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 defy the regional bully

To understand the true signifinance of Israel’s loss to Hezbollah in the 2006 Lebanon war, this recent speech by the group’s leader Sayyid Hassan Nassrallah is essential reading:

A lesson has to be internalized from the fact that a 33-day war launched by the most aggressive army in the world and backed by international support was incapable of shaking the resistance, its men, its supporters and its weapons, Moreover, it served to empowered it. The paradox is that here is the vastly more powerful enemy complaining about Hezbollah’s ever growing power. So, a number of annoyed and angry speeches will not change a thing. I say to my angry brothers and to those who make speeches while they are angry, that these noises are useless, both in Lebanon and in the region. The resistance is a deeply-rooted, aware, and rational project that is based on strong and tough fundamentals as well as very deep intellectual, cultural, political, national, psychological and civilized structures. Therefore, such a simple movement will not change the trend of the resistance.

  • moshe

    The Arabist pawn – Butt Head – farts again! Olmert's non leadership and a totally incompetent labour leader heading Defence did not go so well. But the war never invisioned Israel occupying an Arab Capital city. Poor Israeli political leadership/incompetance failed to develop clear objectives and strategic planning in the deployment of the army ground forces. The enemy to their credit fought well, their expertise with the anti-tank missiles was very impressive. But Iran was not pleased with such an with the war and replaced the stooge in Lebanon. Israel did not accomplish its non stated and even its stated goals and objectives. And the missile attacks caused alot of damage in the North. But Israel destroyed the Syrian nuclear power plant without have to fight a major war. When Israel destroyed the Iraqi nuclear station the entire world condemned the action. This time not a peep! Syrian domination of Lebanon has been reduced. So on the whole the last conflict does have positive accomplishments, especially now that the Olmert era has vertually ended.

  • Hendro

    "But the war never invisioned Israel occupying an Arab Capital city."

    if was to destroy hizbullah. it failed. israel failed. now hizbullah stronger than before. now it even harder to destroy hizbullah. israel would have to destroy almost all people of lebanon. does israel want to remember ANOTHER holocaust?

    "Poor Israeli political leadership/incompetance failed to develop clear objectives and strategic planning in the deployment of the army ground forces."

    general moshe, have you send your email of strategy to idf yet? they need big experts like you. ha ha ha.

  • moshe


    Both you and this butt head of this blog so reminds me of Patton slapping the coward dog-face while hinding in the field hospital. Patton told his soldiers and that coward, " If you can shame a coward, you can help him to have dignity to be a man, this was on my mind." General Bradley, another amazing American general that never lost a battle during that war, concieded to Patton at the end of the war, that that private fought well for the duration of the fight.

    You cowards and butt heads seem to think Israel is a powerful army. The wars have been short not because of superior generalship, though there has been some, but because both the Arab states and Israel can not maintain a long prolonged conflict. Puppies that's not strength, its just the simple parameters that the warring states in this region operate within. Butt headed Arabist pawns decry the "Apartheid Wall" and other such propaganda bull shit …

    "All of this was from 1996-1999, the “quiet years” of the Oslo Accords".

    Quiet because you say so?

    10 Jan 1996

    13 injured by bomb in Tel Aviv bus station; a second bomb exploded 10 minutes later

    16 Jan 1996

    2 soldiers killed in shooting attack on car between Hebron and Jerusalem

    30 Jan 1996

    1 soldier killed in stabbing attack near Jenin

    25 Feb 1996

    26 killed (including 9 soldiers and 3 Americans), 80 injured (including 3 Americans) by two suicide bombings on buses in Jerusalem; first bombing killed 23 (including 3 Americans) and injured at least 50; second bombing 30 minutes later killed 3, injured at least 25

    25 Feb 1996

    1 soldier killed, 34 injured by suicide bomber near Ashkelon

    26 Feb 1996

    1 killed by car driven into bus stop in Jerusalem

    3 Mar 1996 (0627)

    19 killed (including 3 soldiers, 1 Ethopian, and 7 Romanians), 7 injured by suicide bombing (one terrorist killed) on bus in Jerusalem; one of the Romanians died on 9 Mar of wounds

