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.

A direct challenge to the Australian Greens on Israel/Palestine

The following statement is written by Australian Jewish academic Ned Curthoys. I agree with its sentiments:

Antony and I had a dream last night in which the important resolution by the NSW Greens in December of last year in support of an economic and cultural boycott of the colonialist Zionist project in Israel/Palestine was quickly succeeded by a new policy by the Australian Greens. It was with some melancholy that I work up only to realise that the following resolution, which treats the Palestinian question in civil rights terms as an anti-racist struggle, is not yet their national policy.

As reported in The Independent only days ago, a recent European Union missive to 25 EU Consuls General in Jerusalem, stressing its opposition to Jewish building in east Jerusalem, notes ominously that: “Israel has left Palestinian neighbourhoods ever more isolated” and “by legal and practical means, is actively pursuing its [illegal] annexation by systematically undermining the Palestinian presence in the city”.

The Australian Greens can no longer ignore or quietly tolerate what the rest of the global community now recognizes: that the state of Israel is busily engaged in colonising Palestinian lands in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and doing its utmost to diminish the Palestinian presence in areas it has designated for Jewish settlement. In an age of decolonisation and of the achievement of equality and civil rights for all peoples, this anachronistic attack on the human rights of the Palestinian people must be reversed.

The Greens recognize that the so-called peace-process has ended in failure due to the intransigent colonial avarice of the state of Israel and the unwillingness of the United States to back up its rhetoric condemnations of Jewish settlement with any meaningful policies, such as a reduction in its extraordinary levels of economic and military support for Israel, a support that is historically unprecedented.

The Greens recognise at this crucial historical juncture that we have been hindering, rather than helping the movement for justice for the Palestinians, by supporting a ‘two-state solution’. We now recognize that no viable and contiguous Palestinian state can possibly emerge in the wake of Zionist colonisation of Palestinian lands, a fact eagerly noted by the state of Israel itself, which continues to rapidly undermine any future prospects for a Palestinian state based in East Jerusalem.

The Greens now believe that the liberation of the Palestinian people, and indeed, ultimately of all peoples of the region, is only foreseeable if the state of Israel has to face the threat of economic and cultural sanctions sanctions as well as arms embargoes. The Greens are now willing to consider all ethically motivated, non-violent forms of boycott activity that aim to encourage Israel to respect international law, particularly those forms of boycott activity focused on Israeli exports that originate in illegal settlements. In particular we support the February 2009 decision of the Belgian government to stop exporting weapons to Israel, and the selective targeting of companies such as Veolia and the Ahava cosmetics company which are seeking to profit from an illegal occupation.

We strongly support the right of artists and performers not to visit the state of Israel and thereby normalise its abhorrent treatment of the Palestinian people. Along with Ken Loach we strongly condemn the Melbourne International Film Festival for promoting the state of Israel as a cultural sponsor given its shocking human rights record.

The Australian Greens recognize that the Palestinian struggle for justice and freedom of opression takes many forms, but the civil and human rights of the Palestinian people can no longer be ignored which is why we now support forms of non-violent direct action in support of the Palestinian ‘right to have rights’’.

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