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.
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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.
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Zionism means bombing Iran, says commentator

Jerusalem Post writer Caroline Glick loves to love Israel to death. Her latest column is a classic of extremism; bomb Iran, smear Europe and America as allies and expand settlements. Is she aware that the Jewish state wouldn’t survive without at least a few friends?

Take Israel’s positions on Iran and the Palestinians, for instance. Regarding the Iranians, Israel’s national interest is to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Today, the only way to secure this interest is to use force to destroy Iran’s nuclear installations.

Given Iran’s leaders’ absolute commitment to developing nuclear weapons, no sanctions – regardless of how “crippling” they are supposed to be – will convince them to curtail their efforts to build and deploy their nuclear arsenal.

Beyond that, and far less important, the Russians and the Chinese will refuse to implement “crippling sanctions,” against Iran.

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  • iResistDe4iAm

    Caroline Glick KNOWS IT ALL

     

    – "the concerted positions of the EU member nations have nothing to do with any of their national interests"

    – "EU leaders went into high dudgeon"

    – "the interests of Europe in defeating jihadist terrorism in the Middle East and worldwide"

    – "the chanceries of Europe squawked indignantly"

    – "to get their hysterical politicians and diplomats"

    – "After being dressed down, on Monday, the chastened EU foreign ministers abstained from mentioning Israel by name"

    – "that cutting off intelligence ties with Israel will harm them more than Israel"

    – "They didn’t think of the latter, of course, because Europe has no idea of what its interests are. All it knows is how to sound off authoritatively"

    – "Once upon a time, Europe’s leaders understood that a nation’s foreign policy was supposed to be based on its national interests"

    – "As for national interests, well, the Lisbon Treaty that effectively bars EU member states from adopting independent foreign policies took care of those"

    – "With national interests subordinated to the whims of bureaucrats in Brussels, Europe does little of value in the international arena"

    – "Israel distinguished itself from its European detractors by acting, rather than preening"

    – "Israel largely descended into the European statecraft abyss"

    – "Israeli governments have adopted policies geared toward strengthening their rhetoric that itself stands in opposition to Israel’s national interests"

    – "the only way to secure this interest is to use force to destroy Iran’s nuclear installations"

    – "Given Iran’s leaders’ absolute commitment to developing nuclear weapons"

    – "IN LIGHT of these facts"

    – "It isn’t simply that this behavior doesn’t contribute anything to Israel’s ability to destroy Iran’s nuclear installations. It harms Israel’s ability to do so"

    – "block Iran’s race to the nuclear finish line"

    – "Israel’s interest is to secure its control over the areas of Judea and Samaria that it requires to protect its Jewish heritage and its national security"

    – "President Barack Obama and his senior advisers have demonstrated repeatedly that they are interested in weakening – not strengthening – the US alliance with Israel"

    – "for the millionth time, the top US military officer effectively said that he prefers a nuclear armed Iran to an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear installations"

    – "the Netanyahu government has adopted rhetoric on the Palestinian issue that is harmful to Israel’s national interests"

    – "such a state will define itself through its devotion to Israel’s destruction"

    – "It has outlawed Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria"

    – "the Palestinians’ bigoted demand that Jews be barred from living in Judea and Samaria"

    – "Gabi Ashkenazi … is the main opponent of an Israeli military strike against Iran’s nuclear installations. If this is true, then Ashkenazi must either be forced to change his position or lose his job"

    – "successive Israeli governments have ignored Israel’s vital national interest in maintaining its control over Judea and Samaria"

    – "Europe itself has abandoned the sober-minded pursuit of its own interests, in favor of cowardly, feckless, self-defeating rhetoric"

    – "But in its current state of strategic imbecility, no European leader can acknowledge this basic fact"

       

    Caroline Glick KNOWS TERRORISTS (Guilty Until Proven Inncocent) 

     

    – "Hamas terror-master Mahmoud al-Mabhouh"

    – "A senior terrorist engaging in the illegal purchase of illicit arms"

    – "The same Dubai authorities who had no problem with hosting a wanted international terrorist"

    – "and rival terrorist organizations, (Fatah, anyone?)"

    – "the terrorist Mabhouh"

    – "an Iranian-sponsored terrorist"

    – "leaders like Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad who refuse to accept Israel’s right to exist"

    – "to point out that the unelected Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad is not a man of peace"

    – "Fayyad threatened to respond with a religious war to Israel’s classification of the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb as national heritage sites"

    – "he joined rioters at Bil’in to attack Israel’s security fence"

    – "sought to take control over the PA’s security forces not to fight terror, but to prevent Israel from fighting terror"

    – "He is a fiscally sound terror financier and sponsor, actively waging war against Israel" 

     

    Caroline Glick KNOWS THE RULE OF LAW (Inncocent Until Proven Guilty) 

     

    – "Dahi Khalfan Tamim blamed Israel"

    – "Not only did he blame Israel"

    – "alleged Mossad operatives"

    – "Relying only on Tamim’s allegations"

    – "the basic lack of credibility of the source of information"

    – "to stop blaming and threatening Israel"

    – "the alleged use of European passports by the alleged operatives who allegedly killed the terrorist"

    – "Tamim claimed that after the hit, at least two of the alleged members of the alleged assassination team"

    – "It’s hard to imagine Mossad officers feeling safer in Iran than in Dubai"

    – "blaming Israel has become Europe’s default foreign policy"

    – "never occurred to the Europeans that Israel might not be responsible for the hit"

    – "the EU’s rush to threaten Israel for allegedly killing a terrorist shows, it is cowardly, ineffectual and self-defeating" 

     

     

    All quotes from Column One: When rhetoric rules the roost by Caroline Glick, The Jerusalem Post, 26/02/2010

    http://www.jpost.com/LandedPages/PrintArticle.asp