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.

Ron Paul does it again

It’s amazing that in spite of coming in 1st or 2nd in all three debates, Ron Paul is still regarded as a non contender for the Republican nomination.

Ron Paul Ready To Drop the Next Bomb?

Though he has often highlighted the problems of running a country (and much of the planet) on counterfeit money produced by the Federal Reserve System, last Friday US Congressman and GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul again restated the case for overhauling our intrinsically flawed monetary system. (Its intrinsic flaws being the only things intrinsic about it.)

Ron Paul Polls

WOW Ahead by about 4,000 votes! with more than half of the votes…And STILL, no one’s gunna talk about him…Gotta love America.

Ron Paul Leads GOP Debate Polling, Once Again

Though the seating arrangements and even the number of questions addressed to “second tier” presidential candidates were designed to “showcase” so-called major candidates, the Ron Paul (R-Tex) Internet poll surge continues.

Ron Paul has three things going for him.

1. He admits the war in Iraq was a mistake and that we need to get our kids home. On that point alone he can win an honest election.

2. The mainstream media hates him. That tells me that corporations hate Ron Paul’s guts right now.

3. Ron Paul is not an obvious Israel suck-up like the other candidates, and has accepted no money from pro-Israeli lobbyists. America needs leaders who put America first, second, and third, and Ron Paul and Mike Gravel are the only two candidates who meet that requirement.

Ron Paul leads GOP Debate Polling, once again

Ron Paul, according to some supporters of the campaign, gave the most eloquent and convincing answer of any modern, televised debate when he identified President George Bush’s pre-emptive war doctrine as the single most troubling moral issue faced by United States.

  • point:

    What I can tell you — what all of us need to know before we run out and sign on for a summer of Ron Paul Love Feasts — is that Paul has some long-standing ties to early-90s Patriot groups — and some ugly attitudes on race and equality — that should give us all long and serious pause. Diarist phenry at Daily Kos lays out the particulars here and here.

    According to phenry, Paul's newsletter, The Ron Paul Political Report (renamed The Ron Paul Survival Report in 1993, in a bid to pander to the militia audience that was peaking that year) was a Patriot movement must-read, full of helpful advice on tax protest, gold-backed currency, urban race war and other pet legal and social theories of the extremist right. While content is very hard to come by now (Paul has scrubbed much of what was on the Web, and refuses to release the newsletter to the media), phenry dug up a few choice samples, including:

    * A 1992 screed on African-American"racial terrorism" in Los Angeles, in which Paul insists that "our country is being destroyed by a group of actual and potential terrorists — and they can be identified by the color of their skin."

    * Another 1992 article, this one asserting that "complex embezzling" is "100% white and Asian;" and noting that young black male muggers are "unbelievably fleet-footed."

    * A Houston Chronicle citation from 1996, in which he asserts that Barbara Jordan was a "fraud." Paul wrote: "Everything from her imitation British accent, to her supposed expertise in law, to her distinguished career in public service, is made up. If there were ever a modern case of the empress without clothes, this is it. She is the archetypical half-educated victimologist, yet her race and sex protect her from criticism."….

  • Andre

    It turns out that those comments attributed to Paul were never made by him.

    Dear Iggy,

    Here’s the real deal about the accusations of Ron Paul being a racist:

    Some assholes wrote those things under his name long ago and he stupidly didn’t immediately denounce the statements. Then they came up in the race in ‘96 and he says his aides said that it would make it worse if he tried to explain that someone else wrote it in his newsletter under his name. Again, a very stupid call.

    In 2001 he explained to Texas Monthly that others had written it and that he felt real bad – especially the part about Barbara Jordan since they always had a great relationship.

    The most important thing I think to understand about Ron Paul is that he really is an individualist. When we talked about responsibility for 9/11 on my show he talked about the actual 19 who did the deed. I don’t believe for a minute – and I’d be extremely angry and frankly heartbroken if I thought otherwise – that Ron Paul is a bigot in any way at all. One of the people very closest to me in my life is black, and these things about Paul would certainly be deal-breakers to me if I though they were true. Hell, they would be anyway.

    The worst thing you could say I think is that he had some real bad PR guys – 10 and 20 years ago.

    Please check into his record, his speeches, etc. – and they go Way back – and you will find nothing remotely representing bigotry. Read what he says about the war too, he brings the humanity of the “enemy” into the debate probably more than anyone.

    You can read much more about this here:

    What made the statements in the publication even more puzzling was that, in four terms as a U. S. congressman and one presidential race, Paul had never uttered anything remotely like this.

    “When I ask him why, he pauses for a moment, then says, ‘I could never say this in the campaign, but those words weren’t really written by me. It wasn’t my language at all. Other people help me with my newsletter as I travel around. I think the one on Barbara Jordan was the saddest thing, because Barbara and I served together and actually she was a delightful lady.’ …

    “His reasons for keeping this a secret are harder to understand: ‘They were never my words, but I had some moral responsibility for them . . . I actually really wanted to try to explain that it doesn’t come from me directly, but they campaign aides said that’s too confusing. “It appeared in your letter and your name was on that letter and therefore you have to live with it.” ‘ It is a measure of his stubbornness, determination, and ultimately his contrarian nature that, until this surprising volte-face in our interview, he had never shared this secret. It seems, in retrospect, that it would have been far, far easier to have told the truth at the time.”

    Also, please read this.

    — Scott

  • Ajay

    There are dirty tricks all round – not only in the USA – Paul is impressive when he speaks and writes. He makes much more sense and is far more consistent & logical than any other person from either the Republican or Democratic parties.

    For the USA he really is their last best hope of reforming their system without chaos.

    On social policy – well Europe/Canada/Australia have all shown that it is possible to have decent social policy and free markets – the US has yet to discover how to do that – honestly.

  • Thomas

    It is clear in looking at the full body of Ron Paul's works that he is not a racist.

    There seem to be a few progressive web sites that, rather than address his ideas, attack Ron Paul and use name-calling. Though most seem to be doing this as part of their idealistic work, one highly productive writer hinted that she is being paid well to protect the left from Ron Paul on the Internet.

    I'm not sure why Ron Paul is so threatening that a major opposition from the left occurs. It might be that he is drawing from the faithful of organizations on the left. It might be that some think it is possible that he will get the Republican nomination. It might be that the idea of smaller government simply creates a highly emotional response from those who want to force things to happen.