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.

Local Jewish leaders warn off Labor’s “anti-Israel ratbags”

My following article appears in today’s edition of Crikey:

The Israeli government decided earlier this week to declare the Gaza Strip “hostile territory” and vowed to cut off essential services such as electricity and fuel to the over one million Palestinian residents in the Hamas-controlled territory.

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the Jewish state to reconsider its decision saying: “Such a step would be contrary to Israel’s obligations towards the civilian population under international humanitarian and human rights law.” Israel was publicly announcing it was committing war crimes (and the Israeli establishment supported it).

Lest anyone think that the Australian Jewish community cares about such an egregious decision (let alone condemn it), they’re far too busy worrying about the possibility that a Kevin Rudd-led government may indulge “anti-Israel ratbags” in Labor’s backbench. According to this week’s Bulletin, the self-described leaders of the Jewish establishment are determined to warn Labor that they won’t tolerate anything less than complete obedience to the Likudnik worldview. Any criticism of Israeli policies is unacceptable and displays an unhealthy “anti-Israel” tendency. Zionism isn’t a choice; it’s a political duty.

There is something inherently insecure about a supposedly strong community tolerating no public debate on one of the key foreign issues of our time. The Bulletin article cites Labor’s “fiercest Israel critics” as Tanya Plibersek and Julia Irwin.

Plibersek’s “crime” in 2002 was to claim, correctly under international law, that there is a “rogue state which consistently ignores UN resolutions whose ruler is a war criminal – it is called Israel and the war criminal is Ariel Sharon”.

Irwin dared suggest in 2005, just after Israel’s sham withdrawal from Gaza, that the territory was a “Palestinian ghetto; a prison for its one million people.” Furthermore, “We are witnessing the ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem”. The UN recently confirmed her analysis.

Observing these parochial discussions prove how utterly removed from reality Jewish spokesmen have become. While a leading Israeli commentator has openly called Israel’s behaviour in the occupied territories akin to apartheid, a new bestselling book in the US claims that the Zionist lobby is stifling public debate on the Middle East and recently released polling of young American Jews finds that less than half under the age of 35 believe Israel’s destruction would be a personal tragedy, Jewish leaders are more focused on pointing out perceived anti-Israel “bias” at The Age. In their worldview, any criticism of Israel is “biased.”

They don’t want to accept it, but a Jewish “glasnost” is sprouting around the world. Their hysterical responses reflects an inability to recognise that they can no longer claim to speak for all Jews nor be the sole guardians of Jewish identity.

The truth behind these latest constructed fears is that both Coalition and Labor policy is virtually identical on Israel (despite Peter Costello’s suggestions otherwise). If Jews truly believe that any political party is the “best friend” of Israel, they should welcome a robust discussion of Israel’s illegal expansion in the occupied territories or the killing of innocent Palestinians on most days of the week.

But I guess this just makes me biased.

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