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.

Australian Attorney General in scandal buying/reading radical literature!

Well, that’s one way to see. This supposedly exclusive story in today’s Murdoch Australian outlines the reading habits of Australia’s new Attorney General. And yes, in his collection is the book I co-edited last year with Jeff Sparrow, Left Turn. I dearly hope George Brandis is taking the ideas in there to heart, including backing boycotts, sanctions and divestment against Israel:

When  Attorney-General George Brandis travelled to the NSW central coast to attend the wedding of a former radio presenter at taxpayers’ expense, he had plenty of reading material to keep him occupied.

An analysis of the senator’s use of a “publications entitlement” shows he has amassed an extensive book, newspaper and periodicals collection reflecting an eclectic mix of taste – all paid for with taxpayer funds costing almost $13,000 over four years.

Whether it is books of cartoons, volumes of law reports, biographies of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, political novels, scholarly accounts of ancient history or George Orwell’s essays, Senator Brandis has billed the cost to taxpayers.

The senator, who this week repaid $1683.06 in taxpayer-funded entitlements he had claimed to attend former 2UE broadcaster Michael Smith’s wedding, did not even put his own hand into his pocket to purchase former prime minister John Howard’s memoir Lazarus Rising or Tony Abbott’s book Battlelines. The taxpayers put those books on Senator Brandis’s bookshelf.

According to parliamentary guidelines, senators are entitled to $4948 a year to meet “the costs of purchasing publications” provided they are related to “parliamentary, electorate or official business”. The guidelines indicate that newspapers and magazines are the types of publications that are expected to be claimed back.

Political blogger Stephen Murray, who has analysed Senator Brandis’s book purchases, says the Attorney-General has spent $12,808.35 on publications between 2009 and last year. More than half of this amount was spent on books. This has been verified by The Australian.

Senator Brandis’s book collection includes Christopher Hitchens’s memoir Hitch-22, Simon Schama’s Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill, and My Mother and David Plouffe’s The Audacity to Win, about Barack Obama’s run to the presidency. There are books on World War II, the Spanish Civil War, MI6, Byzantinism, modern China and Russia, the Cold War and the Cuban missile crisis.

Some biographies bought include HW Brands’s biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Traitor to His Class, US vice-president Dick Cheney’s memoir In My Time and former British prime minister Edward Heath’s autobiography. Also bought were books on Pitt the Elder, Pitt the Younger, the popes, the Tudors, Stalin and Trotsky.

Australian political tomes include Barrie Cassidy’s The Party Thieves, Maxine McKew’s Tales from the Political Trenches, Peter van Onselen’s Liberals and Power and David Marr’s controversial Quarterly Essay on Tony Abbott, Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott.

A thesaurus and a dictionary were bought along with The Art of Great Speeches and Harold Bloom’s The Western Canon on the politicisation of literature. Other purchases include John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty and The Subjection of Women, Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations and a book of radical left essays, Left Turn. The Best Australian Political Cartoons was bought in 2011 as well as several novels on politics.

Senator Brandis is also a regular purchaser of magazines, including The Spectator, Time, Quadrant, Prospect and The Economist.