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 the Australian/American alliance really means

Scott Burchill and Kristian Lewis, The Age, 8 January:

The only rationale left for our involvement in Afghanistan is to restore Washington’s military credibility, which was badly tarnished in Iraq. As John Howard said recently, a withdrawal from Afghanistan would be “an enormous blow to American prestige”.

For the same reasons it bombed Serbia in 1999, Washington needs to remind the world that it’s the boss. Contributing to this task is what “maintaining the alliance” now means for Australia. More than just a quid pro quo for quitting Iraq, Australia is in Afghanistan to help shine the master’s shoes.

3 comments ↪
  • Mallee

    An enormous blow to America's  prestige???????????

    Well starving lizards and stone the gallahs: let's get more of our fellows in there, in harm's way to ensure the poor Americam darlings are not embarrased any more.

    Yep, and a quick whip around for a billion or so from our taxes to pay for it.

    People; the criminals who started all this planned it well before 9/11 see the interview with general Wesley Clark at;

     http://www/liveleak.com/view?i=obe_1172928213.

    Seems that our poor parliamentrains are a bit slow in appreaciating what is really going on, or they are complicit in the crimes and hiding under their little pillows, fast asleep like cherubs, who really like being pictured exiting a church or writing nice kiddies stories to demonstrate their peaceful persona and perfected morality.

    General Clark reports that on 20th September 2001 he went to speak to his Pentagon mates and he was told then that they were going to war into Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran etc.. 'Why' he said, 'Don't know sir'. We see a nail and hit it with a hammer beacuse we have nothing else!!!!

    By the way, General CLark is listed with other militray high fliers at patriotsquestion911.com,  and says 'the investigation is not finished'. Of course our little political cherubs really do know that 9/11 was a false flag mass murder treasonous event that blooded the West to seek revenge with the wars previously planned,  but they will not even look at it, we do not want to embarrass anyone now do we, just move along folks and think about nice things, like ;

    "If I was Mrs.  T. Woods I'd….."

  • Kevin Charles Herber

     
    Strangely, our Christian Zionist PM & Deputy PM see it as their duty to blindly support the US & Israel & indeed to welcome the latter's accused war criminals with State receptions.
    Gillard's claim in today's media thast she finds the reports in the Indian media concerning supposed racism & the Ku Klux Klan in Australia 'deeply offensive', show her to be a polly out of touch with the electorate.
    Gillard & her advisers would do well to remember that hers & Rudd's  feting of Israeli war criminals in Sydney & Melbourne was seen as " deeply offensive"  to a growing number of Aussies.  What next?..A State reception for Kim Jong Il or Robert Mugabe.
    She is a great disappointment, who shows no personal or political judgement in her current position on Israel. Just like her hero Mark Latham, she's on a downhill slide from here on in…a big disappointment really , given that I & many Australians believed that she would achieve Dame Enid Lyons dream for an Aussie female PM.
    As for Rudd, he's  already gone…he'll be ousted after the next election…anyone want to bet me ?

  • anon

    I'll bite, who will replace him?
    This as PM or opposition leader?
    I hear the Kissinger is dead, not seen since 12th December and serious things are a-foot, as the moose said, in the US as for some 'change's.  Anyone know anything about that report?
    Ain't gossip grand?
    Trust our intelligence service people are on heir toes, for  a change, seem that out poor pollies need a briefing.
    For some interesting lowdown on the Christmas 'Bomber Fizzer' search the lawyer; 'Hurt Haskell flight 253', the whole thing seems like the usual intelligence 'patsy set up'!