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.

Not all Islamists see Israel and Jews in the same way

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues his foul Holocaust denial during a speech today for “Jerusalem Day” at the University of Tehran.

The Hamas leader, interviewed by Ken Livingstone in this week’s New Statesman, offers many insights, including this:

The conflict is the outcome of aggression and occupation. Our struggle against the Israelis is not because they are Jewish, but because they invaded our homeland and dispossessed us. We do not accept that because the Jews were once persecuted in Europe they have the right to take our land and throw us out. The injustices suffered by the Jews in Europe were horrible and criminal, but were not perpetrated by the Palestinians or the Arabs or the Muslims. So, why should we be punished for the sins of others or be made to pay for their crimes?

  • Rehmat

    Today is the last Friday of Islamic month of Ramadan, which was declared as the International Al-Quds Day by the Leader of Islamic Revolution of Iran in 1979 – in Muslims’ support for the recovery of Islam’s third most sacred city, Al-Quds (Jerusalem) after Makkah and Medinah. The first rally was carried out in Tehran which drew close to one million people. Since then, gradually, it has become an international event.

    Hundreds of thousands of Iranians from all walks of life and religious backgrounds gathered today in Tehran to show their solidarity with the Islamic Resistance inside occupied Palestine. Mohammad Mahdi Abd-e-Khodai, the leader of the ‘Islamic Devotees’ society issued a statement, saying:

    “Quds Day is not a concept limited to particular parties and groupings and is a global issue. It’s in keeping with the values and objectives of the Islamic Revolution. Muslims should avoid schisms and stand united against the common enemies. Muslim nations should unite and hold demonstrations on this day to vociferously protest against the brutal massacres of Gazzans by the Zionist regime …. The reputation of the Zionist regime has been ruined and it’s only now trying to survive.

    Since the rallies in support of the failed June ‘Green revolution’ are banned – a few thousand Green Card holders joined the rally to show their frustration by raising green flags and clenching fists against Ahmadinejad for defeating the USrael’s favourite candidate, Mousavi.

    Dr. Ahmadinejad in his pre-Khutba Friday prayers speech told the worshippers that “confrontation with Zionist regime is a national and religious duty” to ensure global peace. Dr. Ahmadinejad urged all nations particularly the regional to stand up to Israel, arguing that the very existence of the regime (Zionist) has jeapordized the whole region. The existence of the Zionist regime amounts to an eternal insecurity in the region. The Zionist regime is a symbol of lies and deception, which was founded on colonialist aatitude.

    “If the Holocaust, as you claim, is true, why don’t you allow a probe into the issue?” – asked Dr. Ahmadinejad. Then the president promised Iran’s full support for the Palestinian nation and said: “Quds Day is the day of unity for Iranians, Muslims and the international community.”

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    The intense, amoral disinformation re Iran continues daily around the globe.

    For the record, Ahmadinajad DOES NOT DENY THE HOLOCAUST… a  MSNBC interview on Youtube he questions why Palestinians should be made to pay for the Nazis evil regime.

    He also confirms that he has never said that he wants Israel blown off the map.

    But such disinformation continues unabated via the US State Department, Israel, the Rudd Government & Zionists world-wide.

    As for Iran’s current domestic scenario, it should be remembered that in 1952, Iran was the FIRST COUNTRY IN THE MIDDLE EAST TO ELECT A DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT. But the US didn’t like the idea, and organised a military based revolt in 1953 which saw the Shah of Iran’s cronies installed as a US puppet government. IS IT ANY WONDER THAT THE CURRENT IRANIAN POWER ELITE FEAR A RETURN TO DEMOCRACY???

    One can at least understand Iran’s position on the Great Satan, while not condoning the use of force to put down the democratic movement.

    Armchair critics of Iran need to ask themselves: what would you do if you were in power in Iran at present?

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