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.

Zionist comedy, intentional and otherwise

1) An aid worker friend of mine, who regularly enters Gaza via Israel’s Eretz Crossing, was sent a questionnaire, a “satisfaction survey” from Israel, asking about its work:

A satisfaction survey has been created to help refine the role and services provided for our clientele. This survey will assess the types of services provided and the level of support you received from our office personnel. Our ultimate goal is to provide you with professional, courteous, and efficient service. Once the survey is completed, the data will be compiled and reviewed by our staff. The survey is anonymous, so feel free to add any comment or suggestions.

There was a link to the following online questionnaire. Parody is dead and buried when occupiers are asking visitors how well they’re doing.

2) Arguing for a one-state solution and challenging Israeli racism usually brings some comical defences of Zionism. Here’s two examples (the first is by Australia’s “leading” Zionist lobby, AIJAC and the second is by CIF Watch about my recent After Zionism event in East Jerusalem). Note how in both cases there’s a pathological desire to demonise Arab and Palestinian ambitions and a willingness to maintain racist, Jewish domination because that’s what is supposedly required to protect Jews. Tragically, supporting occupation is now a popular Zionist trait.

6 comments ↪
  • Rueven

    New to your blog, but I'm finding your work quite eye-opening. Admittedly, haven't thought much about a one-state solution, but I'm learning more and more about it. Thanks for your views on the subject. They're enlightening.

    Also, love the first two photos on top. Second one has Great colors and compositiion. Where were they taken? Or are they not yours?

  • antloew

    thanks for your kind words. the photos at the top of my site rotate through a wide range of my own photography over the years.

    • Rueven

      Thanks for the reply. I see about the photos as they've now changed One photo I saw yesterday was of a cloudy mountaintop with some buildings, the next was a child in front of some kind of store. If you know which they are, as a photography buff myself, I'd like to know more about them. Thanks again for the reply.

  • rehmat1

    Here is what my two Jewish blogger friends have Israel-Palestinian solution in their minds.
    http://rehmat1.com/2010/06/18/palestine-the-third

    • examinator

      I'm wondering what your point is ( in the real world ) what are you suggesting doing with the US in all this. Especially since that it's their interests this whole thing keeps on keeping on. It has little to do with the Israelis or Israel it what it's purpose is for the US.
      I'd ask how your post is in any way helpful to the victims in this catastrophe the Palestinians (currently the biggest losers and Israel because it's locked behind a conservative government because the US wants it that way. A truly independent Israel might not be as compliant to US interests.

  • examinator

    Antony,
    When I started work (some years before your time) there was a popular 10 min parody of Superman called " chicken man" his catch cry was 'he's everywhere , he's everywhere' then the sound of well shall we say rooster being violently interfered with!
    You are starting to remind me of that show in that you are everywhere to the point you are seeing parodies where there is none. I think you are starting to lose perspective …. a bureaucracy is an entity in it's self not necessarily the PR arm of the government.
    As they rightly see themselves, their job is to provide a service independent of specific governments (functional) in that real world context their questionnaire is valid. Your criticism is through the eyes of an increasingly partisan campaigner.
    Likewise the two responses you posted are political document and as far as I can read they are accurate within their perspectives . The fact that they left off your apology is standard operating procedure for journalists who are trying to make a point.
    My observation to you runs along the lines of advice I was given in my activist youth…..'don't get mad get strategic' out think your opposition don't just react.
    Your campaign from what I've read is that of a semi professional activist not a political campaigner. To this I'd ask you to figure out what you are intending (selling) and then plan/strategise/act accordingly. You'll be far more successful.
    PS start by replacing your NM photo you look like a terrorist