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.

“After Zionism” reviewed in Arab News

The following review by Neil Berry appears in the Arab News:

The mainstream Western media is losing its luster as rising numbers turn to alternative sources of news and opinion. Especially this applies to those concerned with the Palestine-Israel conflict. Students of the conflict increasingly straddle parallel universes, the world of conventional media and an online world that often puts the latter to shame when it comes to in-depth coverage and challenging debate.

Frustrated by myopic mainstream reporting of the issue, Antony Loewenstein, an Australian Jew and Ahmed Moor, a US Palestinian, were heartened by the way the Internet is making available new and younger voices: anti-Zionist Israelis, Palestinian bloggers in Gaza, Western peace activists in the occupied territories — people among whom a consensus has formed that proliferating Israeli settlements have nullified the possibility of turning the West Bank into a Palestinian state, the so-called “two state solution” which still figures large in mainstream discussion.

The new collection of essays which Loewenstein and Moor have edited, and to which both contribute, “After Zionism: One State for Israel and Palestine,” captures between hard covers the adventurous thinking about the future of Palestine now flourishing in cyberspace.

One of the book’s contributors, Philip Weiss, happens to be among the most creative exponents of the Internet as a means of combating standard perceptions of what is happening in Palestine and exposing the grievous consequences of the US-Israel relationship. In the shape of the website, Mondoweiss, he and his colleague, Adam Horowitz, have developed an interactive forum that brims with up-to-the-minute news and comment and makes brilliant attention-grabbing use of text and video material. That Weiss and Horowitz are anti-Zionist American Jews bent on highlighting Israeli oppression of the Palestinians no visitor to their website could fail to notice. Yet perhaps only a hard-line Zionist would dispute that they bring to their work a moral and intellectual verve woefully missing from coverage of Palestine-Israel issues in even the more respected sections of the mainstream media.

In “After Zionism,” Weiss discusses what induced him to launch Mondoweiss, his need to address the question: How did American Jews come to accord Israel blind loyalty? He recalls that at the time of Israel’s creation, Hannah Arendt, the German Jewish political philosopher who migrated to the US in 1941, warned that right-wing Zionism was building a “Jewish Sparta,” a warrior society that could only sustain itself by virtue of the “protecting wings of a great power.” Because of this, Arendt predicted, Israel would remain forever dependent on “court Jews, well-placed supplicants to American power.” American Jews, Weiss observes, proved only too willing to give Israel unconditional support — even condoning Israel’s egregious comradeship with Apartheid South Africa. What has especially dismayed him is the tendency among them to vaunt Jewish learning and liberalism, while turning a blind eye to Israeli crimes. He maintains that — out of ethno-religious guilt — left-wing US Jews were drawn into a “contract” with US Jewish hawks. He himself accepted this contract, signing up to a conspiracy of silence regarding Zionist moral turpitude.

Weiss relates how American Jewish ideologues with a Zionist agenda, though a minority of a minority, became a decisive force in US politics, persuading US Jewry en masse to back an aggressive US foreign policy premised on the security of Israel. When, 10 years ago, a group of leading US Jewish neoconservatives declared that the United States and Israel were common targets of an Islamic “axis of evil,” they were echoing US Zionist thinking that stretched back to the 1970s. With the second Palestinian Intifada of 2000 having been followed by 9/11, their assertion that Israel was an “island of liberal, democratic principles — American principles — in a sea of tyranny, intolerance and hatred” became received wisdom among not just American Jews but the great majority of American people.

For Weiss, the crisis-point came in 2003 when his “liberal” older brother told him that he was backing US intervention in Iraq because “his Jewish newspaper” opined that it could be “good for Israel.” The revelation that the war — of which he himself was an opponent — had a footing in his identity as a Jew appalled him. Weiss began a journey to reclaim a sense of what it means to be Jewish in which he could feel pride. Ever since, he has poured his energies into raising American public awareness about Israel’s conduct and the implications of endless US indulgence of the Jewish state.

He points out that mainstream journalists are starting to acknowledge the influence of right-wing Jewish financial contributions on American policy and that there is at last a chance that American people may one day grasp the reality of the Palestinians’ predicament and disavow the incestuous US/Israeli relationship that has spawned so much conflict.

Yet even if this process unfolds, it will come, he believes, too late for the two-state solution. For by acquiescing in Israel’s dispossession of the Palestinians, American Jews have made a one-state solution inescapable. Through their own blinkered partisanship, Weiss argues, they have hastened the day when the Zionist dream of a quintessentially Jewish land of Israel will have, perforce, to be abandoned.

Particularly pertinent in the run-up to November’s US Presidential election, Weiss’s essay reflects the underlying theme of After Zionism (other contributors include the anti-Zionist Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, the pro-Palestinian British journalist, Jonathan Cook, and the British Palestinian activist and writer, Ghada Karmi) that there is no longer a viable alternative to a unitary Palestinian/Israeli state, however protracted the struggle for its attainment may prove. The upshot of a moment when much public debate about the Palestine-Israel conflict has become practically meaningless, the book demonstrates that beyond the mainstream, discussion of the conflict has never been keener, more purposeful, or, in a curious way, more hopeful.

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