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.

Their suffering is our opportunity

A senior journalist at the Australian Jewish News relishes the suffering of the Palestinians (in typical cheerleading, Zionist style):

It has been conventional wisdom for these past six decades that if the Arab states had accepted the UNSCOP plan, Gaza would have become part of a Palestinian state. After this week, the tables seemed to have turned. Now Gaza is a de facto Palestinian state.

It is a state run by what Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinians this week, with breathtaking hypocrisy, decried as “terrorists”. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

So pardon me, but I can’t help thinking that somehow this augurs well for Israel. Now it seems Israel really has a chance to come to terms — long-odds though they are — with the West Bank and with Fatah.

Gaza, which is now inextricably linked to Hamas, is off the radar, because Hamas won’t recognise Israel. Let them declare a Palestinian state in Gaza! But they won’t, because for Hamas, Gaza is merely a work in progress.

As they never fail to assure the world, they have their eyes on Jerusalem and on every square metre of Israel. But no recognition of Israel means no negotiations with Israel. And no negotiations means no concessions from Israel.

The Gaza experiment may yet turn into a Middle Eastern ‘Cuba-stan’ of sorts, belligerent, aggressive, a staging ground for lethal rockets. It is an impoverished territory with a basket-case infrastructure and economy. Its only asset is the view of the Mediterranean.

After all, if the Palestinians are dying or starving thanks to Israeli and Western military, financial or economic pressures, what do Jews like Peter Kohn care?

9 comments ↪
  • Carrie Lewis

    Yes, an opportunity for peace between Israelis and Palestinians is such a daunting prospect and if peace can bring about an end to the dying on both sides, what do Jews like our host here care?

  • Andre

    The problem Carrie is that this is just a temporary situation that Israel will likely exploit to secure the West Bank. Ultimately, the fortuned of Abbas still come down to what the Israeli's are prepared to offer in concrete terms, and once the honeymoon is over, things will llikely disintegrate to the status quo.

  • Carrie Lewis

    How do you know that Andre?

    I'm told that Israelis were skeptical about the motives of Anwar Sadat when he made overtures for peace with Israel and virtually invited himself to Tel Aviv. From there, things snowballed until the two countries came to an historic and difficult compromise, made peace and Israel returned Egyptian territory occupied in the 1967 War.

    How else do you resolve your differences with your enemies than by talking to them and being prepared to make compromises?

  • Marilyn

    Carrie, name one time Israel has wanted peace. Gawd I am tired of this circular bullshit.

  • Andre

    Carrie

    Based on history I'd say that Israel will prop up Abbas to keep him power, but they won't make any concessions. Like I point to in the following thread:
    http://antonyloewenstein.com/blog/2007/06/27/is-t

    nothing will change in the West Bank or as far as the refugees are concerned, and the Palestinians in Gaza will only get more of the same treatment.

  • Carrie Lewis

    Marilyn – numerous times starting with 1948 and going all the way through to the present time.

    One of the striking examples however, is immediately after the 6 Day War but the Arab League with the support of the Palestinians responded with no, no, no.

    Israel has made peace with Egypt and with Jordan and that was through negotiations and compromise. As I asked earlier, how else do you make peace?

    As far as the "circular bullshit" is concerned Marilyn, if you untied that foot of yours, you'd find you weren't going around in circles.

    Andre. Hamas wants to destroy Israel and kill Jews. What concession would you like it to make?

  • Andre

    Carrie,

    Hamas wants to destroy Israel and kill Jews.

    Israel also wants to destroy Hamas and effectively kill the people of Gaza. The fact remains that Israel can pretend to be Fatah's best friend, but Fatah raison d'etre is to represent the Palestinians. They will be hard pressed to achieve that while simultaneously taking their marching orders from Tel Aviv.

    One day Israel refuses to deal with fatah, the next they are suddenly partners. Anyone without blinder can see this is just a blatant example of Israel exploiting Fatah while they are vulnerable. it is short sighted and futile.

    That's what led to Hams being elected in the first place, you may recall.

    What concession would you like it to make?

    Good quesrion, the word concessions is inappropriate. Giving back land that does not belong to them is not a concession but a legal requirement.

  • viva peace

    Hopefully when we wake up in the morning, all the Palestinians will have blown each other to their 72 virgins.

  • Carrie Lewis

    How naieve Andre.

    Hamas' aims are written down in its Charter for everyone to see. Your claim that Israel wants to "effectively kill the people of Gaza" is a figment of a wild imagination.

    What concession wouldyou like it to make?

    You say it's a good question but the word "concessions" is inappropriate. In other words, there's nothing to negotiate about because if Israel gives Hamas all of its land the Hamas Charter remains intact and there's nothing left for Israel to discuss with Hamas other than which way it cuts the throats of the Jews. By advocating for Hamas, you are advocating for genocide and that makes you no better than Viva Peace.

    Giving back land that does not belong to them is not a concession but a legal requirement.

    The whole idea of negotiating with the Palestinians is to determine issues of borders, water rights, Jerusalem and refugees. The whole basis for negotiations is mutual recognition. If you're not recognised and the other side declares openly and in writing that it wants to annihilate you, there is nothing to negotiate about.

    Fatah wants to negotiate, its President claims constitutional authority to be able to do so and claims to be willing to recognise Israel's right to exist. Therefore, it's worth negotiating with him because potentially such talks have the potential of bringing a better life to the Palestinian and Israeli people while Hamas will only give them Viva Peace's obnoxious solution.

    That's why the above article is nothing more than a piece of nonense.