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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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.
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A Middle East film that should be screened on the ABC

Is this a case of preemptive buckle on the part of the ABC or something else entirely? You decide:

The distributor of an Australian documentary sympathetic to the Palestinian cause was told it would not screen on the ABC until a program taking an opposing position was available for broadcast.

The ruling has outraged the film’s distributors and the Friends of the ABC, which has accused the broadcaster of a distorted interpretation of its commitment to impartiality.

The ABC wrote to Ronin Films, the distributor of Hope in a Slingshot, to inform them of the ABC’s concern over screening the documentary, which tells the story of Palestinians living under what it terms ”military occupation” by Israel.

”The documentary clearly meets the requirement of having a particular point of view, and relating to a matter of contention and public debate,” the ABC’s director of television, Kim Dalton, wrote to the managing director of Ronin Films, Andrew Pike, in a letter seen by the Herald. ”However under the editorial policies ABC TV is also required to meet an impartiality requirement.”

He cited the ABC’s editorial policy that required it to demonstrate impartiality in coverage by ”providing content of a similar type and weight and in an appropriate timeframe”.

”The ABC has not been able to access content which would put an alternative view and therefore we would be unable to meet the impartiality requirement.”

Dr Pike says the film makes a strong pro-peace statement on the Middle East conflict by interviewing human rights activists, both Israeli and Palestinian. The documentary is narrated by the filmmaker, Australian Inka Stafrace, who talks about her experience in the conflict zone.

”The call for balance defies logic and contradicts the ABC’s own routine programming decisions,” Dr Pike said.

A Friends of the ABC spokeswoman, Glenys Stradijot, said the decision took the commitment to bias avoidance to an absurd extreme.

She said it was important for the ABC to stand up to the pressure on contentious issues such as the Middle East. ”If the ABC’s bowing to that sort of pressure that’s not a good thing for an independent broadcaster.”

The executive director of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, Colin Rubenstein, said he was unaware of the film.

4 comments ↪
  • Marilyn

    The ABC have become morons.

    The keep telling me that High Court rulings on Australia law are only my point of view, regarding the laws and rights of refugees.

    How in god's name can there be two sides of this story?   Palestine is under a brutal occupation regime, Israel is not.

  • mallee

    The ABC does not follow the principles stated when it ignores all the evidence and people who support a proper investigation of the official 9/11 'Flat Earther's' conspiracy theory.

    Hypocrites!!!!!

    To think we give them their lollies and they give us the nosense from peole such as Professsor Clive Williams associating good people, who want the 9/11 truth, with other irrrelevant matters. As per his broadcast address on 'Big Ideas' last month and spruiked by Michael Duffy on 'Counterpoint" earlier. (about 12th April?)

    Anti-democratice hypocrites!!!!

  • mallee

    Perhaps the ABC gnomes should go over to the BBC ' The Editors' and note the article by Mr Allen [27.5.10] reporting on Mark Thompsons ''transparency' address. It is not that both are not disengenuous as per BBC form, but the principles and acknowledgement of public expectations are expressed.

  • iResistDe4iAm

    You can email comments and/or complaints to the ABC here…

     

    http://www.abc.net.au/contact/contactabc.htm