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.

Blame those leftist extremists, please

Long-time supporters of Israel are having a tough time at the moment. War crimes were committed in Gaza during the recent war. The prospects of a two-state solution are beyond grim. Western-led tensions between Hamas and Gaza are real. The new Israeli government has no intention of seriously pushing for peace, only worsening the West Bank occupation. The Australian Jewish community is once again whinging about “anti-Semitism”.

But hey, if you’re two “left” Jewish academics in Australia, desperate for approval and support from the Jewish establishment, none of these facts matter. Writing in today’s Australian, Philip Mendes and Nick Dyrenfurth – IAJV blogger Michael Brull recently took apart consistent and laughable attempts by Mendes to enforce acceptable boundaries of Middle East debate – it is left-wing thinkers who just want to demonise Israel because, well, who needs a reason:

Despite the quasi-conspiratorial and unhelpful arguments of professional Israel-basher Antony Loewenstein, the Australian Jewish community holds quite divergent views on the above issues. As the old-saying goes, for every two Jews you’ll find three different opinions. Indeed, many Jews who support the existence of Israel are quite vocal, and deservedly so, when it comes to criticising Israel’s West Bank settlement policies.

Rather, progressives should steadfastly support a peaceful two-state solution based on staple social democratic values: co-operation, compassion and solidarity. These values must be accorded to both sides. To do so is to explicitly reject the false dichotomy of being pro-Israel/anti-Palestinian and vice versa fostered by extremists on both sides of the political divide. This means promoting dialogue with Israelis and Jews who reject the Greater Israel project, and with moderate Palestinians and Arabs who reject demands for a coerced return of millions of Palestinian refugees to Green Line Israel which would result in the immediate or gradual dissolution of the state ofIsrael.

While this all sounds so terribly reasonable, neither author even remotely honestly addresses Israel’s decades-old policy of irreversible expansion and aggression against the Palestinians. Whenever Israel is under criticism from the global community,  Zionist extremists or self-appointed progressives come out and defend the wonderful “liberal democracy” of Israel.

When was the last time they visited the West Bank or Gaza? When was the last time they saw the realities of occupation?

They have no idea, frankly. And it’s almost comical to watch these two Jews so keen to gain support from the Murdoch press and Jewish community. Israel now has a fascist in government and the problem is left-wing Jews in Australia?

Lads, here’s a newsflash: millions of citizens around the world know the facts about Israeli “democracy” and they rightly use the word ‘apartheid’. Perhaps you should read Haaretz a little more often and virtually every human rights group report in the world. The facts are clear. Stop living in an academic bubble.

  • Once again it sounds like their trying to shift the terrain to right, to make an criticism of the initial creation of Israel off the agenda.

  • ej

    The article is a piece of shit.

    AL gives it some credit, which is generous.

    ND & PM attempt to paint themselves as the inheritors of a glorious tradition of support for Israel from 'principled progressives' in Australia.

    Some progressives were simply misdirected (Evatt in particular). The Comms were influenced by the role and stance of the Soviet Union, which pushed, for its own realpolitik reasons, for the creation of Israel. The union movement completely misinterpreted the character of the racist colonialist vehicle that is the Histradrut, and the ersatz socialism of the kibbutzim. and so on.

    These flunkies for ongoing ethnic cleansing still can't confront that the 'one staters' have reached that position by default because Israel has singlehandedly ensured that a two state solution is impossible.

    Nobody in the officialdom of Australian Jewry has worked towards a two-state solution, too obeisant to defy Israel.

    Flunkies all.

    Appropriate that these two flunkies should be published in the Murdoch press.

    Shameful, contemptible.

    Let's make one thing clear. Israel in its present character does not deserve to exist.

    And to repeat, these labels of 'left' and 'right' mean nothing in the context of attitudes towards the criminal state of Israel.

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  • Two short points from a Jewish resident revenant looking at you all from the other side of the Green Line:

    a) in writing: "neither author even remotely honestly addresses Israel’s decades-old policy of irreversible expansion and aggression against the Palestinians."

    And you have also been a consistent, long-term critic of Islamic fanaticism, hostility and lethal anti-Jewish ideology as well as local Arab violence against Jews, starting circa 1920 including ethnic cleansing attempts (with some successes), killings, rapes, pillages and simple field-burnings, tree-choppings and well-stuffings?

    b) and "millions of citizens around the world know the facts about Israeli “democracy” and they rightly use the word ‘apartheid’. Perhaps you should read Haaretz a little more often and virtually every human rights group report in the world. The facts are clear. Stop living in an academic bubble."

    Bubble? Reading Haaretz is surely a bubble existence. With an owner pro-intermarriage and an editor pro-Pal., with Gideon Levy hallucinating and Amira Haas trotting out her Stalinist Communism, you'd need a large prick to burst their bubble.

    And as for just one "apartheid" aspect, try this: real evidence –