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.

Settlers making up crack force of Zionist racism

A country striving for peace?

As US-sponsored peace talks have stalled over the issue of settlements, Israel’s national police force has revealed that it is turning to the very same illegal communities in its first-ever drive to recruit officers from among the settlers.

The special officer training course, which is chiefly aimed at discharged combat soldiers, includes seven months of religious studies in an extremist settlement in the occupied West Bank.

The program has provoked widespread concern among Israel’s 1.3 million Palestinian citizens, a fifth of the population.

“The police have already repeatedly demonstrated their hostility to Palestinian citizens, but this move proves that the authorities want to extend and deepen our oppression,” said Jafar Farah, the director of Mossawa, an advocacy center for the Palestinian minority.

“Is it really credible that these religious extremists who have been educated to hate Palestinians in the West Bank are going to behave differently when they police our communities inside Israel?”

The first 35 cadets in the officer-training program — known as “Believe in the police” — are to start their studies next month. More than 300 settlers are reported to have expressed an interest in the course so far.

2 comments ↪
  • Yael Wasserman

    Setters…or unsettlers? Lunacy apparently gaining more and more legitimacy by the day.

  • mark haas

    SAIL ON
    In late September 2010 a little 33 foot boat sailed towards the coast of Gaza.  The boat was carrying a small but symbolic shipment of aid including medicine, children's toys and a water purifying kit.  On board the boat was 82-year-old Israeli Holocaust survivor, Reuven Moskowitz, who has challenged Israel's policies regarding the Palestinians.
     
    He was reported as saying “It is a sacred duty for me as a Holocaust survivor, to protest against the persecution, the oppression and the imprisonment of so many people in Gaza. We are talking about one and a half million people, 800,000 children," he said. "When I was a child I was imprisoned for five years and I can't forget it. I cannot sleep at night. I have nightmares that have haunted me all my life. Do you know what we are doing to these people and what we are doing to our own soldiers?"  
    “…And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”      F Scott Fitzgerald.
     
    The Palestinians have been imprisoned by the Israeli’s for over 40 years in squalid concentration camps where innocent people are slowly, culturally suffocated to death through an intentional, strategically implemented act of genocide of the Palestinian people.  The Palestinian people were selected by the International Community as the group of people who would pay the price for the collective guilt of the international world for “turning a blind eye” to the despicable acts of atrocity against the Jews of Europe by the Nazi regime.
     
    Why should the Palestinian child be subjected to similar acts that the Nazi’s imposed upon the Jews of Europe?  Why should the Zionist consider it appropriate to impose these acts of genocide upon the Palestinians of today?  How much leverage of the Holocaust can the international community accept by the State of Israel before it becomes a flagrant prostitution of the disgusting 1940’s events for the purposes of inflicting similar atrocities of the holocaust on a group of marginalised and innocent people who have been forced to bear the flagellation that the international community believes the Palestinians should suffer on its behalf?
     
    In fifty years time will we, the international community be looking to salve our guilty consciences over turning a blind eye to the invasion and occupation of sovereign Palestinian land, the creation and operation of Palestinian concentration camps, and genocide of the Palestinian people and their culture through a slow death of suffocation by an illegal occupation, siege and blockade.
     
    Just as the Nazi atrocities against the Jews of Europe were easily laundered through the wash of perverted fascist Nationalism and accepted by the German population, so too, the Zionist atrocities currently being perpetrated against the Palestinians are easily laundered and sanitised through the wash of perverted religious myth, legend and dogma and are readily accepted and legitimised by the Jewish diaspora.
     
     We should not be duped by the exaggerated spin of the so called Palestinian terrorist.  I am sure Adolf would have described to his German people any Jews who rose up against the death camps during the Nazi genocide of the Jews, as “Terrorists against the Third Reich and the great German Fatherland”.   Hitler too believed in the absurd concept of a chosen people.  He called them “Aryan”.  And this is the mechanism that was and is used to detach us psychologically from the “other”.   It was a major force in allowing Adolf’s supporters to consider Jews as disposable.  We now hear from the Zionists “The Arab is the terrorist against the Chosen people of Israel” which fuels the justification of the genocide by stealth.     This is a land grab by the Jewish Diaspora and the Palestinian is, in the mind of the Jewish Diaspora, expendable.   Except maybe for one Jew, Reuven Moskowitz who lived through the insanity of the Nazi’s self obsession and now recognises the insanity of the treatment of the Palestinians.  
     
    But be careful please, for if you criticise the actions of the State of Israel or the Jewish Diaspora for its support of the Zionist ideal based on the religious myth, legend and dogma of a “chosen people” which implements the genocide of a legitimate nation of people, you are of course an anti-Semite, a Jew hater and most probably a Holocaust denier.  I am sure Adolf too would have used the phrase “you are either with us or against us”
     
    And so it is, the abused child becomes the abusing parent and ever so slowly the Star of David morphs into the Swastika.
     
    I say to 82 year old Reuven Moskowitz a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust, thank you for making the most significant gesture of PEACE and statement of TRUTH we have seen in the last 50 years. In the bastardised lyrics of Leonard Cohen.
    “Sail on, Sail on, Oh little ship of Hope, To the shores of Need
     Past the reefs of Greed, Through the Squalls of Hate, Sail On, Sail On”
     
    Mark Haas
    Former UN Peace Keeper
    (Palestine, Lebanon, Syria 88-89)
    717 Wilsons Pocket  Road
    Gympie
    Australia