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.

A ceasefire, finally

But Hamas’ gains cannot be ignored: It has won international legitimacy and sympathy, and its forces still control the Gaza Strip.

But what kind of ceasefire is it really?

5 comments ↪
  • Sorry, Antony, but this isn't a cease-fire.

    Israel has simply called off its full-scale offensive. Its forces remain in Gaza, and Hamas won't stop fighting unless it has guarantees that Israeli troops will withdraw and lift the siege.

    The IDF will eventually withdraw after achieving very little. There has been no suggestion that Israel will lift its blockade, or stop its random incursions into Gaza as it has done over the past 2 years.

    Hamas will rebuild its arsenal, whether there's an international force or not (weapons will get into Gaza, regardless).

    And we'll be back to square one. The only difference is the increased turmoil within the Arab world, and the internal strife that will hit the Palestinians, and potentially Egypt and Jordan.

  • Suzanna Michaelis

    A P R A Y E R

    In the Name of The 'One' The Only Reality

    I beg Mercy and Compassion

    For the Innocents in Palestine

    who lay dying in their Mother's Blood.

    For all men and women who have observed this Atrocity,

    closed mouthed and empty handed,

    fuel for the never ending ferris wheel

    of inhumane Barbarities.

    For the perpetrators who will surely meet

    an awfull retribution.

    And for me, that Fear may not overcome me.

    an old Australian Mother

  • The rogue state stops.

    The carnage caused by Israel has finally come to a temporary end, but is this really a cease fire?

    Locally made Qassam short range rockets, fired into Israel by Hamas, have killed roughly 20 people over the past two years. Israel’s state of the art military and extensive arsenal, courtesy of the US, have killed well over 1200 people and wounded over 5000 in just 22 days.

    Does Israel really believe that one Israeli is worth 60 Palestinians? Do the math, its unconscienable.

  • mr. mike

    "Does Israel really believe that one Israeli is worth 60 Palestinians? Do the math, it's unconscienable."

    – Reuben Brand

    The US killed Vietnamese in a 60:1 ratio and some Americans STILL think the War was worth something…Israel can only carry out these massacres if the dictatorships surrounding it are terrified of an attack if they tried to intervene. Change that and I think that attacks on Gaza and the Wall in the West Bank will stop being issues.

  • Hi there mr. mike,

    I like your optimism.

    “Change that and I think that attacks on Gaza and the Wall in the West Bank will stop being issues.”

    “Dictatorships” is an interesting term. I’m guessing you’re talking about Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt, which are the immediate surrounding countries.

    Lebanon:

    President Michel Suleiman was elected in May 2008 with a majority vote held in Parliament of 118 out of 127. This Parliamentary session was attended by senior representatives from the Arab region, the EU, UN, US, European states and many other countries.

    Syria:

    President Bashar al-Assad took up office in 2007 after an unopposed referendum. His comparatively moderate leadership has improved Syria economically, politically and internationally.

    Jordan:

    The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a constitutional Monarchy with a representative government – And yes, it has very close ties with both the US and Israel.

    Egypt:

    Agreed. President Hosni Mubarak is a dictator. But he is the United States of America’s very own personal dictator and is also a close ally of Israel. So he has absolutely no interest in helping out his butchered neighbours.

    Iraq has been totally destroyed by the US, Iran is already a target of both Israel and the US, Turkey wants to join the EU and Saudi Arabia? Well we all know where their allegiances lie.

    Israel is America’s military base for the Middle East. It received a total of $81.3 billion in US aid over the past decade and remains to be one of the top beneficiaries of US military and economic assistance.

    Israel has a commanding military arsenal as well as an intentionally undisclosed amount of nuclear weapons. The IDF also receive free weapons from the US as part of the Excess Defence Articles Program. An extensive inventory of these free US weapons was produced in 2002, a small snapshot of which is as follows: 64,744 M-16A1 rifles, 2,469 grenade launchers, 1500 M2 .05 calibre machine guns and numerous different types of ammunition.

    Other documented US weapons in the IDF arsenal include: 385 fighter planes, 162 helicopters, and an unidentified amount of varied missiles. These figures are all outdated now, as more weapons are constantly being delivered.

    The flagrant hypocrisy of this continued military and economic aid is articulated under section 4 of the US Arms Export Control Act, in which it categorically states that the use of US military equipment in the possession of ‘friendly countries’ is solely for “legitimate self defence… and internal security” and should not be used in any offensives or aggressions towards other Countries or States.

    So unless the US stops backing Israel in every crime it commits and stops supplying it with copious amounts of weapons, then yes, maybe these and future attacks will cease.

    http://www.reubenbrand.com