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.

We cannot forget 1948 and we won’t

Palestinian MP Haneen Zoabi (interviewed on Radio National Breakfast on Friday) spoke to ABC Radio PM last night. This took place before a well-attended event at New South Wales Parliament House last night to commemorate 61 years since the Nakba of Palestinian dispossession. Zoabi was the key speaker, in front of parliamentarians and members of the community:

MARK COLVIN: So how will Palestinians react as the new relationship between the US and the Obama administration coalesces?

Hanin Zoabi is the first woman elected to the Israeli Parliament on an Arab ticket.

She’s visiting Australia as a guest of the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine.

I asked Hanin Zoabi about the apparent change in emphasis of American Middle East diplomacy.

HANIN ZOABI: We must not exaggerate the changes in the American, the USA policies, after all Obama administrative said they are committed, the USA committed, to a two state solution, which really indicates nothing for the Palestinians because we have been talking about a two state solution since Oslo and since Oslo the previous 13 years odd, Israel was negotiating from one hand and expanding settlements from the other hand. The settlements have been expanded three times since Oslo.

MARK COLVIN: But Joseph Biden made this speech where he said the settlements must stop and you must pull back from existing settlements.

HANIN ZOABI: Unless you say that you are freezing your support to Israel if Israel didn’t, not just stop expanding settlements, but she must also commit itself to dismantling the existing settlements.

MARK COLVIN: Yes, but don’t you see that as a change of emphasis at least from the United States?

HANIN ZOABI: There is a change, I think there is a change that the USA has reached the conclusion that its policy during the last six year seven year, during the administrative…

MARK COLVIN: The Bush administration.

HANIN ZOABI: The Bush administration was not an official policy and she needs now to reconsider its policy but she cannot. She has restrictions to the extent she can’t push Israel. She is at the end committed to support Israel, without putting pressure on Israel to really reach a just peace.

This will not shift. I think that we will witness a change in the Iraqi issue, in the Iranian issue and maybe in the Lebanese issue but not much on the Palestinian issue.

MARK COLVIN: And what about…?

HANIN ZOABI: That shift will be in the region but the Palestinian issue will not gain such a change.

MARK COLVIN: And what about the fact that there is a really hardline administration in Israel and that Avigdor Lieberman is the hardest line of all? He’s the foreign minister.

HANIN ZOABI: As a Palestinian I would say that Lieberman reflects in a more honest way the policy of Israel. So while the Kadima government, the previous government, said I am committed, she said that they are committed to negotiation but the Palestinian has, loses more from negotiation without results than from a clear policy of Israel saying that she even is not committed to a negotiation.

Me as a Palestinian, I see that the only winner from these negotiations is Israel because what Tzipi Livni, the previous candidate for government, said that this negotiation with Ramallah, with Abu Mazen, enables Israel to continue its policy in Gaza Strip, continue assassinations and continue building settlements.

So Israel used this negotiation in order to support her policies on the ground and in order to put new facts on the ground and to create this new reality, which make it so, so difficult for a sovereign Palestinian country.

At the end, when Obama says two countries, he must say a sovereign country Palestinian country and he must say at the same time that these settlements and the existing settlements, not just stopping the expanding of the settlements, and this massive building in Jerusalem is blocking a sovereign Palestinian country.

MARK COLVIN: We know that the two-state solution is your goal; but how do you get there?

HANIN ZOABI: I get there first of all it is part of my solution because when I said two state solution, I don’t agree with Israel as a Jewish state. I don’t mean that Israel should be a state for the Jewish because I am Palestinian, one of 1.2-million Palestinians in Israel and by saying Israel is a Jewish state, what I say, I say that I exclude myself from the definition of the state and I say that I have no right in Palestine as my homeland. I live in Nazareth, I didn’t immigrate to Israel, Israel decided to emigrate to me.

MARK COLVIN: This refers to Netanyahu’s demand that Israel be seen as a Jewish state.

HANIN ZOABI: Yeah but he is not alone in this. I think since Sharon this was a new emphasis, not a new demand, but a new emphasis for the whole Arab world and for the Palestinian to address them to demand them to admit, recognise Israel as a Jewish state and I think and the reality indicates that Jewish state is racist, discriminative definition. Because then you legitimise discriminating against me in order to give my land to the Jewish and new immigrants.

MARK COLVIN: So you want to go back to 1948, you want to abolish the Israeli state altogether?

HANIN ZOABI: No, no, no, no, no. I think that a just peace must recognise Nakba and the outcome of Nakbah in 1948,

MARK COLVIN: What is Nakbah?

HANIN ZOABI: It is the Arabic word…

MARK COLVIN: It means catastrophe.

HANIN ZOABI: Catastrophe exactly.

MARK COLVIN: And that’s how you see 1948?

HANIN ZOABI: Of course it’s a catastrophe.

MARK COLVIN: The establishment of a Jewish state.

HANIN ZOABI: The establishment of the Israeli state as it was. It could be we could reach a coexistence, an equal coexistence between Palestinians and Israelis in the same country, without expelling Palestinians.

MARK COLVIN: Could you?

HANIN ZOABI: Without expelling Palestinians. Now you cannot deny history; history and the rights of indigenous people. Israel will not have a secure and just peace without recognising. If Israel is committed to talk about a just peace well, let’s talk about refugees, let’s have Israel recognise the right of refugees to return back to their homes.

MARK COLVIN: Hanin Zoabi – the first woman elected to the Israeli Parliament on an Arab ticket.

That was part of a lengthy interview, which you can hear in full at our website from later this evening.

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