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.

How the US government knew the Gitmo boys were mostly innocent all along

What was that quaint idea of trusting government officials in a time of war?

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld once declared that individuals captured by the US military in the aftermath of 9/11 and shipped off to the Guantanamo Bay prison facility represented the “worst of the worst.”

During a radio interview in June 2005, Rumsfeld said the detainees at Guantanamo, “all of whom were captured on a battlefield,” are “terrorists, trainers, bomb makers, recruiters, financiers, [Osama Bin Laden’s] body guards, would-be suicide bombers, probably the 20th hijacker, 9/11 hijacker.”

“We’re learning a great deal of information about how al-Qaida operates, and able to stop other terrorist attacks,” he added.

But Rumsfeld knowingly lied, according to a former top Bush administration official.

And so did then Vice President Dick Cheney when he said, also in 2002 and in dozens of public statements thereafter, that Guantanamo prisoners “are the worst of a very bad lot” and “dangerous” and “devoted to killing millions of Americans, innocent Americans, if they can, and they are perfectly prepared to die in the effort.”

Now, in a sworn declaration obtained exclusively by Truthout, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who was chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell during George W. Bush’s first term in office, said he would be willing to state, under penalty of perjury, what top Bush officials knew and when they knew it.

He claims that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and others knew the “vast majority” of prisoners captured in the so-called War on Terror were innocent and the administration refused to set them free once those facts were established because of the political repercussions that would have ensued.

3 comments ↪
  • mallee

    Liara Liars liars, when is the world going to wake up that we, the 'allies' , have invaded two countries, killed about a million people, many of them children just to thieve their resources and for world domination, based on lies, lies and serial lies.

    We have been complacent while innocents have been tortured in our name for years.

    We have been compacent as our politicians say we should be scared of terrorists when it is our politicians who create terrorists and concoct a ;war on terrorism; to keep us scared and dependent on liars in government, so as to give up our prior democratic rights and subject ourselves to a pending  police state.

    We have been complacent by not investigatng , properly the 9/11 false flag mass murders whilst the  scientific evidence demonstrating that the  the twin towers and building No 7 were blown up, is staring us in the face and to be seen if we looked. The Mass media will not event tell the public what that evidence is. Now who do they work for, who are they giving aid and comfort too? [see: ae911truth.org]

    We are jointly culpable for the deaths of about a million people and the consequential misery. We should be ashamed to call ourselves part of the civilised and humane world, we are not, we are just lazy fat gullibles wallowing in our excesses,  ignorance and too cowardly and fearfull to see the obvious. This is the most shamefull period for the western countries since; we defeated the excesses of fasciam, Nazism and the Japanese invasions.

    The Federal politicians in our Parliament since 2000, will be recorded as the most ineffectual representatives of truth, in the history of the Australian Parliament. Shamefull!!!

  • mallee

    I suppose, if I were speaking of the Israeli government or it's people's actions, I would be classified as anti-semitic by some of Antony's 'self-loving' readers.

    It would follow, that by criticising our Australian warmongering politicians and our 'useless eaters' public, I could be classified as; anti-Australian. 

    Well I am not, I support Australia, I just don't think we should be helping; to invade other coutries, killing their inhabitants and stealing their resources, all of it on lies as well.

    Just seems to be Un-Australian to me and certainlyit  is not 'cricket'!? (Just goes to show how much Johnie really knew about cricket!)

  • v

    Gee,  I have been saying this since 2005 on my blog.  In fact,  here is what I said recently on Mondoweiss –

    In general I have scoured the reasoning behind this farce of collecting innocent people, and there is only one conclusion you can make – it was done to make it appear like we had legions with world wide terrorist connections that we were up against. Of course, this was never the case, but you have to give the appearance to “get your war on.” You “get your war on” for other purposes, which are never fully revealed but can be deduced by the activity.

    It is just like torture, I have still never heard any of my fellows ever go into the use of torture by rulers who serve an elite, they have never said a word about the elite use of torture. You hear a lot of talk about how you get the “wrong confession” or any confession, but all they speak about is that it is unreliable. There is never a discussion that torture is used so that the perpetrators can get the confession that “they want,” which is the elite use of torture. So they torture people and force them to the confession that they want – “there is a worldwide terrorist conspiracy, and we are going to get you.” You are supposed to have all sorts of people involved in the “terrorist conspiracy of worldwide proportions,” hence radii’s reference to 15 year old boys and 80 year old men – it is supposed to give you the impression that anyone and everyone is involved, that they are all worthy of horrible treatment and ultimately death, in the so-called terrorist conspiracy “around the world.”

    People better start recognizing and stopping these processes before they commence, otherwise you will not be prepared for the next “fire drill” that is supposed to prep you to fall in line behind the president draped in the flag. Until you recognize it and stop it, the wars and carnage will continue.