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.

Zionist violence isn’t violence at all, jokes Rudd

An editorial in the Sydney Morning Herald today that highlights an amazing recent comment by Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd showing the inherent racism of Western backers of Zionism:

Rudd made a distasteful joke about Menachem Begin carrying out ”some interior redesign” of Jerusalem’s King David Hotel – referring to a terrorist bombing in 1946 that killed 91 people. Has Rudd really has got it as a diplomat?

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  • Mallee

    Our Federal polliticians are ignorant lap dogs when it comes to israel. Very funny Rudd, no doubt the 'Free Lunch' delegation thought it was most humorous that 91 or our English allies died at the hands of the Israeli terrorists who the became Israel's leaders and who having being treating their Palestinian 'prisoners' and victims likewise, ever since.

    Rudd, next time, think up a joke about the 1967 Israeli attack on the US Liberty, a communication ship, with unmarked planes and boats when the US flag was in full view during the whole two hours of the murder of 34 US sailors and the wounding of many more, plus the heinous straffing of the life boats. Then the lies, Israel said it was a mistake. However the Liberty was identified earlier in the morning by an Israeli war plane and even the poor dumb American sailors wved to the pilot/s not thinking that Isareli planes (unmaked) would come back and try to murder the lot of them, sink the Liberty and  have no witneses by murdering the survivors. Ironicaly, a Russian ship arrived and was the witness and the murder of the rest of the crew and the sinking was forestalled whilst a US aircraft carrier's planes were orderd back with the purpose of leaving their fellow sailors to their fate.

    What a laugh Rudd!!! 

    To think, some naive people think that 9/11 could not be an inside job because; "Our governments would  not try to murder us now would they? They protect us from those nasty terrorists".  ….dimwits!

    Then we can have a good laugh at the Lavon affair (operation Suzannah) when Israeli sayanin in Egypt bombed English and American assets in Egypt, Yep, a few bombs in picture theatres was a real giggle that was rewarded with a medal by the Israeli government, to the murderers in 2005. (or thereabouts).

    Trust our federal politician's Israeli 'mates'? SURE CAN'T. Be damm dumb too, there has been no change since 1948. Wanna good passport for a killing?

  • In a few months, millions of Iraqis will start killing each other and none of this will matter.

  • Dr Philip Moore

    In the 1946 King David Hotel explosions, bombs were placed both outside and inside the hotel. Over 90 people were killed, about 40 Arabs, 17 Jewish residents of Palestine (the British Mandate), 6 others and the rest British. A further 40+ persons were injured.

    This was classic terrorism by Irgun and in principle little different from the PLO, the IRA, the Bali bombers or the 9/11 hijackers. This attrocity was repudiated at the time by parties as different yet pro-Zionist as the Jewish National Council and Winston Churchill.

    Australia's foreign minister was displaying several features by this remark: a callous disregard for human life, a crass desire to "buddy up" to this specific audience, his lack of ability as a team player with his own Government and his endless capacity for self promotion.

    Do not accept Rudd's comments as being representative of Australian attitudes. They are not. There is very little that Mr Rudd does that is for the good of Australia or represents Australia, unless those actions also promote Mr Rudd and his perceived career interests first. His Labor Party colleagues have independently drawn the same conclusion, which is why he is no longer the Prime Minister.

  • iResistDe4iAm

    Just because no Australians died in that bloody terrorist bombing, does not give Rudd the right to mock the victims of terrorism or to give comfort to terrorists…

     

    "By nationality, there were 41 Arabs, 28 British citizens, 17 Palestinian Jews, 2 Armenians, 1 Russian, 1 Greek and 1 Egyptian. 46 people were injured. Some of the deaths and injuries occurred in the road outside the hotel and in adjacent buildings. No identifiable traces were found of thirteen of those killed. One of the dead was Yulius Jacobs, an Irgun sympathizer" (wikipedia)