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.

Help, we’re drowning here in Obama hatred

Yiron Festinger, in Israel’s major paper Yediot, offers some increasingly comical Israel Derangement Syndrome:

Prime Minister Netanyahu should not be envied over the challenge posed by the most hostile president in US history; a president who makes the anti-Semite Jimmy Carter look like a Righteous Gentile. However, we should be calling a spade a spade and informing the public of the truth, even if this truth is disturbing, painful, and bitter. We must make it clear to our many supporters in the US that this president, by viewing America and its ally Israel as the reason for all the world’s problems, threatens our very existence here.

  • iResistDe4iAm

    Top Ten Reasons Why Apologists for Israel’s Occupation/Colonisation Have Reached New Lows 


    10. They arrogantly use previous Israeli crimes (eg. the illegal theft of Palestinian land) as "legal precedents" and blueprints for current and future Israeli crimes 


    9. They mockingly ask why Palestinians don’t adopt more non-violent methods, even as they hypocritically condemn non-violent actions (eg. boycott, divestment & sanctions) and remain conspicuously silent when non-violent protests are met with Israeli violence and protesters arbitrarily imprisoned 


    8. They indignantly denounce any limited boycott, divestment or sanction targeted at Israel as harsh and unfair, while they tacitly support or remain totally indifferent to the barbaric collective punishment meted out to 1.5 million Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, and 2.5 million Palestinians in the suffocatingly walled-in and segregated West Bank (including East Jerusalem) 


    7. They self-righteously demand that the Palestinians recognise Israel’s “right to exist as a Jewish state” (in effect renouncing their own rights), even as they continue to deny the Palestinians’ existence by misrepresenting/distorting/trivialising Palestinian history, culture and national aspirations 


    6. They unashamedly vilify even the closest of Israel’s friends/supporters/donors as anti-Semites, are quick to blame any person/organisation/nation for Israel’s problems and behaviour (except for Israel itself), and invent absurd new derogatory slurs such as "delegitimizer", "Kleinist" and "cultural terrorist" after they misuse and overuse old slurs rendering them totally meaningless (anti-Semite, Nazi, jihadist, terrorist, traitor, kapo, self-hating Jew) 


    5. They tirelessly plead for the immediate release of the captured Israeli prisoner-of-war Gilad Shalit, while they willfully ignore the 10,000 nameless, faceless Palestinians languishing behind Israeli bars (including many children, those held without trial, political prisoners, members of parliament) 


    4. They callously smear the dead when Israeli forces murder protesters and humanitarian activists (Rachel Corrie, Free Gaza Flotilla passengers) and cheer when Israeli death squads summarily execute suspects without trial, but uncompromisingly demand the benefit of the doubt, due process and rule of law for the "alleged" Israeli murderers 


    3. They don’t like to discuss body counts or disproportionality when 1,417 Palestinians or 1,287 Lebanese are massacred in one-sided wars, but will recount every Jewish/Israeli casualty in every pogrom/war since time immemorial 


    2. They contemptuously demand that the laws of war be changed whenever Israel is blatantly caught and condemned for committing war crimes and crimes against humanity 


    1. They are so single-mindedly concerned about the rights, welfare and security of Israelis and Jews, that they forget that the Palestinians are human too

  • Marilyn

    Read this,  Wow.  I love Roseanne Barr.

  • imadisgruntledpalest

    This article and the one by Glick are shocking.  But it seems like the Zionists got their post flotilla marching orders.  They fucked up (Antony do you let commentators cuss on your comments section?) royally and now instead of dealing with the shit storm they created they are becoming speech writers for the tea party movement in the U.S.

  • ricorocha

    yeah roseanne interview is pretty wow    better than infinitesimal dissection of terry gross npr zionist bias by mondoweiss commentariat  though thats ok too  looks like gross has interviewed roseanne cash but not barr  who appears in this tv supersnippet…    how about a  max blumenthal – roseanne vid  of some sort   read the fine print and get with it max   thanx marilyn for the huff link to  roseanne world