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.

Obama reigns

Barack Obama is the President-elect of the United States. His acceptance speech was moving, eloquent and brought a tear to my eye (and I’m usually increadibly cynical about politicians in general.)

The future is now utterly unclear (and far-right Republican nutters are already telling supporters to “not apologise for our beliefs”. Well, yes, except that bigotry was roundly rejected in the face of an economic melt-down and two criminal wars.

Like every person of good faith, I wish Obama luck in the coming four years, alert to the reality of the challenges ahead (not least on Israel/Palestine, where Ralph Nader recently explained that Obama has thus far expressed an uncompromising Zionist agenda which precludes any chance of peace.)

I wish I could “know hope“, but alas…

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  • Master Chief Larry

    Yesterday, November 4th 2008, citizens (and some illegal residents) participated in our unique process of the peaceful transfer of power in the government of the United States of America. I am grateful to live (and have defended for the past 21 years) a nation that does this every two and four years. It is one of the main reasons we have been and will remain the greatest nation on earth. The campaign process is a fight out among the candidates. It is supposed to be their primary effort to win the hearts and minds of the people of the United States. Since 1789 we have had this great experiment of a government that is by, for and of The People.

    This election year has saddened me though. It was election for the hearts and not the minds of the people. A majority of Citizens of every race, color, creed voted not based upon rational thought but upon emotions. Whether it was pride in the first African-American candidate, or past slavery guilt for the first major party African-American candidate in our nation's history, it was most definitely not by logic.

    I was watching the television last night and exit polls showed that 71% of voters believed that President-elect Obama would raise their taxes, and a significantly lower percentage believed that Senator McCain would raise their taxes. That, coupled with the exit poll data that showed the Economy was the number 1 issue on voters' minds are incongruous. History has proven that raising taxes in an economy such as the one we have today will only worsen matters. The two stances do not go hand in hand. That demonstrates that our President-elect was voted into office based upon pride among those of the same ethnic background and Caucasian guilt over slavery as the major contributing factors. No ifs, ands, or buts’ about it. Most people forget that our nation, our Republic, this great experiment in self-government, almost perished in the war fought to end slavery. Most citizens of this great country do not recognize the fact that Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines serving under the flag of the United States of America died ending slavery over 140 years ago. There is should be no quilt owed to anybody, but maybe there should be a debt of gratitude?

    Another item that hard working, tax paying citizens across the fruited plain should be made aware of. If you look at the county by county electoral map of the 2008 election, something should jump right off the page at you. That is the fact that the President-elect won every major urban center and New England. Data will show that the voting populations in these areas are those that receive the most government aid. Not the self-starters, hard-working, independent minded people that reflect the views and values this great nation was founded upon. Little government, no taxation without representation, self reliance are the values our Founding Fathers held.

    What tax paying citizens of the United States of America should wake up and realize we are facing almost the exact same circumstances we faced at the birth of our nation. There is, by way of apathy mostly, very little representation for the majority of tax payers because those people that actually pay taxes in this country have become a minority whose concerns are not taken seriously by our elected representatives. These elected representatives are using the revenue paid into the U.S. Treasury by tax payers to "purchase" the votes of those people who do not pay taxes. This is a slippery slope down which all Americans should fear treading. That slippery slope is one that ended mankind’s first great experimentation into Democracy, ancient Greece.

    It turns out that in 1776 we traded one tyrant hundreds of miles away for hundreds of tyrants just a few miles away. A peaceful revolution is needed. One that will only be accomplished when tax payers in this country wake up and say "No More!" to our government's following a course so far away from what made this country great for over 200 years. A course correction (peaceful revolution) is needed before our ship founders in the shoal waters of liberalism and socialism. Too many countries are already there as either rotting and decaying carcasses, or vessels waiting for their citizens to find a way off.

    For now all I can say to all of my fellow citizens, hold on to your wallets for the next four years. If our course correction does not happen soon, out great experiment in a representative republic will crash and founder on the shoals and we can only blame ourselves. The Declaration of Independence and Constitution are the greatest documents every produced by mankind. The apathetic lack of participation by the primary producers, job makers, and income earners of our country will doom us to the ash heap of history.

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    If McCain had won I wouldn't expect Democrats to give up their beliefs, that takes time, if ever. I want to believe that Obama won't be as bad as some people think, but I'm quite sure, that at best, he won't be as good as most people hope he will be.

    I wish this site had come out earlier, I had some Obamabot friends finding out that they had big differences with Obama's positions: http://www.barackobamatest.com/

    Years ago I was knocked off the voting rolls here in this very Blue City when I was a Republican, on election day I found out I was knocked off as an Un-Affiliated. Next time I should register as a Democrat, I bet I won't get knocked off then.

    The biggest dangers come from the Left anyway, my votes in this Blue State's closed primaries would be more important there.

    Telling Moonbats I'm a Democrat would stop some in their tracks too, maybe making it easier to chip away at the false veneer of so-called 'progressivism'.

    Let's hope he does well, at least not too badly, with the least amount of despair possible. May God Bless and help guide President Obama. And may God Bless and save America! Keep the faith!
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    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe hates
    history either way

    America WILL survive
    we MUST still fight for freedom

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    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    ELECT socialism

    let the young people see
    survive the false promises

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    creating MORE jobs
    will spread NEW wealth around
    – it is NOT finite

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    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    give up the search for truth

    stop trying to show people
    how the world really works

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    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    Bush was worse than Hitler

    and Stalin and Mao
    and Castro combined

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    All real freedom starts with freedom of speech. If there is no freedom of speech there can be no real freedom.
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    POTUS-Elect BHO Thrills Earth!
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    USpace
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