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.

ABCTV News24’s The Drum on Israel/Palestine and uranium sales to UAE

I appeared last night on ABCTV’s The Drum (video here) alongside the Sydney Morning Herald’s Judith Whelan and  former NSW Liberal leader Kerri Chikarovski.

Aside from arguing against Australia selling uranium to UAE – seriously, do we need to provide a brutal dictatorship with a toxic and deadly resource? – and challenging the corporate media to not always call for economic “reform” that means privatisation and deregulation, I focused on Israel/Palestine.

In the context of Mitt Romney’s recent visit to Israel, which was all about raising money from rich Jews and telling Israel and Republican voters that he loved Zionism and occupation like a son, I said that both Romney and Obama are in effect killing the two-state solution by indulging Israel’s love of colonisation. The result? A ever-deepening ghetto mindset. It’s therefore vital to seriously consider, as is explained in my new book, After Zionism, that a one-state equation is the only just and democratic outcome.

  • examinator

    've watched this several times, I have to say that this 'Drum' has been the most interesting discussions on the program I can remember.
    Usual fare is heavy handed simplistic Partisan talking points.
    I also dip my lid to the contributors and including you for a well reasoned series of points of view.
    I can only agree with your reasoning with U to ANY state like UAR ….they have other options and …the waste ! …..dirty bomb potential from pilfered waste?! I simply don't have enough faith in human beings to suggest that it can't or won't happen. That's a bit like being surprised by the mass murder in Sweden or the latest in the US. Appalled, shocked et al …Absolutely….but surprised …not so much.
    I also think that the ex premier of Vic is obstensively correct about the Greens…
    Two things come to mind first the public perception of the Greens, their perceived purpose and their refusal to compromise, siding with the Liberals!
    The problem with Australia isn't going to be served by another party it's the system that is fracturing. It is perceived to have been hijacked by pecuniary interests that exclude the 'little man'. That has always been the case it is now more so.
    In short if there are two options it's easy for the Aussie equivalent of the 1% to sway governments their way drowning out the 'little person' .
    Then one needs to consider the inherent reluctance of the people to go for a small non powerful party. They expected the Greens et al to be honest brokers leaning towards slow steps rather than a bloody big bonanza of minority power.

  • John Salisbury

    You made some great points on the one-state solution Antony

  • treesnotgreens

    any solution that denies those pesky jews the right to their own self determination ., eh?
    Over 20 individual arab and muslim states all virtually divided up ad hoc by old european power plays of the 1700s to the pre ww1 period, but funny how only a jewish israel is singled out all the time.
    ofcourse all other nations are given the right to their own self independence now without a glance, but the pesky jews must be subjugated for all time.

    well done, lets call the local arab population palestinian, then lets lie big time and claim they actually have an historical claim to the area that dates directly back to the phillistines–reknown enemies of the israelite jews of 3000 years ago.
    only problem is that the philistines were proto hellenes from near troy, and not semites…….but hey, anything to do those pesky jews in when they dare to claim the old testament and the univerasal creator's promise to moses for the land of canaan and israel.

    once again, any, and i repeat any , other national group gets the support of national self dtermination here excep tthe jews.

    speaks volumes .