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.

Our government does not speak for us

The following letter is circulating around Australia and reflects the deep anger towards the government and its media whores:

As citizens of conscience we would like to protest in the strongest possible terms against the proposed Australia-Israel cultural exchange trip to Israel to be led by Julia Gillard and involving other parliamentarians, academics, business people, and journalists. We consider this trip a dreadful affront to the many Palestinians left maimed, wounded, traumatised and homeless by Israel’s devastating assault on the Gaza Strip in late 08/early 09. The statistics of dead, wounded and dying are in the thousands, whole neighbourhoods lie in ruins, hospitals are bursting at the seams without adequate medical supplies to help the suffering, and world aid – some of it already rotting – lies massed outside Gaza’s entry points unable to be distributed because of Israel’s draconian restrictions, a policy of collective punishment that is an egregious violation of the Geneva Convention. Reports of illegal phosphorous attacks are evident in the horrific burns endured by the victims months afterwards. Every parliamentarian ought to think seriously about the moral implications of Australia normalising relations with a state that is still under investigation for war crimes committed during Israel’s ‘Cast Lead’ operation.

Further, Israel is refusing to commit to the two-state solution that Australia supports, it is continuing to build illegal settlements in the West Bank in defiance of the current United States administration and it is continuing to maintain an illegal military Occupation of Palestinian lands that denies Palestinians basic human rights such as freedom of movement. We remind all those contemplating such a trip that Israeli is not a truly democratic society even when it comes to the Palestinian citizens of Israel. As we write the Israeli Ministerial Committee on Legislation has approved a preliminary proposal which would make it illegal to hold events or ceremonies marking Israel’s Independence Day as a ‘Nakba’ or catastrophe for the Palestinians dispossessed of their homes and land in 1948. We remind you that the party of Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Leiberman ‘Yisrael Beitneu’ has submitted a bill, subsequently rejected, for cabinet approval which would require all Israelis, including Palestinians, Christians, and Bedouins, to declare loyalty to ‘the state of Israel as a Jewish, Zionist, and democratic state’ before they can be issued a national identity document. We remind you that a bill has just passed its first reading in the Israeli Knesset that would institute a one year jail term for anyone who speaks ‘against Israel’s existence as a Jewish and democratic state’, and that the Second Annual Palestine Festival of Literature in Occupied East Jerusalem was ordered to close down by the Israeli Ministry of Internal Security only moments before its opening on 23rd May, a festival supported by UNESCO and the British Council among others.

We reject the oft touted cliché that Israel is a democracy like Australia, rather we remind those intent on strengthening cultural and political exchange between Israel and Australia that Israel is not a state for all its citizens but a state that explicitly advances the interests of one ethnicity alone, a state of affairs that is simply unthinkable in modern Australia. Along with the current editor of the respected American periodical ‘The Nation’, we wonder how a ‘State that imprisons 4 million Palestinians behind ghetto walls, bypass roads and a blockade, and treats another 1.5 million as second-class citizens, [can] be democratic?’

Yours Sincerely

Dr Mohamad Abdalla (Griffith University)

Hiroshi Amemiya

Avigail Abarbanel

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Dr. Anthony Ashbolt (University of Wollongong)

Dr J. Keith Atkinson

Dr. Hans Baer, University of Melbourne

Dr Ruth Barraclough (Australian National University)

Jumana Bayeh (Macquarie University)

Robert Birch (Friends of Palestine, NSW)

Professor Raewyn Connell (University of Sydney)

Dr Gaik Cheng Khoo (Australian National University)

Dr Ned Curthoys (Australian National University)

Professor Ann Curthoys (University of Sydney)

Professor John Docker (University of Sydney)

Vicki Grieves (University of Sydney)

Professor Heather Goodall (University of Technology Sydney)

Rand Hazou

Dr. Evan Jones (University of Sydney)

Sonja Karkar (Australians for Palestine/Women for Palestine)

Zaid Khan (Lawyer – Aboriginal Legal Service NSW)

Dr Rick Kuhn (Australian National University)

Dr Robin Laycock,

La Trobe University

Antony Loewenstein, Sydney-based journalist and author.

Associate Professor Jake Lynch (Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney)

Peter Manning,

Adjunct Professor of Journalism,

University of Technology, Sydney.

Miriam Margolyes O.B.E.

Dr.Glen McConnell, the University of Melbourne.

Helen McCue

Dr Gideon Polya

Dr David Pritchard, The University of Queensland.

Lee Rhiannon, NSW Greens MP.

Dr Peter Slezak

University of New South Wales

Murray Smith of Trinity Gardens, South Australia.

Dr Bill Snowdon AM (Retired CSIRO Scientist)

Dr. Paul Tabar

Director of the Institute for Migration Studies

Lebanese American University

Dr. Kathryn Welch (University of Sydney)

Dr. Ron Witton (University of Wollongong)

Dr. Adel Yousif (Deakin University)

  • George Theodoridis

    I agree wholeheartedly with your views and wish you all the best.

  • Janice Hinckfuss

    I was appalled to learn of the Australian delegation to Israel, led by none other than Ms Julia Gillard. How can we believe that our government is principled and interested in advancing social justice if it agrees to high level meetings with a country that only grants social justice to some of its citizens. A country that does not abide by United Nations resolutions, that seems to feel it is outside the code of conduct required of civilized democracies. I thank and applaud your writing the above letter. I too would like to condemn this visit in the strongest terms possible.

  • I am not so much appalled at this exchange as frustrated, angered & disappointed. I had hoped that with the demise of the Howard regime Australia was indeed about to evolve into something a little stronger, more compassionate & even handed. Seems our new government wishes to excell at little else than "more of the same."

    Can we add our signatures?

  • W Mg

    I agree, and more should be done to chastise government officials for ignoring the people who elected to govern, in the interest of all Australians, Countries such as Isreal should be punished and not acknowledged until they acknowledge Palestine and her borders before 1947..

  • g3

    1 world…our world…we are the people.

    let reason and diginity be lived across this orb

    THE stench of WAR made manifest by s0-called-LEADers

    *no longer valid.

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