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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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.
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We support Assange because we know the agenda of his enemies

A global battle looms and it’s clear what side we need to be on:

The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, is tonight facing growing legal problems around the world, with the US announcing that it was investigating whether he had violated its espionage laws.

Assange’s details were also added to Interpol’s worldwide wanted list. Dated 30 November, the entry reads: “sex crimes” and says the warrant has been issued by the international public prosecution office in Gothenburg, Sweden. “If you have any information contact your national or local police.” It reads: “Wanted: Assange, Julian Paul,” and gives his birthplace as Townsville, Australia.

Friends said earlier that Assange was in a buoyant mood, however, despite the palpable fury emanating from Washington over the decision by WikiLeaks to start publishing more than a quarter of a million mainly classified US cables. He was said to be at a secret location somewhere outside London, along with fellow hackers and WikiLeaks enthusiasts.

In contrast to previous WikiLeaks releases, Assange has, on this occasion, kept a relatively low profile. His attempt to give an interview to Sky News via Skype was thwarted today by a faulty internet connection.

Assange’s reluctance to emerge in public is understandable. It comes amid a rapid narrowing of his options. Several countries are currently either taking – or actively considering – aggressive legal moves against him. This lengthening list includes Sweden, Australia and now the US – but so far as can be made out, not Britain.

21 comments ↪
  • Gus in Denver

    I am in a fury over Assange…. any crime that Assange is guilty of… so are the millions that believe that the USG does not represent the individuals who live there.  The USG is composed of PMs and EBs.  They have never met a whistle-blower they like.   Unless an enemy peccadillo is exposed.  Since the USG list of enemies shifts around so much and expands suddenly, it is hard to know who is who.

     

    but we do know that Assange is reporting the truth … does anyone deny that ?   And can that ever be a crime ?

    USG  United States Government

    PM Power Monger

    EB  Empire Builder

  • Jivan

    I strongly support Assange. I think he is extremly brave and the real preserver of freedom in this world. The publications show clearly how perverted international politics have become and how double-standard the US is as it comes of real freedom of mind. Let's all support Assange before he gets crushed. Keep up the good work Julian!

  • Darren Pierce

    I too would like to raise my hand towards the full support of Julian Assange.  It is almost amusing to see the con-artists that Mr Assange is exposing squirming and trying everything to silence him.

    It is the old addage; blame the messenger!  To Hillary Clinton I ask this;  surely it is better to know that your grubby secrets are being exposed publicly and that you have a leak, rather than to find out many years later that more damaging secrets had beeen quietly leaked to your enemies?

    If Assange IS silenced, there will be two more to step into his shoes.  Maybe a bit more truthfulness in America's dealing with the world would be better than trying to silence the messenger…..

    Darren

  • Paul

    Julian and friends, Thank you for for courage.

    We already knew that it was so- and they already knew that that we knew, but now they are trying to rewrite history once again.

    More spin, nothing changes, but when it does – things move fast.

     

  • Denver

    A serious precedent is going to be set here.

     

    Of course they will bury Assange…its the classic tactical response to anything you can' confront head on….kill the messenger and divert attention away from what he is saying and what his mission is (transparent govt….yea better put him down or as Mike Huckabey said….he and Manning deserve to be put to death- we dont want anybody speaking truth to power in a way that has IMPACT).

     

    By the way….he people who founded the US were treasonous to the ruling power of the time….the royal house of the United Kingdom…..

     

    Assange is a true hero. Leading by example and putting himself at significant risk…the guy is a hero……what kind of world have we developed when few PUBLIC AIRWAVES (yea, the same ones that private entities and companies make 100s of billions in revenues from annually) fail to voice this perspective….

     

    so much for free speech.

  • Russel

    I hate this argument the corporate media is feeding us.

    As far as I am concerned: Assange is a reporter, he is relaying information passed onto him from people who feel things are right. Exactly how does this make him a bad person? He is not altering the information, he is not committing the offences that are being published.

    The real bad people are the scum that done so much bad that someone somewhere have decided enough was enough the greater population needs to hear what is happening and have risk their lives to expose the information.

    US Government Maths Lesson: Assange = Escape goat!

