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.

No co-existence here

The following posters have appeared in the Israeli town of Akko after recent riots:

A Jew shall not buy from an Arab.”

The division of Israeli and Arab communities continues.

  • frank

    Another proof for the necessity for the 2 state solution.

  • A two-state solution won't work. A federation whereby Palestinians and Israelis have access to the same land and same rights is the only solution.

    However, that would lead to an Arab majority, which the Israelis will never accept. But what many don't understand, or hear because the average Palestinian voice rarely reaches Western media, is that there will always be a significant portion of average Palestinians that won't settle for anything less than their original homes. And so long as they are denied access to their homes, the fighting will continue.

    Perhaps if the leading establishments in both Israel and Palestine invested their efforts in promoting harmony instead of hatred and fear to their peoples, they might actually get along.

  • mallee

    All been done before, German goods were blackbanned in the early 1930's, Jewish busineses threatened in Germany later on. How about getting along together for the rest of the world's sake, we are getting a bit tired of this hate crap, boring boring!

    All this nonsense originates from feelings of superiority founded in biblical mythology and Koranic nonsense. Grow up both of you, before you get a belt over the ear or are put in a corner with the other naughty children!

  • john

    One respondent to a report in Haretz on the Acre incident arrogantly said to Israeli Arabs " Baal Hameah, Baal Hadeah".. "who has the money has the opinion".

    A true domocrat.


  • frank

    Antoun Issa

    writes: "A two-state solution won’t work."

    When did it ever occur in human history that a nation who won its national independence would later volunteer to surrender that same national independence. Well Texas under Sam Houston did it. This same Texas later seceeded from the Union that Sam Houston agreed to join and fought in the bloodiest war in all of American history. If that's the precident that Antoun, who lives in Lebanon, a society which has yet to recover from its horrible civil war, if that's what Antoun suggest … thanks but no thanks.

  • frank

    mallee writes: "All this nonsense originates from feelings of superiority founded in biblical mythology and Koranic nonsense."

    Look who's calling the kettle black.

  • Frank,

    First, I live in Australia.

    Second, Israel didn't win its national independence, it stole it by committing systematic ethnic cleansing of the native population.

    I think that's where the problem lies, don't you think? But if you're not even going to acknowledge the human existence (let alone rights) of the Palestinian people, then there's really no progress to be made.

  • frank

    Antoun Issa you live in Australia, and pretend you know the history of Israel better than native Israelis, I don't believe you have the credentials to back your pseudo-authoritarian declarations.

    But when you write: " Second, Israel didn’t win its national independence, it stole it by committing systematic ethnic cleansing of the native population. "

    Now you have crossed the line. My Rav fought in the '48 Independence War. More Jews died in that war than all the other Arab/Israeli wars combined! 5% of the Israeli population died in that bloody war so please take your soap box and go straight to hell!