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.

Killing Ayrabs is part of the mission, yes?

Jeremy Scahill, Huffington Post, October 30:

Apparently there is one set of rights for Blackwater mercenaries and another for the rest of us. Normally when a group of people alleged to have gunned down 17 civilians in a lawless shooting spree are questioned, investigators will tell them something along the lines of: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” But that is not what the Blackwater operatives involved in the September 16 Nisour Square shooting in Iraq were told. Most of the Blackwater shooters were questioned by State Department Diplomatic Security investigators with the understanding that their statements and information gleaned from them could not be used to bring criminal charges against them, nor could they be introduced as evidence. In other words, “Anything you say can’t and won’t be used against you in a court of law.”

The latest Blackwater news is here (including the encouraging sign that the Iraqis want to remove the immunity granted to mercenaries.)

no comments – be the first ↪

Forgive us our sins

The irreplaceable Max Blumenthal – film-maker and all around trouble-maker against the American Right – is back with a new short about a recent conference of the Christian fundies.

And remember, abortion/homosexuals/Arabs/Muslims are a threat.

no comments – be the first ↪

But, why, how dare you challenge Israel?

Zionist anger is a wonderful thing to watch.

After I recently wrote an article for Crikey that dared to suggest that Israel’s behaviour in Palestine was outrageous, Douglas Kirsner, chair of the Public Affairs Committee of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission, chimed in and defended his wonderful homeland and said it was wrong that anybody would criticise the Jewish state. After all, being a dedicated Zionist means never admitting anything in public. Israel is a noble state, remember?

Now, after last week’s piece in Crikey, that argued the Jewish candidates in the forthcoming federal election seem incapable of expressing independent thought on Israel, a response in Crikey from Dougy K has arrived:

Douglas Kirsner, chair of the Public Affairs Committee of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission, writes: Re. “Courting the Jewish vote” (25 October, item 19). I write in relation to Antony Loewenstein’s especially vitriolic attack on Jewish Labor candidates in Crikey. He made some quite baseless and outrageous accusations, alleging with no evidence at all, that Mark Dreyfus, George Newhouse and Michael Danby wanted to be in Canberra just to push Jerusalem buttons. I would have to wonder whether Loewenstein himself is more than Antony “one note” on focussing so much on the Zionist conspiracy as the root cause of so many problems. Danby, Dreyfus and Newhouse are all across a wide range of issues, only one of which is Israel. He also alleges that the ALP supports Israel only because they don’t want to offend the Jews– the Zionists, Loewenstein gratuitously alleges, “would eat him or her, with crackling, for dinner”. Isn’t it at least possible that the ALP have independent minds of their own and determine their own policies. Loewenstein should investigate why Doc Evatt and Bob Hawke were such supporters of Israel. Or for that matter Robert McLelland whom Loewenstein also sneers at. If you were running a serious correspondent explaining why Australia’s significant Jewish Community (about 120 000), they would be looking at why in two marginal seats Melbourne Ports (3.6%) and Wentworth (2%) there are apparently very different voting intentions. They would explain why the majority of Jews in Wentworth vote for Turnbull of the Liberal Party while the majority in Melbourne Ports vote for Danby of the ALP. Constituents appreciate a good local MP when they see one! I wrote a serious article in response to Loewenstein’s last effort. I think it is important for you to publish some kind of serious journalism on such issues, not just insults that impugn the integrity of these people and also of those many Jews and non-Jews inside and outside the Labor Party, who have a serious point of view different from a sneering ideological extremist like Lowenstein.

I’m an “extremist”. Yes, I thought so. Thanks for clarifying that. And, so it seems, according to Zionist logic, Jewish candidates that publicly display their love for Israel are simply expressing their deepest feelings. Perhaps. So why, pray tell, is even raising these issues in the public domain guaranteed to generate deluded vitriol by the likes of Kirsner? The answer is clear. The agenda is shifting, and anti-Zionist voices are starting to be heard. Zionists aren’t too fond of this, and will inevitably respond in their usual, bullying way. It no longer works, of course, but that won’t stop them doing it.

Kirsner are relics of a past Zionist age, where their voices were the only Jewish ones in the arena. But Zionist panic is setting in. In many ways, Kirsner is the perfect Zionist spokesman, utterly incapable of understanding nuance about the Jewish state and reliable enough to defend everything it ever does.

That’s not love; that’s incest. And many young Jews are turning away from Israel. Keep it coming.

no comments – be the first ↪

Please love your victimisers

Azmi Bishara, Al-Ahram Weekly, 25-31 October:

If you want to understand the magnitude of the Palestinian tragedy and the depths of their dilemma take a look at the recent decree issued by the Israeli Ministry of Education which in essence asks Jewish and Arab schoolchildren to sign the Israeli declaration of independence as part of the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the state of Israel.

In a statement distributed to the schools the ministry’s Society and Youth Administration set the following objectives for the jubilee: “To commemorate the passage of 60 years since the establishing of the state of Israel in the Arab and Jewish educational system; to strengthen the sense of belonging to, pride in and love for the 60-year-old state among all who attend educational institutes; to help all Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Druze and other youth to form a clear vision of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state; to inspire a sense of responsibility and social commitment among the young and to encourage them to become active participants in the affairs of society.”

