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.

If you don’t think Netanyahu and Barak are serious about bombing Iran, think again

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Great scoop by Jewish American blogger Richard Silverstein.

  • Ned

    Of course the US and Israel are serious. After all, they are reaching the end of the pre911 plan to invade and do 7 countries in 5 years that included Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Lybia, Lebanon, Syria and ending with Iran. At the time of the interview referred to hereunder Clark says; 'we were bombing Afghanista at the time".
    The Australian politicians must clearly know that they are part of the coalition of invaders, killers and thieves.
    It is hardly comprehensible that our Federal politicians have not viewd the 3 min or so interview by Amy Goodman of General Wesley Clark (ex chief of NATO) in March 2007 wherein he outlines his being told of "THE PLAN" when he visited the Pentagon twice in the weeks following the 9/11 mass murders.
    It is easy to sarch, referencing the people and subject referred to above.
    Now: How many countries did Hitler invade?
    How about the Emperor of Japan in ww11, how many did he invade?
    I take it that at least some Australians will realise what the true Australian is. Try; either a complete bogan, dumb, drongo or a callous warmonger, invader, killer and thief, but will many admit it? No.

  • examinator

    "I love the sight of a political kite flying in the morning" with appropriate apologies to the movie "Apocalypse Now".
    It's not that I don't believe that Bibi and his pet Political Neanderthals aren't planning such an attack because they are.
    As the interviewer from the BBC noted “why was this put into a document?” and then there's the security breach at such a high level.
    This makes my nose twitch even more….Kite flying is a political past time.
    I suspect that Bibi meant it to leak for 5 probable reasons.
    1. to pressure Obama
    2 to worry the Iranians about new weapons etc the fact that there is 31 defence centres in Iran, the lack of Iranian response as the involvement from other nations and their consequences. would be well known to an ex general and would feature in his planning. … I suspect that Given the errors were to permit plausible denial.
    3 it tests the IDF commitment and for leakers identities.
    4 It test the Israeli public who would be inclined to believe such plans as workable.
    5 All right wingers are paranoid and the more extreme right the view so too the more reasons for paranoia they find. And lets be clear His views make the white supremacists of the US look like a kindergarten for the terminally moderate. Despite my dislike for what Bibi and his obscene regime do I don't believe that he's that afflicted with megalomania for this to be his REAL attack plan…
    Simply put he's far too convolutely political for such an amateurish military plan.
    That isn't to say that like a bag full of hungry sewer rats in a small room ,he doesn't need close watching