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.

Shocking Nakba testimony by former Israeli Palmach fighter

The cool, calm exterior of how Jews ethnically cleansed Palestinians to form the state of Israel:

  • Denial is futile, now we have confessions by a perpetrator. Nakba was a real historical fact. Let the Zionists deny it, but we know they are lying.

  • examinator

    What was that bang? It was another Zionist justification myth being exploded!
    Let me be crystal clear. I am not anti-Semitic nor am I anti Israel. I accept that Israel exists and should continue to do so but I don't accept that it's current borders or the hegemonic ambitions that are based on lies, distortions, a PR fabricated fanciful national mythology and a single pre-emptive strike (against the real military opposition?).

    There is an old saying that time heals all wounds and time wounds all heels! And this is yet another example. The once rock solid support for Israel's hawkish/discriminatory policies is evaporating. In its place is a growing realisation that Israel isn't and never was founded on a irrefutable basis . In truth they no longer dominate the moral high ground….far from it it is now seen as yet another middle eastern country dominated by a religious and a far right wing government with opportunistic active hegemonic ambitions. Regardless of the differences on the ground to its citizens there is little moral or practical difference with regard to its behaviour to its neighbours. A religious elitist bully is still a bully and its PM is reputed to be a liar and mooted war criminal.

    It seems clear that reality of the mythology and its PR dominance is fading and becoming increasingly seen as cynical self serving BS. This video puts pay to some of the myths about the claims of unforced abandonment and massively aggressive war by the Palestinian residents.

    Rather Israel would be wise to negotiate in good faith and equality before it loses all it's support/advantage. I urge those who support Israel to stop 1950's mindset policies that are self destructively tarnishing and progressively isolating Israel. Millenniums of diaspora and sociological/psychological research should have taught the Jew the more they stand out of the norm the greater the response in opposition will be.

    Israel would be wise to think long and hard about the OWS movement and the implications….especially it aggression/opposition to the old political power ways. Specifically political funding and it's impact on the nature of US Politics.
    All that is needed is a trigger the excesses of zealots and look out.
    The pendulum in favour of Israel and therefore the optimum window to resolve the issues in their favour is clearly closing.

  • Marilyn

    I don't think Israel should exist, it is a piece of dirt stolen from others by force so it exists as a piece of dirt, why do killers and murderers and liars and squatters get to keep it?

    If I stole land here I would not be allowed to keep it so why should jews alone in the world be allowed to do so?

    All this does is confirm what Benny Morris said but thought that more should have been killed or kicked out and what Ilan Pappe graphically accounts in his own book "the Ethnic cleansing of Palestine".

    I have just watched "The Promise", it was truly appalling and the cleansing goes on to this day.

    Antony, send this to that moron Rudd and Dillard.

  • anthony bell

    a war between two peoples.
    one wins.
    the other loses.
    and how would the arabs have behaved if they had won and the jews had lost?
    i suspect they would have murdered the jews without respite.
    when the arab nations rejected the u.n partiton plan they placed the local arabs into the firing line.
    let us never forget that.