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 define a robust Jewish chat

After a wonderful day in upstate New York with leading American Jewish dissident writer and blogger Phil Weiss – a generous, warm-hearted, critical yet optimistic man – I left feeling strangely empowered. Despite all the attempts by the Zionist lobby and its courtiers, the horrendous reality in Palestine is becoming clearer to the world by the day. Jews who refuse to toe the blindly pro-Israel line are growing in number and public strength. More and more mainstream commentators are openly recognising the need for Israel to give up its addiction to the settlement project. If not, the Jewish state is finished. Simple as that.

We’re only warming up.

Here’s Phil’s report on our insightful meeting:

I saw Antony Loewenstein, the Australian activist, yesterday. His new book on the Blogging Revolution comes out today. A few strong impressions:

Medium height, dark haired, very animated face, informal and Australian manner. Straightforward, personable. Silver earring in left ear. German/Austrian Jewish roots. Atheist.

An only child of two only children, he’s extremely independent thinking. Maybe the most independent thinking person I know in this area. Unapologetic. I discern a psychological root: he has his parents’ encouragement in his work. He went to work for the Sydney Morning Herald just a few years ago, what for anyone else would be a plum job, the sort of job I myself have kissed a lot of butt to have; but Antony chafed in the traces and soon went out on his own. Is now a leader of Jewish anti-opinion in Aussie and has an int’l reputation. Good on ya mate. Just published a book on internet censorship.

His analysis is grim. He thinks that Israel has swallowed the occupied territories. Sat down to dine on them by policy and design and with relish (and not accidentally!) 40, 60 years ago. Now they are in Israel’s stomach. Won’t be removed without major catastrophe, possible civil war and certainly not without American interference, which is unlikely to happen.

I answered him again and again with the Rahm Emanuel ameliorative reading. That a new consensus is emerging, of 2 states now. And Obama is going to get behind this with his wiles, and Hillary Clinton. Loewenstein reads the Clinton appointment in a far darker light, and sees nothing really changing. I have a different theory of history. It says: You can’t stay in one spot forever. Things change gradually gradually, and then they change abruptly. We’ve been having gradual change for a while. Now it’s going to be emphatic.

One area of disagreement I had with Loewenstein. He says that Mearsheimer/Walt went too far in ascribing Iraq war to Israel lobby in any real measure. He is somewhat leftish in his belief that oil and American power played crucial roles. Many people share Loewenstein’s view. The Nation, I think Jerry Slater, too. Myself I am agnostic as to all the Iraq causes, which the historians will be exhuming for decades, but believe that any effort to discount center-right Jewish intellectual/financial power in American society doesn’t serve journalism; it mystifies a real, true, new element in Establishment life. Loewenstein is covered in the Aussie press. Anti-Zionists get no ink in the American press whatsoever.

Damn I wish I’d said to Loewenstein: Here you are in the States; what do you make of the fact that 3 out of 4 faces on the President’s page of Council on Foreign Relations report are Jewish? Why did Obama give Hillary power? Why did he have to? What true significant faction do she, Summers, Emanuel and all the other centrists he has empowered represent – to the insult of his progressive base which is nowhere represented? Where are Chuck Hagel and Robert Pape – great realist statesman, scholar. But he was a houseguest, and I didn’t berate him.

Loewenstein did say that the Israel lobby was not going to sign on to 2 states because peace would put them out of business. We were sitting at the fireplace. I said, And what will it do for us, Antony? He winked. Bad for our careers!

I drove him to the train in the rain. En route he said that no one in the States is fully aware of how our reputation has fallen. The leadership in liberal ideas is global now, per his new book. The U.S. is dragging knuckles behind, with state -sponsored torture and imperial adventure. He laughed that I had Commentary magazine in the car. Then he said, with joy, that our side has the esprit de corps. It’s like an insurgency, and the mainstream has lost the ability to counter it effectively, and doesn’t know what to do. And the insurgency keeps getting numbers…

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  • Glenn Condell

    As I said at Phil's place, I'm really glad you two could meet up. I have a lot of respect for you both – you're doing yeoman work for your fellow Jews (whether they realise it or not) and by extension, for the rest of us. Carry on!