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.

A love letter to an anti-Zionist

I regularly receive charming emails from individuals who like to explain how much I hate myself, Jews, Israel and the civilised world.

Here’s the latest:

Hi Antony!

Keep up the great work demonizing Israel and promoting as much hate towards Israel as possible on a regular basis, and sticking up for people who want to destroy Israel! You’re doing a great job serving the wishes of the islamic fundamentalists, neo-nazis and the other crazed Jew-hating and Israel-hating loons out there. Congrats!


  • Don


    Stop the wishful thinking .

    The intensifying hatred & wish to see the end of Israel & its tobacco company style defenders, comes from their own hubris-laden behaviour .


  • Peter Germann

    As soon as you criticise Israel or Zionism you are a "loon" i wish someone would explain to me how you criticise Israel or Zionism without being branded an Anti-semite or Israel Hating Loon? It is  a frustrating state of affairs.

  • ej

    Jeff, Israel is doing the Jew-hating job all by its collective self.

    The ethnic cleansing is now in its seventh decade.

    It's simple really, even for simple minds.

    The Palestinians are the new Jews. 

  • Marilyn

    There is currently a court case in Israel with jews and arabs both wanting to be nationals of Israel instead of jews and arabs.

    The government argues that there is no such state as Israel.

    So if there is no nation called Israel just a state of jews I guess we have to live up to their apartheid or openly state now that we only support jews in the jewish state and ignore the rights of the 25% who are not jewish.

    It's disgusting.

    What I find hilarious though is this notion of self-hating jews.   Only a nutcase would not notice that it is the policy of the 'state" and the behaviour of criminal individuals that are under scrutiny.

    Not the harshest critic on the planet would ever state that they hate all of the jews of Israel – how could anyone do that when they have such marvels as Amira Hass and Gideon Levy, Akiva Eldar and Idith Zertal, Tom Segev and Uri Avnery.

    All jews, all utterly brilliant.

  • Mallee

    Marilyn's reference to the information clearing house article, wherein they refer to the court case in Israel on that matter, is to be noted, as it is most illuminating.

    It would be interesting to know what the court would make of the 'classification' of an athiest. Such a person cannot be a Jew or Muslim Arab. I suppose a person's papers could have a large 'A' , for athiest. If one is a thiest but neither Jew nor Arab they could mark that person's papers with a 'T'. It follows  that a 'H' for a hindu who lives in Israel could be used etc ,down to an 'S' for satanist.

    For those who do not know anything and really could not care less about anyhting , their papers could just be marked with 'CB' for; cynical bastard; as just a 'C',  I suppose would be reserved for the christians.

    Love it!!! Now Jeff I am not being critical here, you understand; just mystified.

    N.B. The above is subject to correction and a bit of tweaking if the clasifications are to be in hebrew.

  • Keren

    I'm a certified Jewish Israeli Australian. A Zionist recently called me a Palestinian for criticizing Israel. So Palestinians are the new Jews and Lefties are the new Palestinians? Crazy anyone?

  • Simon

    Crazy no. Human yes. I've learnt to be human is often to be biased  with ethical blindspots to things only the unbiased -on that particular matter- will see. From my own perspective progressives aren't immune either.