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.

How to score an own goal, part 7543

The Australian Jewish News publishes the story below today. Who says the Zionist establishment isn’t petrified of debate? The more these clowns try and shut down discussion about Israel/Palestine, the more they look like cowards. And how do they think this plays in the wider community? Jews trying to stifle open debate.

Yet another own goal by the Jewish community:

A Sydney synagogue will decide later this week whether to host an Israeli professor who is a critic of Israel’s demolitions of Palestinian houses.

American-born Professor Jeff Halper, who has condemned Israel as a country of “nefarious ideologies” and has called its policies “apartheid”, is coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against Housing Demolitions (ICAHD), set up 12 years ago to attack the practice of house demolitions.

The retired academic is on a speaking tour of Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide and Newcastle. On his agenda is an appearance at Sydney Progressive congregation, Emanuel Synagogue.

During his Sydney and Melbourne visits, Prof Halper is also due to speak at several universities.

Supporting his visit are Jews Against the Occupation, Independent Australian Jewish Voices, Australians for Palestine, and the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine.

The titles of his talks include “Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes: the essence of the conflict”, “Countdown to apartheid in Israel/Palestine” and “Israel and the Global Arms Trade”.

Prof Halper was due to appear at Emanuel Synagogue on March 23.

Emanuel’s executive director Allan Glazerman told The AJN the academic was invited by the synagogue’s Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins to address a Torah class of about 12 people who study the weekly parshah and related issues.

“I guess people in that class who are maybe connected with [Prof] Halper … somehow wanted to open it up as a community forum. We never had any interest in that.

“Our rabbi thought that for a regular class to hear his views about the demolition of Palestinian homes was important. He certainly never intended it as a forum for the community.”

Glazerman said the synagogue withdrew from an advertisement sent to The AJN listing Prof Halper’s speaking venues.

In a separate development, the newspaper’s management said it acted within its legal right to refuse to publish the advertisment.

An executive meeting of the synagogue was due to meet tonight (Thursday) to decide whether to cancel the professor’s invitation.

Union for Progressive Judaism executive director Steve Denenberg said he could not comment on the issue.

Asked whether the Friday night and Saturday times of three of his other talks might prevent Jews from hearing and debating with him, Jews Against the Occupation spokesperson Vivienne Porzsolt said the Emanuel Synagogue meeting was such an opportunity.

“The Jewish community isn’t the only focus of his visit, it’s for the whole community, but in Sydney we were keen for there to be a Jewish-based meeting and he is keen to talk with Jews too,” she said.

ICAHD claims more than 18,000 Palestinian homes have been demolished since 1967, but that only five per cent of these related to security issues.

In a 2005 article, Prof Halper described Israel as “a centre for the global right wing, a constellation of nefarious ideologies, groups and forces that seek nothing less than American-Christian hegemony over the entire world”.

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week said the reported demolitions of more than 80 houses in East Jerusalem were “unhelpful and not in keeping with the obligations entered into under the roadmap [peace process]”.

But a statement by the Jerusalem Municipality rejected “a disinformation campaign” timed to coincide with Clinton’s visit and said the houses were not slated for demolition.

Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council executive director Dr Colin Rubenstein said Prof Halper has “a broad anti-Israel agenda as an apologist for Palestinian resistance and as an opponent of Jewish sovereignty in modern Israel”.

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies President Robin Margo said that some of the issues raised by Prof Halper were “legitimate subjects for reasoned debate, as part of the democratic process”, but added they were already hotly debated in Israel and elsewhere.

“But his persistent drawing of analogies between Israel and apartheid South Africa grossly distorts the history of both countries,” he said, and  “contributes to the dishonest propaganda program to demonise and delegitimise Israel.”

2 comments ↪
  • ej

    Halper's issues are 'legitimate subjects for reasoned debate'? Well perhaps elsewhere.

    They're not legitimate here and we don't intend to be reasonable. ANd what does the democratic process have to do with it?

    While the mainstream Australian Jewish community is hotly denying the legitimacy of legitimate input from ethnic Jews (including Israelis!), the ethnic cleansing continues apace. WHich is the whole point. This hot 'debate' (read denial of debate) is really one of the longest filibusters on record.

    And what is the editor of the AJN doing about this fiat from AJN's owner? A lackey with no discretion? Shouldn't he resign out of principle?

  • Marilyn

    Let's get some perspective here. WE are talking about a few thousand zealots in a land of 21 million people.

    Why do they get so much fucking oxygen?

    Why do the rest of us have to listen to their incessant and mindless bleating?

    Over it already.

    Antony, I have no idea how you stay sane mate.