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.

Freedom of speech either exists in Israel or it doesn’t

The fallout over Israeli academic Neve Gordon’s call for a boycott against his country gathers pace. It’s a position I share with him and we’ve exchanged communication in the last days about this. Israel treats the Palestinians like rabid dogs; the state must be forced to understand that its behaviour is totally unacceptable.

Here’s an online petition to support Gordon and send a message to his institution, Ben Gurion University.

The LA Times, the paper that published Gordon’s original article, runs a news story about the controversy and includes this:

Outrage at the private politics of academic faculty or over academic institutions hosting provocative speakers is common in a country where political passions run high. These incidents could be seen as indications of healthy academic freedom. Earlier this year, left-leaning academics petitioned Tel Aviv University to protest the appointment of Colonel Pnina Sharvit-Baruch as a law-faculty lecturer and demanded the appointment be revoked (it wasn’t). She headed the Israeli military’s international law division during the Gaza operation; the appointment met with opposition on the grounds that she had legitimized controversial strikes against Palestinian civilians during the operation.

Then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert blasted the petitioners as “self-righteous hypocrites.”

So far, only around 100 people have signed an online petition calling for Gordon’s dismissal from his tax-payed position, compared with more than 10,000 who signed one Sunday to boycott Swedish companies, including Ikea, over a separate issue. Now there are calls for boycotting the university. The university says it is “exploring its options concerning Gordon’s actions.”

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  • The Influence of Zionism on Australian Politics

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AgAb

    The long over due and a very dangerous theme like The Influence of Zionism on Australian Politics was organised by the well meaning and good institution of Australia known as Politics in the Pub. Two decent Jewish persons like Dr. Peter Slezac and Michael Brull were the main speakers. Another good Jewish voice Antony Loewenstein, was also present at that event. He chose to listen and learn.

    A questionable person who was my former friend Paul Reti who is of Jewish background was recording notes religiously at this event! The incident mentioned in They Got the Rights – You Don’t and Silencing the Truth to T-Shirt and Reti’s involvement in that incident alerted me about Paul and his true nature. Nonetheless he was sitting next to me. At one stage, in an unusual manner he asked me, “are you talking to Stuart”? I responded with amazement, “is that a question”? Reti probably likes to know who is talking to who and he definitely takes notes about such matters. He could even be reporting his note taking to others. I find this alarming and revealing all at the same time. I asked my question of Reti because Professor Stuart Rees and many other people present at that meeting are well known to me and we talk openly and regularly to each other, as the need may arise. Since Silencing the Truth to T-Shirt incident Paul stopped talking to me for a time and he has displayed his unjustified anger towards me also.

    I have been emailing Paul and many other people about a number of issues concerning a range of subjects. Specifically, in that emailing I said to Paul, a number of times, “please let me know if I have written anything incorrect or improper”. Surprisingly he never wrote back to me or pointed out to me where he believed that I was incorrect.

    Anyway, I was the second questioner at this event. It was a struggle to ask my question on the subject of, “Whether Zionism is worse than Nazism ?” that in turn is based on information available at, The Sacred Cow and my own direct interaction and discussions with Professor Clive Kessler at the ABC studio and Professor Uri Davis at Sydney University respectively.

    Both Dr. Peter Slezac and Michael Brull were not pleased with my question. I understood their position because they themselves had been walking though a “minefield” and maybe I should have asked my question in a more sophisticated manner.

    The Contributions of Peter and Michael were pertinent, factual, pragmatic and even risky for them. I think people of this nature and caliber can break the taboo surrounding the topic of Zionism and assist us towards peace and justice. However, self serving politicians of this world like the “Al haj” Hilary Clinton and the “Al haj” Julia Gillard are showing their willingness to dowse petrol onto the fire!

    My lovely friend of Jewish extraction, Alice Beauchamp then commented and did her best to improve the situation. However, a few misguided, rude and arrogant Israeli supporters behaved with incivility and by doing so they demonstrated their absolute determination to act and continue to act in a very negative fashion without any justification in acting in such a way.

    Apart from many of their disturbing acts they went further and at one stage they shouted, “…. Islam is the problem, ……”. They did so with absolute conviction and with clear zealotry. I then shouted back to them by saying, “So if your religion is valid and correct, how then is it that your religion is rejected by 99.96% of the people of this world? As this is the reality, how then can you therefore blame Islam which has a much stronger following and a much stronger uptake as a valid and correct religion than does yours? ” I said this so as to counter their illogical and negative behavior continuum.

    Ultimately, I believe all human beings are equal regardless of sex, race and religion. I wonder when and how can we convince the Israeli power brokers to this way of thinking?

    Faruque Ahmed

    Sunday, August 23, 2009

    Mobile: 041 091 4118, Email: union_faruque@yahoo.com.au

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  • ej

    All the heavies have to do is to call in the accomplished assassin Dershowitz and Gordon's goose is cooked.

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