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.
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.

Yet more separation between West Bank and Gaza

A press release from 15 March:

HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, and 11 other Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations petitioned the Supreme Court today against the military and the Minister of Defense, demanding the revocation of an illegal procedure which prevents Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip from relocating to the West Bank, even in clearly humanitarian cases. The petition, written by Att. Ido Blum of HaMoked, states: “With the stroke of a pen, the procedure severs the fabric of life between Gaza and the West Bank for residents of the Territories. It effectively cancels Palestinians’ right to family life, tearing apart families and separating spouses, parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren. The procedure is, in effect, the last nail in the coffin of the connection between Gaza and the West Bank and their status as a single territorial unit (and in the future, perhaps, a single Palestinian state).”

In the new procedure, Israel empties the term “humanitarian” of any content by determining that family ties do not, in and of themselves, constitute sufficient humanitarian grounds for receiving a permit to relocate from Gaza to the West Bank. Thus, for example, Israel forbids a child who lost his mother in Gaza from moving to live with his father who resides in the West Bank, if he has any relatives in Gaza, no matter what degree, who can care for him. According to the procedure, spouses’ requests to live together and children’s requests to live with their parents are to be rejected out of hand, without being reviewed. The petition asks: “Is it conceivable that a security–bureaucratic procedure will determine which parent a child will live with; who will care for the elderly matron of the family; who will care for an ailing brother?”
The petition further argues that the procedure is another component of a policy allowing one-way passage as the sole means through which Palestinians can fulfill their right to family life: permanent relocation from the West Bank to Gaza.
The Petition challenges the procedure which was submitted to the Supreme Court following a number of petitions filed by HaMoked and Gisha requesting family unification between Gaza and the West Bank. The procedure prevents thousands of families – some of which are represented by HaMoked and Gisha – from uniting in the West Bank.
Mrs. Fathiya Abu Jalaleh, a mother of five, lived in the West Bank for more than 10 years. In January 2008, she traveled with her four minor children to the Gaza Strip, while her husband Issam and their eldest son remained in Jenin due to the father’s position with National Security. In the two years since, Israel has continued to prevent the family from reuniting in the West Bank since Fathiya’s registered address is in Gaza.
Mrs. Wafaa Sufi was married in the Gaza Strip to Mr. Subhi Sufi from the West Bank, They lived for some time with their four young daughters in the Gaza Strip, but about three years ago, Mr. Sufi had to return to the West Bank for the purpose of work and securing a livelihood, among other things. The two have not seen each other since, nor have the girls seen their father. Mrs. Sufi recently traveled to Jordan with the girls and sought to enter the West Bank via the Allenby Bridge. The Israeli military refused to let them in.
The organizations which filed the petition: HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Al-Dameer Association for Human Rights, Yesh Din – Volunteers for Human Rights, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center, Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel, Rabbis for Human Rights.
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