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.

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.

Keeping human rights violations in Sri Lanka on the agenda

I’ve been on the advisory council of the British-based Sri Lanka Campaign for a number of years.

I was interviewed by 278 Magazine about the group and raising awareness of the ongoing abuses in Sri Lanka:

How long have you been on the advisory board for SLC?

2-3 years

What initially attracted you to joining the board?

I saw the work online and also had colleagues that were involved in SLC activities. I found that after the Sri Lankan civil war in 2009 had come to an end people seemed blasé about the situation in Sri Lanka but the tensions I the country were far from over. Human rights continue to be violated.

What are the general responsibilities associated with being a member on the board for SLC?

There are no direct obligatory responsibilities with being on the board. As a journalist I regularly communicate about the issue in the press, tweet about it and help promote the issues faced by Sri Lankan civilians.

In brief, describe why Sri Lanka as a country is, and has for so long, experienced such unrest and requires long-term humanitarian aid?

Sri Lankan civilians, particularly the Tamils, are an oppressed people. There is discrimination on so many levels, including job discrimination, education discrimination, no rights in general. There are two basic groups within Sri Lanka, Sinhalese and Tamils. A Sinhalese government rules the country and so the Tamils in general often experience amplified discrimination and oppression. The civil war between these two groups has lasted on and off for about 30 years. It ended about 4 years ago. Despite rhetoric from the government there has been no accountability for the atrocities committed during the period of the war. The Tamils formed a resistance group in an attempt to overhaul the dictatorship of the Sinhalese government, however during the height of the Civil War in 2009 led to their defeat along with estimates of over 80 000 civilian casualties. Although more civilised now, episodes of torture, violence and abuse still occur, and they are basically living in a lawless country.

As far as your awareness goes, describe the day-to-day struggles that Sri Lankan civilians face now and in the past? Men? Women?

Regular occurrences of kidnapping by government officials

Deprived health services

Lesser access to jobs

Limited access to homes

Men and women can both experience sexual abuse

Constant economic struggles

Limited access to education

General livelihood difficulties

Describe the current political climate in Sri Lanka?

Regular elections do exist in Sri Lanka, which provides the illusion of democratic legitimacy. Electoral breaches are completely ignored. There are clear cases of nepotism within the governmental structure. There are consistent threats against any criticism towards the government and it’s constituents resulting in a complete lack of freedom of speech.

At the current time, what are the primary Sri Lankan issues that SLC are tackling?

The SLC campaign has been pushing for four years. They ultimately would like to see accountability for the war crimes committed and not just see it swept under the carpet. There are countless abuses documented by the UN, Amnesty and other support groups. They would like to see reconciliation between the Tamils and Sinhalese so that it is unlikely that another civil war will arise in the future. This would ultimately be achieved by established countries criticising and putting pressure on, the SL government; which is what SLC is pushing for. Australia is, unfortunately one of the least proactive countries towards this cause. The Sri Lankan government still refuses to comply with human rights issues.

For people wanting to contribute and/or learn more about the cause in which ways do you suggest they get involved?

Jump online and visit the SLC website. Amnesty Human Rights Watch also offers lots of up-to-date info on the situation. There are often petitions online that can be signed to help support small progress towards creating positive change within the country. Chat to people to raise awareness about the situation.