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.

Zionism is always close to power

Lest anybody believes that Barack Obama will somehow fundamentally shift the dynamics of the Israel/Palestine conflict…

  • frank

    Zionism is always close to power … this clap trap vomit stinks. Not every American is a Yankee, not every Israeli citizen is zionist. Supporing the Jewish state does not exclusively apply only unto Zionists, non Zionist can equally support the prosperity of the Jewish state. America, perhaps your simply ignorance, happens to share a strong alliance with the Jewish state. It's a perfectly legit alliance among independent nations. If this reactionary blog is going to bad mouth the Jewish state for pursuing its best interests then fair is fair do the same with your own country!

  • Fay

    Frank, I empathise with your cause. You are right the Jewish state has the right to exit. It's not about that, it's about the unconditional support that the US along with the Israel Lobby (who are the decision makers) give to Israel, This has resulted in:

    – Empoverishing the Palestian people

    – One sided peace negotiations, what's good for Israel only and not the region

    – the unwaivering Jewish settlements,

    – Water theft from Lebanon and Jordan etc. etc. etc….

    All these issues are simply ignored in the name that Israel has the right to exist….that's taking it further than existence, it is simply called dominance and arrogance, or in more simple terms, Jews are more worthy beings that the people around them, so Israel's actions are justified.

    From the hundred of UN resolutions that were passed against Israel, the US has vetoed each and every one….why don't you stop and think a bit about that…..


    Thank you.

  • frank

    Fay, you have raised allot of issues. The problem is that for you these "issue" in fact are not issues but rather imposed facts on the ground that you and others like you condemn.

    Washington and lobbies that's how the game's played. You don't like the influence of the Israeli lobby. I don't like the influence of the medical lobby, nor the central bank lobby/Federal Reserve, nor the industrial military complex lobby on and on and on. So what, just because i personally do not like these "lobbies" does not make them illegitimate. You make the Israeli lobby illegitimate and that's wrong.

    Palestinian People: that's rich. Prior to 1948 the world called Jews living in the British Mandate that the League of Nations labeled as Palestine …. Palestians! During the entire period of the non arab Ottoman empire and rulership over the middle east, specifically the mandate lands awarded unto England following the Ottoman defeat in the 1st world war, no "Palestinian" people existed. It seems to me that you have followed the news papers and read a few blogs and now believe that your up to date upon the facts, but from my perspective you appear as an emotional reacitonary who has consumed a diet of propaganda and rhetoric. Conflicts produce "P & R" by the boatloads. None educated readers of this trash transform into vocal reactionaries.

    One sided negotiations: Israel has no obligation to negotiate with parties to do not recognize the Jewish state. This fact qualifies as diplomacy 101. Oslo began when Arafat recognized the Jewish State. Peace with both Egypt and Jordan also hinged upon this vital precondition. Hamas does not recognize the Jewish state and therefore Israel treats it as a terrorist organization as it earlier did the PLO. Negotiations between governments in fact means negotiations with peoples. Millions of peoples are involved in these negotiations. There are lots of complicated issues. A complex issue being should Jews living in the territories be permitted to continue to live there if they so choose? The Arabs want to say that the so called "right of return" authorizes Arabs living abroad to return and live within the Jewish state. The Arabs cry about their refugee problem, a problem created by other arab states, yet say nothing about the 1,000,000 Jews living in Arab lands that those same states ejected from their countries, and niether do you!

    Jewish settlements: Under the Ottoman Turks/non arabs/ the land was owned by 1 or 2% of the population, all the other arabs were share croppers, now all these refugees have transformed into land owners, something smells very fishy.

