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 glimmer of hope

Leading Israeli human rights group B’Tselem – once again proving that some of the greatest critics of the Jewish state’s apartheid policies are Jews themselves – release a report that is damning on the country’s policies:

In the past year Israel has escalated its policy of separating the Palestinian populations of the Gaza Strip and West Bank from each other. The separation regime tears families apart, puts thousands at risk of expulsion to the Gaza Strip and turns Palestinians into “illegal aliens” in their own home.

After watching the powerful quasi-documentary film Waltz with Bashir last weekend – an indictment on Israel’s futile 1982 invasion of Lebanon and its long-term effects on the involved soldiers – I was oddly encouraged by the degree of honesty that a handful of Jews within Israel are increasingly showing.

These voices should be broadcast around the world. Not all Jews endorse a racially exclusionary state that defines itself through occupation.

6 comments ↪
  • moshe

    This piece would make Doctor Joseph Goebbels proud. Like father like son Butt Head farts in public! This Arab stooge writes: "In the past year Israel has escalated its policy of separating the Palestinian populations of the Gaza Strip and West Bank from each other."

    Never mind the Arab civil war, that's a minor technicallity. Butt Head so resembles a Jew who converted to the Christian avodah zarah in his behavior unto the people whom he betrays. This Reform believer in Jesus writes:"the Jewish state’s apartheid policies" 2000 missiles fired at Jewish civilian populations, but hey why should the Palestinians take responsibility for voting in a government that behaves like the PLO prior to Arafat recongnizing the Jewish Right to Self Determination. Its the christian way to turn the other cheek. Yo cheeky this piece so reminds me of the "justice" of the UN general assembly declaration which decreed that Zionism is Racism. A sign of being Jewish, a person can feel shame. Butt Head, based upon this trash, only feels the giddiness of his arrogance. I'm so glad he married a shiksa, good riddance to both him and his children.

  • John Ryan

    Well Moshe you don't do a bad imitation of Gobbles yourself,the hate ect,your right up there with your hatred of anyone who disagrees with your point of view, have you been taking lessons.

  • Steve perks

    I’m so glad he married a shiksa, good riddance to both him and his children.

    What a racist

  • moshe

    Dumbasses because they have nothing intelligent to say, their ignorance and self hatred forces them to play the over used "racist" lipstick on a pig showy declarations. The Talmud makes the rulers that Torah Observant Jews respect. And the Talmud teaches that the woman determines the Jewishness of the children. Marry a shiksa and the children are goyim. The goyim don't like it, well no Jew asked for their opinion.

  • John Ryan

    Well Moshe,looks like you believe in fairy tales as well,mind you given the crap you put out about people who have different views to you I can see why the fairy tail is better than the truth.
    Actually you don't have much to say that is intelligent at all,apart from the usual propaganda ministry handouts,still back to the classroom you might learn something original one day. But then your hate and rage should prevent that,ever thought of joining the Republican Party in the US, i,m sure they could find a place for you among the Liars and war Criminals that inhabit it.

  • Fadi Hosn

    Waltz With Bashir illustrates the power of personal experience – it is by no means a political film, which deserves praise in itself.The Shatila and Sabre Massacre should be recognized as one of the pinnacles of dehumanization. Before learning about this film I was ashamed of being unaware of such an indescribable humanitarian crime, which proves the magnitude of Australia's bias towards the Middle Eastern voice.

    Why have I been bombarded with the tragic history of the Holocaust all my life and have never come across this terrible massacre?

    We need to hear both sides of the story.