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.

Assange speaks from British jail

The fight continues:

The founder of WikiLeaks has issued a plea from jail for his supporters to keep fighting, accusing Visa, Mastercard and Paypal of being instruments of US foreign policy.

In a world exclusive statement provided to the Sunshine Coast Daily via his Australian mother, Julian Assange said he was determined to fight for the future of WikiLeaks.

“My convictions are unfaltering. I remain true to the ideals I have always expressed,” he said from Wandsworth Prison in London.

“These circumstances shall not shake them. If anything, this process has increased my determination that they are true and correct.

“We now know that Visa, Mastercard and Paypal are instruments of US foreign policy. It’s not something we knew before.

“I am calling on the world to protect my work and my people from these illegal and immoral acts.”

Julian Assange’s mother Christine, who lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, has flown to London to visit his son and support him in his bail hearing, expected tonight (NZT).

Mrs Assange was not able to see her son face-to-face on Monday but a 10-minute phone call reunited the duo.

It was the first time the Noosa woman spoke to her son since he was arrested.

Mr Assange told his mum there were CCTV cameras monitoring his cell because of fears he could be assassinated for his role in releasing 250,000 confidential US government documents.

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  • I believe that Julian Assange is being targeted by my country the, USA, for reporting what every decent and caring person should do, which is to report corrupt violence perpetrated against innocent and in most of the cases in WikiLeaks, vulnerable population.  The Executive Administration or the PResident's administration has controlled the private television media and targeted Julian Assange for his reporting true information that is not beneficial to a corrupt administration and other political leaders that are connected to private for profit and power corporations.  It appears Pres. Obama from the time he took office has brought change from what he presented in his election, which was to give the people a since of hope that a caring and honest government would prevail to a president which has supported the following immoral, unjust, and even violent actions, which can be seen in the following:

    Refused to investigate the murders of 3 men in Guantanamo & did not stop abuse

    Refused to release Shaker Aamer after the UK Foreign Secretary begged for the UK father, as he has been uncharged, known by the UK and Afghanistan gov. to be an innocent social worker and yet has spent 9 yrs. in Guantanamo & been experimented on with injections of drugs & a year or more of absolute solitaire trying to make him psychologically unstable enough to tell the truths he knows.

    Tried a man who was a minor & tortured when picked up through the very system he promised upon election he would shut down.

    He acted like he was going to provide a Public Health Care system that would have helped the lower & middle income people like it has in Canada & the UK and yet never even invited any official to discuss the issue & helped the insurance companies to pass a law that will increase their private funds.

    Pres. Obama could have done the right thing and apologized, prosecuted violent kidnappers and honored a legitimate settlement, but instead he refused to hear a more than needed civil case against the US for Mr. Amer being kidnapped from the JFK airport, tortured for a year & then as if the CIA had the legal right to be a "terrorist" they tortured him for a whole year in Egypt before dumping him back off in Canada and speaking like a gang member, guess he wasn't guiltily of anything after all.  

    He has told the innocent Yemenis who have been held in a torture chamber (Guantanamo) for too long a time that he could not release them because of the violence that was suspected to be due to al Qaeda in Yemen; then evidence appears (WikiLeaks) that Pres. Obama may be the al Qaeda since he has secretly been bombing and killing children and families in Yemen

    He has not stood up for the US countries ideals that state a Free and working Press is imperative, rather he would like to protect immoral, criminal & violent actions from the very leaders that should be protecting people from such dictator type actions.  

    Julian Assange's mother is absolutely right that if our US gov. continues to be able to make up laws like allowing water-boarding, when a Japanese man was previously sentenced to 15 yrs. for such an atrocity, to justify any immoral act it choses rather than following our parents laws to provide restraint from abuse, there will be many other children and people to suffer; the same as the Nazis began with one, a few and so on.  The trials of McCarthyism also may have started with a few, but ended up inflicting the whole country with a cult culture that kept a nation fearful of their freedom and the freedom of their loved ones. 

    Pres. Obama and the leaders of the US need desperately to apologize to Julian Assange and reconnect with the desires of the people to establish transparent, caring, free, honest and unintimidated accountable actions.

     

  • Mallee

    Susan,

    What a delight to see a comment from the US.

    I am suspicious of Assange's role whether it be knowingly or unwittingly. What is happening, may certainly be used to openly consider all the possible angles. He may not be sincere, he may be, but is compromised (by being paid off with an offer that could not be refused) and doing what he can. Who knows? The usual 'honey pot' scenario certainly looks like an intelligence operational set-up. One of the allegeed complainants is reported to have intelligence connections and has left Sweden. No doubt for the next operation!?

    One thing is sure, if information that should be there is not there then one has to be suspicious and examine who benefits from the omisions. For Netanhayu (sp?) to say it is 'good for Israel', is a sure sign that not all is as it seems. For there to be no real material supporing criminality one certainly has to be suspicious; where are all the cables concerning rendition (kidnapping) and torture reports? We know that the US has committed those types of criminal activities (war crimes) with assistance and permision of many countries. where are the reports by any objectors to such uncivilised thirteenth century activities. Where is John Howard's objections to such activities by his mate/s?

    One suspicion is that it will be used by the world's spivs who 'govern' us, to garner public support to censor the internet on the grounds of 'national security'. In this case their example of 'national security' concerns, are to control scutlebutt and gossip already known to most reporters in any case. In  other words, it is a planned ruse without much damage, just embarrassment for some..

    Assange's activities and reports can be used however, to forestall censorship if enough people fight the anti-democratic 'democratic' criminal spivs who are itching for a war or two to save the bankers and the US foreign debt.

    Interesting manouvres are afoot; said the moose.

    Whatever happens, no doubt our 'Aussie' politicians will lay down for their tummies to be scratched.