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.

But why does the world hate us so?

Most weeks the Australian Jewish News is filled with letters written by paranoid, ignorant Jews who seem to love the idea of living in a ghetto, a world where Israel is the eternal victim fighting for its life against irrational, hate-filled Muslims. It’s amusing to watch.

In this week’s edition:

Well, here we go again: another two academics of Jewish heritage only too ready, willing and able to criticise Israel, this time calling for an end to Zionism and the existence of Israel as a Jewish state (AJN 30/01).

Another two academics, whose Jewishness I suspect is only of any importance when it comes to criticising Israel, again claiming to represent significant Jewish opinion but really only demonstrating the hypocrisy of this irrelevant band of self-hating Jews.

John Docker and Ned Curthoys decry the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state, yet seem to have no problem with the nearly two dozen Islamic states that repress human rights and social expression.

They inaccurately disparage Israel’s creation as a form of settler colonisation that demands dismantling, yet have no problem living in a country that was created precisely this way, along with just about every other country on this globe.

If they are serious about the rights of indigenous peoples, they would be advocating for a total return of Australia to the Aborigines. They would also be advocating for the hundreds of thousands of Jews who have lived in the Middle East for centuries, many of whom were expelled from Arab lands.

The AJN has a duty to report on their activities, and Docker and Curthoys may derive some sense of self-importance from this stunt, but they should know that their time in the limelight will be fleeting and that history will record both them and Antony Lowenstein’s Independent Australian Jewish Voices as nothing more than an insignificant blip in Jewish history.

St Kilda East, Vic

It is worth, I think, saying it straight out: Zionism is not Judaism. When Peter Slezak and Antony Loewenstein were major speakers -– and they both spoke brilliantly -– at the demonstration on Sunday, January 18, in Melbourne and Sydney respectively, against the bombing of Gaza, they were not compromising their Jewish identity. In fact, they were expressing the best part of it.

The text of what both Slezak and Loewenstein said can be found by going to the Independent Australian Jewish Voices website. I would suggest that your paper print at least one of them. It is, after all, The Australian Jewish News, not The Australian Zionist News.

Paddington, NSW

Loewenstein’s article in The Australian Financial Review (31/01) is nothing more than a continuation of his “self-hating Jew” approach to life.

To quote French sources as fact is not only wrong, but questionable. Were the French protecting its citizens when they killed innocent civilians in Africa and other arenas of war? Where was their morality there?

The use of white phosphorous is not considered illegal in warfare, as attested to by its use in Iraq and other theatres of war. Israel used every precaution available to it, including leaflet drops and phone calls to householders well in advance to vacate populated areas under attack. Hamas, unfortunately, as proven by its own cowardly leaders, had no such morality and used its own population as human shields.

To cry foul is akin to a person who killed his own family and cries for mercy as he is an orphan.

Israel only did what any responsible government would and should do. After eight relentless years of attack on its citizens, it responded to a murderous enemy that was in fact put into power by the same people now crying for world sympathy.

No Mr Loewenstein, Israel is not guilty of anything other than protecting its own.

Melbourne, Vic

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