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.

Guardian calls for Israel to pay a price for its “pariah” status

The Guardian issues the kind of editorial that Israel had better get used to. Actions will follow such words, globally:

If an armed group of Somali pirates had yesterday boarded six vessels on the high seas, killing at least 10 passengers and injuring many more, a Nato taskforce would today be heading for the Somali coast. What happened yesterday in international waters off the coast of Gaza was the work of Israeli commandos, not pirates, and no Nato warships will in fact be heading for Israel. Perhaps they should be.

  • ej

    Well we might have a mea culpa from the Guardian, whose treatment of the Palestinian cause has long been subjugated to the Zionist imperative, giving full and biased exposure to the Zionazi commentariat.

    As damnable as is this latest affair, one has nevertheless to take a sober view of long term prospects of curbing the insanity.

    Israel has got away with a long list of such insane acts in the past, so why not this one?

    The Nakba; 1956; the USS Liberty 1967; Lebanon occupation early 1980s; Lebanon 2006; Operation 'Cast Lead'; and behind it all, 60 plus years of ongoing ethnic cleansing.

    In a supreme irony, a survivor of the USS Liberty massacre was in the Gaza flotilla and is currently missing.,7340,L-3897160

    The Israelis are cleaning up from missing him the first time around.

  • jonathon miller

    If you are appalled with SBS' coverage of the flotilla massacre – Israeli government spokesperson Mark Regev has been given free reign two nights in a row now – then you can call directly and lodge a complaint on this no. 1800 500 727



  • Kevin Charles Herber

     Thanks Jonathan…will do

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    While ej makes a very sound observation, I believe that the mounting international condemnation brought to bear on Israel by the internet revolution of the past 5 years in particular, has upped the pressure on the Israeli political establishment to an historical highpoint.

    It appears there is no climb down device available to the Right wing/left wing Israeli political establishment (is there any difference between Lipni, Netanyahoo & Barak?) via the old disinformation/deligitimisation campaigns in concert with the US.

    I sincerely hope I'm right, just as I hope one day soon to see Lipni & Barak & Allon & Olmert sitting in the dock in The Hague charged over the slaughter of 1300 innocent civilians in Gaza in 2008/2009.

    Additionally, if Hamas is recognised soon by the US (yes..I believe it will be), the current Middle East conflict dynamic changes dramatically e.g. Marwan Barghouti is released from gaol, and unites Hamas & Fatah supporters, meaning thatIran would then automatically tone down its rhetoric etc etc.

  • Adam

    "What happened yesterday in international waters off the coast of <a title="More from on Gaza" href="; rel="nofollow">Gaza was the work of Israeli commandos, not pirates."

    I thought it was pirates? A bunch of armed and violent men seized control of six ships in international waters, killing a number of them, wounding more of them and holding the rest of them prisoner and (unless I'm mistaken) relieving them of their cargo.

    What about that isn't piracy?

  • Aaron

    The SBS coverage has been absolutely ATROCIOUS. Last night (Tuesday) not only did Regev get coverage in a clip compilation he got a 2nd chance with a live interview. Not a PA or Free Gaza spokesmen in sight!

    And, Aton Enus needs a crash course in ME politics. Regev just walks all over him. Can SBS please clone Imran Garda from Al Jazeera? Whenever I'm feeling blue I watch Garda take Gidi Grinstein to the cleaners. Well, not really, but it's a damn good interview – Garda knows exactly what he's talking about.

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  • Israel is upto its tack-tics again with confusing what really happened with information over-load.  Sometimes when you hear a spokes person speak about the incident you might believe the spokes person is talking about another incident.

    Israel has always confused reality with information overload which confuses the reality.  In addition to this, Israel will try to divert world attention to other areas where Israel will deliberately cause to confuse the situation further more.

    Did anyone realise that as soon as this incident happened there was a rocket attack in Turkey killing six soldiers by kurdish rebels, news is slowly coming through that this was Israel state sponsored attack via proxy Kurdesh rebels, which was an attempt to divert attention away from Israel – not surprisingly this didn't really work.

    I shall be writing about this on my blog.