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.

Let’s just kill our enemies in cold blood

The following letter was just sent:

Mr Stephen Smith
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Australian Parliament House

Dear Mr Smith,

I wish to draw your attention to a hate website: http://stoptheism.com, run by a certain Lee Kaplan, which offers a US$25,000 reward for information leading to the murder of any ISM (International Solidarity Movement) human rights volunteer working in Gaza. By publishing details of ISM volunteers Kaplan attempts to co-ordinate with the Israeli military forces to effect a targeted assassination.

Sharon Lock is an Australian citizen at present working as an ISM volunteer in Gaza, where she accompanies ambulance drivers and medical personnel in their highly dangerous humanitarian missions. Her bravery and commitment is a shining light to all Australians and brings credit to this country.

I urge you to do your utmost, through whatever means are at your disposal, to ensure the safety of Ms Lock.

Bob Birch

Friends of Palestine, NSW, Australia

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  • mallee

    What: the government will give a fig about our Aussies killed overseas. BS. wait for the platitudes.

    Remember the 'Balibo Five' murdered in Indonesia; covered up for years.

    What about our ten Aussies murdered in the US on 9/11?

    They are doing nothing, despite all the scientific evidence PROVING the towers were blown up and so was Building No 7.

    The US NIST has admitted at least 2.5 seconds of freefall of the top 17 stories of builing No 7.[{see 911blogger.com. (David Chandler's presenations)]

    I suppose elves and gremlins removed the underlying structure instantaneously, to achieve that. Yea; Gremlins! Dangerous little blighters.

  • This is clearly a breach of Australian law? How can a man put a bounty on anyone's head with legal impunity? Probably the two best nations on Earth are Australia and Canada. This is the kind of thing which will bring them down and fast. Needless to say, Zionists are at the heart of the problem. Word.

  • This is a shocker Antony. Well reported and well done for writing to Smith.

    I recall during 2002, when an Australian ISM member was shot by rubber bullets in the west bank, then Foreign Minister giggled and explained war zones are danegerous places to visit.

    I've done a brief article about this here

  • iResistDe4iAm

    Syd, the letter above is signed by Bob Birch, Friends of Palestine, NSW, Australia.

    As at 17 January 12:15pm, http://stoptheism.com is being re-directed to http://koimedia.com.

    I am not an expert on domain names, but koimedia.com appears to be a related website, and stoptheism.com may have gone underground.

    A whois domain search returns the following results:

    Registrant:

    Domains by Proxy, Inc.

    DomainsByProxy.com

    15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353

    Scottsdale, Arizona 85260

    United States

    Registered through: WebDomains4u.com

    Domain Name: STOPTHEISM.COM

    Created on: 27-Jul-04

    Expires on: 27-Jul-09

    Last Updated on: 10-Jun-07

    Administrative Contact:

    Private, Registration STOPTHEISM.COM@domainsbyproxy.com

    Domains by Proxy, Inc.

    DomainsByProxy.com

    15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353

    Scottsdale, Arizona 85260

    United States

    (480) 624-2599

    Technical Contact:

    Private, Registration STOPTHEISM.COM@domainsbyproxy.com

    Domains by Proxy, Inc.

    DomainsByProxy.com

    15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353

    Scottsdale, Arizona 85260

    United States

    (480) 624-2599

    Domain servers in listed order:

    NS1.KOIMEDIA.COM

    NS2.KOIMEDIA.COM

  • iResistDe4iAm

    UPDATE to previous Post:

    koimedia.com is a web hosting business, so it may not be related to stoptheism.com

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