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.

Jewish colonies are for sale but please get in line

Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is worsening by the day because many of them dare to challenge the Jewish state’s right to be a Jewish state, excluding Arabs and others in full, public life.

Of course, if you’re a true Zionist, however, you’ll be wanting to move to a lovely new living complex in occupied territory:

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  • ej

    Would Eshkol have approved? I think not.

    Why not name this terrorism after one of the more odious of Israeli leaders, starting with Ben-Gurion?

    There are so many to choose from, Eshkol and Sharett being the only two PMs with a touch of humanity.

  • Strelnikov

    I had to laugh at the use of the "Last of the Mohicans" soundtrack; it's completely Celtic! It was based on a piece called "The Gael" by Scottish singer-songwriter/composer Dougie MacLean. It's not bad enough that this eyesore was built on expropriated land but they used music that totally clashes with what they are trying to sell – Hell, either the images make a mockery of the music or the music makes the images look more staid and artificial than they already are. Finally I liked how they faked a UFO landing in the background at 3:18; no meteor looks like that bit of editing software frippery. Or was that supposed to be a Quassam rocket?

  • iResistDe4iAm

    From Segregated Colonies to Reconciliation Settlements? 

     

    I hope they have allocated enough housing units in all "settlements" for Palestinian families when desegregation and reconciliation finally begin (after all, it is the Palestinians' land and country). They can charge it to the Palestinian Compensation and War Reparations account.

  •  

    Wow, someone's making a packet out of other peoples misery! But anyway, this kind ersatzry will make any newly arrived Yehudi from Brooklyn feel more than just a cut above the rest. And no 'Fakestinians' in sight!

     

    Thanks Strelnikov for your comment on the music…

  • Palestinian

    These are strictly questions;

     

    a) are "foreigners" who are not Jewish allowed to live here? What kind of ownership ie. deed would they have?

     

    b) about a year ago Aljazeera Int. aired a report on Palestinians buying apartments in Israeli colonies. A very controversial fact that was justified by the residents that they do not want leave their birthplace and if they have to buy into their enemy's property, so be it.

    Does this mean that Palestinian, either an Arab Israeli or from Palestine proper, would in theory be able to buy property in such developments?

    Anyone familiar with the laws of land/property ownership in Israel? Do they follow Roman law? I am assuming as much since the ad explicitly mentions foreigners; does that mean they are have the right to reside there? What kind of residency is then issued?

  • @Palestinian:

     

    These are damn good questions and I don't have the answers either. Since as the ads are very clearly targeting American Jews, the question of what would happen if an American Palestinian applied is a very interesting one. My guess is that they would be fobbed off…

  • Mallee

    Julia Gillard should buy one.

  • Palestinian

    I really think we should start looking at the intricacies of ownership laws and how they are applied in Israel and Occupied Palestine. My guess is that some organizations (Inst. for Palestine Studies, maybe) might have done this already but I could not find their research data so far.

    In case anyone knows more about this issue, please feel free to share any info and resources.

    Another point is the historical development of ownership laws from the Ottoman era to this day. American Zionists claim that records from that time would render our claims useless since they challenge the "widely held belief in Arab ownership" of land and property. When asked about which documents they meant exactly, the silence was overwhelming.

    Professor Al-Aqeel from Doha University, in charge with restoring and researching the Palestine documents in the Ottoman, said that many documents went missing after Israel asked to view them.