    4 Mar 1996

    14 killed (including 1 soldier), 163 injured (including 2 Americans) by suicide bombing at Dizengoff Center in Tel-Aviv

    9 Apr 1996

    30 injured by rockets fired from Lebanon

    14 May 1996

    1 killed (an American), 3 injured in shooting attack at bus stop near Beit-El, West Bank

    9 Jun 1996

    2 killed in drive-by shooting attack in Zekharya, West Bank

    16 Jun 1996

    1 policeman killed in shooting attack in Bidiya

    26 Jun 1996

    3 soldiers killed in ambush north of Jericho

    26 Jun 1996

    3 killed (including one who died a few days later) in drive-by shooting attack near Beit Shemesh

    11 Dec 1996

    2 killed (including 1 child) in shooting attack on car near Surda

    1 Jan 1997

    6 Palestinians injured in shooting by Israeli soldier at market in Hebron

    9 Jan 1997

    13 injured (including 2 police officers) by two pipe bombs exploding ten minutes apart in Tel Aviv

    21 Mar 1997

    3 killed (including 1 infant), 48 injured by suicide bombing at cafe in Tel Aviv

    10 Apr 1997

    1 soldier killed after having been kidnapped near Moshav Zanoah

    25 Apr 1997

    2 killed in stabbing attack in Wadi Kelt

    22 Jul 1997

    1 killed, 12 injured (including 10 British and 2 Canadians) by man who drove a car into a group of teenagers, then attacked with bladed weapon

    30 Jul 1997

    16 killed (including 1 American), 178 injured (including 2 Americans) by two suicide bombings in Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem; three of those killed died subsequently of wounds (on 11 Aug, 29 Aug, 3 Oct)

    4 Sep 1997

    5 killed (including 1 American teenager), 181 injured by three suicide bombings in Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall in Jerusalem

    19 Nov 1997

    1 Hungarian killed, 1 Israeli injured in shooting attack in Jerusalem

    31 Dec 1997

    shooting attack near Alei Zahav injures one who died 6 Jan 1998

    31 Jan 1998

    1 student injured in stabbing in Jerusalem

    11 Feb 1998

    1 killed in stabbing attack in Jerusalem

    14 Mar 1998

    1 injured by bomb at bus stop in Afula

    Mar 1998

    1 Palestinian injured by stabbing in Jerusalem

    ~Mar 1998

    1 Palestinian injured by stabbing in Jerusalem

    ~Apr 1998

    1 Palestinian injured by stabbing in Jerusalem

    19 Apr 1998

    1 killed near Maon

    29 Apr 1998

    1 Palestinian injured by stabbing in Jerusalem

    6 May 1998

    1 teenager killed in stabbing attack in Jerusalem

    6 May 1998

    1 killed in car bombing in Zerifin

    13 May 1998

    1 killed by stabbing in Jerusalem

    31 Jul 1998

    1 injured by bomb thrown at truck in North Jerusalem

    5 Aug 1998

    2 soldiers killed in ambush at Yizhar

    20 Aug 1998

    1 killed in stabbing attack in Hebron

    27 Aug 1998

    21 injured by bombing outside the Great Synagogue in Tel Aviv

    9 Oct 1998

    1 soldier killed in stabbing attack at Moshav Tomer

    14 Oct 1998

    1 killed in shooting attack near Moshav Ora

    26 Oct 1998

    1 killed in shooting attack in Hebron

    29 Oct 1998

    1 soldier killed by car bomb driven into jeep escorting a school bus in Gaza

    Conflicts are not pretty and the people involved in the fighting sometimes and maybe even often abuse their power. War centers around breaking the will of the other to fight. That's war, you butt headed 20/20 couch potatoes can say what you want after the fact. But when your standing at the front, at the cutting edge of the conflict, things and morals get murky and confused like real fast. A brick dropped from a 3 storey building can kill just as easily as can a rubber bullet fired from an M-16.

  • Hendro

    general moshe, have you send your email of strategy to idf yet? they need big experts like you. ha ha ha.

  • moshe

    I take it Hendro that you speak from experience. I to love a good laugh, thank you.