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.

Britain moves towards insulating Israel from even a light tap on the knuckles

The role of a real democracy is to protect the innocent and prosecute the guilty. When it comes to Israel, however, Western states are almost expected to give them a pass. We’re fighting terrorism, you see, and pesky civilians are simply getting in the way.

Case in point:

Tzipi Livni on Thursday welcomed a legislative amendment to Britain’s laws on war crimes, specifically a universal jurisdiction clause which allowed Palestinians in Gaza to apply for a British arrest warrant for Livni over her role in authorizing Operation Cast Lead.

Livni welcomed the effort and said, “this amendment will bring an end to the horrible and twisted [law] that allows individual political activists to cynically take advantage of the legal system to fight the international struggle against terror.”

Livni said British ambassador Israel Tom Philips updated her on the details Thursday.

“The free world must differentiate between real war criminals who must be brought to justice and those who fight terrorism against civilians,” she added, “including the officers and soldiers of the IDF. This is an important step in the right direction.”

The British coalition government will work towards changing the law on universal jurisdiction for war crimes “at the first opportunity,” UK Justice Secretary Ken Clarke announced Thursday.

The UK government will propose a legislative amendment which will require the Director of Public Prosecutions to approve all private prosecution for war crimes, Clarke said. Only after such approval will an arrest warrant be issued under the proposed legislation.

3 comments ↪
  • Fred Johnston

    Cowardly behaviour of the UK government, of course, but our own in Ireland isn't much better. Too much back-room stuff at stake, trade agreements, what the EU will thanks, arms research, terror of alarming the Israelis, and so on and so on. As Hilary Clinton famously said in a parting press conference when she was leaving China, we should not let issues of human rights come between us and trade.

  • Herne the Hunter

    Coward, weak, worthless pieces of shit are now residing at Downing Street. Moreover, serving the interests of a foreign nation, regardless of the reasons like lobbying, personal interests, threats to their lives or whatnot, is nothing less than HIGH TREASON.

    First off a statesman has to serve HIS OWN country and its interests. If one chooses his own interests in such political position is committing high treason.

    If a statesman decides in favor of foreign lobby groups instead of his own country's interests is committing high treason.

    If a stateman's or his family's life is threatened by foreign intelligence agencies he has to call for help from his own intelligence agencies or die like a leader for his country instead of being a coward pig. Leading a nation was never a safe job. One who chooses this job has to be prepared for this. I wouldn't think that that group of bloodthirsty thugs like the Mossad would be better than the MI6 in any ways. Mossad's main weapon is propaganda. One who hears the word Mossad will instantly shit himself FOR NO REASON. Who gives a fuck about Mossad? Their agents should be shot on sight for spying and their remaining supporters has to be kicked out of the UK at that instant.

    Don't tell me that what Hitler or Napoleon or the Spaniards couldn't achieve with guns and bombs, namely conquering the UK, now a sneaky coward nation would achieve without a single gunshot sneaking in behind our backs. If the UK allows this to happen, it deserves its defeat.

     

  • Herne the Hunter

    Hell yeah, in most glorious times traitors like these were awarded with hanging, drawing and quartering, while the King himself led the troops to battle. Where are the leaders now? Hiding behind their couch at Downing Street in fear of words like being accused of anti-Semitism. What would these brave and heroic leaders do if Britain would be engaged in a real war and they would have to face with real weapons? This is a joke.

    Just a short question in the end…where are these statesmen, these leaders when the British troops are dying in Afghanistan and Iraq and God knows where else in covert operations, again for foreign interests?

    WAKE UP BRITAIN! You deserve more than this.