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 dismantle Zionism in a few easy steps

Following the recent establishment of the Australian-based Committee for the Dismantling of Zionism – and its comment on the Gaza outrage – the statement of aims for the new group is below:


Committee for the Dismantling of Zionism

Statement of Aims

1. In the Gandhian tradition of non-violence, the committee stands for the peaceful co-existence of Israeli Jews and Palestinians within a unified democratic state where everyone is a full citizen irrespective of religion or ethnicity.

2. The committee supports the view of Sir Isaac Isaacs, Jewish jurist and former Governor General of Australia in the 1940s, that the very idea of a Jewish state is absurd, unjust, and ultimately untenable, since it makes all non-Jewish citizens necessarily and inevitably second-class citizens.

3. In the Gandhian tradition of non-violence, we support the cultural and economic boycott of Israel.

4. The Jewish Right of Return is a weapon in the Zionist colonization and occupation of Palestinian lands. Accordingly, we urge that the world wide Jewish diaspora should renounce the Right of Return.

5. We urge support for UN Resolution 194 which declares the unconditional right of the Palestinian refugees expelled from Palestine in 1948 to return to their homes.

6. We observe that Zionist Israel is guilty of genocidal policies as defined in Article II (c) of the Genocide Convention, in that it intends to destroy, in whole or in part, an ethnic group by “deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part”. By ‘physical destruction’ we mean that Zionist Israel transparently seeks to destroy Palestinian society and remove Palestinians from their ancestral lands in order to Judaize those same lands.

7. The world wide Zionist organisations are also guilty, in terms of the Genocide Convention, Article III (e), of “complicity in genocide”.

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  • catchakiki

    While as a liberal Australian Jewish person also disgusted by Israel’s behaviour I agree with aspects of the Committee for the Dismantling of Zionism’s aims, I am appalled at the vehement disregard they are expressing for Israel’s own right to exist, particularly:
    “the very idea of a Jewish state is absurd, unjust, and ultimately untenable”. Are we not living in a so-called Christian state here in Australia? Are there not happy communities of Jewish people living in the Muslim state of Iran? There are plenty of religious states all over the world and I don’t see how a Jewish one is any less deserving of a supported existence.

    And whilst I understand that Israel has been blocking essential entry into Gaza and leaving thousands of people without basic support such as food and medical aid, I do not believe that “support(ing) the cultural and economic boycott of Israel” is an appropriate response, particularly in regards to culturally.

    Feeling impassioned as I’m sure the Committee for the Dismantling of Zionism is also, I could go on but I won’t. I simply feel it important for people to see that it is extremism that has put Israel and Palestine in this position, and I don’t believe extremism is the solution of getting them out of it, although it is certainly up to the rest of the world to take objective control of the situation for a just solution.

  • We are not a Christian state, we are a secular state, and want to remain that way thank you very much!

    We are talking here about some fundamental and important values:

    – freedom of creed, and of religious belief
    – separation of church and state
    – non-discrimination on the basis of creed or religion

    These are hard-won and essential freedoms we should fight to protect. Zionists and Jewish people generally have really lost their way if they think we should return to some sort of pre-Enlightenment semi-theocratic state.

    That type of thing and the injustice and discrimination against minorities is what led to the Ghetto and Zionism in the first place!

    Please, let’s draw a line against this, and against colonialism, settlers and the racism and injustice against indigenous people inherent in these projects.

    Zionism is a kind of “10th (and last) Crusade” – the invasion and colonisation of the “third world” by the rising White power in Europe. The First and Tenth crusades thus effectively bookend 1000 years of White power.

    The Jewish crusade will likely suffer the same fate as the earlier crusader states and with the relative decline of Europe and North America it is certainly the last and in some ways the most tragic of the White European colonies.

    Its an important initiative for Jewish people themselves to repudiate the backward, racist ideology of Zionism. This 19th Century concoction of high imperialism and European white supremacist racism is an embarrassment and a disgrace both for the Enlightened west and also the progressive Jewish community.