     

  • Rebecca

    I would like to add m y support for wikileaks and assange. i think he is getting this raft of sh*t because he is going to leak banking documents from a major american bank.I think that the powers that be are afraid of the corruption that will be revealed. washington is trembling and so they are lashing out with all their right wing fury and the lemmings follow.  

  • Korsen

    Cheers for Assange. As a born and propagandized American, I officially hate my country. The constitution has been ignored repeatedly by a man that has a law degree specifically for it. The degree of hostility against Assange is far greater than I would have ever thought.

    I had an idea to create a digital panel in every US home that would give the power of Congress back to the individual – if it was something the public cried for I had assumed the government would make attempts to kill me over it's struggle for power but now I see what would really happen, even if I had to move around on a daily basis. I can't imagine not being assassinated if I would stay in my own home.

    We're back in the nazi days, except the US is lying to us about it. At least the Nazi's were up front about it.

    Most of us americans aren't stupid, we know whats going on, it's the media and the government holders that are always found making comments. Nobody asks how the american people really feel about this. We need to get support for Assange in any way possible. Spread the word on facebook, myspace, mailing lists, any way you can. The man is a world hero and needs to be protected like we want the berlin wall torn apart.

    Godspeed Assange.

  • I'm Assange Too

    Poor American War Criminals. Is that mean man Assange exposing your murders & tortures & illegal country invasions & financial frauds & insider trading arrangements & kidnappings & criminal incompetence?

    Well, eat sh*t and DIE because there's MILLIONS of Julian Assanges -like myself- out there ready willing & able to step in and pick up after Assange. Wikileaks has revealed what everyone already suspected; the REAL terrorist is the government of the United States of America. Always was and always will be.

    VIVA WIKILEAKS!

  • Marlon

    Shame shame shame!! Credibility of our system is at stake in so many ways that it is hard to find where to start. I guess – first to say well done to Julian! It is a crime to report that Berlusconi and Putin are feeding from the same greasy train??? Or that Hillary thinks that Angela is a cow? Almost hillarious, except so disgusting … Trumped up charges, "private" and "independent" companies withdrawing services on request of political figures, threats, his own country musing that he might not be welcome back (??!) – and the world is sitting and watching? Where are protest marches, human right lawyers, millions of emails to politicians to lay off the man?

  • Roz

    I'm an Australian living in Sydney.  I am so disgusted with our government.  Mr Assange is an Australian citizen and is not being afforded any support by our Govt as is his right as an Australian citizen.  Our government has left him high and dry.  We are bombarded daily with media reports of the US Government's & US media's critiicisms of Mr Assange yet our Government & media say nothing in his defence.  Mr Assange is gaining more & more support from Australians as we witness his brutal treatment for disclosing the truth.  He should be able to come home, but I don't blame him for not trusting our Government and staying away. Our Government who is supposed to represent us says nothing in his defence – it continues, as always, to pander to US Government authority. Pathetic situation. 

  • Mast

    The charge was earlier dropped becaus of a lack of evidence. Now they are charging him again. Why? Obviously a bunch Americans set Sweden and Interpol up to charge him again, just to make his name dirty.

  • Dennis Swanson

    All governments fear the truth.

  • serg

    I am russian canadian. I am living in Toronto. I support Assange and is ready to make some small funding for his team. But I don't know how. It is absolutely ridiculous and stupid what is going on him now. I want to ask Swedish government, did he rape those girls just before he made his publications? Or just after it?It is ugly. It seems the western political elit keeps us as nothing. They even don't provide more or less resonoble lie for us.

  • I am an Aussie who is so proud of all the politicians, actors, and all the people  who have stood up and supported Assange. Our world will never be the same after this, thank God.

    My thoughts are with Assange who needs to be protected.

  • Chris Turner

    In my life I search for truth.

    How can anyone continue to believe politicians who want to silence the 'Hero of our time' !!!

    We love you Mr Assange.

  • Hannes

    A great Master once said:

    "Not a stone will be left unturned…"

    I advise that the grey suits in the intelligence agencies and their rich owners take careful heed of these words. YOUR time is coming to an end, a new world is at hand, a world that you don't control. Indeed not a stone of YOUR past acts will be left unturned. Wikileaks has set the precedent, it has upset you because you know you cannot stem the flow that follows.

