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.

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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.
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Bombing and starving Gaza is the only way forward (says settler group)

Pro-settler group Women in Green have a few ideas for Israel to become even more internationally isolated:

Dear Friends,

Interestingly, the freezing decrees against the Jews in Judea and Samaria came exactly at a time when, in Israel, one should have a huge outcry against the upcoming release of a 1000 terrorists in exchange for Gilad Shalit.

Israel could have done and still can do many things to release Shalit without capitulating to Arab terror and without having to release terrorists:

1) Pressure on the Gaza Strip. Declaring that each day that goes by and Shalit is not released, Israel will cut off electricity, water and other supplies. For those who might be under the impression that Gazans are starving please take a look at the pictures in the following link. This provides pictures taken in Gaza very recently for Eid celebrations — they were in an Palestinian Arab paper. Were you under the impression that the Gazans were starving (because of big bad Israel)? You’ll change after seeing this.

2) Each day that goes by and Shalit is not released, Israel should arrest another Hamas and PA leader/activist who roam freely anywhere and everywhere.

3) Worsening the condition of Arab terrorists in prison. Few people know that Arab terrorists in Israeli jails enjoy hotel conditions. Their cells are equipped with TV, DVD, radio and sometimes even computers. They enjoy festive meals. Each Arab terrorist is allowed to study and many have completed B.A’s and M.A’s in jail. Most of them enjoy visitation rights of their families and even conjugal visits of their wives. All this should have been stopped from the day Shalit and other soldiers were kidnapped.

4) Last but not least, instead of sending its soldiers and elite units against the Jews in Judea and Samaria who might commit “the crime” of building, Israel has the capability of organizing a military operation to enter the Gaza Strip, destroy all terror organizations, free Shalit and finally reinstall Jewish sovereignty over this piece of our Land that foolishly has been given away five years ago to the Arab enemy.

We know that this last option is not what this government wants to do but we, the people loyal to the Land of Israel, must constantly remind ourselves and the world that we have not given up on going back to the Gaza Strip and rebuilding Gush Katif. Firstly because the Gaza Strip (known as “Eretz Grar” in the Bible) is as much part of the Land of Israel as Judea, Samaria, Galil, Negev and Golan. Secondly, because only when Israel is in full control of all areas, including Arab towns and villages, we can be sure there will be no Arab terror and kidnappings.

With love for Israel,

Nadia Matar
Women in Green

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  • Antony Loewenstein

    The following comment was submitted by reader Andre:
    "<span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Times;">"<span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-size: small;">Why</span><span style="font-size: xx-small;"> Do We Oppose the Arab?</span></span></span><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16px;">
    We oppose the Arabs because we are defending the freedom of the Jewish people. The Arab is the cause and beneficiary of our persecution. He has misused the social misery of their own people to deepen the dreadful split between the right and left of our people to divide Israel into two halves.
    The Arab has no interest in solving our problem with Palestinians terror. He cannot have such an interest. He depends on it remaining unsolved. If the Jewish people formed a united community and won back its land of Israel, there would be no place any longer for the Arab. His hand is strongest when a people lives in domestic and international persecution, not when it is free, industrious, self-aware and determined. The Arab caused our problems, and lives from them.
    That is why we oppose the Arab as Jews and as Zionists. We owe it to him that we today are the Pariah of the world. He is the leper around us for as long as we are Jews. If we ever forget that we are the people chosen by G'd, he will have triumphed over us and our future.
    The Arab is the plastic demon of decomposition. Where he finds filth and decay, he surfaces and begins his butcher's work among the nations. He hides behind a mask and presents himself as a friend to his victims, and before they know it he has broken their neck.
    The Arab is uncreative. He produces nothing, he only haggles with products. With rags, clothing, pictures, jewels, grain, stocks, cures, peoples and states. He has somehow stolen everything he deals in.
    What does Zionism has to do with Israel? I would put the question this way: What does the Arab has to do with Zionism? Zionism has to do with labor, the construction of our great Israel. When did one ever see an Arab working instead of plundering, stealing and living from the sweat of others?
    What does Zionism has to do with Judaism? I would put the question this way: What does the Arab has to do with Judaism? Judaism has to do with blood and tradition. The Arab is the enemy and destroyer of the purity of the Jewish blood in Israel, the conscious destroyer of our traditions. As Zionists we oppose the Arabs because we see the Palestinians as the eternal enemy of Israel's right to exist.
    But the Arab, after all, is also a human being. Certainly, none of us doubts that. We only doubt that he is a decent human being. He does not get along with us. He lives by other laws than we do. The fact that he is a human being is not sufficient reason for us to allow him to threaten our existence. He may be a human being — but what kind of a human being is he?! If someone slaps your mother in the face, do you say: "Thank you! He is after all a human being!" That is not a human being, it is a monster. Yet how much worse has the Arab done to our holy land, eretz Israel, and is still doing today!
    There are also Israeli Arabs. True, there are scoundrels among us, even though they are Israelis, who act in immoral ways against their own people and blood. But why do we call them Israeli Arabs? You use the term to describe something inferior and contemptible. Just as we do. Why do you ask us why we oppose the Arabs when you without knowing it are one too?<span>"</span>
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