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.

What Zionism means to them

Leon Hadar, The American Conservative, April 21:

…It seems to me that what [William] Kristol and other leading neoconservatives have been promoting hasn’t been Zionism (whatever that means) but their own very unique Zionist agenda in which Israel assumes the role of a crusader Jewish state in the Middle East that will never make peace with its neighbors and whose survival will always been dependent on the patronage of an American hegemon that maintains its dominant position in the Middle East.

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  • mallee

    why Zionists?

    Speaking to many Jewish colleagues and associates, (about 20) matters pertainig to Israel are raised with delicacy. The impression I have is that not one could be considered religious in the sense that they have any 'spiritual concepts' or believe in an after life. As a christian, I find that strange having been provided with the basics of the old testament as a child.

    I suspect that there is more of a 'commercial cabal' at work; just as with any tribal loyalty, be it a local or a school or a national football team, the origins being non semitic and involving the "mongol banker/entrepeneur" historical incursion using the fundamentals and loyalty of Judaeism

    As I say to my jewish friends: 'you do not know anything about prejudice". The catholics and protestants were at it almost from the colonisation of Australia to the present. (just referring to Australia) Historical bigotries still exist among some.

    It would appear that many jews are entrapped into a 'martyrhood syndrome' when the rest of us have managed to proceed with our lives by ignoring the martydom drama queen stuff and getting along.

    The insaitable desire for our Jewish bretheren, entrapped by indoctrination, to see every one else as a usable goyin, is similar to the fundamental muslim's indoctrination that debases non Muslims as infidels.

    I am getting a bit sick of being a 'goyin infidel' and the demand that my offsping should be dragooned into fighting for some commercail cabal of bankers and oil interests in the charade of the problems between Jews and Muslims and the concocted war on terror.

    One person whose views and experience I completely respect, who has the most brilliant intelect that I have come across, simply explains: "the Jews were put into Israel to protect the oil interests (of many zionists) and split the Arabs". (The English have much experience with the 'divide and conquer methodology)

    That simply means that the banker zionists are suckering the jews. The zionist are just not jews, they are of Mongol descent who have created an ever increasing Cabal of world manipulation. I could now say to my friend; the world is in a perilous state now because the tail is now wagging the dog, their creation is one of the smost severe threats to world peace, even if unwittingly created. It would seem that the 'spliting of the Arab' theory is fraught with danger. Our politicians and thinkers must sit back and just watch. We do not need any more Gallipolis.

    Get out of the Middle East now Rudd and let them sought it out themselves, especially if they decide to Nuke themselves.

    It is diabolical that the bankers did not give a s$#t, when Hitler ofered to let the Jews leave Germany, (on a ransom)but the bankers insisted on a term that they only migrate to Israel. (of course some of those "selected' went there via Turkey) As they said, 'Israel can only be created with the blood of Jews'. Now let's see how much more blood is to be created, Ask the bankers and oil interests how far they are repared to go. The small J is expendable and they just cannot see it.

    They are conditioned to regard any analysis as an attack on them i.e. antisemitic. They do not realise that the Armenians, the Ukrainain peasants and many other groups were eliminated (e.g. in Africa and what about the American Indians and Australian aborigines?)in "holocausts" far more excessive than that carried out by Nazi Germany. Can someone tell the jews that they are not special, even if they think God said so.