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.

A different kind of Israel

Israeli blogger Gilad Lotan explains how the world misunderstands his country:

Even though Israel receives more than enough coverage by mainstream media outlets, I know for a fact that the majority of people have long ago stopped trying to understand this never-ending Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In many people’s eyes, Israel is a place of war, bombs and constant battles. True, the many conflicts of the past years tremendously affect the country, but there are many other issues, some extremely important, which are always overshadowed by the larger conflict. People do not realize the extent to which internal struggles are taking a huge toll within Israeli society. Some are about the definition of Israeli identity, clashing between orthodox and secular, its unique cultural diversity and immigration laws, in addition to a variety of issues that come up regarding minorities such as the Bedouins, Druze and Israeli Arabs.

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  • moshe

    Well said hear hear. Israel has not a Constitution. Torah scholars are working to show how the Torah employing the Talmudic methods of logic could easily function as the Constitution of the Jewish State. These scholars argue that the Talmudic scholars had to self censure themselves and limit their understanding of the Mishneh to religious ideas only; in similar fashion the classic commentators on the Talmud during the middle ages – they too could not discuss political ideas of rulership and justice. Rather they limited their scholarship to making a simplified reading of the Talmud/pashat and limiting halacha to practical religious codes of religious ritual law.

    When Napoleon destroyed the Church imposed ghettos. Secularism developed as a response to corrupt christian church oppressions and abuse of authority both catholic and protestant. When the Jews left the ghetto, the world had radically changed with the industrial revolution and the mass movements of peoples living on the farms to working in the cities. Traditional Judaism whom the reform derided as "Orthodox" a totally vulgar term! Our leaders failed to immediately grasp the new realities and reacted by clinging to what they knew as opposed to initiating new ideas based upon Torah wisdom. The 19th century witnessed the development unto full fruition the concept of the nation state. Zionism, constitutes a Jewish secular understanding of seeking self determination for the Jewish People. Reform, it must be recalled rejected the notion of a Jewish People. They emphasized that Jews were citizens of their country who practice a Judaic religious belief in god. Naturally reform judaism rejected Zionism. But both agreed that Traditional Torah Judaism: of learning a simplified meaning of the Talmud and Bible, and centering one's life around the authoritive religious codes of ritual law – the "Orthodox" Judaism could not resolve the problems confronting the Jewish people. Eastern European Jewry faced pogroms and goy Jew hatred and prejudice. Western European Jewry fought for equality and rights within the contexts of the independent European nation states. Reform incouraged assimilation of Jewry into European society; the Zionists sought international recognition of the right to Jewish self determination. Hitler and the Nazis proved the total depravity of reform judaism, their spirituality never developed because the rejected the Torah as old and irrelevent. Zionism too did not include the Torah, but the founders of the State did incorporate a status quo basic law that permitted Traditional Torah Judaism to grow and prosper in Israel.

    Secularism lacks the spiritual ethics to withstand corruption. And the knesset has lost the respect of most Israeli Jews, Olmert the thief only serves as a specific example. Traditional Torah Judaism has had time to slowly weigh innovative responses of how Torah Judaism can lead Jewry in the modern world. Torah Judaism has a deep spirituality, and developing a People/Nation requires just that and more. Socialism as a movement grew like a weed but its on the decline with the fall of the USSR. The pre world war one European nation states really developed Democracy, but it too has witness a steep decline. Bush for example despises the US Constitution and its pre-conditions, commonly refered to as the Bill of Rights.

    Arabs and their brown nose followers like Anthony here, praise to the hilt the Western notion of "rights". But the Torah teaches in contrast to Locke and Paine, that "rights" exists only in conjuction with "obligations". A people who have no obligations to the State, equally enjoy no political rights. Obviously the Jewish State could never trust Arabs to serve in the Army. Because Arabs have no military obligations to the State they enjoy a second class citizenship. And what's wrong with that? Jews under the most enlightened Muslim states lived as 2nd class citizens. Under the Church dictatorships, Jews had practically no political protections and most certainly were not considered citizens of any society of goyim in Europe. So please spare my your outraged hypocracy.