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.

New Zealand Greens ask why Israel maintains a Gaza blockade

How one of the key Greens in the New Zealand parliament yesterday challenged the country’s foreign minister Murray McCully over the ongoing Gaza siege:

KEITH LOCKE (Green) KEITH to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Will the Government call for the immediate lifting of Israel’s economic blockade of Gaza; if not, why not?

Hon MURRAY McCULLY (Minister of Foreign Affairs): The New Zealand Government has consistently called for humanitarian and other essential supplies to be given free access to Gaza. I reiterated that to the Israeli Ambassador yesterday. We have also made it clear that the substantive solution to the Gaza conflict is for Hamas to guarantee the cessation of attacks on Israel and for Israel to lift the blockade.

Keith Locke: Why will the Minister not go beyond what he has just said about granting more access to essential supplies, and support the call made by both the European Parliament and the European Union in the last couple of days for the immediate—and I stress the word “immediate”—lifting of the economic blockade?

Hon MURRAY McCULLY: It is very clear that the reason for the blockade being in place in the first place is that Israel has concerns about its security. The obvious way forward has always been for Hamas to guarantee the cessation of attacks and for Israel to lift the blockade.

Keith Locke: What security is there for either Israelis or the Palestinian people when Richard Falk, UN special rapporteur for Palestine, describes it as “a massive form of collective punishment” and thus a crime against humanity under *Geneva conventions? Does the Minister agree with Mr Falk; if not, in what way does he disagree with that statement?

Hon MURRAY McCULLY: As I said yesterday, the events of the last few days—tragic as they are—underline the unsustainability of the current situation in Gaza. Clearly we need to see an intensification of international efforts to find a solution. It has been apparent for some time that for that solution to be durable it must involve Hamas guaranteeing the security of Israel, and Israel in return lifting the blockade.

Keith Locke: Is the Minister, as he appears to be from his answer, justifying the continued existence of the blockade? Why does he not agree with the president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, who said that the blockade is “unacceptable and counter-productive”?

Hon MURRAY McCULLY: I am not necessarily disagreeing that the blockade is unnecessary and counter-productive. The fact is that for the international community to succeed in its efforts to get the blockade lifted, it will have to address the security issues that brought the blockade into existence in the first place. This issue cries out for further intensification of international efforts to find a solution. Those efforts will simply not succeed without addressing both sides of that equation.

Keith Locke: In the meantime, does he think it is okay to starve a whole population, deny them the necessities of life, and virtually close down their entire economy; if he does not think it is OK to do that to the 1.5 million people of Gaza, why will he not support an immediate end to the economic blockade?

Hon MURRAY McCULLY: I agree absolutely with the member’s assessment of the implications of the blockade, and I share his strong desire to see it removed. However, we have to ask ourselves whether we will achieve that objective by making lofty and meaningless speeches, or whether we should devote ourselves to getting some movement in this area by ensuring that we deal with the root cause. The root cause of this issue is that Israel has put in place a blockade because it has security concerns. The obvious solution has always been to see those security concerns addressed at the same time as the lifting of the blockade.

Keith Locke: On the question of the attack itself, does he agree with the president of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, that the Israeli operation of a couple of days ago was an “unjustified attack” and an “unacceptable breach of international law”; if he does not, in what way does he disagree with those statements?

Hon MURRAY McCULLY: The Government supports the *United Nations Security Council’s call for “a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation conforming to international standards.” In supporting such an investigation, I suggest to the member that it is best to wait for that investigation to occur before making its findings available. In other words, if we are going to have the investigation, let us at least wait for the conclusions before we make the findings ourselves.

Keith Locke: Does the Minister not accept that the basic facts of the situation—that there was an illegal attack in international waters by the Israeli troops on a peaceful aid flotilla—are already at hand, and that he should at least criticise that, along with the rest of the world, while rightly supporting a further investigation?

Hon MURRAY McCULLY: The Government was very clear in condemning the violence, and, in particular, condemning the loss of life that has occurred off the shores of Gaza. That member, along with others, has called for a full investigation, but simultaneously announced what the findings of that investigation should be. The Government believes that completing the investigation before declaring a verdict is an approach that might engender greater international respect and credibility.

Hon Chris Carter: Does he stand by the statement he made on 25 February, just prior to his visit to Israel and Palestine, that New Zealand takes a principled and balanced approach to the key issues in the Middle East; if so, did he request permission from the Israeli authorities to visit Gaza and see the situation personally, as part of our balanced approach; if not, why not?

Hon MURRAY McCULLY: Yes, I did make that statement. Yes, I did seek from the Israeli authorities and others the opportunity to go to Gaza, but for reasons that I am happy to explain at greater length, I was not permitted to go.

Keith Locke: I seek leave to table three documents. The first is from European Voice, where the EU spokesperson calls for an immediate end to the blockade.

Mr SPEAKER: Leave is sought to table that document. Is there any objection? There is no objection.

Document, by leave, laid on the Table of the House.

Keith Locke: The second document is an article by Richard Falk, the UN special rapporteur on Palestine, talking in Countercurrents about the blockade being a massive form of collective punishment.

Mr SPEAKER: Leave is sought to table that document. Is there any objection? There is no objection.

Document, by leave, laid on the Table of the House.

Keith Locke: The third document is a press release from the European Parliament of 1 June, talking about forcing Israel to lift the siege on the people of Gaza immediately.

Mr SPEAKER: Leave is sought to table that document. Is there any objection? There is no objection.

Document, by leave, laid on the Table of the House.

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