’t be doing it for freedom and liberty.

Al Qaeda clearly operates without regard for humanity, whereas the U.S. is supposed to be a beacon to the rest of the world, yet this point appears to be lost on war supporters. When we accuse the US of war crimes and crimes against humanity, the defenders of these policies scoff at the notion of moral equivalence. The irony is that neoconservatives and other Bush followers never accepted this distinction in the first place. They demand that the media treat stories of torture from the U.S. and Al Qaeda exactly the same.

What is the point of denegrading the brutality of tyrannical and barbaric regimes, when we are adopting those standards of behavior as our own? Is it to justify why we have sunk so low?

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