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.

Those misbehaving Muslims

So, the Palestinians are not behaving as planned. The West is upset. The one-state solution is becoming more likely. Jews are rebelling like never before against the Israeli occupation and its racist policies. The Middle East is becoming less friendly to Western “interests” by the day. Only a good thing, in my humble opinion.

Perhaps more ominously, however, as reported by Noami Klein, is the ability of Israel to export its “terror” to other countries. The region’s only “democracy” must be so proud:

Since Israel began its policy of sealing off the occupied territories with checkpoints and walls, human rights activists have often compared Gaza and the West Bank to open-air prisons. But in researching the explosion of Israel’s homeland security sector, a topic I explore in greater detail in a forthcoming book (The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism), it strikes me that they are something else too: laboratories where the terrifying tools of our security states are being field-tested. Palestinians – whether living in the West Bank or what the Israeli politicians are already calling “Hamasistan” — are no longer just targets. They are guinea pigs.

Resistance to such moves are inevitable, and should be encouraged. Here in Iran, the Israel/Palestine issue, while being clearly exploited by the authorities, is still the major issue by which Western standards and behaviour are judged.

13 comments ↪
  • BenZ

    So, the Palestinians are not behaving as planned.

    Well I for one am not in the least surprised by them acting like a bunch of savages.

    The one-state solution is becoming more likely

    Actually, many of those who were naive enough to believe in the idea of a single state, can now understand, based on what the Palestinians are capable of doing to each other, what they would do to the Jews given half a chance.

    In other words, even they now realise the one-state solution is a fantasy. Antony Loewenstein drifts further and further from reality.

    He was always loose with the facts and demonstrated a poor understanding of things. However now, even his naive idealism is being pushed to the absolute fringes of the naive idealist views.

    Bottom line: Antony is blind to the acts of terrorists and is supporting them from the rear. This position hasn't really changed, however it should be rather obvious to many people in the real world, just how stupid your fantasies really are.

  • BenZ

    Here in Iran

    I shall assume Antony is receiving Iranian funding for his 'work'.

    Surely his book sales and 'journalism' wouldn't even cover an average electricity bill.

    I don't expect Antony to comment. As usual.

  • Andre

    BenZ,

    I shall assume Antony is receiving Iranian funding for his ‘work’.

    You are beginning to sound like Melanie Phillips of crack. With such petulant and infantile attacks as these, why would anyone bother to respond?

  • BenZ

    Andre,

    As I said, I don't expect Antony to respond – any more than I expected him to respond to direct evidence of hypocritical censorship or a direct question as to how many copies of his book he sold.

    His silence is totally expected.

    Thanks for trying to run interference though, howevef you aren't actually fooling anyone. Well, besides yourself perhaps.

  • Andre

    Yes you keep reminding us about this censorship in spite of the fact that you derogatory and often insulting remarks that continue to appear on this blog.

  • viva peace

    Actually the Hamastanites are behaving EXACTLY as suspected. It is as written in the Koran. They live by the sword, let us all pray they all go the same way.

  • Is viva out on day release?

  • "As I said, I don’t expect Antony to respond – any more than I expected him to respond to direct evidence of hypocritical censorship or a direct question as to how many copies of his book he sold." – BenZ

    Respond? Why would he?

    You're here proving his theories about the intolerant Zionist mainstream correct.

    His reaction is probably to give you a round of applause.

  • BenZ

    Yes you keep reminding us about this censorship in spite of the fact that you derogatory and often insulting remarks that continue to appear on this blog.

    Not many other peoples' do though, do they, Andre?

    You’re here proving his theories about the intolerant Zionist mainstream correct.

    I'm a single person, Michael. You have very nicely proven however, how easily you will tar an entire community as long as it fits in with your narrow-minded views.

  • I’m a single person, Michael. You have very nicely proven however, how easily you will tar an entire community as long as it fits in with your narrow-minded views. – BenZ

    You protest too much.

    "I for one am not in the least surprised by them [the Palestinians] acting like a bunch of savages." – BenZ

    Hhmmm….

    It pays to have a short memory.

  • BenZ

    “I for one am not in the least surprised by them [the Palestinians] acting like a bunch of savages.” – BenZ

    It takes a special kind of moron, to insert brackets into a direct quote and thus create a comment, and believe this is proof of something someone else said.

    Did I actually say "The Palestinians"? No. You added that. I was referring to the Palestinian savages running aroud Gaza shooting children, women and each other as well as hurling tied-up people off rooftops.

    On the other hand, I quoted you quite accurately.

    Making up quotes is a popular tactic around here for some people…

  • Nice try BernZ, but as I said, it certainly does pay to have a short memory. I inserted the brackets just in case you'd forgotten what it was your commented referred to.

    Here it is in full for you, you poor demented thing.

    "So, the Palestinians are not behaving as planned" – Antony

    Well I for one am not in the least surprised by them acting like a bunch of savages. – BenZ

    A special kind of moron indeed.

  • al loomis

    every now and then, this site does a loop into the 4th dimension.

    fortunately, even if you children can't play together nicely, it doesn't matter- you're none of you real people. maybe real children.