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.

The basis of Iran’s sham trials

A welcome admission by the Islamic Republic:

A top judiciary official acknowledged Saturday that some detainees arrested after post-election protests had been tortured in Iranian prisons, the first such acknowledgment by a senior Iranian official.

If only we weren’t so unsurprised.

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  • blowback

    But at least they are starting to admit it and claim to have closed down one offending prison which is more than can be said for many countries particularly some that are described as developed.

  • Fahrsed

    http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-311540
    Article from the NYTimes. Speaking to reporters at a news conference, Qorban-Ali Dori-Najafabadi, the prosecutor general, said “mistakes” had led to a few “painful accidents which cannot be defended, and those who were involved should be punished.” Such mistakes, he said, included “the Kahrizak incident,” a reference to the deaths of several detainees at Kahrizak detention center in southwestern Tehran. His comments came after weeks of reports that detainees had been tortured, and they fell somewhere between an admission and an accusation, as most of the arrests were made by the Revolutionary Guards and the paramilitary Basij militia, groups that are not under the control of the judiciary. Even so, the statement was likely to be incendiary in Iran, where allegations of torture by Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi became a central justification of the 1979 revolution that brought the hard-line clerics to power. Detainees’ accusations of torture have already prompted a parliamentary investigation of abuses at Kahrizak, which was closed last month by order of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Mr. Dori-Najafabadi said his team had tried to change the situation after taking control of the arrests last month, the ILNA news agency reported, and he encouraged people to come forward with complaints. “Maybe there were cases of torture in the early days after the election,” he was quoted as saying, “but we are willing to follow up any complaints or irregularities that have taken place.”

    —————- Dear Mr. fake "Prosecutor" Qorban-Ali Dori-Najafabadi: are you kidding with world opinion? Everybody in the world seems to know better than you that live next door to the ones that institutionalized torture as a means of government, namely Supreme Criminal Ali Khamenei and his Gang. You live, eat and sleep with Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Eje'i and Fallahian – the killers of your Imam's son Ahmad Khomeini.

    You know in person Ahmad-Reza Radan and other notorious human rights abusers. But we are here to help you, Dear Mr. Qorban-Ali Dori-Najafabadi: please read the statement of one Iranian citizen that escaped death in the hands of Ahmad-Reza Radan:

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    Let's all say a prayer for them. In a press release on Thursday the Islamic Republic Police confirms that serious violations took place at Kahrizak prison. Just read the Iran Human Rights Group report on Kahrizak. After I stop crying I'll translate & post in a series of tweets. Kahrizak operated under direct supervision of Ahmad-Reza Radan Deputy Chief of the IR police.

    This prison also known as "the death camp" held political prisoners as well as criminals. Also sent there were women who were arrested for non-proper Islamic attire.The fate of many sent there is still unknown (in December 2008, 18 women left to die of heat and thirst ina metal container, read here). Section where prisoners kept was below ground level. Also free standing metal bldgs were used cells.

    The number of people killed in this prison before the current events is not known ( this information is already being traced by International Justice, that is already collecting information about the big fish as Ahmad-Reza Radan, Mohseni Eje, Mourtazavi and other. This proccess cannot be stopped now). Most of the dead were killed by blunt force to the head. Officials tried to say it was meningitis. The number of prisoners killed who were kept in the metal buildings are still unknown.

    Prisoners entering this facility had to go thru a tunnel, where they were beaten with batons & metal cables. 40-60 people were kept in those small cells, which made it standing-room-only. The prisoners were beaten by the guards numerous times 24/7. Some of the prisoners would be taken to separate areas for torture.

    Torture methods: rape (of men and women), rape with batons & other foreign objects, burning of the genitalia & rectum área. Ahmad-Reza Radan & his deputy Amerian, head of the guards Haghi & Keshmirie went to Kahrizak every Thursday by helicopter. It is said that toward the end they were visiting 2-3 times a week for torture sessions.

