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.

“The time for bombing is over”

Gideon Levy in Haaretz:

The Palestinian people want to be free of the occupation. Life is like that sometimes. But how to accomplish that? At first they tried doing nothing. For 20 years they were idle, and indeed nothing happened. They then tried rocks and knives, the first intifada. And still nothing happened, except for the Oslo Accords, which did not change the fundamental nature of the occupation. After that, they tried a vicious intifada: again, nothing. They made a stab at diplomacy; still nothing, the occupation went on as before.
Now they split: One hand fires Qassam rockets at Israel, the other turns to the United Nations. Israel crushes both of them. In between, the Palestinian people also try nonviolent protest, and are met with rifle butts to the face, rubber-tipped bullets and live fire. And again, nothing. The Palestinians try three different approaches, weapons, diplomacy and nonviolent resistance, and Israel says no to all three.
What do Israelis want? Nothing. They want calm. They want the occupation to continue without disturbing their interminable siesta time. Nearly all Israeli politicians say there is no solution, and anyway we shouldn’t go there. There are no Palestinians, no terror attacks and no problem. We left the Gaza Strip, the West Bank is quiet, we have proclaimed our support for a two-state solution. What is the Israeli offering the Palestinian? Sit quietly and don’t do anything. But the Palestinian people wants to be free of the occupation. Life is like that sometimes.
Israel arrived at the current round of this endless cycle of bloodshed at yet another peak of denial of the existence of the Palestinian people. From Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid and Labor Party chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich, they all tried to bury our heads in the sand and claim that the issue does not exist, that the problem is not a problem – until a Qassam comes and blows up in their faces. They planned an election campaign around the price of cottage cheese, until Hamas came and reminded them of its existence the only way it could, which will not get it anywhere either.
What is Israel supposed to do now, ask the askers, not react with force? Should it hold back when the lives of people in the south have become hell? That question shouldn’t be raised now, when all the other options have met with refusal. That question should have been raised with regard to the other approaches that failed. Now Israel must once again choose the default option, familiar to the point of nausea; yet another high-level assassination, yet another knockout blow, of the kind we know and love.
We have grown up a little since Operation Cast Lead, it’s true. Richard Goldstone deserves the thanks for that, even though we’ll deny it. The Israel Defense Force has not killed 250 Palestinian police officers in one day, and (at least for now ) the current, relatively surgical operation pales before the crimes of its predecessor. The rhetoric, too, is slightly less diabolical. The politicians and the generals are hitting the radio and television studios again, competing against each other for the title of most bloodthirsty, but to a lesser degree. MK Benjamin Ben-Eliezer boasts of having been the one who “eliminated Shehadeh,” referring to Salah Shehadeh, the Hamas commander who was killed by an Israel Air Force bomb in July 2002, when Ben-Eliezer was minister of defense. Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter recommends that the Gaza Strip be “reformatted,” while former GOC Southern Command Yoav Galant once again reminds us how fortunate we are that he was not made chief of staff. The IDF fires a new term into the battleground, “beheading,” to describe what Israel was doing to the Hamas military leadership. MK Miri Regev (Likud ) says she opposes a two-state solution, making an execrable grammatical error in the process. Channel 2 defense correspondent Roni Daniel promises Gaza “an interesting night.” Once again, there are intellectuals and academics who propose cutting off food, water and electricity to the Strip. MK Yisrael Katz (Likud ) tops them all for monstrosity: A single tear from a Jewish child is sufficient to justify driving out the entire population of the Gaza Strip. Transportation minister or not, the party primary beckons.
This is, so it seems, the only tribal campfire we have left, now that the games of Maccabi Tel Aviv and the Eurovision song contest no longer do it for us. But even this mean-souled chatter is less jingoistic than in the past. Who knows, perhaps the recognition is beginning to percolate that something must be done “once and for all,” as Israelis like to say. But, as before, that will not happen through the force of arms. Trying to talk with Hamas, to say yes to the Saudi peace initiative for once, even to discuss the handful of percentage points that remained between former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in their negotiations; anything but bombings. The time has come for diplomacy and for ending the occupation, the time for bombing is over.