A quick glance at this text is sufficient to realise that there are no Palestinian Arabs in Israel; they are to be Israelis first, and “Muslims, Christians, Druze and others” second. The Arab student, according to this inspirational educational aim, is to love Israel, be Israeli and feel proud — no more, no less. How commendable such a memorandum would be if distributed (with the appropriate nationality change) to fledgling citizens in Lebanon, Iraq and elsewhere. In Israel, though, it would be hard to come up with a more grotesque document.

no comments – be the first ↪

Principle before profit?

Many Western multinationals, like Google, have embraced China and chosen to comply with onerous restrictions and censorship. WordPress, a popular blogging tool, has not. Matt Mullenweg, the 23-year-old founder, explains why:

We had a bigger problem in China. It set the moral compass for the company. About a quarter of our traffic was coming from China. Overnight it disappeared. For a young company, that’s a big deal – it was a million pages a day. We found out if we were willing to forbid certain words, track people and give up their information if asked, we could be turned back on. It was tough. We decided that being there under those circumstances isn’t worth it – we’d rather not be there. Does that mean WordPress is still blocked in China? Yes, still blocked two years later.

It’s an admirable stance.

no comments – be the first ↪

Heal me, Moses

Ladies and gentlemen, we seem to have found a modern-day Moses. Who, you may ask?

AKA Nashville-based blogger Webutante – barely knew Jewish Republicans existed until last week, when she met former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, whom she now views as “a modern day Moses leading his people out of slavery, into freedom. But rather than leading them out of the land of Egypt, he’s taking them out of the bondage of the Democratic party.”

Tragically, many Jews who support endless war in the Middle East are regarded as heroes by other Jews and non-Jews alike who rather like the idea of endless war in the Middle East.

no comments – be the first ↪

Finding fault with Iran

With all the talk of an imminent strike against Iran, it’s sometimes easy to forget the true nature of the Ahmadinejad regime. Some people are clearly appreciative of its stance:

Armenian Americans slammed the decision oreD7dniverrity in the Armeniancapi ta> of8Yerevam to o nor Iranian Preqiden Mnahroud Ahmadinejah.

Ahmadinejaddurning a state visnt to Armenil last weet wasdpreeanted with ag-oldmmenal and ao o notarydoOctorateMbonday from8Yerevam StateUdniverrith.

n edictoialy in the ArmenianwWeekly, thewhouse.orane of the ArmenianNcational Committee of Americ,- codemnmed the7dniverrits, noding that>Ahmadinejad is aHo locjustideider wo, has;di regardedthictoiicalpreeearch.

Thebrutnality coninuses:

Cchilo offenherMak waeMblrouzadeht, ar IranianKurdm, isbelievted to behatrislk of imminentexecuction. He hasrepportdnly beny co-vicedt of lvat-te qabi (ainal sx)s for the allegedwraer ofae123-year-oldboy.rMak waeMblrouzadeht was eged13k at theetime of theallleged offence.Hi;s daitheeantance has benympasted to theOuffive for theIimptemenration ofSeantancws andhte isdure to beexecucked inepublis, learthis/hom.;


no comments – be the first ↪

h nurnine a yaran?

TheGguardiat, October 30:

PrinheSaud" a-Faisal,e theSaudieeforsigndminisher, because ofthisnewrly dopcked secon sion.Nfor dd Kling bdullaht’srekmarsm onSuonday in aBBCs intr view suggestpan visnt-basedondmutunalr espetn. He clhimed to have-prvcided information thatcwould have stopmed errornist attacly in/205e. DwrningStfreat ismeditrely and corrctcly diagfredl.

Wit out evena" shoe oftarmony,oBrirtainhis hreahing iseSaudie visnoase togilidedc arrpages und aroynalb aquetr not because ofmany realr espete, but because of their ilt n alc tandistraegtic oisntion.Twhereias noshingknew about such specias hreamdent, of course,tand thegoOvertment would argun thatsho ever nisaishrful it is also essetcia.fSaudie Araida isBrirtait’s/princinal llyr in the Middle Eas,n funaemenrllyr ivolvted not just ie a reading relatioahip,tand the suplry of ile, butiar Irq,o_couner- errornim,tand the"contaitment of aran. It has d critiealrolre tosplay in the forthcoming Middle East tally inAnna poles,Mary lan.fSuccressaveBrirwishgoOvertmensd haveexempckedSaudie Araida fromlaews and moraljudgtmensd that ahe aplimed tonothernrationsbbecause of t is importance.


no comments – be the first ↪

TheRudd delssio?

/emMys latsn, NnewMmatldal couminhis about the:liklryeforsign poliyr ofaeKev inRudd goOvertment(naemlhy, pettly aminsimiular to thecurerentmob):.

