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.

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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.

Why the Jewish state cannot survive in the long run

Israeli novelist David Grossman tells British writer David Hare why the Jewish state behaves as it does:

When a people have suffered as much as we have it’s not a bad feeling to be masters for once. And we became addicted to that feeling, like a narcotic. Now we have terrible trouble imagining any other reality than the one we live in. You become habituated, you cannot believe there is another possible way of life. And so effectively you become a victim of the situation. And here, again, is the central paradox, the idea of Israel was that we should cease to be victims. Instead we hand our fate over to the security people, we allow the army to run the country, because we lack a political class with a vision beyond the military. Survival becomes our only aim. We are living in order to survive, not in order to live.

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  • ej

    Again, more desirable despair, angst at the intolerable situation, but (like Waltzing with Bashir) more about Jewish guilt and lack of fulfilment than Palestinian suffering.

    But some key claims wrong or delusionary.

    David Hare: 'Indeed, the Israeli state was founded in 1948 with the principal ambition of being normal, of being a normal place like any other.'

    Normal what? a state conceived on ethnic purity and born on ethnic cleansing? normal?

    Hare hears from David Grossman: ‘… we squandered our chance to make the state permanent in 1967. Instead of using the conquered territories as leverage in negotiation …’

    Where is the morality here? Legitimising the occupying of these territories in the first place. Negotiating conquered territories for what? Legitimising the naqba and the ongoing internal apartheid?

    Again from Grossman: '… the idea of Israel was that we should cease to be victims.'

    No. rather, according to Herzl, that Jews should cease being 'assimilated'.

  • Marilyn

    1878 – first Zionist agricultural colony in Palestine (Petah Tikva)

    1882 – 25,000 Jewish immigrants begin to settle in Palestine, mainly from Eastern Europe

    1891 – Baron Maurice de Hirsch, a German, founds the Jewish Colonisation Association in London to aid Zionist settlers in Palestine.

    1896 – Der Judenstaat, a book advocating the establishment of a Jewish state, is published by Austro-Hungarian Jewish writere Theordor Herzl.

    Jewish Colonisation Association (JCA) begins operations in Palestine.

    1897 – Zionist congress calls for a home for jewish people in Palestine. Pamphlet by founder of socialist Zionism, Naham Syrkin, says “Palestine must be evacutated for the jews”.

    First Zionist congress in Switzerland sets up the world Zionist Association (WZO) and petitions for “a home for jewish people in Palestine”

    1901 – Jewish National Fund (JNF) set up to acquire land in Palestine for the WZO, the land is to be used and worked solely for jews.

    Israel settled as a socialist democracy? Is Hare that ignorant and who is Grossman kidding?

    A few European's in the 19th century decided to steal Palestine and kick out all the natives, or kill them.

    Lunacy.

    The tried that in Australia, Canada, the US, NZ, Rhodesia, Singapore and all manner of other places in the name of empire, none of the native tribes have disappeared and the Palestinians won't either.

    As for this whine about "people who have suffered as much as us" that is what drives people insane – jews have not suffered anymore than anyone else in the world, they just whine the most.

  • anon

    Marilyn, They whine a lot! That is what I tell my Jewish friends: "Your a whining lot, when you have suffered as the catholics have suffered for three hundred years since the False Flag gun powder plot you might hve some idea at what prejudice is, even now, budhists, muslims, jews, heathens and star trk religious, etc can marry English royalty but not the catholics, unless rights to the throne are given up".

    Of course it also goes the other way in some places. But do the catholics complain about not being able to be a friggin King? Who would want to be? We do not give a stuff. But say something about a muslim or a jew and one is regarded as being anti something and may be prosecuted. Come on zionists and their apologists, give the world a break, we are sick of a miserable part of the world being overarmed, over compensated, over self important and really just a friggin bore?

    Try counting how many Ukrainian were starved to death by the pro zionist stalinistic KGB. Try 20 million, lot more than 6 million. How may Indians did the settlers in the US get rid of? There are other examples, just that we are sick of one example being chucked down our throats and then they do to the Palestinians what is noted above by Marilyn. It is about time our children are not only educated about the holocaust, but in regard to all the Holocausts and who did them.

    Someone tell Holywoood that we are sick of their unhistorical history lessons of the 20th century, the world has woken up.