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.
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.

How to make Muslims hate the West in one easy step

Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney (retired) has a wonderful suggestion to keep America safe (and radicalise Muslims even more):

If you are an 18-28-year-old Muslim man then you should be strip searched. And if we don’t do that there’s a very high probability we’re going to lose an airline.

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  • And they think of Muslims as terrorist. What could be more terrorizing than strip searching a man just because a Muslim. My question is, do you think this guy McInerney is sane. He was promoted to this rank just due to his hatred against other religions, what a pity. Yes I am convinced that america needs better leaders.

    Greetings from Pakistan.

  • Shaun

    How rediculous – the TSA should be focusing its efforts on searching Grandma, boy Scouts and Soccer Mums. 

  • Sean Kenan

    How do they determine who is a Muslim? Surely this is unworkable. There are white Muslims, Asian Muslims, Muslinms of all shapes and sizes. Does McInerney think those who will attack will fill out a card saying they are Muslim?

  • JC

    The Poor Lt General should just enjoy his retirement in silence, rather than being dragged out to spruke idiocy for a typical Fox scare story.

    In his retirment he should search, 'Kurt Haskell', the lawyer's account of the events before during and after the flight 253. If he did he would find that the threat has the odour of a likely controlled patsy crotch event  that was planned to scare all and/or sell scanners and most likely to provide a justifiction for bombing the hell out of Yemen and then taking it over so that the Gulf of Aden can be controlled. But I bet he knows this already.

    The crotch bomber's Dad is not only a Nigerian Banker but is also reported as some sort of arms wheeler and dealer.

    Everyone should think; Dad travels to the US Embassy reports misgivings about his  son, that information is not passed on to relevant people,  the sharpley dressed 'Indian man', gets his son on a flight without a passport, (alternatively, they arrange one for him in an hour), the FBI come out with at least four different accounts of events and so on. Seems that he was a patsy and Dad could not help him, now they have Dad on toast.

    I have not seen any of the Haskell accounts and the questions arising, in our MSM. now why is that, seems like our 'Booga Booga' press is gearing up with another  'wmds anyone?' type scenario to justify killing, theft and conquest in the Gulf of Aden area, when they secure that waterway, then they will be able to go kill Iranians and steal their oil too.

    Should be fun when the war crimes trials eventually commence.

    This is espeacilaly relevant in view of a Chinese report that they might like a base in the area to fend off those poor Somali pirates who are across the gulf from Yemen.  Now who is running the Somali pitaes so as to justify more war machinery in the area?

    In the meantime, all at attention and strip!!

    When that does not work, we will finger your cavities:  beside a does of radiation, get a free colonoscopy with every airline ticket folks. Can't wait for Virgin to make the first offer. Surely an enterprising sales pitch for an airline, is a free lung x-ray, something to measure  our bones etc. Could reduce the medicare bill somewhat. Now for the pollies to line up for a brain scan at the airport, sure is enough cavity in there in most of them to hide an average house brick.

  • JC

    A poscript to the above.

    If the Macquarie Bank blokes are going to pinch my idea of having a medical centre in the airport departure lounges to treat patients, do checkups and run a blood bank ,whilst they are waiting hours for flights, then I want a commssion.

    Just think how many Jet Star passengers could save time in doctor's waiting rooms and hospitals by having their medical checkups whilst awaiting their flights. Gee Wiz, on my experience they could have a heart transplant completed before the last 'non excuse announcement' for a Jet Star delay, is broadcast.

    As for you Fahd Murtaza, well you may send 'greetings from Pakistan' after your 'terrorist' bowlers do us over for 127 and you lot are now 4/252. Why do I feel that you are just taking the Mickey!!

  • ikke

    Maybe, just maybe, it might be a better idea to hire personnel who is capable of matching a friggin' name to a list (I think that ctrl + f provides a very useful tool, but to use it you have to know how to spell, which might be a little too difficult for our friends in the Colonies) and not let people on a flight if their father calls the authorities and tells them that his son has gone completely coo coo for cocoa puffs and might to something crazy.

    For more on the issue:)
    http://borowitzreport.com/article.aspx?ID=7084
     

  • You'd be interested to know that McInerney works for the Iran Policy Committee which is an AIPAC spinoff. It has been lobbying the past several years with alarmist rhetoric to steer policy towards war with Iran. It has also been the main host of MeK's political front NCRI.

    Incidentally, back in 1996 the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act which for the first time introduced detention without trial and the use of secret evidence was also pushed by AIPAC. The head of CPMJAO actually claimed that he had himself drafted the bill. Part of the lobbying process included showing congressmen the film Jihad in America made by Daniel Pipes's associate Steve Emerson, the self proclaimed terror expert who had claimed that the Oklahoma City bombing had 'all the hallmarks of Middle Eastern terror'.