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.

What Palestine really exists?

In 2009, Israeli writers are still writing about the “myth” of Palestine and the Palestinians.

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  • iResistDe4iAm

    MYTHS, LIES, HOAXES & DENIALS

     

    The Palestinians don't exist . . .

     

    "A land without a people for a people without a land" – Zionist myth

     

    "It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist" –  Prime Minister Golda Meir, 1969

     

    "How can we return the occupied territories? There is nobody to return them to" – PM Golda Meir, 1969

  • iResistDe4iAm

    EVEN IF THEY DO EXIST, THE SO-CALLED PALESTINIANS ARE LESS THAN HUMAN
     
    “We have forgotten that we have not come to an empty land to inherit it, but we have come to conquer a country from people inhabiting it, that governs it by the virtue of its language and savage culture…” – Moshe Sharett, 1914
     
    “The poor ignorant fellah (peasant) does not worry about politics, but when he is told repeatedly by people in whom he has confidence that his livelihood is in danger of being taken away from him by us, he becomes our mortal enemy… The Arab is primitive and believes what he is told” – Chaim Weizmann, 1918
     
    “For every stone that’s thrown – we will build ten settlements. If 100 settlements will exist – and they will – between Nablus and Jerusalem, stones will not be thrown. If this will be the situation, then the Arabs will only be able to scurry around like drugged roaches in a bottle” – Rafael Eitan,1983
     
    “(Palestinian protesters) would be crushed like grasshoppers … heads smashed against the boulders and walls … We say to them from the heights of this mountain and from the perspective of thousands of years of history that they are like grasshoppers compared to us” – PM Yitzhak Shamir, 1988
     
    EVEN IF THEY DO EXIST, THE SO-CALLED PALESTINIANS ARE DRIFTERS, HOBOS, BEDOUINS, IMMIGRANTS AND THEY HAVE NO RIGHTS OR ATTACHMENT TO THE LAND
     
    “We do not recognize the right of the Arabs to rule the country, since Palestine is still undeveloped and awaits its builders” – David Ben Gurion, 1924 (when Palestinians comprised 85% of the population)
     
    From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine – 1984 Book by Joan Peters argues that Jews did not displace Arabs in Palestine, but the reverse, Arabs migrated into areas settled by Jews.
    “a sheer forgery … in Israel, at least, the book was almost universally dismissed as sheer rubbish except maybe as a propaganda weapon” – Yehoshua Porath, 1985
     
    EVEN IF THEY DO HAVE RIGHTS AND AN ATTACHMENT TO THE LAND, THERE ARE ALREADY 20 OTHER ARAB STATES THEY CAN GO TO, WHY DO THEY NEED ANOTHER ONE? (ALL ARABS LOOK THE SAME ANYWAY)
     
    “Jordan is Palestine” – Zionist myth
     
    “Zionism is a transfer of the Jews. Regarding the transfer of the Arabs this is much easier than any other transfer. There are Arab states in the vicinity … and it is clear that if the Arabs are removed this will improve their condition and not the contrary” – David Ben Gurion, 1944
     
    “There is no more Palestine. Finished…” – Moshe Dayan, 1973
     
    “(Israel will) create in the course of the next 10 or 20 years conditions which would attract natural and voluntary migration of the refugees from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to Jordan. To achieve this we have to come to agreement with King Hussein and not with Yasser Arafat” – Yitzhak Rabin, 1983

  • iResistDe4iAm

    EVEN IF THEY DO EXIST, THE SO-CALLED PALESTINIANS ARE LESS THAN HUMAN
     
    “We have forgotten that we have not come to an empty land to inherit it, but we have come to conquer a country from people inhabiting it, that governs it by the virtue of its language and savage culture…” – Moshe Sharett, 1914
     
    “The poor ignorant fellah (peasant) does not worry about politics, but when he is told repeatedly by people in whom he has confidence that his livelihood is in danger of being taken away from him by us, he becomes our mortal enemy… The Arab is primitive and believes what he is told” – Chaim Weizmann, 1918
     
    “For every stone that’s thrown – we will build ten settlements. If 100 settlements will exist – and they will – between Nablus and Jerusalem, stones will not be thrown. If this will be the situation, then the Arabs will only be able to scurry around like drugged roaches in a bottle” – Rafael Eitan,1983
     
    “(Palestinian protesters) would be crushed like grasshoppers … heads smashed against the boulders and walls … We say to them from the heights of this mountain and from the perspective of thousands of years of history that they are like grasshoppers compared to us” – PM Yitzhak Shamir, 1988
     
