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.

Our ally tortures

The United States of America is a torturing nation.

This story of a Yemeni man who suffered 19 months of hell is devastating (and yet the mainstream media still mostly calls such practices “enhanced interrogation techniques.)

UPDATE: More on our torturing ally.

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  • mallee

    Whilst our government remains silent on torture we are complicit in it. Ask Mr. Habib. It apears that "our mate" is just as bad as; China in its treatment of Fulon Gong people, Islamic states in treatment of their females and 'infidels'. (it is against the law in many Islamic states to preach any belief not according to Islam), Israel in its treatment of Palestinians (as per your article) etc. At least Australia is on the verge of recognising the sad practices directed at our indigenous people in the past.

    One thing our government should be doing is casting an objective eye over all injustices, bigotry, 'authoritarianism' and standing for all oppressed where ever and who ever they are. After all, the UN has some applicable principles that are supposed to apply that are just being ignored.

    Rudd should at least direct his Government's mind to being impartial and encouraging a balanced attitude and apply the UN fundamental principls, be it that some countries will not like the idea.

    He can start by getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan as such wars are a part of the US global attempted conquests justified to the public as being a 'war against terorism'. That in itself is a concoction based on the treasonous murder of its own citizens on 9/11 by or with the assistance of rogue elements within some US government bodies. If that seems incredulous, then one should study 9/11; three buildings on one day do not just fall down at almost in a freefall time frame (6.7 seconds for the 47 storey building No 7 at 5.20 pm)[don't see that on tv do you?]and the pulverisation of the concrete cannot occur merely by the energy created by gravity. The architects and engineers now have the empirical proof that those buildings were blown up. (See or scholars for 911 truth.) The official version for the reason for the collapse of the buildings has, by NIST's own recent admisions, dissipated.

    The results of the lies and murders on 9/11 have now led to the demonisation of societies, the creation of terroist jihadists and the complete lack of moral standing leading to the debasing of the US society into a state of paranoid torturers encouraged by a potential fascist administration/s.

    If the reader is still disbeleiving; have a look at the U-tube interview of General Wesley Clarke (ret) wherein he reports that he visited the Pentagon in the weeks following 9/11 and was told that the US was to go to war and do 7 countries in 5 years, ending with Iran. Seems that the NIE report has delayed the attempted conquest of Iran for the time being. So there may be hope, but that is doubted, another 9/11 false flag event will fix that.

    Where is the expressed indignation from our politicians?

    Where are the alleged left wing gatekeepers?

    Where are the vocal feminists?

    What are the religious leaders doing?

    Why is the media selective in reporting these travesties. Seems that often, the cartoonists/comedians are the only media representatives that have a grip on reality. (see Moir SMH P.10 18.12.07 and "Grumpy Old Men's", thoughts on christmas consumerism; SBS 17.12.07)

    Merry Christmas.