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.

Murdoch editor sees inside Bin Laden love shack

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  • It is a gratuitous, cheap, and irrelevant headline. Doesn't anybody at the New York Post masturbate or look at pornography? It's available everywhere. The New York Post is not The Washington Post.

    • Blago Bax

      and I loved every word of it Mr John "we areall the same as mass murdering scum because we all masturbate" Candido – if that is your REAL name big boy 😉

      • John Candido

        Well Blago Bax, if that is your real name, have you read my comments below? I get the sense in your reply that you think that I am on the side of terrorism. I don't support terrorism or bin Laden at all. I am very much for the rule of law, liberal democratic nation-states, a free press, etc., etc. The one qualification that I have is it is a given that all countries are guilty of misbehaviour and failing to live up to their own ideals. That includes Australia, UK, USA, etc. That doesn't make me a terrorist as I am entitled to my opinion as you are to your opinion.

  • efj

    I have no doubt that the cleanup crew also found receipts for a subscription to Murdoch's London Sun, whose page 3 pinup was also part of OBL's daily diet of devotion.

  • Christo

    Who said there's nothing funny about the death of Bin Laden!

  • While I do not retract my comments about the New York Post headline in the least, on reflection it did point in a grubby manner to the hypocrisy of bin Laden's point about the West's attitude to women and pornography.

  • Commenting more generally, I believe that pornography should be legally available to consenting adults, unless it contains child pornography or glamorises and/or distorts the reality behind drug use, or it similarly depicts violence and/or rape against women in a distorted, alluring, or glamorous manner. For example if it conveys the notion that women will eventually consent to or are very aroused by violence or acts of rape against them. Pornography is a photographic or video variation of prostitution. As prostitution is a legal form of employment in more enlightened liberal democracies so should pornography be considered in a similar light?

  • The legal availability of pornography and prostitution in modern liberal democratic nation-states is a dichotomous state of affairs. It has become legalised in order for society to protect its participants from further harm, as a form of enlightened harm minimisation. A similar attitude to all forms of drug taking would be the final nail in the coffin for the multi-billion dollar illegal trade in drugs. Legalisation has also been a way of helping to prevent the spread of Aids, Hepatitis C, and other venereal diseases. It has probably meant that sex-workers are less prone to random acts of violence, and legalisation can be a catalyst and a non-judgemental way of allowing participants to leave the industry if that is what they want to do in future.

  • This is why I say that the legalisation of sex-work and pornography is dichotomous. Its dichotomy is due to the fact that hardly anybody with everything right in their lives would become involved in sex-work or act in pornography. In some cases (the majority?) it is a form of employment for people with serious personal and financial problems. Some sex-workers and actors in pornography are highly paid for what they do and so for them it is something that they would personally find difficult to leave given that its monetary equivalent outside the industry would be very hard to equal. Its dichotomy also lies in the fact that some find sex-work in its various forms liberating, enriching, enabling, and cathartic, while other participants find it boring, degrading, and anything approaching liberation, catharsis and enablement.

  • Kevin Herbert

    John Candido,

    Are you serious?

    It's CIA beat up, pure & simple.