    EVEN IF THEY DO EXIST, THE SO-CALLED PALESTINIANS ARE DRIFTERS, HOBOS, BEDOUINS, IMMIGRANTS AND THEY HAVE NO RIGHTS OR ATTACHMENT TO THE LAND
     
    “We do not recognize the right of the Arabs to rule the country, since Palestine is still undeveloped and awaits its builders” – David Ben Gurion, 1924 (when Palestinians comprised 85% of the population)
     
    From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine – 1984 Book by Joan Peters argues that Jews did not displace Arabs in Palestine, but the reverse, Arabs migrated into areas settled by Jews.
    “a sheer forgery … in Israel, at least, the book was almost universally dismissed as sheer rubbish except maybe as a propaganda weapon” – Yehoshua Porath, 1985
     
    EVEN IF THEY DO HAVE RIGHTS AND AN ATTACHMENT TO THE LAND, THERE ARE ALREADY 20 OTHER ARAB STATES THEY CAN GO TO, WHY DO THEY NEED ANOTHER ONE? (ALL ARABS LOOK THE SAME ANYWAY)
     
    “Jordan is Palestine” – Zionist myth
     
    “Zionism is a transfer of the Jews. Regarding the transfer of the Arabs this is much easier than any other transfer. There are Arab states in the vicinity … and it is clear that if the Arabs are removed this will improve their condition and not the contrary” – David Ben Gurion, 1944
     
    “There is no more Palestine. Finished…” – Moshe Dayan, 1973
     
    “(Israel will) create in the course of the next 10 or 20 years conditions which would attract natural and voluntary migration of the refugees from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to Jordan. To achieve this we have to come to agreement with King Hussein and not with Yasser Arafat” – Yitzhak Rabin, 1983

  • iResistDe4iAm

    MYTHS, LIES, HOAXES & DENIALS (Part 2)

  • iResistDe4iAm

    Even if they do exist, the so-called Palestinians are less than human . . .

     

    "We have forgotten that we have not come to an empty land to inherit it, but we have come to conquer a country from people inhabiting it, that governs it by the virtue of its language and savage culture . . ." – Moshe Sharett, 1914

  • iResistDe4iAm

    MYTHS, LIES, HOAXES & DENIALS (Part 2)

     

    Even if they do exist, the so-called Palestinians are less than human . . .

     

    "We have forgotten that we have not come to an empty land to inherit it, but we have come to conquer a country from people inhabiting it, that governs it by the virtue of its language and savage culture . . ." – Moshe Sharett, 1914

     

    "The poor ignorant fellah (peasant) does not worry about politics, but when he is told repeatedly by people in whom he has confidence that his livelihood is in danger of being taken away from him by us, he becomes our mortal enemy . . . The Arab is primitive and believes what he is told" – Chaim Weizmann, 1918

     

    "For every stone that’s thrown – we will build ten settlements. If 100 settlements will exist – and they will – between Nablus and Jerusalem, stones will not be thrown. If this will be the situation, then the Arabs will only be able to scurry around like drugged roaches in a bottle" – Rafael Eitan,1983

     

    "(Palestinian protesters) would be crushed like grasshoppers . . . heads smashed against the boulders and walls . . . We say to them from the heights of this mountain and from the perspective of thousands of years of history that they are like grasshoppers compared to us" – PM Yitzhak Shamir, 1988

     

    Even if they do exist, the so-called Palestinians are drifters, hobos, bedouins, immigrants and they have no rights or attachment to the land . . .

     

    "We do not recognize the right of the Arabs to rule the country, since Palestine is still undeveloped and awaits its builders" – David Ben Gurion, 1924 (when Palestinians comprised 85% of the population)

     

    From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine – 1984 Book by Joan Peters argues that Jews did not displace Arabs in Palestine, but the reverse, Arabs migrated into areas settled by Jews.

    "a sheer forgery . . . in Israel, at least, the book was almost universally dismissed as sheer rubbish except maybe as a propaganda weapon" – Yehoshua Porath, 1985

     

    Even if they do have rights and an attachment to the land, there are already 20 other Arab states they can go to, why do they need another one? (all Arabs look the same anyway) . . .

