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.

Israel may not be a democracy, J Street, but your words here are encouraging

Good on J Street for issuing this statement yesterday, in many ways pressuring other Jewish groups to follow suit. The deafening silence of most Zionist organisations speaks for itself; complicity:

Today, J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following statement:

J Street is deeply troubled by legislative proposals under active consideration in Israel to dramatically limit the civil and democratic rights of Israeli citizens.  Once merely the pipe dreams of Israel’s ultra-nationalist right-wing, today they are moving forward with alarming speed in both the Israeli Cabinet and in the Knesset.

Just today, a law passed its first reading in the Knesset aimed at limiting the free speech rights of Israel’s citizens.  Another proposal working its way through the process would condition citizenship rights on pledging loyalty to Israel as a Jewish, Zionist state.  Others would further limit free expression and constrain democracy.

What was months ago just the racist campaign platform of Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu Party (and secured only 15 of the Knesset’s 120 seats) is now an active legislative agenda for a range of right-wing parties, being advanced in the Knesset.

These proposals threaten not just the health of Israel’s democracy but the soul of the Jewish people.  Targeting the Arab Israeli minority for discriminatory treatment and punishment is anti-democratic, offends basic Jewish values, and threatens to undermine Israel’s own national interest.

Israel’s democracy, founded with a strong commitment to full civil rights for all its citizens enshrined in the country’s Declaration of Independence, has been a source of great pride for Jews around the world and is a prime reason why Americans have been so proud to support the special U.S.-Israel relationship that we have so deeply valued for 61 years.  Democracy can be painful as can dissent – but both are essential to the health of Israel and of the Jewish people.

The Lieberman agenda threatens not simply to undermine the country’s democratic heritage, but also the Jewish and democratic values that form the cornerstone of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

During the recent election campaign, J Street expressed grave concern over the racist and hateful campaign that Avigdor Lieberman rode into the Foreign Minister’s office.  Now that Lieberman and his allies are poised to fulfill his racist campaign pledges, we renew our call on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli Knesset to stand up for the values and principles that unite Jews around the world and to prevent these proposals from becoming law.

We also reiterate our call for all organizations and individuals in this country who care about Israel’s future, its democracy and its Jewish character to speak out forcefully against the Lieberman agenda. We commend Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League for likening the loyalty oath to McCarthyism and calling it discriminatory.  Further statements from American Jewish leaders are needed to help Israel’s far-right understand that these proposals are out-of-bounds and unacceptable to nearly all American Jews.

No less than the foundations of Israel’s democracy and the soul of the Jewish people are at risk.

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  • ej

    J Street has diverted from the correct line, but really you wouldn't bet your life on this weak-kneed pile of dog's turds.

    Any 'dissident' group that feels that it has to kowtow to the mad dog Foxman is not dissident.

    end of story.

    J Street is essentially part of the problem, highlighting how hegemonic is the Israel lobby in the US.

    All J Street succeeds in doing is in diverting the agenda to a 'debate' amongst Jewish constituents, which is not a debate at all, but an endless wank as more Palestinians get killed and the remainder are deprived of their rights and their livelihood.

    (But with the impending 'high level' visit of Australian lap dogs to apartheid Israel in the near future, the hegemony of the Israel lobby in Israel is transparent.)