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.

Sydney Morning Herald covers Gaza Freedom March

The following article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on 2 January:

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered on either side of the Israeli-Gazan border to mark a year since Israel’s three-week war in Gaza and to call for an end to the blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt.

About 85 demonstrators in Gaza were foreigners, part of a group of more than 1000, including the Sydney journalist Antony Loewenstein, who arrived in Cairo in the hope of entering the territory but were stopped by the Egyptian authorities.

After days of negotiation, Egypt permitted a small delegation to cross the usually closed border at the southern Gazan city of Rafah

On the Israeli side about 1000 people protested, most of them Israeli Arabs but also Israeli Jews who object to the blockade. They carried banners with pictures of children in destroyed buildings.

Through the mobile phone of Talab El-Sana, an Arab member of the Israeli parliament, the Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniya, addressed the Israelis and thanked them: “Because of international solidarity and your support we have become stronger.”

The Gaza marchers waved Palestinian flags and held banners that called for a lifting of the closure, imposed after Hamas took control in 2007. The marchers chanted “Free Palestine!” and “No to the siege!”

A Hamas spokesman in Gaza, Taher al-Nunu, welcomed the foreigners: “We are not alone in Gaza. We have many friends outside Palestine who came to protest the siege and the Israeli occupation.”

A year ago, Israel fought for three weeks to stop rockets being fired from Gaza into southern areas such as Sderot. About 1300 Palestinians were killed and some 4000 homes destroyed. Reconstruction material remains barred from entering, but the rockets have essentially been stilled.

In Sderot on Thursday, about 200 children holding Israeli flags attached letters of peace to white balloons and released them on a hillside towards Gaza. But the balloons flew in the opposite direction.

Loewenstein said a sudden protest on Thursday in a square in Cairo was met with brutality by state security forces.

“I was dragged and violently pushed and some activists received broken ribs and bloody noses,” he said. “We were protesting peacefully, alongside thousands in Gaza itself and on the Israeli side of the border.”

6 comments ↪
  • deanne

    Hi Antony,

    I looked for this story in the SMH and I couldn't find it. Would it have been removed?

  • ej

    The story is on page 9 of the hard copy of Saturday's SMH.

    It is reproduced from the pro-Zionist NYT, written by its pro-Zionist Middle East correspondent. Perhaps that is why local editorial deemed it fit to print, in spite of the fact that it gives a factual statement (if brief) of events without the usual pro-Israeli shaping of opinion around the facts.

    It doesn't appear to be available electronically, a fate often of articles reproduced from elsewhere.

  • deanne

    Oh, I don't often read the hard copy, so I didn't actually realise that their may be considerable variation to the online version. Thanks for the information, ej.

  • Shaun

    ej – can I please have some of those drugs you are clearly taking?  You must be high if you honestly believe that the NYT is pro-zionist.

  • Kevin Charles Herber

     

     

    Would someone tell Shaun's Mummy that he's writing silly messages on the internet again.

     

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