     

    "Jordan is Palestine" – Zionist myth

     

    "Zionism is a transfer of the Jews. Regarding the transfer of the Arabs this is much easier than any other transfer. There are Arab states in the vicinity . . . and it is clear that if the Arabs are removed this will improve their condition and not the contrary" – David Ben Gurion, 1944

     

    "There is no more Palestine. Finished . . ." – Moshe Dayan, 1973

     

    "(Israel will) create in the course of the next 10 or 20 years conditions which would attract natural and voluntary migration of the refugees from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to Jordan. To achieve this we have to come to agreement with King Hussein and not with Yasser Arafat" – Yitzhak Rabin, 1983

  • iResistDe4iAm

    EVEN IF THEY DO EXIST, THE SO-CALLED PALESTINIANS ARE LESS THAN HUMAN

     

    "We have forgotten that we have not come to an empty land to inherit it, but we have come to conquer a country from people inhabiting it, that governs it by the virtue of its language and savage culture…" – Moshe Sharett, 1914

     

    "The poor ignorant fellah (peasant) does not worry about politics, but when he is told repeatedly by people in whom he has confidence that his livelihood is in danger of being taken away from him by us, he becomes our mortal enemy… The Arab is primitive and believes what he is told" – Chaim Weizmann, 1918

      

    "For every stone that’s thrown – we will build ten settlements. If 100 settlements will exist – and they will – between Nablus and Jerusalem, stones will not be thrown. If this will be the situation, then the Arabs will only be able to scurry around like drugged roaches in a bottle" – Rafael Eitan,1983

     

    "(Palestinian protesters) would be crushed like grasshoppers … heads smashed against the boulders and walls … We say to them from the heights of this mountain and from the perspective of thousands of years of history that they are like grasshoppers compared to us" – PM Yitzhak Shamir, 1988

     

    EVEN IF THEY DO EXIST, THE SO-CALLED PALESTINIANS ARE DRIFTERS, HOBOS, BEDOUINS, IMMIGRANTS AND THEY HAVE NO RIGHTS OR ATTACHMENT TO THE LAND

     

    "We do not recognize the right of the Arabs to rule the country, since Palestine is still undeveloped and awaits its builders" – David Ben Gurion, 1924 (when Palestinians comprised 85% of the population)

     

    From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine – 1984 Book by Joan Peters argues that Jews did not displace Arabs in Palestine, but the reverse, Arabs migrated into areas settled by Jews.

    "a sheer forgery … in Israel, at least, the book was almost universally dismissed as sheer rubbish except maybe as a propaganda weapon" – Yehoshua Porath, 1985

     

    EVEN IF THEY DO HAVE RIGHTS AND AN ATTACHMENT TO THE LAND, THERE ARE ALREADY 20 OTHER ARAB STATES THEY CAN GO TO, WHY DO THEY NEED ANOTHER ONE? (ALL ARABS LOOK THE SAME ANYWAY)

     

    "Jordan is Palestine" – Zionist myth

     

    "Zionism is a transfer of the Jews. Regarding the transfer of the Arabs this is much easier than any other transfer. There are Arab states in the vicinity … and it is clear that if the Arabs are removed this will improve their condition and not the contrary" – David Ben Gurion, 1944

     

    "There is no more Palestine. Finished…" – Moshe Dayan, 1973

     

    "(Israel will) create in the course of the next 10 or 20 years conditions which would attract natural and voluntary migration of the refugees from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to Jordan. To achieve this we have to come to agreement with King Hussein and not with Yasser Arafat" – Yitzhak Rabin, 1983

  • iResistDe4iAm

    EVEN IF THEY DO EXIST, THE SO-CALLED PALESTINIANS ARE LESS THAN HUMAN

     

    "We have forgotten that we have not come to an empty land to inherit it, but we have come to conquer a country from people inhabiting it, that governs it by the virtue of its language and savage culture…" – Moshe Sharett, 1914

     

    "The poor ignorant fellah (peasant) does not worry about politics, but when he is told repeatedly by people in whom he has confidence that his livelihood is in danger of being taken away from him by us, he becomes our mortal enemy… The Arab is primitive and believes what he is told" – Chaim Weizmann, 1918

     

    "For every stone that’s thrown – we will build ten settlements. If 100 settlements will exist – and they will – between Nablus and Jerusalem, stones will not be thrown. If this will be the situation, then the Arabs will only be able to scurry around like drugged roaches in a bottle" – Rafael Eitan,1983

     

    "(Palestinian protesters) would be crushed like grasshoppers … heads smashed against the boulders and walls … We say to them from the heights of this mountain and from the perspective of thousands of years of history that they are like grasshoppers compared to us" – PM Yitzhak Shamir, 1988

     

    EVEN IF THEY DO EXIST, THE SO-CALLED PALESTINIANS ARE DRIFTERS, HOBOS, BEDOUINS, IMMIGRANTS AND THEY HAVE NO RIGHTS OR ATTACHMENT TO THE LAND

     

    "We do not recognize the right of the Arabs to rule the country, since Palestine is still undeveloped and awaits its builders" – David Ben Gurion, 1924 (when Palestinians comprised 85% of the population)

     

    From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine – 1984 Book by Joan Peters argues that Jews did not displace Arabs in Palestine, but the reverse, Arabs migrated into areas settled by Jews.

