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.

Iran wants to kill us (since 1979)

So many in the Israeli (and Western) media like to exaggerate the Iranian nuclear “threat”.

The Forward newspaper reminds us that this kind of myth-making has a long pedigree:

The senior Israeli official’s tone was dire. In only a few years, the Iranians would be ready to launch a nuclear bomb. He minced no words. “If Iran is not interrupted in this program by some foreign power, it will have the device in more or less five years.”

The year this apocalyptic prediction was made: 1995.

As we all know, Israel survived the year 2000. Iran did not get the bomb.

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  • LAW to Misery of American People
    http://middleeastformulaforpeace.blogspot.com/200

    Saturday, 8th of March 2008, I have encountered Ms. Kathy Black from US LAW (US Labour Against War) at the Tom Mann Theatre, Sydney, Australia. Very nice, well spoken grandmotherly figure! She is traveling the world with her colleagues. They represent American Trade Unions.

    They found out the ugliness and vicious cycles of wars and specifically the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq. They also knew, because of these wars, poor American workers are loosing their share of food, education, housing, medicine, civil rights, industrial rights and other vital needs. Needless to say, their governments who have been acting against the wish and interest of the American people are earning hate across the world.

    I say, Good on You American Union Movement!

    They stood up under a united banner. They are traveling around the world and building bridges between ordinary man and women across the globe.

    Great lady, to her credit, she acknowledged the superior knowledge of her Australian audiences! She also confessed how little she knew from `inside America'!

    We had many things in common and we became friends.

    During the question time, my old friend Anna who was chairing the meeting continuously ignored me. However, due to the pressure of the audiences she had to accept my question.

    My question was "how can we win war and peace"?

    Her response was, "I don't know".

    I continued, let's share together and find out. You see Australia is a fairly rich country and I am ashamed to say, we are stealing oil from our poor neighbor East Timor (the crowed applauded). Yet, we are sending hundreds of million dollar worth of military aid to ET and they are not even feeding one person other than a tragic `show' of Australian guns and boots. On the other hand the `bad guy of Cuba' delivered hundreds of teachers and doctors to ET and took many ET kids to Cuba to make them doctors and teachers. You see, he is assisting to build a society and surely one can work out, "who is wining"?

    Then I gave a brief account of our attempts to destroy/weaken Iran in many ways over so many years. Yet, other day, so called Hitler of Iran Mahmoud_Ahmadinejad (not Mohammed Mossadegh ) hop in to a plane at Tehran and hop out at Baghdad airport, got into car, drove along the `HIGH WAY TO DEATH" without American escort. He stayed at the DENGERIUOS Red Zone, mixed with all kinds of people including Shias and Sunnis despite a totally idiotic media coverage of Shia/Sunni divide and Ahmadinazad in the `west' on that day and eventually finished his business and went back to Iran safely. I posed and said, "I am sure you now by now, who is wining".

    At the end, we spoke, we cried and laughed, we look for hope and peace around the word in a much more determined manner.

    But, what about my friend Anna? Was she preventing a "machine gun" like me not to attack her distinguished American guest as my old friend Professor Rees tried to protect his guest Scot Ritta earlier! Well, to my friend's surprise, Scot came and sat to me, and asked, "buddy, what was your question"?

    Abridged from: In Sadr City, Basic Services Falter