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.

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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.

How best to push Zionist colonisation on Wikipedia?

Who wants to win a prize from fundamentalist Jewish settlers to be the “Best Zionist Editor” on Wikipedia?

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  • Aaron

    OMG – you couldn't make this stuff up:

    The Yesha Council also announced a prize for the "Best Zionist Editor" – the person who over the next four years incorporates the most "Zionist" changes in the encyclopedia. That lucky encyclopedist will receive a trip in a hot-air balloon over Israel."

    Hilariously apt prize: hot-air for hot-air.

    I read wiki articles on Palestine and Israel regularly and generally find it very good. I have also seen examples distorted editing, and reverts of edits which a particular editor with a POV disagrees with. Sometimes it's small, sometimes not. The great thing is all wiki edits are recorded on the history pages, for all time.

    An example of such recent editing: the wiki page on the Israeli athletes taken hostage and later killed at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Everybody knows about the Mossad tracking down and killing Palestinians it deemed responsible for the events at Munich (and a few civilians along the way). (If you don't know about it, watch Eric Bana in the shooting-then-crying movie Munich. It's a start at least.)

    It is not widely known that in the days immediately after the bungled rescue attempt in Germany (where the bulk of the athletes were killed) Golda Meir ordered attacks on Palestinian refugee camps in Syria and Lebanon. It was the largest mobilisation by the IDF/IAF since 1967. Ground troops entered Lebanon. Altogether, around 250 men, women and children were killed. Three Syrian fighter jets were downed. There was an outcry and a Security Council Resolution condemning the action was drafted at the UN. The US Ambassador to the UN at the time, George HW Bush, used the US SC veto power for only the second time, to block the resolution. Thus began the long period of the US using their SC veto protecting Israel from international condemnation in the UN.

    This is how the current wiki page describes the previous paragraph:

    "The bodies of the five Palestinians—Afif, Nazzal, Chic Thaa, Hamid and Jawad—killed during the Fürstenfeldbruck gun battle were delivered to Libya, where they received heroes’ funerals and were buried with full military honors. On 8 September, Israeli planes bombed ten PLO bases in Syria and Lebanon, killing 200 PLO fighters in response to the massacre."… (middle paragraph in this section)

    I include the full paragraph because the important information is kinda tacked on the end. And of course, it wasn't really Palestinian refugee camps – it was PLO bases, and it wasn't really men, women and children – it was PLO fighters, despite 1972 media reporting the events as Palestinian refugee camps being attacked, with high civilian casualties.

    A few months ago, somebody decided to remedy this. They started a new section detailing the events. This is the wiki page as it was on the 4th of July, with the new section (8: Israeli Retaliation Against Palestinian Camps) in place:
    Less than a day later, another editor (IronDuke) reverts to a previous version of a page, deleting the new section on the camp attacks, on the grounds the new section has "questionable source". In fact, the sources – from my understanding of the quality requirements wiki has for sources – are questionable. But the normal practice is to flag the section as needing better sources, and better sources on the camp attacks do exist. IronDuke doesn't do that, he just deletes the section. He's not interested in what happened, just that the section is deleted.

    IronDuke's revert is in turn reverted by another user so the new section is restored, and IronDuke again reverts. There it ends. IronDuke has won, but only because whoever inserted the new section didn't have better sources at hand to defend their edits. (And because I hear wikipedia editing is addictive, and I have an addictive personality, so have stayed away).

    The Haaretz article on the course in pro-Israeli wikipedia editing is really just another example of how lost Israel is. No amount of hasbara can overcome the fact that people object to Israel's actual behaviour. Conventional wisdom in Israel is that "we're misunderstood". Bollocks. The reason Israel's standing in the world has plummeted is precisely because Israel is understood. Online and social media has destroyed the ability Israel had to dominate the narrative on events in Israel and Palestine. Some dumbass wiki school run by *settlers* (world renowned as violent religious extremists and land/water thieves, not scholars) is not going to change that. In fact, outside the bubble, people will find coordinated wiki editing every bit as repugnant as they find Israel/zionist-funded hasbara (propaganda) campaigns.

    Speaking of The Israel Project (authors of the 2009 hasbara handbook: "Global Language Dictionary") they report support for Israel is dropping, and fast:
    Guess their handbook was not so successful after all.