    "a sheer forgery … in Israel, at least, the book was almost universally dismissed as sheer rubbish except maybe as a propaganda weapon" – Yehoshua Porath, 1985

     

    EVEN IF THEY DO HAVE RIGHTS AND AN ATTACHMENT TO THE LAND, THERE ARE ALREADY 20 OTHER ARAB STATES THEY CAN GO TO, WHY DO THEY NEED ANOTHER ONE? (ALL ARABS LOOK THE SAME ANYWAY)

     

    "Jordan is Palestine" – Zionist myth

     

    "Zionism is a transfer of the Jews. Regarding the transfer of the Arabs this is much easier than any other transfer. There are Arab states in the vicinity … and it is clear that if the Arabs are removed this will improve their condition and not the contrary" – David Ben Gurion, 1944

     

    "There is no more Palestine. Finished…" – Moshe Dayan, 1973

     

    "(Israel will) create in the course of the next 10 or 20 years conditions which would attract natural and voluntary migration of the refugees from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to Jordan. To achieve this we have to come to agreement with King Hussein and not with Yasser Arafat" – Yitzhak Rabin, 1983

  • iResistDe4iAm

    MYTHS, LIES, HOAXES & DENIALS

     

    The Palestinians don't exist . . .

     

    "A land without a people for a people without a land" – Zionist myth

     

    "It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist" –  Prime Minister Golda Meir, 1969

     

    "How can we return the occupied territories? There is nobody to return them to" – PM Golda Meir, 1969

     

    Even if they do exist, the so-called Palestinians are less than human . . .

     

    "We have forgotten that we have not come to an empty land to inherit it, but we have come to conquer a country from people inhabiting it, that governs it by the virtue of its language and savage culture . . ." – Moshe Sharett, 1914

     

    "The poor ignorant fellah (peasant) does not worry about politics, but when he is told repeatedly by people in whom he has confidence that his livelihood is in danger of being taken away from him by us, he becomes our mortal enemy . . . The Arab is primitive and believes what he is told" – Chaim Weizmann, 1918

     

    "For every stone that’s thrown – we will build ten settlements. If 100 settlements will exist – and they will – between Nablus and Jerusalem, stones will not be thrown. If this will be the situation, then the Arabs will only be able to scurry around like drugged roaches in a bottle" – Rafael Eitan, 1983

     

    "(Palestinian protesters) would be crushed like grasshoppers . . . heads smashed against the boulders and walls . . . We say to them from the heights of this mountain and from the perspective of thousands of years of history that they are like grasshoppers compared to us" – PM Yitzhak Shamir, 1988

     

    Even if they do exist, the so-called Palestinians are drifters, hobos, bedouins, immigrants and they have no rights or attachment to the land . . .

     

    "We do not recognize the right of the Arabs to rule the country, since Palestine is still undeveloped and awaits its builders" – David Ben Gurion, 1924 (when Palestinians comprised 85% of the population)

     

    From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine – 1984 Book by Joan Peters argues that Jews did not displace Arabs in Palestine, but the reverse, Arabs migrated into areas settled by Jews.

    "a sheer forgery . . . in Israel, at least, the book was almost universally dismissed as sheer rubbish except maybe as a propaganda weapon" – Yehoshua Porath, 1985

     

    Even if they do have rights and an attachment to the land, there are already 20 other Arab states they can go to, why do they need another one? (all Arabs look the same anyway) . . .

     

    "Jordan is Palestine" – Zionist myth

     

    "Zionism is a transfer of the Jews. Regarding the transfer of the Arabs this is much easier than any other transfer. There are Arab states in the vicinity . . . and it is clear that if the Arabs are removed this will improve their condition and not the contrary" – David Ben Gurion, 1944

     

    "There is no more Palestine. Finished . . ." – Moshe Dayan, 1973

     

    "(Israel will) create in the course of the next 10 or 20 years conditions which would attract natural and voluntary migration of the refugees from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to Jordan. To achieve this we have to come to agreement with King Hussein and not with Yasser Arafat" – Yitzhak Rabin, 1983

  • iResistDe4iAm

    SORRY about the duplicate postings.

    Every time I tried to post my comment, I would get an Error after copying-and-pasting the text…

    "Error: please type a comment"

    After trying a second time, I would get another Error…

    "Stack overflow at line: 1925"

    The comment would appear briefly, until I refreshed the webpage, after which it would disappear into the ether. After about 3 days, all the previous postings magically re-appeared.

    You can Ignore/Delete the first 8 comments. The comment dated Oct 10th 2009 at 1:46 pm is the correct comment.