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.

Some choice hate mail

Barely a week goes by without some highly intelligent piece of hate mail (often from fellow Jews) landing in my in-box (a full collection is published here).

Here’s today’s contribution:

Mr. Lovenshtein, you are disgrace to Jewish nation.  I have yet to see any Abdullah or Mohhamed going against own people the way so many Jews do. From surname I see that the leader of [Free Gaza] provocateurs Greta Berlin is another Judas.
It is also disgust me to see how weak minded Jews can become talking about negotiations with Hamas.  it is akin negotiating with Al Qaeda.
It is inherited Jewish weakness to try to look good and be liked. Take care of yourself before caring for others. Being weak and likable won’t help you.

  • What the….???   these hasbara hounds are so confused…

  • "It is inherited Jewish weakness to try to look good and be liked."

    Considering how Israel looks, and how  much it is liked either that statement is not true, or Israel is not Jewish enough.

    On a more serious note, being fair and intellectually honest is not about looking good or being liked.  I guess a conscience is not something we all are equipped with.


  • Marilyn

    What is being a follower of a particular cult to do with anything?

    Are they humans or jews?

  • Anthony:

    I am sure you have grown enough thick skin not to be bothered by hate mail, but I am also sure it feels good to hear something nice every now and then.

    I am a Muslim and I am deeply attached to my faith.  And even though my name is not "Abdullah or Mohhamed",  I frequently criticize "my people" more often than not, because my loyalty is to the truth – not to the clan.

    I will quote you a beautiful verse – not form the Quran, but form the Old Testament, and may be the individual that sent you the latest hateful email would pay more attention to his own Holy book and what of worship God wants from him (or her):

    6 "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:

    to loose the chains of injustice

    and untie the cords of the yoke,

    to set the oppressed free

    and break every yoke?

    (Isaiah 58)

    I love your writing and your thoughts.  I do not know if you follow a particular faith or not, but that does not matter as you are doing God's work no matter what label you chose for yourself.   Thank you .


  • Don

    Antony :

    You are one of the real quality things that have happened to Australia .

  • Sam

    Antony,  I would love to  meet you, shake your hand (firmly) and thank you for the wonderful work presented in this website!  Ignore the hateful messages and direct them to the rubbish folder where they belong. When will these idiots get it that Zionism is different from Judaism.

  • mallee


    It is interesting that your detractor refers to someone as another 'Judas'. I would wonder if the detractor is thereby accepting of  Judas' role in the betrayal of Christ, which suggests that he accepts that there was a Christ, the rest maybe  historicaly debated, but the recorded lessons/teachings are irrefutable.

    Well Christ and other religious; prophets, teachers, et all, all had something to say about loving one's neighbour etc. Of course many only give lip service to the lessons and teachings available in their respective religions. Practice is often compromised to material desires, tribal allegiances, extravagant feelings of superiority and human frailty.

    Perhaps, many of us should just sit back for a moment and reflect on practising our supposed beliefs, in which case there may not be as much hate and cruelty abounding.

  • iResistDe4iAm



    You are the personification of everything that is good in humanity.  


    In spite of the vitriolic personal attacks directed at you, most readers can see them for what they are. Your detractors are either ignorant, or are blinded by hatred, bigotry or delusions of ethnic/religious/tribal supremacy. They are like the slave owners of old who refused to give up their valuable human slave fodder, or the white supremacists who refused to give up their exclusive privileges gained at the expense of the dehumanised, exploited and segregated inferior other. 


    The ignorant may be receptive to reason, but the hardcore bigots and supremacists are not. 


    Keep up the great work for human rights.