    Your filthiest secrets will be out, including the perpertrators – no matter of which decent, wealth or status. Dead or alive. What you sow you will reap, the weight of your millions of victims will be upon you. The public eye will scrutinize you standing naked without your material wealth. This is your destiny.

    You may charge and lock away Julian on the basis of criminalising and sentencing him through the legal system, – typical intelligence approach. Do not forget that the nation states or so called governments at YOUR beckon have done much worse crimes to humanity than Assange ever could (and would). Laws exist only for the masses, not for the elite right? It is YOU however, not the myriad of civil servants you put in the way between you and your victims, that will pay the price. Make no mistake.

    YOU deal with people that are fighting you with a Zeal of Light. You can kill, sentence, torture, hide and criminalise how many people you want; you will not win. You will fail, because WE fight from our heart, not our greed. Even if we die, we will fight you from the other side, WE will never stop until you are gone. Vanquished. Until the every stone of your putrid, black religion and past deed is exposed and turned over in Light. Until the truth about YOU is out.

  • Ryan

    Assange is a hero.

    Don't let him and Wikileaks be silenced. Write to your local member of parliament demanding action in his support.

    When light is shed on truth those that commit injustice must fear being exposed.

    Wikileaks has began a revolution that will be remembered for hundreds of years.

    The lies must stop!! It's a life and death cause.

    Do what you can to support the movement.

  • The arrest of Julian Assange has been the prelude to a global Dreyfus affair in our own time. Do we choose for more open forms of government, to which lipservice has always been paid, at the expense of limiting military effectiveness and upping the standards according to which government should be run?

    Are our democratic governments still to be allowed the right to secrecy? Why do so many items have to fall under the rubric of confidentiality? Because brutally killing someone from an unmanned drone is something so shocking that outrage is caused among the general public?

    I would retort that seeing the affairs of war exposed might sway the public opinion towards a more pacifist mode. How would the interests of large industrial parties be served in that case? Global wars are protracted, wasteful and corrupted undertakings, which need to be disbanded as quickly as reason allows. Food sovereignty and economic sovereignty are important issues here.

    We need to work together in partnerships that enable both sides of the equation to prosper. If building solar projects in the deserts of Africa contributes to such a cause, why not have the soldiers engage in the logistics of such an operation. (Of course, the local reception of such facilities must also be heavily weighted in choosing a prudent location.)

    The exposure of the violence that occurs all around the world is what gives rise to the scandal surrounding Assange's arrest. In the terms of Girard, it is possible to identify him as the scapegoat of the WikiLeaks drama that is now unfolding in cyberspace and will unfold in the courtrooms of London.

    Only, there is a twist. It is the powers of the state that wish to hang Assange, for exposing their secrets, many of their hidden plots and purposes are now foiled. But the question the WikiLeaks simply poses is this: Is it not shameful that the content of diplomacy can be the gossip of drunken fools? Is it not outrageous that the deadly attacks of American heli pilots seem like computergames in their insolent ease at taking out far too many innocent lives, in so-called 'precision' operations.

    However, it is not only the United States that is exposed here. Large parts of European society totter on the brink of financial ruin. Corruption in India is exposed. WikiLeaks is a very uncomfortable mirror, for anyone who considers himself a citizen of a democratic state. For it exposes the double agenda of some of our very own chosen leaders.

    Rather than a call to violence and a move to quell the source of these facts, let there be a rally for transparency, accountability and a professional attitude within all levels of government, that can stand the open gaze of the public. In this way, the quality of our democracy could rise to unprecedented levels, rather than be a harbour to large pockets of scandalous secrets.

  • peter

    I do not want to live in a country where its leaders will do something so bad that they do not want it leaked.  The traders are the ones who did this to us not the ones who reported it.  I grew up thinking Russia was the bad one now I see we are all to blame, do not shoot the messenger hang in there Assange !

  • Chris Turner

    EVERYONE SHOULD KEEP LEAKING.

    HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY !