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.

Hardline Zionism is not the answer

Myths on Who’s Really ‘Pro-Israel’ (by the co-founder of the new moderate Israel lobby, J-Street.)

3 comments ↪
  • Marilyn

    The real question is not asked though Ant. And it certainly is never answered.

    Why Palestine and who said they had the right to make Israel there?

    WE know the biblical stuff is all a bloody sick joke and a myth so why doesn't anyone ever ask why Palestine?

    It was not theirs to take, Israel has no borders except in the imaginations of the hard core zionists and I don't believe it has the right to be in Palestine.

    It should have been set up in Germany as a protectorate of the US and British once they stopped their own slaughter of millions of civilians.

  • mallee

    I do not rate myself as a great historian, I do not have the time to be one.
    I remember in the past, that places like the Kimberley's, in Australia and Madagascar were considered/mentioned for a jewish homeland.
    The choice of Palestine, as I hear in some significant circles was made so that England had a toe hole into the Arab worlds to ensure the oil control. Seems in those days battle ships were controllers of the sea and trade routes, they ate a lot of oil. Nothing much has changed.
    Pretty simple really Marilyn.
    It is a pity that the 'ordinary' Jew does not realise that they are being manipulated by an ancient old Mongol tribe's banker descendants and that fundamental Christians, have some ridiculous concept that God requires some sought of mass murder in the Middle East to be brought in his/her name. All friggin nonsense; to contemplate world disaster and misery on writings over 2,000 years old.
    So they are ready to have world war three, 'Armaggedon' and all that fun stuff, could be a hairy ride for the area.
    Rudd: Get out of the Middle East NOW. Someone please tell him.
    911 was an inside job to facilitate the PNAC plan to get people to go to war, as General Wesley Clark reported from 2001, "7 countries in 5 years ending with Iran".
    Howard and co: Yous was all suckered!!!???? Now go away, tour the world and collect your salad bowls and outrageous speaking fees.

  • moshe

    Israel there?

    WE know the biblical stuff is all a bloody sick joke and a myth so why doesn’t anyone ever ask why Palestine? … It should have been set up in Germany as a protectorate of the US and British once they stopped their own slaughter of millions of civilians.

    Drums make the loudes noise! The arabs made alliance with Hitler and Germany lost the war. As far as faith goes, the Romans called Jews atheists! The Torah revelation does not call for people to "believe" like this idiot seems to think. No merits accrues in believing in god(s). History testifies of human societies and civilizations possessing orthodox believers… these same societies especially christian and muslim canaanites slaughtered countless populations. The revelation of the Torah centers on how to cause the Creator of the Universe to "believe" in man, that man can be righteous. That's the entire Torah, everything else only serves as commentaries.

    This idiot knows nothing, but like Anthony, birds of a feather, he speaks in broad authorative strokes lacking any particular details to nail down his idiotic declarations. Israel recieved the Torah at Sinai, because the descendants of Avraham planned to conquor and totally uproot the Canaanite civilization. Unlike the Hunns who conquored vast swaths of realistate, the Hunns had not culture to replace the societies that they conquored. The result, that copied the cultures of the conquored states, and over time disappeared from history. To replace an existing culture a conquoring army has to have a replacement culture ie the Torah. The Torah serves unto this day as the Constitution of the Jewish State. A generation does not make a nation. The Oral Torah, meaning the logical rules, all generations can employ to interpret the intent of the Framer to legislate law.

    The Zionists based the current state upon socialist principals, and currently the Jewish State has no constitution. But Torah Observant Jewry, out leaders lead Israel through the 2000 year exile of christian domination. We the leaders of Torah seek to re-estblish the Torah as the Constitution of the Jewish State.

    This goy knows nothing, speaks empty words and merits total contempt – him and Antony, they're two peas in a pod.