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.

How to kill Arabs for fun with the US tax-payer

The New York Times continues its investigations of the rogue military contractor Blackwater, loved by the American establishment:

Despite publicly breaking with an American private security company in Iraq, the State Department continues to award the company, formerly known as Blackwater, more than $400 million in contracts to fly its diplomats around Iraq, guard them in Afghanistan, and train security forces in antiterrorism tactics at its remote camp in North Carolina.

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  • Faruque Ahmed

    NO TO WAR – YES TO GENOCIDE & WAR CRIME TRIBUNAL

    According to many credible sources, including the Scottish Herald, the self-appointed leader of the Free World had plans to invade Afghanistan and Iraq with or without September 11, Saddam Hussein and his alleged weapons of mass destruction. It added to those plans a plan to control cyberspace (which fortunately at present is not manipulated and controlled like the mainstream "corporate" media) and to muzzle and control the Web. However, the new would-be messiahs of the modern day, the Ariel Sharons of the world, are producing mythical reports such as "Iran is supporting the Al-Quaeda" and "Libya is the quiet Arab country to watch and is developing nuclear weapons" and therefore it is okay to attack them.

    In the midst of these criminal conspiracies and fertile imaginings a microscopic analysis is of paramount importance if truth is to survive.

    Iraq-Iran War

    Ten of the seventeen Arab countries had surpluses in the late 70s and such surpluses became a headache for the traditional financiers of the Western world as those countries were viewed as a new form of competition, which might cut market share! The traditional Arab leader, Egypt, was isolated for its "shotgun marriage" of the Camp David Accord with Israel and thus created a vacuum to be filled. The loss of the "golden goose", Iran, and its humiliation by the students of Iran, also made America desperate. The final `nail in the coffin' came when Zionist Israel declared Jerusalem its national capital backed up by the bootlicking Uncle Sam. This resulted in condemnation around the world. The CIA approached the various Saudi and Kuwaiti feudal lords and falsely warned them that their sheikdoms were getting shakier due to the rise of Islamist Khomeini and the so-called Socialist Saddam. Both of those states were rich, powerful and anti-monarchist. Therefore a conflict between these two was the only solution to their own [Saudi/Kuwaiti] security!

    They both took the bait offered by the US and in turn advised Saddam to attack the post-revolutionary and weak Iran, which was vulnerable due to he "hostage crisis" and promised all kinds of assistance! Foolish Saddam went along, and realised the trap only when it was too late. He was angry, but conducted the CIA-orchestrated war with the assistance of the USA, UK and UNO. Remember the increase in Saudi oil production designed to ensure stability in the market at that time and their blessings for the continuation of the war.

    However, angry Saddam was conned yet again by the US Ambassador April Glasby, another Zionist, resulting in the Gulf Massacre and Iraqi HOLOCAUST continuum.

    The prime source of the modern day Middle Eastern crisis, Israel, was created by convicted terrorists through many unlawful means including terrorism, ethnic cleansing, racism, fascism etc. and has been in contempt of a plethora of UN resolutions, conducting genocide after genocide, war crime after war crime. Beside importing terrorism and suicide attacks to the Arab region, Israel has been guilty of hijacking Yasser Arafat's plane from the International Sky, the occupation of Lebanon, the Sabra Shatilla Massacre, the World Square conspiracy, the attempted construction of a tunnel under the Dome of Rocks, the mass murder of kneeling worshipers inside the Al Aqsa Mosque (followed by Sharon's calculated visit to provoke clashes) and the sabotaging of Palestine's economy, commerce, agriculture, drinking water, electricity and environment (assisted by seizure, curfews and the daily murder of civilians).

    Consider too the Zionist involvement in the oppression in Kashmir, the murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olev Palme, the arrest of Abdullah Ochalan, the dirty hand behind the Lockerbie air disaster and Osama Bin Laden (for details see "Osama" in Bangladesh Bulletin Board's `Open Board'). These are just a few example of the history of Zionist prejudice and bigotry in our time.

    Yet Israel possesses many biochemical and nuclear weapons without any inspection regime of any kind and threatens to use them at any time! These people were in the wilderness for a few thousands years and survived due to the kindness and compassion of Christians and Muslims. They engineered their own sufferings during the reign of Hitler, who was perhaps similar in his action to the 12th century English King Edward, as supported by the narratives of many famous writers, both past and present.

    Firstly the Iraq-Iran War, then the Gulf Massacre by the former CIA man George Bush, then 11 years of Holocaust in Iraq. Now his son Shrub wants more! The prime question is: how many civilians died in these conflicts and what was the role of the USA and Zionists?

    So let's demand a War Crimes Tribunal (NOT A WAR) in relation to Iraq. Let's explore all of the above issues instead of having another war. Most importantly, let's ask: who has enslaved the USA? Who was responsible for two "red alerts" and the endless promotion of hate?

    Sources: Free America Now, Iraqi Terrorists and Muslim Village

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  • Faruque hunter

    "They engineered their own sufferings during the reign of Hitler, who was perhaps similar in his action to the 12th century English King Edward, as supported by the narratives of many famous writers, both past and present."

    Faruque Ahmed, you are attempting to justify the Nazi-perpetrated Holocaust and the massacres of Jews in England. I'm prepared to bet that you believe such actions are warranted today also.