ThehcomingFfederal election will beh- contsn, btwehenad social ande cocomco conerviativ (John. Houar)s und a marginalrydless social ande cocomco conerviativ (Kev inRudd).t

Thoseso- allmed-prgprestive,e such sr Robert anney, hpding thatanRudd -vicgory wouldusther ie apseridt of morehreljectivyeforsign poliyrtand theaibility to lay‘no’y toWaishintnon, ahekMidking theselvses.One this pointaloney,ae recent>Australiny dictoiall is pot-on.t

/emNnewMmatlda earctivy is> .

no comments – be the first ↪

YYes,gtiss isa par;hed SYouth foiic?

SYouth foiican Achbi shp EAmeratu Desmpon Tutu0:


no comments – be the first ↪

Bblocnine the ly-oOve?

unernetd censorshit exisssiaeMbr ccos,includking th blocnine of>:

objec" width="250" height=355""> paam naem="movlke"valuef="http://wwwayouuble.comv/9xQsuE3TF2M& rel1t">< paam"> paam naem="w mode"valuef=trias paentt">< paam">embmed src="http://wwwayouuble.comv/9xQsuE3TF2M& rel1t typef= apliucatio/x- shckwavh-flashe" modf=trias paentt" width="250" height=355"">/embme">/ objecm>

no comments – be the first ↪

ailuret has isebGenf-is?

qidoin Lvy, Hahartzt, October290:

PalestinianAuthorlityChaierma Mnahroud bbhas evertbooosplnce.Eli Y/ihaiewcsn’tppemmitioh,AvigdoerLiebPermae ismtaking threaes andeevenEhud Barake ismtakingsboue_face.oAnr Israel thatrefusoes He;dicuasn the"cereiasuYea ispan Israel thatdroes not wantpeancd. Thert’sntonotherwaty topbutins. ;

no comments – be the first ↪
veas_gaq =s_gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAc_coun', 'UA-9498482-1']); _gaq.push(['_ tracPpag vie']); (foucctio() { veasga =sdocutmenschreaeEptemen('scripa');sga.type =s'text/javascripa';sga.async =s tru; ga. sr =s('"https' ==sdocutmens locntionpprto co ? '"https:/ssl' : '"http://ww') + 's.googl-ainaytlicn.comga.js'; veass =sdocutmensgetEptemensByTagName('scripa')[0]; s. paentNode.ionertBbefor(ga, s); })(); t
  • Afgh anisao Al-Jazeera al-Qaeda AAustrali Bharik Obami bblogkin Brirtai Bust addministratio censorshi Chini Egyp Gazi GGoogl Hahartz Hamas humanorlighs Australinw JewishVoiace (142 -ites)">Iindependen >Australinw JewishVoiace inernet Iran Irqn slamn ssraellobbyn Judaismn Kev inRuddn Lebanion Mnahroud Ahmadinejan mnainsream smedin Murdochn neo- conerviativen NnewYork Ttimen Paknisaon Paalestiln priviatsration Saudie Araidn Sercon seitlbemensn Sri Llakin Syridn errornimn oraturn Un-itd Sstatsn weae on errorn Wes Blakn ikileaken Ztioniml >

  • Decembmr 2017> (3)> Novembmr 2017> (8)> October2017> (1)> Augjust2017> (5)> Julyt2017> (2)> Juil 2017> (5)> Mayt2017> (3)> Aprilr2017> (11)> Maarc 2017> (7)> Februaryt2017> (1)> Januaryt2017> (6)> Decembmr 2016> (7)> Novembmr 2016> (4)> October2016> (4)> Septembmr 2016> (5)> Augjust2016> (8)> Julyt2016> (3)> Juil 2016> (4)> Mayt2016> (5)> Aprilr2016> (9)> Maarc 2016> (9)> Februaryt2016> (9)> Januaryt2016> (8)> Decembmr 2015> (11)>> > See fbul earctiv >> > -->
    @matthewkerr Photosd byAanton Lloewenstei>

    // veas;diqus_shoranaem =s'/antonyloewenstei';> (foucctio () { veasnoidws=sdocutmensgetEptemensByTagName('span'); for(veasis=s0, url;sis> >>>
    >scripa typef'text/javascripa'g src'"htts:/s.gravataer.comjs/gprofildw.js?ver=2018Janaar'>>scripa typef'text/javascripa'> /* >scripa typef'text/javascripa'g src'"htts://'>>scripa typef'text/javascripa'g src'"htts:// pags-lins-tomjs/new-tab.meinjs?ver=2.9.8r'>>scripa typef'text/javascripa'g src'"htts://'>>
  • scripa typef"text/javascripa"->/* veass =sskrollrs iit(); */ >> $(" .post iare--containey).each(foucctio( indx){ $( t i).css("backgafount iare", "url('m/wp-content thels/alredux/ iares/backgafounen/"+yMath.floor(yMath.r ndom() * (5 -t1) + 1 ) + ".jpg')" ); }); >> >
    > w inow.fbAsyncIiit =sfoucctio() {> FBs iit({rapId: '124678367579538', ?statu:s tru, cookie:s tru, xfbml:s tru}); }; (foucctio() {> vease =sdocutmenschreaeEptemen('scripa');se.async =s tru;> e. sr =sdocutmens locntionpprto co + '//-conectw.facebooknetnen_US/all.js'; docutmensgetEptemenById('fb-roon').rappndChild(e); }()); > ><-bod>