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.

John Mearsheimer and co on the futile “peace process”

Only Al-Jazeera English would host a discussion on the Middle East that actually tells things how they are. Unafraid to discuss the power of the Zionist lobby, Israeli colonisation and Greater Israel:

  • John Mearsheimer clearly argued that the 17 year peace process just provides cover for future settlements and a Greater Israel.  The two state solution is mere rhetoric and lacks in practical substance.  The Likud Party Platform, as evident from the Knesset website, shows that it does not support an independent Palestinian state and only supports self-rule.
    The Australian Labor Party is complicit in the ruse of a two state solution by not creating any penalties on Israel for breaching fundamentally inconsistent practices to a two state solution such as by creating further facts on the ground in the thousands.

    John Mearsheimer reminds the viewers that Arafat did not want to go to the hastily organised Camp David in 2000 if he was going to get stabbed in the back by Clinton.  The reason for this was because Arafat said the ground work had not been done.  According to Mearsheimer when the inevitable happened and the talks failed blame was placed on Arafat by Clinton in line with the standard Israeli government position.  Mearsheimer predicts these current 'peace talks' will fail and again blame will be placed on the victims i.e the Palestinians who have remained under occupation since 1967 and who were dispossessed since 1948.  That is not to deny the victimhood of the Jewish community.  Sure you can look at the Holocaust, the attacks on the Jewish community in British-mandate Palestine, and the discrimination in Arab lands following the rise of Zionism.

    But in this present context the Jewish-Israeli community clearly has the upper-hand economically, politically and militarily.  Palestinians deserve justice, security and the right to self-determination. When will our Labor and Liberal political leaders get this?  Or have the courage to express this?









  • Mike Reich

    If a two state solution is impractical, then a single state solution is “off the scale in lala-land” despite support for such an idea by the extremists of both sides. The two sides differ only in minor details, however the devil is in the details – The Likud and its followers believe in a one state solution (they may have scaled down their ambitions to include the territories east of the Jordan river) while Hamas has its own version that encompass the entire disputed region. The advantage for each side is the consequent disappearance of a recognizable version of the other side’s concept of a state. The version from the extremists from Likud is alluring to them, as it avoids having to deal with a separate Palestinian state while in the Hamas version there is no necessity to co-exist with a Jewish state. Another question regarding details. Is the single state going to be secular? It was a hard ask even before Hamas and Islamic Jihad appeared on the scene

    Coming back to reality, one state solutions to the problems of the middle-east and elsewhere have not been overwhelming successes (especially if you are not fond of mayhem, civil war and genocide). The creation of such states used to be the province of the post-world war one colonial powers so there is an honourable tradition to creating states that encompass multi-ethnicities without regard to the consequences. Examples of one state solutions to the problems of the Middle-East and elsewhere that do not inspire great confidence are Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, Yugoslavia, Rwanda etc. The original single state of British mandated Palestine was also not an overwhelming success.

    Despite this the current negotiations are probably doomed to failure as the extremists on both sides will most likely ensure that. However maybe one day (who knows when?) both sides will weary of it all and compromise so that a Palestinian state (with viable borders) can coexist with a Jewish state. In the meantime it is ironic that rejectionists, egging on the extremists from the sidelines are fuelling the paranoia of each side. All this makes the utopian task of a one state solution even more unrealistic.

    The departure from the scene of the Jewish state via a single state solution may be appealing to many of your devoted readers. I guess it isn’t a great issue for them as there are so many other Jewish states to go around.