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.

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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.
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Hi, my name is Zionist propaganda, how can I help you?

Al Gore’s Current TV presents a shockingly simplistic piece about women in the IDF. Wow, look at those big guns and planes:

  • Maybe because we're one of the only countries in the world with mandatory service for women too?
    I agree that the issue is much more complicated and this isn't a very good article anyway, there's nothing wrong with showing it, is there?
    Methinks living in Gaza would make you a bit allergic to any report showing IDF soldiers, men and women, as, God forbid, just people. Maybe some of them are just idealistic young men and women and not just out there to "butcher" Palestinian babies? Can it be?
    And on another note… American propaganda, Palestinian propaganda… every nation has its own, man. Your title makes me think maybe you think Israel is the only one using PR as part of its diplomatic efforts? I am getting the feeling you don't really like Israel very much 😛

  • israelimom –
    I don't see how Antony's title suggests he thinks Israel is the only country using propaganda. I don't see "World Propaganda Watch" anywhere on this blog as its mission statement. could be your own projection.
    also, there was nothing in this blog post or its title to dehumanize Israeli soldiers. perhaps it isn't so much that Antony is allergic to Israeli soldiers being portrayed as humans, but that you are allergic to the term "Zionist propaganda" because of a well-known collective Israeli paranoia about anti-semitism. just a thought. if you weren't, you may have well been closer to agreeing that showing spy plane footage with crosshairs aimed at Palestinians with sexy lounge music and the voiceover of a benign and flattering interview with a female soldier is, in the least, creepy.
    [if I seem aggressive that is because I am quite nervous about recent events in Israel – and I'm working on it (on my nervousness, that is). I don't mean to attack you personally.]

  • ifhar,
    I don't think I have any anti-semitimism complexes, myself. I do have an issue with people not saying "Zionist" propaganda. Israeli propaganda would have made it more "normal" and in context with other countries' efforts in the same line. "Zionist" propaganda sounds to me too much like those who refuse to call Israel by its name because they deny its very right to exist. In other words, it borrows from the jargon of those very forces in the Arab world who, in my view, stand in the way of peace and do nothing to promote it. That is, unless you find Iran's version of peace acceptable (let's dismantle "the Zionist" state and let the Jews live).
    Showing weapon footage is not something I like seeing either, but I'm not that appalled by it. It's as bad as showing cows in the pasture in dairy products commercials. Greenwash. People need to grow up and not buy everything that's marketed to them – but I don't blame the country for doing its share of PR, just like Tnuva.
    I share your nervousness. Both from recent events by the right-wing in Israel but also by people like Lowenstein who portray a one-sided dichotomic world view. Both approaches, IMO, are leading us away from peace.
    I recommend meditating twice a day btw 😉 Or, if like me, you have kids on summer vacation at home for the summer, just allow yourself a nervous breakdown every now and again 😉

  • ej


    a cretinous response. there can only be a one-sided dichotomic world view when it comes to an odious regime built on ethnic cleansing.

    The truth about Israel is necessarily one-sided and it's ugly.

  • israelimom –
    thank you.
    yes, "Israeli propaganda" is a term that would have made things seem more "normal", and also blurred, as it does so well, the ultimately indefensible ethnocratic nature of the Israeli state. the jargon you claim stands in the way of peace belongs not only to "the Arab world" but to large circles of academics and humanists in Europe and the US. the reason, in my mind, why we use the term "Zionist propaganda" and not "Israeli propaganda" is to help define Zionism as a political movement that informs the racist nature of Israel as a state today.
    "the right of Israel to exist" is a silly bargaining chip that Israel has used from day one to postpone a serious conversation about peace and justice with the Arab world – no wonder it is being exploited on the other side. that does not give us license to resort to muddled liberal terminology – we have to be very clear about Zionism and Democracy, in a way that as Jewish Israelis, we have never dared to be.
    of course Israel has a right to exist – it does. the question is how it exists, and what kind of future awaits it. I don't know much about Iran's version of peace – but I do agree that a Zionist state, namely one that innately and explicitly favours Jews, can never be democratic. if a civil rights movements in the Middle East is to succeed, we will see Israel/Palestine undergoing a fundamental and huge reform.