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.

Another day and more shilling for Israeli electric car company Better Place

Here’s a classic example of how not to write business journalism stories. Pick a company, in this case Israeli firm Better Place, ignore any human rights questions that hang over the organisation (allegations of war crimes and complicity in the West Bank occupation, read here), and provide a glowing profile of the organisation’s head. Easy as that. Thank you Damon Kitney in Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian, you succeed brilliantly at tone-deaf writing:

Shai Agassi will never forget the moment. It was November 2007, only weeks after the launch of his electric car company, Better Place.

Agassi was on a trip with his chairman, Israeli billionaire Idan Ofer, when he posed a tough hypothetical question.

“I said to him, ‘(General Electric boss) Jeff Immelt comes to you tomorrow and puts a blank page in front of you and says: `Put a number on it’ (a price to buy the business).

”What would you do?’ And he looks at me with anger and says, ‘We just started this company, and you are already selling it! We are not selling this company!’ And he ended with this: ‘If this company gets to be any less than a $100 billion valuation, you are a failure’! ” Agassi tells The Weekend Australian in a wide-ranging interview.

“And I said: ‘You gave me the right answer. I didn’t want to hear you say you would sell it for a profit.’ He said the right thing.

“We believe this one has got the makings of getting to be the biggest company ever.”

Agassi has always aimed big.

A proud Israeli, with an Iraqi father and Moroccan mother, the software whiz has been called part-scientist, part-visionary and part-salesman.

At age 36 he was named one of the top 20 “Global Influentials for 2003” by CNN-Time magazine. By 2007 he was president of global software giant SAP’s product and technology group and viewed as a successor to chief executive Henning Kagermann.

But in March that year, after missing out on the top job, he shocked corporate America by resigning to set up Better Place.

Two years later, he still made Time magazine’s 100 most influential people list and was dubbed “an environmental hero”.

Arguably he didn’t need to work after he and father Reuven had sold two software companies they co-founded to SAP for a cool $US410 million earlier in the decade. He had to wait less than a year for his first big break at Better Place, the Silicon Valley company created to lease car batteries to electric car customers and run a network of charge points and battery change stations to help foster the growth of cars that could potentially change the world.

Charge spots are strategically located in homes, offices and carparks and the swap stations are be modelled on petrol stations.

In January 2008, the Israeli government signed a joint venture with Better Place to develop a network in Israel, allowing Agassi to raise $US200m.

A year later, he raised another $US135m to roll out a network in Denmark, and during the next two years Better Place raised an additional $US550m, including a $US200m equity raising late last year for projects in western Europe that valued the company at $US2.25bn.

Its backers include Morgan Stanley, Lazard Asset Management and HSBC.

It is now targeting Australia, with a network in Canberra. Melbourne is next.

Last year, Better Place announced a strategic partnership with Renault Australia to bring the world’s first switchable battery car, the Fluence Z.E. (Z.E. stands for zero emissions) to Australia.

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