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.

Does Zionist lobby feel comfortable with fascists marching alongside them for Israel?

It would seem so, as I’ve read no condemnation by the lobby of the far-right supporting Max Brenner at a protest in Sydney and Melbourne over the weekend. Being “pro-Israel” clearly trumps decency, strategic depth or human rights:

Supporters of the Max Brenner chocolate chain have rallied outside a Newtown store as activists protested against the business’s links to the Israeli military.

Pro-Palestinian groups stood on the opposite side of the road, chanting and waving placards bearing slogans such as ”Max, Max, Murderer”.

But the store was defended by about 60 supporters, including members of the Australian Protectionist Party, a far-right nationalist group.

Brenner stores in Melbourne have been targeted recently as part of a global campaign called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.

The chief executive of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, Vic Alhadeff, criticised the protest.

Why are these extremists targeting a legitimate Australian-owned business?” he asked. ”Calling for boycotts is counterproductive and divisive, and does nothing to advance a peaceful solution to the [Israel-Palestine] conflict.”

A police line guarded the store, but customers were able to enter and leave freely.

A rally organiser, Patrick Langosch, said the stores were legitimate targets. ”Max Brenner is owned by the Strauss Group, which is Israel’s second-largest food and beverage conglomerate. The Strauss Group openly supports the Israeli Defence Force,” he said.

By the way, Alhadeff is deliberately trying to obscure the Israeli connection to Max Brenner.
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  • anthony bell

    the real question Antony, since you were missing in action again at Newtown, is how comfortable are YOU in giving succor to out and out racists and antisemites, who despite your bleating protests to the contrary, were shouting "from the river to the sea palestine will be free!"
    Yes, we all know that means the end of Israel.
    And "death to the Jewish state" with "death to the Jews" added for good measure.
    On the other hand, the nationalist Australians who availed themselves to independently oppose the Socialist Alternative as they usually do, flew the Australian flag—the flag of our nation–proudly—as opposed to the foreign Arab flag being waved by the Socialist Alternative showing their allegiance to a foreign entity.

  • Paul Winter

    Well put Anthony. I know that Socialist Alternative (SA) mixed with the few Arabs who have a dog in the fight, but standing on the other side of King St, in front of Max Brenner's, after enjoying a lovely cup of hot chocolate, I met many Jewish friends and saw some familiat faces, but not a single identifiable individual from the Australian Protectionist Party, a group I have never heard of before, certainly never as a far-right group. M' thinks you are trying to tar the Jewish anti-anti-boycotters by associating them with a group that you consider your enemy. Good try, but it won't work. We proud Zionists faced down the SA's ( Sturm Abteilung?) howling hyenas – fancy yelling Max Max Murderer when thousands are dying in Syria – and we never noticed any interlopers. I reckon that you and your SA mates ought to try Max Brenner's goodies to sweeten up your dispositions.

  • David Skidmore

    Zionism is no better than the White Australia policy. And should be treated as such. It's no surprise Zionists should collaborate with far-right wing extremists in Sydney, Brisbane, Europe and elsewhere. It's also amusing seeing Zionists go into bat for Israel – from the safety, comfort and democracy of Australia.