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.

Australian PM continues to smear Wikileaks

Our embarrassing clown in chief:

Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she cannot – and will not – make Julian Assange’s legal problems go away.

But like any Australian citizen, she says the WikiLeaks founder is welcome to return home once they do.

Mr Assange, in London fighting an extradition order to Sweden where he awaits sexual assault charges, has appealed to Ms Gillard to help him return to Australia.

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“There’s not anything we can, or indeed, should do about that,” Ms Gillard told Austereo on Wednesday.

“They are charges and they’ve got to be worked through proper process.”

Mr Assange would like to return to Australia immediately, but Ms Gillard said it was not the fault of the Australian government that he couldn’t.

“I don’t go around issuing invitations to come to Australia, you are entitled to be here unless there is some legal obligations keeping him overseas.”

Mr Assange’s mother has lashed out at the prime minister, labelling her a sycophant of the United States which is trying to pursue legal action over the WikiLeaks revelations.

Ms Gillard, who has echoed the view that Mr Assange should be charged, denied she was under the thumb of the US.

“I haven’t got any heat in that sense,” she said.

Ms Gillard sought to distinguish between the “moral force” of a whistleblower and the action of WikiLeaks in making public hundreds of thousands of classified US documents.

Whistleblowing put Watergate into the public eye, she said.

“That is conduct I can understand. WikiLeaks is something else.

“It’s not about making a moral case, it’s really about all of this information and just putting it up there and whatever happens happens.

“It’s an irresponsible thing to do.”

2 comments ↪
  • Marilyn

    What a pathetic excuse she is. There are no frigging charges against Assange.  There is no connection to any wrong doing.

    Last night Lateline leaked one of the most shameful Orwellian documents ever devised in this country regarding a prison on East Timor.

    It ranks of the most grotesque hypocrisy but the the only reason she dislikes Assange is because the US told her to.

  • pamela

    Antony Loewenstein continues to expose distortions and distortions which keep perpertuating wrongs.

    Honesty to the public natters and it is about being morally courageous, for anyone in any position of authority.

    I am always inspired by Antony Loewenstein and especlaily after reading 'Why privatisation should be on the agenda' 29 July 2010 on Crikey.com.

    Twp different articles, yet essentially there is a link which is potently human.

    The Greens and Independants  [unless I stand corrected] amongst so many others have raised caring voices about the 'psychic rape' of Julian Assange and I would respect any leader who respected moral courage as a human condition and force which is guided by honest desire to be creative, not destructive toward Julian Assange and anyone of his character.

    Julian Assannge received  an Amnesty award, his credits are not limited to this.

    His mothers voice is not solo.

    There are large issues of trust and mistrust amidst those who have found Wikileaks unacceptable, and these people indeed have massive trust issues they alone may need to address.