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.

The World Cup behind barbed wire

ABC PM shows how people inside Palestine are trying to make life as normal as possible while under occupation:

MARK COLVIN: The Palestinian Soccer Union can’t send a team to South Africa so they’re holding their own World Cup instead. The local under-15s are representing each of the 32 sides in Durban and playing to the same match schedule.

And in their equivalent opening game the young Palestinian Socceroos performed admirably against the Palestinian Germans and managed to avoid defeat.

Middle East correspondent Anne Barker went along to the Faisal al-Husseini Stadium for PM.

(Sounds from a locker room)

MALE: Min wen.

BOYS: Australia!

MALE: Fantastic. Min wen?

BOYS: Australia!

MALE: And who are we going to beat today? How do we say?

ANNE BARKER: I’m in the locker room with Lucas Neill, the fit and skilful captain of the Australian Socceroos who are about to take on the formidable German side.

You’re the captain.

MALE: Yeah. (Applause)

ANNE BARKER: Okay – so he’s not the exact same Lucas Neill who led the Australian team onto the ground in Durban. And no the team isn’t wearing the exact same colours of the Socceroos uniform. In fact most of these players don’t actually speak English and they look a bit puzzled when you yell “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi”.


But for today at least in his head Mustafa Khatib is the Australian captain. His team mates are the Socceroos. And as you watch him lead his pint-sized team onto the ground it doesn’t take too much imagination to believe they could be the real thing.

(Sounds from soccer match)

After all just like the real Socceroos today’s team is used to being up against the odds. The Palestinian players have to pass through Israeli military checkpoints to a second-rate ground just to make it to training. Behind the grandstand you can see the huge security barrier that separates the West Bank from Israel. And their team mates in Gaza aren’t allowed out to play.

And yet after the real team’s woeful performance in Durban this Australian side might just have a thing or two they could teach the Socceroos.

(Sound of Amjad Taha speaking)

“Two months ago they played in the Palestinian League,” says coach Amjad Taha. “And out of 120 teams, they came in eighth. As soon as we have peace I think the Palestinian team will do very well.”

After a quick warm up it’s time for the match to begin. Although there is one problem – the German side hasn’t shown up. But eventually another pint-sized team in replica German uniforms is on the ground and displaying an amazing similarity to the German skill seen in Durban.

(Sound of goal being scored)

The Socceroos in fact scored first but Germany replied within minutes to be one-all at half time. Germany then got a second goal but a late penalty helped Australia level the score to a draw.

SUPPORTER: Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi Oi Oi! Go Australia!

(Sound of Amjad Taha speaking)

“Hopefully one day the Palestinian team can play against the Aussies,” says coach Amjad Taha. “And maybe we’ll both get to the World Cup.”

The Palestinian Socceroos now have a few days’ rest before their next match against Serbia on Friday.

MARK COLVIN: Middle East correspondent Anne Barker.

one comment ↪
  • iResistDe4iAm

    "And their team mates in Gaza aren't allowed out to play


    Is giving the Gaza Palestinians day leave from their besieged open-air prison (in order to play sport) an existential threat to Israel? 


    The siege of Gaza, the world's biggest experiment in human suffering and misery. 


    Collective punishment is not only illegal under international and humanitarian law, it is also immoral.