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.

Why privatising our lives must be highlighted and stopped

Investigating privatisation, the scourge of our times, receives an appropriate reward:

The Paul Foot Award for Campaigning Journalism 2010, worth £5,000, has been won by Clare Sambrook for her investigating, reporting and campaigning against the government policy of locking up asylum-seeking families in conditions known to harm their mental health, and scrutinising the commercial contractors who run the detention centres for profit.

2 comments ↪
  • Mallee

    I have always opposed privateisation as it has led to the passing off of the people's assets such as a bank, insurance, roads, airport, airlines, etc., but it has  now gone so far that we may as well enjoy the progress

    In NSW we are privatising the detection of speeding vehicles. The Kenealy government was even thought, via the RTA , to be suggesting a policy somewhat like, commisions for fines.

    Great, increased profits for the private speed companies means increased road safety, anyone can understand that.

    If the police obtained commsions for arrests, just think of the increased arrests, less crime as most would be locked away in a privatised prison. There would have to be a check on probable kick backs from the prison to the police. In the US that happened when a judge was caught. sendiing people to prison and getting a kick back from the prison people.

    Now let us move on to our politicians. We pay a fortune for them, they do not respond to letters, phone calls , fail to carry out due dilligence before going and killing people, join in illegal wars (se Chomsky's latest comments on the illegality of the Afghanistan 'conquest' and who had nothing to do with 9/11. PS won't read that in our MSM or hear it from our pollies!) act and just carry on as we are their servants ignoring us .

    Now , for each member we could have ten or more members in each electorate at half the cost and providing an increased service. (not ten times as much, as ten by nothing is nothing)

    Some bright spark, (eg one of the media family) could  incrporate a company; 'Politicians R Us', that is to deal with mundane wishes of the public. 'Client providers' would be selected for each electorate. there could, say, be eleven for each electorate and they can be based at the end of a phone, fax and e-mail service in Mumbai.

    Their task would be simply to ring us at strange hours and offer a free policy service/s that they have designed as determined in Washington or by the bankers in the City of London. Whilst the policies will be as they are now, at lest we will be able to be rude to them.

    There are so many benefits; everyone will realise that they do really do not give a stuff, they can do what they like, they can tax what they like, they can bring in a 'Norfolk Island' carbon credit/debit scheme and they can even go an invade whoever they like on an invented war on something; The terror war is running thin, but there is alywas others such as the war on obesity, on being thin, on volvo drivers with hats, etc.

    Alll good!

     

     

  • Mallee

    Chomsky's thoughts are over at
    http://ww.blogger.com
    Hey, will any of our fowls in the great Ostrich farm in Canberra read it?

    Will any of our great 'freedom of the press' report it?

    Fat chance! We are 'dreamin'!

    we just hand over our 'sovereignty' in our military bases to the yanks, as per today's announcement. Yep, I know the spin is that they are 'guests',

    Well, Hilary has screwed Julia and Tony with the rest of our 'Mumbai parliamentarians'  and managed our surrender, with New zealand, without that 'shock and awe 'scenario that those 'malcontents' in the Middle East experienced. Seems that the international banks are on top.

    Then again, we surrenderd our sovereignty, as I hear, when we signed a 'treaty'/surrender  to MacArthur in WW 11, giving the US dominion, 'until the end of hostilities'. that of course is presented to 'OUR' 'Leader'  representatives when they first visit and pay homage to Caeser in Washington. We all suspect that Murphy raided 'our people' in Melborne to get a copy, he did not get far, it seems! So, for 'OUR' freedoms.

    Now we can suspect that 'hostilities' will never end, (let's find another war!) as designed and we are a permanent vassal of the US.

    Won't read about this in the 'I Spry, ABC, now will we?