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.

Losing the argument (by mentioning Hitler)

Following last weekend’s diatribe against dissenting Jews and Arabs by Israeli/American writer Naomi Ragen in the Sydney Morning Herald – more information here, including her attack on me – a Sydney friend emailed her to support me and ask why she felt she had the right to slander somebody she had never met. This was her reply:

Dear ***,

I’m afraid I must disagree with you, as honourably as possible. I have never met Mr. Loewenstein, and if my luck holds out, I hope that continues.

As a Jew, an Israeli, a relative of survivors, and a person to whom human rights and decency are of the utmost importance, I find Mr. Loewenstein’s views, as expressed on his website (I have no intention of reading an entire book filled with such despicable lies) obscene.  Anyone who calls Mr. Kuntar an “alleged terrorist”; anyone who can’t see the difference between terrorism that murders little girls in shopping malls, and Israeli commando raids on terrorist bomb factories, anyone who swallows whole the racist propaganda of despots and mass murderers, is either deliberately dishonest, ignorant, a moral idiot, or a sick anti Semite.  At least, this is what it seems to me from the vantage point of my own facts and almost 40 years living side by side with Palestinians.  I’d venture Mr. Loewenstein is all four, but I might be wrong. In any case, the fact that he voices these views in the guise of being a Jew and a person “concerned” about the fate of the Jewish state, is disingenuous and degrading. Like Jews for Hitler.

Naomi Ragen

Words fail. And this woman is regarded as a leading light of the Jewish community?

This is what militant Zionism has created, spewing bile in every direction.

  • mike rubbo

    Antony, there is indeed a sort of hysteria which jumps out of Naomi Ragan's reply. Oh, that she had the balance and insight of that other Naomi, one of my favorite people by the way, Naomi Klein.

    I went to Ragan's site and read of her nasty experience on the 40 bus where she was bullied into sitting at the back by an orthodox Jew.

    Actually, she stood her ground and did not move. Equally admirably, weighing the pros and cos, she decided that the incident was so insidious that she would tell the world, even if it reflected badly on a section if the Israeli community.

    I applaud that. If such intolerance spreads becomes the norm even, then the face of Israel changes for the worse.

    But what I don't get is that having shown this sensitivity to what bullying and intimidation feels like, she has no sympathy it seem for Palestinians who go through that sort of thing at check points on a daily basis and have been doing so for years.

    Just as orthodox intolerance must lead to a dimunition of Israel as an inclusive society, so too, as many have pointed out, the treatment of Palestinians, in the end blows back to damage the Israeli psych.

    Some former IDF who've served on check points and other aspects of Palestinian control, report how they find themselves brutalized by what they were required to do.

  • ej

    Perhaps the explanation for Ragan's different response to the bus incident and the systematised treatment of Palestinians is that the Orthodox Jew is still a Jew whereas the Palestinian is a non person.

    That is except for those who know their place, as good niggers.

    Ragan's inhumanity is a natural product of Israel's character.

    The real story here is the poisonous presence of this wretched individual in Australia.

    Here is Fairfax's new Israel-based reporter giving her carte blanche. The lobby is happy to see the back of Fairfax's previous (balanced) reporter, Ed O'Loughlin. It now seems that we have a flunky doing the lobby's job from the inside.

    And of course the Zionist Federation – a veritable fifth column dedicated to undermining the formal anti-racist principles of the Australian state.

  • Richard

    What is fascinating about this woman is that she obviously has never held a mirror up to her own behaviour.
    One can imagine the vitriolic outburst that would ensue if it were to be suggested to here that perhaps the Nazis viewed their many victims, both Jewish and Non Jewish, in the same way. I am sure she would be able to explain, in between the usual "self-hating Jew, anti-semite-type insults" why they were wrong and Zionists are right..
    That is what is so terribly, ordinarily NORMAL about her racism and bigotry.

  • moshe

    I sincerely suspect the motives of writers/butt heads who routinely throw out the racist word like they fish for fish in a stream. Accusing someone of being a racist requires details, not general headline statements. I could write: BUTT HEADS ARE PRESUMED LIARS. But unless I bring details like: That is what is so terribly, ordinarily NORMAL about her racism and bigotry.

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    I sincerely suspect the motives of writers/butt heads who routinely throw out the racist word like they fish for fish in a stream. Accusing someone of being a racist requires details, not general headline statements. I could write: BUTT HEADS ARE PRESUMED LIARS. But unless I bring details like: " That is what is so terribly, ordinarily NORMAL about her racism and bigotry."

    " Ragan’s inhumanity is a natural product of Israel’s character."

    And of course my favorite: " she has no sympathy it seem for Palestinians who go through that sort of thing at check points on a daily basis and have been doing so for years. " Arabs are shooting rockets and blowing up bombs within Israel, the Israeli government reacts with checkpoints. This has absolutely nothing in common with religious fanatic modesty police. The comparison between the 2 events is absolutely absurd.


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