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.

Laws were broken, haul their arse in

The Bush administration kept America safe since 9/11…by using torture? The ability of conservative, Republican fanatics to continually defend torture because terror suspects looked, er, suspect, is absurd.

And people wonder why America’s reputation has taken such a dive:

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  • mallee

    The absurdity of the torture is demonstrated by the torture of KSM 183 times in one month; so many questions, so few answers and so much water.

    Althought KSM allegedly admitted to 911, from A-Z, they have not found out:

    Who placed the thermitic substances in the twin towers and building No 7.

    How it was placed.

    Where it was obtained from, it being a nano thermatic material of military style manufacture. (Search 'Thermitic resideue in wtc towers dust' or go to 911 blogger.com.)

    How he arranged to suspend the laws of physices for 2.25 seconds, as conceded by NIST, to enabe building No 7 to free fall for that time, meaning the structure below had to be simultaneaously and instantly removed. (see presentaion by David Chandler at architects and engineers for 911 truth)

    How he arranged the standown of the air dfences on 9/11.

    How he managed to fool Cheney into keeping to the orders as they stood when an aircraft approached the Pentgaon unheeded. (See Norman Mineta testimony to the 911 Congressional Committee)

    How he magnaged to fit a 757 aircraft into a 16 foot wide hole at the Pentaogon.

    How he mangaged to slip 'inside information' to a heap of investment spivs. the plans so that they were able to place millions of put options to profit from those very entities mostly affected by the mass murders.

    How he mangaged to have a documentary crew arranged to 'documnet' the event as it happened. (as stated by two of the five dancing Israelis on Israeli tv)

    How he managed to arrange all the military exercises on 9/11 that were later used to cloud and be used as an excuse for defensive failures on that day.

    How he managed to arrange for the US gvernment to not produce: security videos to show what hit the Pentagon, any aircraft parts for identification, and security videos of any alleged hi-jackers getting on any alleged hi-jacked aircraft at any airport, (excepting the flight from Portland which was to connect with a condemned flight) which production would help to assist to demonstare that 'they' actually did it.

    If you want heaps more and have a week or two to do some decent research, start at 911blogger.com.

    Clearly, the trouble with all the primitive torturing carried out by sadists is that, if they were to torture, they should have been torturing those rogue elemnts witin the US who; had the capacity to murder over 3,000 people on 9/11, know who really did it and who have since benefited from that evil act.

    How did KSM manage to keep the controlled mass media from competently investigating this matter so that he could falsely claim the kudos for it from A-Z? 183 times in one month!! Really, what sought of animals do our politicians have to continually consort with and grovel too, to massage their egos and gain allusionary acceptance.

    Anyone seen and reporting in the 'controled mass media of mass deception', on the early April 2009 (4th?) reports of the 9 international scientists who have confirmed the finding of thermitic residue in the towers dust?

    Of course there has been none, why? Because the controlled, censored mass media does not want to let you know. How about a bit more torture for some distraction, anyone for some bread and a circus?