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.

In memory of 9/11

An amazing new image of that fateful day:

5 comments ↪
  • Mallee

    In due course all those who were really reponsible for this treasonous outrage and mass muder will be brought to justice.

    Seek the truth behind 9/11, it is being covered up.

    Start with patriotsquestion911.com and join over 1,000 architects and engineers at ae911truth.org. 

  • Paul

    I'll never forget the way the Palestinians danced in the streets and handed out candy in joyous celebration while my wife and I desperately tried to call family and friends back in New York.  Savages.

  • Kevin Charles Herber

     

    Paul: save your puerile outrage for when its justified…you're suffering from 2 speed morality disease.

    If your country had been occupied by a US stooge nation for 34 years, and you were made to live in conditions no better than animals,  you'd be dancing in the streets when 9/11 occured.

    The US  & those who subjugate the weak for their own economic ends, deserve everything they get…live by the sword, die by the sword.

    It's of course very sad that 3000 + New Yorkers died in 11/9….but 3 friggin' million Vietnamese died under the cowardly barrage of Uncle Sam's weapons….600 thousand Iraquis died on a whim from George Bush & his far right criminals…..get real.

  • Mallee

    Paul,

    one: When were the pictures taken of Palestinians dancing in the street and were the lollies being handed out by whom?

    Two: Poor Paul, try searching 'the five dancing Israelis" who were 'documenting' ,the mass murder of Americans as it happened, dressed in Arab gear, doing high fives from the back of a removalist truck, arrested with box cutters, false pass ports, cash, sign detected by the dog of explosives who were later described by an Israel minister as mere buffoons and went on to appear on Israeli TV in an interview that would not test the organiser of an illegal chook raffle. Further, the US will not disclose the details of the spying ''art'' students etc.

    Yep Paul. dead right..Savages. (of the Mossad type!)

    Better do some research as suggested in the first comment Paul, long way to go. By the way, check out all the 'put options' placed on airlines etc the week or so before 9/11.

    Now Paul who benefited? Mooooslimmmms? don't think so!

    For a interesting thesis read; 'E.P. Heidner-911-commission-report-revised-december-2008'. the three reports can be found at SCRIBD or just do a general search and note 'collateral' and 'collateral1'. The reference to the Nugan Hand Bank certainly has legs!!

    Happy enlightenment……ing!

  • People like Paul need to wake up and wake up fast. 

    Muslims can't even defend themselves from one another or even protect their own back yard, how are they going to actually attack US.  If you believe 9/11 was organised by Osama in a cave, then you need to get your bearings checked fast.

    Muslim history of treating enemies is more humane then any other religion, including Christianity.  You just need to read about their general Saladin and how he handled crusaders who has previously massacred Muslims in Palestine. People need to read history to understand the present and future.

    There is now war with Muslims, its a war between the very elite and the rest of civilisation.  Elite who do not want us to have a free mind, mind which could help everyone to live in peace and coexistance, instead war and fear makes money for them and they are happy to continue down this path.