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.

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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.
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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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Certainly one definition of Islam

Our friends in the US of A:

  • Mallee

    The owner of that vehicle has been duped. He has failed to learn about the false flag attacks carried out by many countries, 9/11 was a such a false flag attack. There are over 100 milllion wise Americans who do not believe the official 9/11 account.

    Start at people where the architects and engineers will give you a little lesson on science and physical observations to demonstaret scientifically that the official Bush believers conspircay theory is crap, even 6 of the 10, 9/11 Commissionesr now say that they agreed to let the Bush administratin lie to them.

    The 9/11 Commsion report is phoney, the real perpetrators of 9/11 are still at large, armed, dangerous and probably getting ready to do something similar to cause war with someone.

    Next time, don't be duped. No doubt our Federal lot will be though, as before.

  • Shaun

    Sure Mallee – Muslims would never commit acts of violence.  Just like President Bush said "Islam is a religion of peace".  Have you ever thought about doing standup comedy?

  • Mallee

    Shaun; at times I think am very funny, many of my friends think so. Did you not like the missive about 'Fred' in Macquarie Street?  I am a bit old for the stand up stuff, but who knows, as one gets old, sillly  and the bills keep coming in?

    Yout implication in you comment is that I would be of the view that Muslims never commit acts of violence. Firstly, where did I suggest that is so secondly,  how is that relevant and thirdly why would you make up such an inference?

    The message on the vehicle is anti- Muslim and possiblly interpreted as hate speech.  It is the message spun after to 9/11  used to salivate the West into invasions that have resulted in a milllion or so deaths  and untold misery. Those deaths also based on the wmd lies. Next fun is planned to be Iran, if so, are you off there for a bit of;  'Crazy Horse' Apache gunship shoot up killingss and ye haaaa?

    As I have said before, this is not the venue to debate the anomalies of  9/11, just go over to the architects and engineers at and consider the evidentiary science for a few weeks. To keep up to date, go over to

    For the present ABC debate over the Professor Clive Willians conspiracy address, go to Mike Duffy's site at ABC 'Counter claim' for 12th April 2010 and follow up and see the comments at  The ABC's  'Big Ideas' program where Professor Williams' address to the Canberra so called 'sceptics' (should be, the gullibles!) was broadcast at 5 pm last Sunday.

    Hey Shaun, I await your lucid comments over there on the 9/11 offficial fable, if you are  not off to Iran.  Cheers.

  • Shaun

    You are such a great spokesperson for the 911 troofer movement.  Your concise writing style and impeccable grammar really helps lend gravitas to your batshit crazy theories. 

    I put on my tin-foil hat to blend in with the other whack-jobs at and see that the main theory over at that cesspool is that the buildings were blown up using thermite.  Firstly, thermite is generally used in welding and cutting and does not make a particularly good explosive,  but even if you ignore that kind of inconvenient flaw in your theory, you'll find that people who actually know what their talking about such as NIST have come out and called your theory "ludicrous" and "fundamentally flawed".  Despite this, I'm sure that you'll accuse NIST of being in on the conspiracy and no amount of evidence will change you're mind that rather than murderous Muslims doing what they do best, it was in fact some shady cabal of secret world-controllers who killed 2973 innocent people on 11/9/01.  Keep up the good work man – the truth is out there! 

  • Mallee

    Shaun, thank you for the encouragement; the truth is certainly 'out there' and there is nothing, your continual abuse is going to do, to prevent it from being confirmed.