    Zionism is a kind of internalised anti-semitism. It goes something like this: “We Jews, we’re a different race (no your not), we cant live with other people (yes you can), we have to live in some ghetto (no you dont) or maybe best a Jewish State (that’s the worst idea of all!).

    Meantime the so-called “Christian Zionists” and other “supporters” of Israel have a naked agenda of getting rid of their Jews into a kind of giant ghetto (Israel) where they might be conveniently wiped out by “God”.

    How ugly and absurd does it all have to get before its repudiated?

    Personally I still favour the two-state solution. If the US and Israel back it, it could happen overnight and more or less resolve the main conflict.

    If Israel and the US continue to reject the Palestinian state, then the “Jewish State” of Israel is probably doomed, after many years of further chaos and suffering.

    The West had better stand ready to receive a number of Jewish refugees when it finally collapses.

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  • Daniel Sebel

    Surely, the Zionists were granted control over their part of the land of Palestine on condition they would respect the rights of the original inhabitants.
    Surely, the state of Israel, through its massive inhumane treatment of the Palestinian people over the years (of which the Gaza massacre is the latest example), has broken that trust.
    Surely, therefore, the Zionists no longer deserve to exclusively occupy the land.
    Surely, the state of Israel should be dissolved and greater Palestine (Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip) be turned into a single and secular multi-racial state with equal rights for Palestinians and Zionists.

    Also, we should question the very legitimacy of a twenty-first century sectarian state. When virtually every other advanced country is learning to become secular and multi-racial, silly little Israel clings to the anachronistic idea of being a single religious / racial state.

    Olmert's idea for Israel to withdraw to the 1967 borders is a totally inadequate compromise. The state of Israel should be dissolved. What the international community gave, it should now take away.

    Even allowing the Zionists to stay on the land is more than they deserve.

    It’s interesting to speculate on how much trouble could have been avoided if the Palestinian people were given the respect they were due as the original inhabitants of the land. Would Islamic terrorism even have emerged? Just as the Israelis learned of genocide from the Nazis and apartheid from the white South Africans, the Palestinians learned of terrorism from the Stern Gang.

  • David King

    Hi Antony,

    In my opinion, your assessment is wrong.

    Just the other night I was listening to Norman Finkelstein present a talk at… 2061

    "The Israel-Palestine Conflict: What we can learn from Gandhi"

    I have a high level of respect for Norman, with whom I am sure you would hold many of the same beliefs.

    Sad to say that I also found myself disagreeing with the thoughts Norman expressed in this video; which concluded with a two state solution and a normalisation of relations between Palestinians and israelis and the continued existence of the zionist movement.

    The stumbling block I see; and which I am very sure many Palestinians will feel; is that peace can only be built on a foundation of justice.

    If we look at what zionism is; and I am not talking about how israeli propaganda defines zionism but how zionism defines itself through its actions; from Ben-Gurions days to present; it is zionism that must bear the price of the deliverance of justice. In essence, this would be holding its leaders responsible for war crimes and delivering a judgment of capital punishment.

    It was the zionist movement that was responsible for the creation of Jewish terrorist groups and the genocide of Palestinian people. It was their battle hardened army that swept through Palestine killing unarmed and untrained farmers and their families; stealing their land, their homes and their future.

    You may have heard of the term: scales of justice. It indicates the bleeding obvious; that your punishment should be weighed against your misdeed. If you commit a minor trafic infringement, you punishment should also be minor. If you torture someone and then bludgeon them to death with a steel bar, then your punishment should be sufficient as to be balanced against the crime.

    The zionist movement is a criminal organisation that has over the last 60 years committed the most heinous crimes. Justice – and I am not talking about the law system now; but humanity – dictates that the strongest possible action be taken against zionism.

    If a thief breaks into your home and steals the contents of your safe; taking the proceeds to buy a car; that thief if caught will not be allowed to continue ownership of the car.

    I can't see a possibility of a successful two state solution; nor an iota of a chance for the continuation of the zionist movement: and further, I can foretell israel's existence to be limited to a history book. These are not threats but come from an understanding of the dynamics of the situation. Peace will not be achieved until these things come to pass.

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