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.

The English Defence League and Zionism; friends forever?

The increasing ties between the hard-right and Zionism is clear. Israel has few friends in the world and the far-right loves the Jewish state for its abusive treatment of Arabs and Palestinian. Witness the upcoming visit to Israel by Dutch politician Geert Wilders to speak about creating a Palestinian state in Jordan.

My friend and colleague Reuben Brand was recently in London and sent me the following exclusive information and photos. They really speak for themselves but note the complete lack of outcry by Zionist groups that Jews are now seemingly working alongside fascists. This is what blind nationalism and Zionism has done to my people. Over to Reuben:

Got stuck in the middle of a protest in London a week or so ago. It was outside “Ahava” an Israeli company that basically steals its produce from occupied territories. Loads of Palestinian supporters rallied outside, effectively closing the shop for a couple of hours. But the Israelis were there in force – it would seem that they have now banded together with the EDL (English Defence League) a Neo-Nazi kind of organisation hell bent on ridding the UK of all Muslims. One flag was a combination of EDL along with the Israeli flag with a caption “EDL Jewish Division”; interesting considering such groups were once responsible for mass discrimination against Jews…hmmm. One guy was waving a rainbow gay rights flag and shouting: “No gay rights in Gaza!” “Hamas hates homos!”

Have some pics I’ll send your way if you want (peeps wrapped in Israeli flags, EDL members, Pro Palestine protesters… usual suspects)

Reuben continues:

I was approached by both sides at the protest, the pro Israel people gave me a flyer that clearly states the following:

“THE LIE: The protesters claim that Israel oppresses the Palestinians”


“PALESTINIANS: Palestinian terror organisations refuse to recognise Israel’s right to exist and are committed to war against Israel”

“ISRAEL: Israel wants a two-state solution with Israel and Palestine living side-by-side in peace

“PALESTINIANS: There were regular suicide bombings inside Israel on par with our own 7/7 attacks on the British transport system.”

“ISRAEL: Israel managed to put a stop to suicide bombings with tightened security.”

“PALESTINIANS: Now Palestinian people are being oppressed by their own terror organisations just like the Taliban oppressed the Afghan people.”

“ISRAEL: Israel has no choice but to fight Palestinian terror organisations just like our brave troops are fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.”

“Sadly, in war civilians get killed. Many Afghanistan civilians have been tragically caught up in the fighting. But the reason for these civilian deaths is that terror organisations like the Afghanistan Taliban and the Palestinian Hamas purposely fight within their own civilian areas. They have no respect for their own people.”

Interesting propaganda line re likening it to the ever so popular war in Afghanistan… and pulling on ye olde heart strings re the 7/7 attacks…

The Palestinian side gave me a flyer also – all the info is on their website:

That, along with the slogans that were being shouted out made for an interesting day… It would seem that the EDL has some vested interest in joining forces with this mob…

Re Ahava: Apparently they have made a submission to the Australian Government re petroleum, gas and mineral exploration in the Woomera prohibited areas in SA

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