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 message that keeps on escaping

Israeli/American activist Jeff Halper left Australia this morning after a highly successful two-week visit, speaking to a host of media, upsetting the bigoted Zionist establishment and teaching thousands of Australians about the reality of Israeli apartheid. I was proud to be a part of his visit, via Independent Australian Jewish Voices.

Halper told New Matilda that the Obama administration had to force the Jewish state to end the occupation or its relationship with the super-power was in jeopardy:

Halper’s formula has three stages. “First, Obama must assure Israel, ‘We love you’. Second, he guarantees Israel’s security; Israel can become a member of NATO. And third, the occupation is over — period. You have to be out of every square inch in three to four years. We, the international community, will pay for the redeployment, which the World Bank estimates will cost about $140 billion.”

And when Congress refuses? Halper refers to a strategy of “dual loyalty” that Obama can employ against Congress. As a precedent, he points to Ronald Reagan’s response to Congress when, under pressure from Israel, it attempted to block the US sale of sophisticated surveillance aircraft to Saudi Arabia.

“Reagan stood up and said ‘I am the Commander and Chief, and this is in the vital interests of the US, and you’re all American Congressmen’. The sub-text that the Jews picked up was this issue of dual loyalty. Reagan said to Congress, ‘Are you Americans or are you Israelis?'” Congress backed down.

By bringing the Israel lobby face-to-face with this notion of dual loyalty, Halper is sure Obama will be able to overcome Israeli resistance to ending the occupation. He advises Obama to speak privately with the Jewish leaders, including members of Congress, to get their help convincing Israel to end the occupation.

For the local Zionist lobby, however, it absurdly claimed that Israel was desperate to end its occupation:

The only reason Israeli troops are still there [in the West Bank] is because there is no Palestinian leadership willing and/or able to take control and prevent rocket and other terrorist attacks from the West Bank into Israel.

Yes, continually expanding colonies in the West Bank is the sign of a state that wants to cease its building program.

Human rights abuses are the defining feature of Israeli policies in the territories (just the latest here.) Acknowledging this challenges the fundamentals of Zionism: expansion, domination, control and humiliation.

  • ej

    Unlike Keating’s ‘unrepresentative swill’ in the Senate, Carlill is representative swill. Lying swill.

    Another consummate liar with the machine produced patina.

    The hysteria unbounded!

    ‘The claims of stifling criticism of Israel are both predictable and unfounded.’

    On the contrary, the lobby and its minions have done nothing but, and this piece by Carlill is part of the mop-up to ensure that Halper’s memory disappears into oblivion.

    Here is a Jew, an Israeli, pointing out the obvious. Horrors.

    A minor point of interest – Carlill refers to Halper as an ‘American-Israeli’. Not a true Israeli then. Really just a nigger in the woodpile.

    Halper’s key message was that the clock is ticking. The establishment doesn’t want to know that its days of smug self-satisfaction are numbered.

  • ej

    The bringing of Halper to Australia by the 'dissident' Jewish organisations was a masterstroke; it has exposed the depths of the pathology that afflicts official Australian Jewry.

    Halper as beyond the pale?

    Yet Halper has performed aliyah; his critics have not.

    Comfortable Melbourne and Sydney is the promised land for them. Hertzl would be appalled.

    Is not Halper then the 'true' Jew, and his critics not quite?

    Are his critics self-hating Jews? Are the criticisms of Halper anti-Semitic?

  • Marilyn

    The problem is with the nonsense of aliyah. How dare jews from Europe who stole Palestine then make a law to keep out the Palestinians in a rebuttal of the UN right of return and put in it's place the racist "right of return" for anyone who claims to be a jew.

    The jews never had Palestine in the first place so what they hell are they "returning" to?

    This entire debate gets so fucked up because Israel is always the first with the demands.

    You note that Halper wants the rest of the world to pay for the crimes of people just like him who went and squatted in someone else's place.

    Israel and her US stooges should pay and no-one else.

    As for this anti-semitic bullshit. Enough already. It is a made up term to describe a few ancient languages that has been hi-jacked by jews to stop any dissent of Israel.

    Then we get to "survivors" of the holocaust and there is no such thing. You cannot survive a situation best described as the death of all.

    It was not just jews that died in that dreadful war, but it is jews who whine incessantly about massacres and ethnic cleansing while they are in the process of doing it themselves to people who had nothing at all to do with the murder of jews or anyone else in Europe in two world wars.

    Perhaps ignorant Australian's don't know that our own soldiers were with the Palestinians in those two wars, perhaps freaks like Rubenstein and others don't know that it was the Gazans who have nurtured our war graves in the area since 1917.

    Perhaps cretinous Australian's can't be bothered with the truth that we owe the Palestinians but we keep stabbing them in the back.

    Now enough of all this "specialism" and "excepionalism" from jews. Like everyone else on the planet some are good, some bad, some downright evil and others herois.

    BEfore we get too carried away with Halper – when I asked him why he thought he had the right to go and live in Palestine just because he was a jew he told me to be more modest.

    Humbug to him and the broom he flew in on.

    His take is still Israel first and that is wrong, wrong and wrong again.

    300,000 US dual nationals could piss off out of Palestine tomorrow and give the land back, ditto over 1 million Russians.

    Reading 1967 by Tom Segev one ignorant stupidity of the zionists comes into stark focus.

    The ethnically cleansed one lot of arabs in 1948 and then spent the next 15 years importing another group of arabs.