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.

If America wants to push partition in Palestine, they’ve got a problem

US Middle East envoy George Mitchell talks to American interviewer Charlie Rose and implies that indefinite occupation is bringing Israel to disaster (if one believes in a two-state solution, that is). “Jewish democracy” in Israel can only be achieved at the barrel of a gun:

Charlie Rose:
And how much incentive is there to do something now because Israelis look at demographics.  And they look at a window that may be closing on a two-state solution.

George Mitchell:
Yes.  I think that’s a huge incentive for that and other reasons.  I think there are other reasons as well.  But let’s take the demographics.  If you count the number of Arabs in Israel, in Gaza and in the West Bank, they are about equal to the number of Israelis, Jewish Israelis.  And the birth rates among the Palestinians and Israeli Arabs is rising more rapidly, so the demographic lines are crossing in about 2010, 2011.  That poses a very serious problem for Israel because if they can’t get a two-state solution, and they’ve got a one-state solution, they want it to be a Jewish state, a position we support.  But that will be difficult if they are in a minority.  The second reason is technology.  If there is an iron law of human history, it is that weapons are rapidly disseminated.  And the invention of new weapons quickly spread around the world.  Right now, what you have are rockets being disseminated, an estimated 30 to 40,000 rockets held by Hezbollah on Israel’s northern border, Hamas having, I don’t know the number, but a substantial number of rockets.  And while the technology of particularly the Hamas rockets is crude, there is obviously an ongoing campaign to upgrade —

  • Maronite

    It's Israel own fault if it becomes dissolved by the Arab population. Who the hell told them to colnize the West Bank??

  • john

    You are correct in using colonize. We have to stop using settlements and say colonies.The change of one word can alter the conversation.

  • Shaun

    Actually the most appropriate term would be liberators.  These Jews are the direct descendants of the original settlers of the land.  Jews predate Arabs in the region by nearly two thousand years.  If anyone is a coloniser or stealing land, it is the Arabs.  The Jews are simply taking back what was stolen from them.  Shabbat Shalom all.



    I take it then that you would have no problem with the Native American Indians claiming back their ancestral homelands? What about the Aborigines?

    'The Jews are simply taking back what was stolen from them.'

    This one goes in my file, in case you ever here claim to be in favour of peace.

    You are essentially justifying a modern day crime on the basis of an alleged crime that took place x,000 years ago.


    I suddenly seem remember that one of your ancestors slapped one of my ancestors in the face, x,000 years, ago. What should I do, Shaun? Take it out on you?

  • jonathon miller

    The land that we now know as Israel/Palestine is an historically fluid entity. For the past 4000 years this land has been occupied by imperial states and governed from outside. Until 1948, that is. The Israelites were part of a long list of occupiers, roughly 77 years (1000-923). The Zionist narrative references this historical period as a justification for the need to re-conquer and re-occupy mandatory Palestine. The Zionist narrative does not claim indigeneity over mandatory Palestine, but emphasises its period of imperial conquest, in a 'millenial-like' fashion.

  • Mallee


    you raise the aspect that I have referred to before, the Arabs were Semites were they not? My history knowledge on the sons of Abraham going one way and another going another way is a bit rusty, nevtheless they were Semites. (?)

    They are a separate lot to the descendants of the Ashkenazis, are they not? So what if the Ashkenazis went and reclaimed their ancestral area in Southern Russia and left the Palestinians, Arabs, Semites, whether Jews or whatever, alone.

    By the way, I want my forebears castles, titles, monasteries and lands back that were taken in Ireland, Scotland, England and in Prussia,
    of all places (Yep, probably gives me some rights to move to Israel too, nah, probably, originally ashkenazi!).

    'Compensation', I say and I only have to go back about 1,000 years.

    Not to mention my pair of granparents who were unfairly sent to Tasmania as convicts…… love turns up in many strange places Shaun.

  • Kevin Charles Herber


    Mitchel tells it like it is….the two state solution is a spent idea.

    The far right Zionists of Netanyahu's camp have themselves to blame for this current debacle.

    Even that Israeli war pig Erik Scheineman saw the writing on the wall & started to process of returning the occupied territories to their rightful owners by vacating GAZA.


    The ageing Aussie 'Zionism can do no wrong' lobby led by Frank Lowy, Mark Liebler et al have a lot to answer for as far as their contribution to the demise of the two State solution.

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    Mitchell tells it like it is….the two state solution is fast becoming a spent idea.
    The far right Zionists of Netanyahu's camp, and their rabid diaspora supporters globally, have only themselves to blame for this current debacle.
    Even that Israeli war criminal Erik Scheineman saw the writing on the wall & started to process of returning the occupied territories to their rightful owners by vacating GAZA.
    An Israeli contact of  mine believe there's emerging the possibility of a schism between the far right & moderate elements of the IDF, which could see a civil war in Israel. I hope the zealots don't have the nuclear weapons codes.
    The ageing, increasingly irrevelent " Aussie 'Zionism can do no wrong" lobby have a lot to answer for their contribution to the steady demise of the two State solution.
    All round, it's a very worrying situation.