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.

How to lose Jewish friends in one easy step

Naomi Ragen is a prominent American-Israeli writer and playwright about to visit Melbourne for the writer’s festival. She is a typical, radical Zionist who believes that “terrorists” should be killed by the Jewish state. “We need to kill these people”, she told the Sydney Morning Herald today.

Her message of peace? No withdrawals from occupied, Palestinian territory, no prisoner swaps with the Arabs and presumably more settlements in the West Bank. In other words, the same, failed policies that Israel has pursued for its entire existence and achieved a status as one of the most loathed nations on earth. Quite an achievement in only 60 years.

Then, this paragraph is included in today’s lead article:

While never quite confessing to a desire for a debate with Antony Loewenstein, the co-founder of Independent Australian Jewish Voices and author of the polemical My Israel Question, she seems, despite herself, to regret the lost opportunity. “Bring it on. Those kind of people are easy. They say one lie after another. He’s a typical self-hating, ignorant Jew.”

I’ve never met Ragen nor communicated with her. Why my position on the Middle East is included is anybody’s guess, but her response is highly instructive. Zionists have used these smear tactics for decades, damning people, especially Jews, who dare challenge the Israeli state and its occupation policies. And who ends up looking profoundly insecure in the process?

Tragically, the mainstream Jewish Diaspora regards a person like Ragen as an intellectual and voice of reason. It’s an indication of how deluded the Jewish community has become that a woman who openly opposes ending the occupation and demonising the Arab population is admired. They truly have no idea how the wider community views such people. It’s the kind of militant Zionism that supports the Iraq war, bombing Iran, re-invading Gaza and never leaving the West Bank; a Zionism that is killing the Jewish state.

Yet further evidence of Zionist cluelessness.

  • Afroz Ali

    Naomi Ragen's hot-air claims andassertions is the usual bulldozing technique of the anti-paletsinian zionist. She, and others like her, are unwilling to work for peace and are the real terrorists- their words either fuel more killing or they themselves celebrate the killing of "their" side, but never do they initiate peace.

    As can be seen with her shot at Lowenstein, for them it is everything war, even words.

  • bondiboy

    Yeah, kill all the terrorists! The other side, those who drop cluster bombs on civilians – we're with them. The SMH article started off trying to give the impression that Ragen was not the typical rabid Zionist, so I read on thinking, "oh, this could be refreshing…" I was quickly disappointed. Expect to read more of Ragen's rhetoric in your Sydney Morning Herald, perhaps Rachael Cohn will find room for her on ABC Radio National's "The Spirit of Things", etc, etc.

  • moshe

    " She is a typical, radical Zionist who believes that “terrorists” should be killed by the Jewish state. “We need to kill these people "

    These words of slander qualify as slander because the writer makes charges without bringing any proof. Such a statement only proves that the author has no merit. The spies that Moshe sent to examine the Land, they too employed slander and destroyed an entire generation in the process! I do not respect the stink of a fart and call it a vintage wine.

  • Jason

    Why the heck are they still calling these folks Palestinians?

    Palestine (which was only a rinky-dink town when Israel came about) has been gone longer than most 'Palestinians' have been alive. I'm sure only a handful remember 'Palestine'.

    They are and should be called, Westbankonians, since the new name of their country is called 'West Bank'. This is no difference from other countries that have changed their names like many African countries, the former Yugoslavia, et al.

    Why is it that this Palestinian-Israeli 'conflict' is always in the American news?
    Palestine is dead – get over it!

  • Hendro

    "Palestine (which was only a rinky-dink town when Israel came about) has been gone longer than most ‘Palestinians’ have been alive. I’m sure only a handful remember ‘Palestine’."

    they remember Palestine in the same way that Jewish people remember Eretz Yisrael … but clearer because in living memory – not 3000 years ago.

    also, could say to jewish people: "I’m sure only a handful remember ‘Holocaust'" because roughly the same time past. yes, true, but doesnt mean jewish decendants should forget holocaust. same for palestinians about the land where their families lived called "palestine" by everyone at that time.

  • bondiboy

    You'd be entitled to respect people like Jason if they could mount a decent argument, but unfortunately they're limited to offensive remarks that speak volumes about their own bias. What a time waster.

  • moshe

    " She, and others like her, are unwilling to work for peace "

    This statement is rich. What does it mean, "work for peace"? An Arab woman blows herself up in a hotel on Passover, wiping out entire families. There crime: being Jewish and keeping the Passover. The Israeli government responds by building a fence/wall that has dramatically reduced this type of terrorism. The World Court condemns the Israeli response to terror and supports the Arab charges calling it a land grab.

    Israel forcibly uproots over 5000 settlers from Gaza, a festering wound to this very day and remains unresolved! Terrorists in Gaza respond by firing 1000s of missiles into Israel. Israel responds by closing the borders to Gaza. The UN condemns Israel for its harsh response.

    First and foremost, the UN is NOT a independent nation. Why is it included in the quartet? The Arab/Israeli conflict could resolve itself far easier if uninvolved nations and busy body idiots did not feel that only they possess the wisdom to solve other peoples problems … butt out.

  • moshe

    " She is a typical, radical Zionist who believes that “terrorists” should be killed by the Jewish state. "

    Arabs that refuse to recognize the Jewish Right to Self Determination, and seek, plan, and attack Jews living within the borders of their own country, this behavior meets the definition "terrorist". A chief function of the State centers around the obligation of protecting its citizens. But to Antony that's a radical idea! In all honesty somebody is really nuts around here and I don't think its Ms Ragen. So by a process of elemination tell me, who do you think is a kook?

  • Marilyn

    Moshe, you are one sick pup. There was no such place as Israel until the illegal partition in 1948.]

    And Jason, it is Israel that should get over it, they are aggressive barbarians.

  • moshe

    Marilyn your so appropriately named. The Arch of Titus in Rome, you've probably never heard of the place, but why should a flat backer know of such things? Herod never existed, the Romans never occupied Middle Eastern countries, Cleopatra she's just a myth of Hollywood. Girl stop sniffing coke wake up and smell the roses

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