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.

Gaza round-up

Some of the finest reading on the web about the Gaza outrage (from a variety of perspectives):

Palestinians need Israel to win.

An American rabbi condemns the Israeli attacks.

Robert Fisk: Why bombing Ashkelon is the most tragic irony.

Hamas is hoping for an IDF ground operation in Gaza.

Pro-Palestinian activists say Israel Navy fired on protest boat off Gaza shore.

  • ej

    We're witnessing what must be a self-conscious competition amongst the Hasbara crowd for the most mouth-frothing, mendacious load of over the top bullshit that one can fit into a thousand words.

    Benny Morris in the NYT, the Oren/Halevi piece in the WSJ (Halevi has always been at the crazy end, and this is clearly a good time to wheel the madman out), Oren again in the Oz the day after the WSJ piece, and today Oz-Salzberger in the Melbourne Age.

    For sheer inarticulate inanity, Oz-Salzberger must top the polls. And here she is holding a Chair in Modern Israel Studies, funded by the Australian Israel lobby, housed in Monash University's Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization, also funded by the Israel lobby.

    'Modern Israel' and 'Jewish Civilization' being an oxymoron in conjunction (Oz-Salzberger's piece confirming the divergence in spades), there seems to be a lack of irony amongst those fierce defenders of academic freedom who administer Hasbara Australia.

  • Ruth

    It seems to be a laborious and painful effort for you to even accept a differing point of view, let alone concur.

    Welcome to pluralism.

    Our fathers and grandfathers fought for it, and we'll keep it, thanks very much.

  • ej

    Pluralism? Ah yes. tell that to Hasbara Australia Inc that works assiduously to prevent an honest exposure of Israel's behaviour in the media, to censor academic opinion, to prevent debate in Parliament, to inhibit the adoption of a moral stand by governments in international forums, etc.

    The prevention of the naqba exhibition in SYdney's Leichhardt Municipality in May 2008 was a gem of pluralism at work.

    True, Hasbara Australia is not quite on a par with the masterly Hasbara US Inc, which has successfully obliterated even the most miniscule opposition to open discussion of Israel in the higher governmental apparatus.

    Don't make me puke.

    Pluralism is apposite when interpretation of the issue is cloudy. The Zionist enterprise, out of the mouths of its own forces, leaves no such uncertainty.

    Hasbara Inc would be denying the Holocaust itself if it was in the interests of the state of Israel and its apparatchiks. After all, it has done a brilliant job in debauching the meaning and thus history of anti-semitism.