    A survivor says Ahmad-Reza Radan would tell them to bark like a dog, bray like a donkey as they were beaten. 3 days a week, the warden & 8 guards would come there to beat up the prisoners. The guards wore full face masks & dark sunglasses, so they couldn't be identified (no worries hiding your faces, we have the faces and acts of your bosses, they will indicate your names in due time). Two of the guards named Sayed Mousavi & Sayed Houseini were notorious for torturing & causing deaths of the prisoners.

    Khamenei ordered the closure of this facility due to sub-standard conditions. It is said that Rooh-Alamini died in this prison from being tortured. He was hung from ceiling by his feet & bled to death from a large gash on his head.. Official cause of death Menengitis. Per Rooh-Alamini's father, his son had shattered teeth & a broken jaw when he saw the body at the morgue. ———–

    Brigadier General Yadollah Javani IRGC Head of Political Bureau
    Propaganda director of IRGC In the aftermath of the post-election unrest, Javani warned the public that there was no room for dissent. “Today, no one is impartial,” he said, according to the official news agency IRNA.”the eye of the mischief was damaged, but it was not blinded. Now the eye of the mischief must be blinded completely and gouged out,” he concluded. He has been a big advocate of airing opposition confessions obtained through torture in order to discredit the entire movement.

    Esmail Ahmadi-Moghaddam
    General Ahmadi Moghadam is the commander in Tehran of the Basij, a conservative volunteer militia that is a branch of the Revolutionary Guards and that has taken part in a crackdown against pro-democracy protests. He is also a senior commander in the Revolutionary Guards. He is Ahmadinejad’s brother in law. Brigadier General of Revolutionary Guard, Esmail Ahmadi Moghadam was born in 1961.
    http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-311575

    Ahmad-Reza Radan Brigadier
    General – Acting Police Chief of Tehran Radan is a veteran Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) commander from the Iran-Iraq war of the 80’s. Before his current role in Tehrah, he was the head of the police in the north-eastern province of Khorasan. He is to the right of the right-wing conservatives. Radan has been the enforcer of Taliban style laws targeting unIslamic hair and clothing in Tehran. Under his command, acts of on-camera humiliation, public beating and hangings were reinstated as punishment. Radan is very close to Ali-Khamenei, this later praised him and named him to the present office. Thousands of young “criminals” were detained for offending Islamic morals. One such “criminal” was Meysam Lotfi, a university student who was detained, tortured and eventually executed by hanging in 2007.
    http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-309770

    Saeed Mourtazavi
    Prosecutor General of the Islamic Revolutionary Court. Saeed Mourtazavi is conducting the present show-trial of 100 protesters arrested after the June 2009 elections). The trials are being promoted very quickly, the sentences being handed and the defendants without right to a defense attorney. Saeed Mortazavi is known as the “butcher of the press”. He is responsible for detention, torture and death of unknown number of Iranian citizens and journalists in the early 1990’s. Most notably, he is held responsible for the death of Zahra Kazemi, an Iranian-Canadian photographer who was arrested while taking photographs of the Evin prison, and died in custody in 2003. The Government of Canada continues to claim that not only did Mortazavi order Kazemi’s arrest, but he also supervised her torture and was present when she was killed. Kazemi’s mother, and a military doctor who later sought asylum in Canada, assert that Zahra Kazemi’s body showed signs of brutal rape and torture. The reason for raping gis that under Islamic law no virgin can be executed. They rape them first and then execute them. Please read the Wikipedia page for the full details of Zahra Kazemi's fate and keep in mind, this is only one well documented case out of unknown number of ordinary people subjected to the same treatment.. Saeed Mourtazavi was the one that conducted the rigged process against Saeed Emami for the killings of Ahmad Khomeini and the Iranian Journalists. They forced Emami to kill himself and forced his wife to admit she was an Israeli agent, here you can see the video. At the end "Judge" Saeed Mourtazavi appears telling Emami's widow to shut up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-TbAl0-9Go&fe
    http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-309770