    Prior unto the Ottoman invasion the Mandate territories had witnessed Mohammad's invasion and the Chrusader counter offensive. Prior to this Alexander the Great's descendents had 2 empires one in Egypt and another in Syria. The Hashmonaim attained an independent Jewish state for approximately 110 years before the Romans crushed it. And prior to that the 10 tribes set up a nation in the propaganda parlance "West Bank" and ruled a nation there for twice the existence of the United States. You have taken in your head that the Jewish settlers are illegitamit. allot of the Jewish people disagree with your opinion. The lands conquored from the Jordanians, also once part of the original League of Nations Palestinian Mandate, ruled that territory not for the so called Palestinians but for a non Palestinian Jordanian King. The so called "west bank", never existed as an Arab country ever in recorded history. Not so for the Jewish people. We ruled those lands under 2 completely different kingdoms the 1st dating back to the 1st Temple period and the 2nd in the 2nd Temple period. Please do not pretend to be a scholar of ancient history, because both you and I know that your not.

    Water theft: My grand father was a Judge in the circuit court of appeals. My father used to tell me a humorous story heard before his court between the upper and lower farmers of the Pacos River. The lower famers habitually claimed that the upper farmers "stole" the water. In the concluding arguments before my grandfather's court the upper farmer lawyer addressed the jury: something like this: Gentlemen of the jury, you have heard great descriptions from my learned friend describing the Pacos river. From his discription one could image a great mighty river a Amazon or mississippi river. But gentlemen of the jury, every Sunday its the custom in this town for families to make a picnic. Every Sunday we all get in our wagons and we all cross this great surge of water this mighty Pacos River! Every Sunday as we cross these surging turrents of water we all look down into its unfathonable depths. Gentlemen of the jury we all know the Pacos River, why I dare say I could pee half way across that river!

    My grandfather slammed the gaval and declared "Sir, your out of order!" To which the lawyer replied: " Damn right your Honor, otherwise I'd pee all the way across!"

    Waters a real problem in the Middle east, perhaps if you came to Israel and saw the reality for yourself then you'd know the truth.

  • Fay

    First, thank you for your response. I don't pretend to be a scholar in history Frank, you assumed that.

    Things have changed since the building of the 1st and 2nd temples. New countries appeared, others disappeared and borders, well of course forever changing.

    We can't live in the past. We have to adapt to change. What is a truth for you is not for another. If we act on our beliefs, the consequences are wars and destruction. But what's new, that's the rise and fall of civilisations.

    Your recount of the water makes for a nice story but does not change the fact that Isreal has attempted to direct the Litani river to Israel and destroyed the water pumps on the Wazzani river in 2006. Is that justified?

    What about the 100 or so UN resolutions concerning Israel which US vetoed? Or these don't matter??

    To achieve peace, everyone needs to give up something precious.

  • frank

    Fay I realize a trivial thing like history and ruling a land for hundreds of years, really doesn't count for much in matters of those greedy settlers stealing palestinian land. I just think that how you people so emotionally jump on the latter side of the question lacks rational thought.

    As for the water situation, Israel is not the only nation on this planet, if you vocally condemned Turkey for altering the course of the Ufrates river so that is stopped flowing into Syria, then I could better respect your passionate disapproval of Israel looking out for its best national interests at the expense of arabs hostile to the Jewish state.

    Now let's discuss those UN resolutions. 100 your way off, several hundreds of UN resolutions denouncing those terrible Jewish brutes. Of all the members in the UN, perhaps your not aware, Israel alone is excluded from being a member of a community of states. This means that Israel can not lead a UN delegation can not sit on the Security Council, basically Israel is a nigger that has to sit in the back of the bus and drink from separate water fountains. Since the 48 vote in the UN where 2/3 of the nations of the entire planet recognized Israel's right to self determination, the Arab states have worked and succeeded in isolating the Jewish State in the general assembly.

    Resolution 242 was written by a State Department beaucrat and Britian presented it unto the Security Council. Why are the great powers meddling into middle eastern affairs, in situations that could radically change the balance of power in the middle east? Boy or should I say girl, that's a really difficult question. Let's change the subject … Sarah Palin she's quite an intellectual don't you think?