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.

Villages wiped off the map

Jonathan Miller, from Britain’s Channel 4 news, reports on the mass destruction in Gaza. The Jewish state clearly deliberately targeted civilians and infrastructure. Violent resistance and revenge should be expected:

Of course, such actions are merely “self-defense“, according to a peace-loving Zionist in Israel.

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  • John Miate

    Why Do They Hate Us?

    1917 Balfour Declaration states British government would “view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” with the understanding that “nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine”. Jewish immigration to Palestine increases.
    Why do they hate us?

    pre-1947 Jewish terrorism in Palestine against the British and the indigenous population.
    Why do they hate us even more?

    1947 UN resolution partitions Palestine into a Jewish state (56%) an Arab state (43%) and an International zone (1%), at a time when the population was 67% non-Jewish (1,237,000) and 33% Jewish (608,000) with Jews owning 6.5% of the land.
    We came, we saw, we coveted, but why do they hate us?

    1948-1949 Al-Naqba (the Catastrophe). Deir Yassin and other massacres and mass ethnic cleansing. Palestine wiped off the map by the creation of Israel.
    We came, we saw, we conquered, but why do they hate us?

    1956 Israel invades Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
    Why do they hate us? And why do the Egyptians hate us?

    1967 Israel invades and occupies the Sinai Peninsula, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Golan Heights. Start of illegal Israeli settlement on occupied lands.
    Why do they all hate us? And what is the PLO?

    1973 Syria and Egypt attack Israeli forces on occupied Arab land (Golan Heights and Sinai Peninsula).
    Do they really hate us that much?

    1978 Israel invades Lebanon.
    Why do they hate us? And why do the Lebanese hate us?

    1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty. The Sinai Peninsula returned to Egypt.
    If Egypt loves us, why do the rest hate us?

    1982 Israel invades Lebanon.
    Why do they still hate us? And why do the Lebanese hate us even more? And what is Hezbollah?

    1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre by Lebanese militia while Israeli soldiers stand guard, preventing entry to, or escape from the besieged refugee camp.
    It was our Lebanese collaborators who did the killing, we merely organised it, so why do they hate us?

    1987 Start of the First Intifada. Stone throwing, riots, general strikes, and civil disobedience in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
    They may hate the 20-year-old “iron fist” military occupation, but why do they hate us? And what is Hamas?

    1993 Oslo Accords. End of the First Intifada.
    They don’t really hate us that much, but why don’t they love us?

    1994 The Cave of the Patriarchs mosque massacre.
    So they don’t love us, but why do they hate us?

    1994 Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty.
    Two out of 22 after 46 years ain’t bad, is it? If Egypt and Jordan love us, why do the Palestinians still hate us?

    1995 Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated by Jewish extremist.
    Why do we hate us?

    2000 The Israeli Army withdraws from southern Lebanon but continues to occupy the Shebaa Farms and Kfar Shouba Hills.
    So our invasions and occupation of Lebanon conceived Hezbollah, but why do the Lebanese still hate us?

    2000 Failure of the Middle East Peace Summit at Camp David. Israeli Opposition Leader Ariel Sharon visits the Temple Mount / Al-Haram As-Sharif sparking riots. Start of the Second Intifada.
    They may hate the 33-year-old military occupation and Sharon, but why do they hate us?

    2002 Israel invades the West Bank. Israel starts building the separation wall on Palestinian land in the West Bank. The wall is later ruled as illegal by the International Court of Justice.
    They may hate the crippling checkpoints, the encroaching settlements, and the suffocating prison walls, but why do they hate us?

    2006 Israel, the US, and European Union impose economic sanctions against the Palestinian Authority following the 2006 legislative elections that democratically brought Hamas to power.
    Why why why do they hate us?

    2006 Israel invades the Gaza Strip. After Hezbollah captures two Israeli soldiers, Israel also invades Lebanon.
    Why do they hate hate hate us?

    2007 Israel imposes a total land, air and maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip after Hamas retains control of Gaza.
    They may hate the hunger pangs from the “diet” we imposed, but why do they hate us?

    2008 After tightening the blockade and breaking the ceasefire, Israel invades the Gaza Strip.
    They no longer fear us, but why do they still hate us?

  • Rosie Young

    1947 Blowing up of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem by the terrorist organisation Irgun, headed up by Eitan Livni, father of Tzipi (“We don’t deal with terrorists”) Livni, Israeli Foreign Minister.