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.

There are rules about what New Zealanders can see over the Middle East

Malcolm Evans is one of New Zealand’s leading cartoonists (I spent time with him in Auckland earlier in the week.)

He used to be employed by the New Zealand Herald but after drawing a handful of cartoons critical of Israel, such the one below (and note the then editor’s comments alongside), he no longer worked for the paper. Indeed, I’ve been told that not one Israel/Palestine-related cartoon has appeared in the newspaper since 2003:

Welcome to the reality of the Zionist lobby and gutlessness of some in the mainstream media.

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    The most gutless performance by Australian media since the settlement, must be the national media blackout on reporting the Rudd Government's fawning entertainment of accused Israeli war criminals in Sydney & Melbourne last year.

    I personally emailed virtually every leading News & Fairfax columnist as to why the blackout was allowed to run….not one repsonse.

    I challenged The Monthly to cover it…Ben, Morrie or Robert didn't reply of course.

    As a former working journo, this gutless performance confirmed the grim reality that the Aussie 4th estate had succumbed to Rupert's very successful business model…..I wonder what Graham Perkin would have made of this sad tale.

  • Mallee

    Kevin, if only the controlled mass media with their weapons of mass deception would admit to the number of letters of objection that they are receiving on many topics. I know of heaps from many people, that do not get an acknowledgment. Same goes for 'our' ABC

    Keep up the work, but we know they will not respond till we just refuse to pay 1.50 for their crappy reporting (non!) and avoid their advertisers.

    In due course they have to answer to their shareholders who should be asking why they are not providing proper, objective and decent investigative reporting. It is that failure that is going to hit their bottom profit margin. We must look with disdain at anyone with a copy of their crap in their hand. {except the freebees at the cafe] It should be socially unacceptable to feed those bastards.

    In April 2009 the Niels Harit paper on the finding of nanothermitic residue (explosive) in the twin towers dust was published. The mass media have refused to report on one of the the murder weapons used in the twin towers and probably in building No 7. If that is not a complete deceit of the Australian public it is hard to imagine what would be. 8 other world scientists were co-authors of the paper, but not a published account of the paper or any attempt at rebuttal of the findings has been reported.

    As far as one can be concerned. they are giving aid and comfort to mass murderers by not informing the public of these matters. The controlled mass media is just a huge collection of Lord Haw Haws. We know how he ended up. The mass media is the greates anti-democratic force at work in Australia at the moment and a imenent threat to our freedoms and way of life that those jealous little 'terrorist bastards, hate us for. Complete concoction and BS to encourage a bit more shock and awe as another flase flag event is used as an excuse to bomb Iran for Israel and pillage of oil resources. (as foreetold by General Wesley Clark, ex chief of NATO)

    Oh well, we can always turn up at 'Kens at Kensington' and get ourselves on the front page and on tele.