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.

How Barack Obama defames memory of Martin Luther King Jr

Brilliant oratory by Dr Cornel West, a challenge to supposed liberals who ignore the US President’s policies and can only see the colour of his skin:

  • Kevin Herbert

    Gr8 post Antony….I will circulate this epistle permanently….one of the gr8 appeals to humanity of the past 50 years……thanx man…

  • Kevin Herbert

    You can see the deep admiration/astonishment in Newt's expresssion……he looks like I feel as I hear this…..lethal loquacity….

  • In 2008, Barack Obama promised change.
    In 2009, Barack Obama fulfilled his promise and changed.

    He changed from a liberal Democrat to a neocon neo-Republican.
    He changed from a tough principled negotiator to a weak bipartisan appeaser.
    He changed from an advocate of rule-of-law to an enabler of torture & summary executions.
    He changed from a professor of constitutional law to a sponsor of unconstitutional laws.
    He changed from a defender of government transparency to a persecutor of whistleblowers.
    He changed from a master of equal opportunity to a slave of lobby & corporate interests.
    He changed from a Nobel Peace Laureate to an interventionist War President.
    He changed from a champion of civil rights & democracy to a protector of autocratic regimes.
    He changed from a neutral & honest broker to a pseudo Israeli ambassador.
    He changed from a promising visionary statesman to a myopic reactionary leader.
    He changed from an inspirer of audacious hope to a guardian of conservatism & despair.

    Barack Obama promised change, so he changed.

    • examinator

      Obama is the POTUS not a god or Dictator. His powers are in some ways more that the Aussie PM . If you want a god go to church, synagogue, mosque, temple etc not to a 'democratic' government.
      Obama CAN'T make radical changes without there being a significant support from the people's choice of Congressional representatives. You can't expect a Labor PM to behave like a Green PM it simply can't happen she would be replaced.
      In the US situation the POTUS is made a 'lame duck'
      That is what the US public did. Not Obama he's simply following the majority's views THAT'S the job of a democratically elected REPRESENTATIVE.
      On fire arm control have you seen the legislative prohibitions that successive GOP governments have 'slipped' into the law? it's frightening …POTUS has to follow the law.

  • examinator

    Very emotional, Highly evocative hyperbole but largely based on Projection of HIS emotions.
    I would acknowledge the following.
    a. MLK jr. did stand for all those things and yes he had/expressed many truths/principals that should be followed was/is BEYOND reproach.
    It is those principals that are what matters. But was he some sort of god, a paragon of impeccable morality ….well not so much he was a human nothing more nothing less.
    b.MLK jr could do what he did BECAUSE he wasn't the POTUS . He wasn't day to day responsible for ALL that the USA was at that time. His responsibility wasn't anywhere as restrictive. Perspective, context are king and Queen. Hindsight and emotions are pretenders to the throne.
    I would then ask the good Dr Cornel West what part of the the way the system works doesn't he understand? Obama is one player in the system he is ham strung until the people are so outraged that the congress reps are more afraid of them than the powers of inertia/self interest.
    If for example sake Obama tried to implement these lofty ambitions without the public or the congress etc he would be regarded as a dictator in real terms and civil war/ economic collapse would ensue.
    Americans as people have to realize it is THEIR responsibility to sufficiently demand the changes not Obama on some messianic trip.
    There is no doubt that Obama's record has many faults that may make his symbolism of using MLK jrs bible a little inconguent but is there anyone out there who would deny his achievements…. life is made up of small steps and great support with the public follow through.
    Ask your self what happened to the rage the commitment of MLK jr's generation? they're the ones looking the other way now!
    When was the last most of Australians voted on higher principal rather than their own interests? If they had either the Aust Dems or the Greens would be government today.
    I understand Dr West's dismay , impatience, frustration.
    But does he really believe that Obamacare, small but meaningful action against the firearm urban warfare and two terms of a black man as POTUS aren't a steps in the right direction ? Does he really want the alternative? Jesus (pronounced haysoos) I don't ! BTW one gets more with honey or outrage at the problem rather than playing into the hands of the toxic curmudgeonly opposition.
    Good speech m/be but strategically DUMB/ self aggrandising / counter productive.

  • "Obama is the POTUS not a god or Dictator"
    "If you want a god go to church, synagogue, mosque, temple etc not to a 'democratic' government"
    "But was he [MLK] some sort of god, a paragon of impeccable morality…"
    "MLK jr could do what he did BECAUSE he wasn't the POTUS"
    "Americans as people have to realize it is THEIR responsibility to sufficiently demand the changes not Obama on some messianic trip"

    ~ examinator

    So do morals only apply to gods and places of worship?
    Also, are all 'democratic' leaders exempt from morals, or only Western leaders?

  • Kevin Herbert

    iResistDe4iAm ; nice verse summing up the US's now two time Uncle Tom President.

    I wouldn't cross the road to offer my bodily fluids to extinguish a fire on his person…as it were.

    Like Bush, Clinton, Bush Senior, Nixon & Reagan..he's a two bit war criminal…an Idi Amin impersonator, but on a bigger budget.

    The world has been in a dark period of history since the Gulf of Tonkin incident….and there is still no light at the end of the tunnel, save for such political heroes as Malcom X, Ron Paul, Louis Farrakhan and their ilk.

  • Kevin Herbert

    And I should add our own ex PM Malcolm Fraser who has spoken out consistently for the past 20 years against US & Wesrern tyranny….what happened to P J Keating, who has stayed silent all these years???