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.

High-profile members of Australia’s Jewish community condemn the violence in Gaza strip

The following interview with me, about the statement released by Independent Australian Jewish Voices on the Gaza crisis, was recorded by ABC NewsRadio on January 5:


  • Sarah Haynes

    Dear members of the Jewish community,

    Thank you for adding your voices to the debate. Meanwhile our politicians are too busy kowtowing to America to even bother assessing the seige on Gaza, simply trotting out the worn slogan "Israel has a right to defend itself".

    You are brave and inspirational.

    Best regards,


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  • I echo and support Sarah's remarks.

    Even in the fiercest heat, a gentle little breeze offers a great relief. It could grow to become a gale!

    The website of the Israeli website in Canberra reports on the appointment speech of the Israeli ambassador in August last year. It's striking in that he refers to the fact that Israel has been deserted by many of its own, but that Australia had been 'different' in that it had continued its support.

    The Israeli government would be quite wrong if it counts on Australia remaining 'different' if its interpretation means that they have an open Australian cheque to do whatever they want in the Palestinian lands. Australia's support is neither up for sale not may it be bought.

    Clearly, the outgoing US President has donated the final days of his office to letting the Israeli government…and its central contenders for the Prime Ministership in the upcoming Israeli election…to do whatever they want in Gaza.

    Perhaps, one day, the United States might catch up with the rest of the world and dump its leadership just as soon as it loses an election….rather than crippling the incoming administration as George Bush is presently doing with Barack Obama.

    There's still time for the American people to leave their shoes at the gates of the White House and for others to do the same with both US and Israeli embassaies abroad…yes, even in Canberra.

    Now that the Chinese leadership has also repudiated the denial by the Israel Foreign Minister that there's a humanm catastrope in Gaza,we may see words give way to actions…..What the Chinese say is given respect in Canberra.

  • Thomas

    As someone who has respected and admired Judaism for its contribution to civilisation in general and to my society in particular, I am a complete loss to reconcile the Judaism I have encountered in the decent Jews I know with the barbarism I see played out in the Middle East. Jews are able to live in peace and prosperity in Australia and around the world (including in many Islamic countries), yet in the actions of the State of Israel towards others in its midst I see abuse of power at the grossest level. The only way I can rationalise this disparity is by positing the existence of two Judaisms – a true one which is the rootstock for both Christianity and Islam – and a vile distortion, namely Zionism. I cannot believe that the real God of Israel is the one invoked by Zionism. The latter can only be the insane projection of savage and criminal minds who require divine blessing for oppression, murder and the wholesale robbery and destruction of other people's property. Shimon Peres claims that Israel has justice on its side, but the carnage in Gaza and previous atrocities in Lebanon, not to mention the historic and ongoing oppression of the Palestinian people and imprisonment of their democratically elected representatives, suggest that he and other Israeli leaders have fallen victim to their own propaganda. Their inability to distinguish reality from fiction, truth from falsehood and right from wrong presages the end of the Zionist project. Thanks Anthony Loewenstein and Independent Australian Jewish Voices for having the courage to speak out against the insanity and propaganda.

  • Madhu

    I am neither a australian, nor Israeli, nor palestinian – but someone who was in west bank the day Israel bombed Gaza. Having arrived in east Jerusalem two days earlier, I was still coming to terms with not just the fact that Jerusalem was indeed a beautiful city – assimilating various cultures and religions with ease and grace, but that the patience expressed by Palestinians against odds was heroic. I am talking of that ordinary palestinian woman who sold the fresh spinach to me and kept up her encouraging smile while I struggled with the coins; and that graceful teenager who lived patiently among israeli settlers encroaching on her home with audacity and with a brazen attitude that they will be 'protected' however they behaved. I am talking of the day I tripped and fell in the old city and found atleast ten palestinians trying to help me up and search for my glasses in the darkness of the alleyways where shops remained closed due to the attack on gaza.

    I crossed the Israeli check point back and forth from Bethleham – acutely aware of the high cement wall being built between israeli and palestinian communities, which is forcing palestinians to cross the check points every day under intimidating circumstances even to carry out their daily lives and work and for many women to deliver their babies in 'decent' hospitals.

    In those moments I understood that peace will always elude these people – the more Israel dehumanises the issue by lumping all palestinians under the 'terrorist hamas' banner and in the process forgets that children are among those attacked and that there are mothers giving birth among all this death and destruction, the more will death and destruction unfold – If we all have to wage a war to find peace, why look for peace at all?

    I am glad and sad that my first visit to Jerusalem turned out this way – glad to have my eyes opened and sad to see how hard mankind strives to maintain the strife.

  • Mohommed

    I would like to say that I am grateful for this blog site and would like to thank the decent Jewish people who stand up for Humanity and who are expressing their dissident for the Israeli offensive strikes on Gaza.