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.

“Moderate” Zionist lobby against true democracy for Israel and Palestine

The latest email blast from J Street is revealing in its fear of what a one-state solution means for the Middle East. They want and crave Jewish privilege:

Jeffrey Goldberg hit the nail on the head this morning in his assessment that adopting the recommendation of the Levy Committee would “spell the end of Israel as a Jewish-majority democracy, but that the right seems more enamored of land-ownership than it does of such antiquated notions of, you know, Zionism.”

The Levy Committee has put forward a number of incendiary recommendations, including the legalization of all outposts and Israeli settlements anywhere in the West Bank. Enacting such a policy would prove disastrous to the prospect of a two-state solution. The committee is expressly advising the government to contravene more than thirty years of legal precedent concerning the status of the West Bank.

Further, as Ha’aretz reports, the panel draws the inflammatory assertion that there is no Israeli occupation in the West Bank because, among other reasons, “it is impossible to foresee a time when Israel will relinquish these territories, if ever.”

Adopting the Levy Committee’s recommendations would be tantamount to condemning all parties to unending conflict under a one-state paradigm. This nightmare scenario would force Israel either to cede its Jewish character to an Arab majority or to invite the world’s unprecedented condemnation and isolation as a profoundly undemocratic state.

J Street calls on the Israeli government to reject the committee’s recommendations and to choose instead a path that leads to two states, thereby securing both Israel’s Jewish and democratic future.

  • examinator

    Two points the first is that why don't you release a Ebook version then I would buy it. I have nigh on 700 books already …mind you most are non fiction and source material hence I'm now buying e books more convenient and less space. Amazon Kindle DRM is a pain only works on Kindle .. that type of captive marketing I won't subscribe to. Adobe DRM is available on many readers even my Sony and 2 other older brands.
    The second point is I'm now confused where you stand on 1 or 2 state solution.
    My tentative view is that a 1 state solution (i.e. a truly democratic Secular state for Israel is at best generations away).
    The problem is Neuro psychological and 60 yrs of conditioning. Sadly Israel was based on religious elitism ( A Jewish promised land) and born of fear.
    If Israel was declared one state and democratic…. the current rump wouldn't simply go away or business as usual, it would be absolute chaos…KKK style by both sides.
    I tend towards Finklestein's solution …. back to the 67 borders and two states.
    I would suggest that A walk out with furniture etc, walk in by the Palestinians of settlements would be a good start of Justice and reparations.
    In this way any actually money in building new replacement houses for the displaced settlers would be politically more feasible (saleable), in that it's for Israelis not actual cash to the Palestinians. The diasporic Jew could still support Israel without being labelled with the opprobrium of funding racism, colonialism et al.
    I'm sure the USA would officially start giving aid to build the new settlements.
    On that basis Israel could afford to acknowledge land holdings by Israeli Arabs and become less Apartheid in the distribution of simple urban resources. The argument about being over taken from within by Arabs would become moot.
    Those who choose to leave can do so to a new Palestinian town (aka settlement).
    Clearly there is more to it but none the less , it seems to me that the broad brush strokes have more chance of pragmatic success than one egalitarian democratic Israel.

  • Kevin Herbert

    Check out the revelations coming out in the US cyber media re the libor scandal:
    They are mind boggling, and match all the pre GFC evidence of an international multi ethnic criminal conspiracy by global bankers which had it origins in the mid 18th century.
    I reckon we're seeing the beginning of the end for Israel given that current US financial support will be unsustainable within the next five or so years, as US taxpayers tire of supporting Israel for no apparent reason other than AIPAC and the MIC's hold over Congress.

    Israel will be changed forever by forces from outside its borders, not from within.

    As the noted foreign affairs commentators and former Carter Administration member Ziggy Brezhinsky has said recently, without US support Israel will fall apart within 10 years of that support's withdrawal.

    The clock is ticking…..