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.

Beyond the Green Zone

My following book review appears in today’s Sydney Morning Herald:

Author: Dahr Jamail

Publisher: Haymarket Books

Pages: 313

Price: $39.95

Nearly five years since the start of the Iraq war, we still know remarkably little about the conflict and its effect on the Iraqi people. A recent study by British polling agency ORB found that more than 1 million Iraqis had been killed since 2003 and the UN reports that more than 4 million internal and external refugees now struggle for safety.

The Middle East hasn’t experienced anything like it since the 1948 establishment of Israel and the expulsion of Palestinians from their land. Yet despite these appalling facts, Western media has been largely inept in reporting the day-to-day lives of Iraqis living under US occupation, preferring to focus on the level of troops to “pacify” the country, the role of “radical” clerics and the “destabilising” role of Iran. Insightful journalism is never about taking embedded tours with generals in stage-managed set pieces; it gives voice to the seemingly expendable victims of Western-led wars.

Dahr Jamail, an independent American journalist, was a mountain guide in Alaska before the 2003 invasion. He had no formal journalism training and was simply a concerned citizen who found himself increasingly frustrated with the corporate media’s enabling of the Bush Administration’s war. He took a laptop and small digital camera and headed to Iraq, initially just reporting his observations via email to a small group of friends.

Soon his work was picked up by independent news services and his brutally honest dispatches revealed American torture, home raids across the country and the use of white phosphorous in Fallujah. His compelling book dispenses with the false concept of journalistic objectivity and focuses on the ways in which the Iraqi victims of “our” war have been forgotten.

Beyond The Green Zone compiles Jamail’s writings and paints a grim picture of young American soldiers acting violently and out of control against an often-invisible threat. Leading investigative reporter Seymour Hersh commented a few years ago that US soldiers were committing war crimes in Iraq on a daily basis and Jamail witnesses foreign forces using Iraqi civilians as human shields, firing indiscriminately into crowds of unarmed children and withholding medical treatment in cities.

As in Vietnam, many mainstream journalists don’t tell their audiences what is going on, haven’t seen it because they’re embedded and attached to the military or label such actions the work of a few “bad apples”. Jamail reveals the delusion of this position. He is honest about his contempt for the Western mission in Iraq but remains shocked at the lack of care for the citizens being “liberated”.

Jamail’s reporting from inside Fallujah during the infamous 2004 siege is most revealing. He arrived in the ravaged town with a group of activists and human rights workers, determined to distribute much-needed medicine to dilapidated hospitals. He sees countless men, women and children shot by American snipers, dying without adequate care and family members railing against a policy that deems it legitimate to shoot ambulances ferrying the injured.

When Jamail returns to Baghdad, he’s astounded to see CNN and The New York Times reporting that a ceasefire in the city is “holding”. “Their reporters [were] happily embedded with troops”, he observes, “obediently regurgitating the military press releases for US audiences.”

War boosters constantly talk about the presence of al-Qaeda in Iraq but Jamail explains the majority of the resistance to foreign occupation comes from ordinary Iraqis with no extremist links, determined to see their nation truly liberated. He meets many of them and acknowledges that although some initially welcomed the Americans they soon realised that Washington’s true aims were subjugation of the country’s people and resources.

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