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.

Sri Lanka is a good, democratic state (and they say it’s so)

Sri Lanka’s representative in Australia must be getting training from the Israelis. Deny every war crime, allege bias in every report and cause intelligent people to treat you with contempt. Well done, Colombo:

ELEANOR HALL: The Sri Lankan Government has hit back at renewed criticism of its human rights record.

The country’s senior diplomatic representative in Australia says a report into the civil war in his country by the International Crisis Group is full of fabricated evidence.

High Commissioner Senaka Walgampaya told our reporter Simon Santow that he also rejects calls for an independent investigation into the conflict.

SIMON SANTOW: High Commissioner, will the Sri Lankan Government accept the call from the International Crisis Group for an independent international investigation into these war crimes?

SENAKA WALGAMPAYA: The Sri Lankan Government has rejected this so many times because the Sri Lankan Government has already set in motion its own mechanism. A commission was appointed last year consisting of very imminent lawyers from Sri Lanka.

SIMON SANTOW: But why not have an independent investigation?

SENAKA WALGAMPAYA: Well, Sri Lanka does not think that is required. You see even in England on the (inaudible) war they set up their own tribunal and that’s proceeding. So I mean that’s the standard set by the West and why should Sri Lanka be held to do otherwise.

SIMON SANTOW: Well, your country’s critics say that there’s too much intimidation that can happen if the inquiry is an internal one?

SENAKA WALGAMPAYA: That’s absolutely false allegation. This is being maintained by people who want to make a case out for people to seek asylum in other countries. That’s the whole crux of the matter. It’s very clear from what they finally end up with that the Government of Australia here should start reprocessing their applications. The Diaspora who are behind this, they’re saying that the must be an inquiry into war crimes because they want us Australian Government, to relax its criteria for asylum seekers.

SIMON SANTOW: If you look at the International Crisis Group and its credentials, there are some very well respected people involved in the ICG, not the least of which is Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general.

SENAKA WALGAMPAYA: But the people who are behind the ICG at the moment, they’re people who are be absolutely hostile to Sri Lanka over a period of time. Louise Arbour, Gareth Evans, they have been hostile to Sri Lanka for a number of years. They have been attacking Sri Lanka, this is nothing new to Sri Lanka.

SIMON SANTOW: So Louise Arbour and Kofi Annan, you don’t have faith in them being a great part of the ICG?

SENAKA WALGAMPAYA: Kofi Annan, I don’t know his connection to the ICG, but they’re, Kofi Annan can’t be involved in every case, but there are others who have been providing the information who have been very hostile to Sri Lanka, who are biased and what they are giving is not bona fide information about Sri Lanka.

SIMON SANTOW: So when the ICG says that it has multiple witness statements and hundreds of photographs, videos, satellite images, electronic communications and documents. Can they be anything but what they say they are?

SENAKA WALGAMPAYA: They made, most of them are not authentic. I mean they can, anybody can make images, get photographs, and, you know, how these things operate.

SIMON SANTOW: So you think these people…..

SENAKA WALGAMPAYA: This is a huge, huge propaganda machine over the last 30 years and they are very quite capable of doing all these things.

SIMON SANTOW: So you think that these people from the ICG have been hoodwinked?

SENAKA WALGAMPAYA: Of course they have been.

SIMON SANTOW: Really, that they can’t distinguish between fake documents and fake testimony – with the real thing?

SENAKA WALGAMPAYA: I think so. Yeah.

ELEANOR HALL: Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Australia, Senaka Walgampaya, speaking there to our reporter, Simon Santow.

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