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.

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2017

What happens when Israeli occupation is permanent? (6 June)
How failing British multinational Serco wants to expand its reach (28 April)

2012

Private military and intelligence still alive and well in Afghanistan (20 April)
Pakistan: private security is a state within a state (13 April)
Civil strife serious possibility in PNG due to vulture capitalism (16 February)
What the resource curse is doing to Bougainville in Papua New Guinea (10 February)

2011

Supporting BDS and Palestinian rights as a Jew (13 December)
Serco-run prison on isolated Australian island (1 December)
What Australia is doing to refugees in the middle of the steamy desert (30 November)
Woodside in the Kimberley; Exploitation Inc (29 November)
Strange bedfellows: new nexus between Israel and far Right (25 October)
Contracting in Afghanistan is turning that country into a deformed beast (6 September)
Where are the Arab voices in Aussie BDS debate? (15 April)
Australian Greens candidate faces abuse and lies over backing Israel sanction (17 March)
Warning, NSW: companies like Serco aren’t your real friends (14 March)
Villawood: asbestos still present despite government claims (23 February)
Villawood guards blow whistle on abuses at detention centre (22 February)
Habib: my torture at hands of Egypt’s new de facto leader (11 February)
Israel doesn’t believe in Egyptian democracy (8 February)

2010

Australian troops involved in covert and deadly operations for the US (22 November)
Australian unions, Paul Howes, BDS and loving Israel (11 November)
No transparency in Serco dealings with contractors (2 November)
Paper trail of Serco’s detention centre millions raises accountability questions (1 November)
Private contractor Serco escapes scrutiny in the detention debate (22 September)
Departing ALP member tells of deep Zionist influence in party (10 August)
Australia is increasingly owned by somebody else (29 July)
Leading IDF lawyer explains how Israel justifies its action (23 June)
Overland branded biased by Jewish academics (14 May)
It’s a good time to be in the detention centre business. Just ask Serco (5 May)
Tamils vote for independence — and will vote against Labor (22 April)
Christmas Island ‘pressure cooker’ could explode after UN review (22 March)
Australia rolls out the welcome mat for war criminal retirees (1 February)
GFM claims success in flying the flag for Gaza (11 January)

2009

Rudd helps the Middle East story remain one sided (4 December)
Israel lobby funds another media tour. Read all about it (18 November)
Times changing rapidly in the Middle East (10 November)
J Street pushing a policy that leads to disappointment (30 November)
The Jewish background of Aceh (26 October)
Aceh: the only Jew in the village (20 October)
Saree Makdisi: Obama won’t solve the Middle East crisis (September 24)
One state, two state…who cares so long as there’s a solution? (September 8)
Survey puts Israel and Zionism under scrutiny (September 1)
Reaction to Pilger award reveals Zionist lobby’s fear of dissent (August 26)
Letter from Gaza: Keep off the grass (July 31)
Gaza: flattened, occupied, sick and rootless (July 28)
My evening with the New York Times (June 25)
Australian government out of step with public opinion on Israel/Palestine (June 18)
Palestine, Israel and freedom of speech: striking at the heart of liberal democracies (May 18)
The peace activist the Jewish News rejects (March 12)
Gaza bloggers report from the ground (January 6)

2008

President Bush’s legacy of torture will outlive him (December 9)
What Iranian bloggers are saying about the US election (October 3)
The dangers of blogging for democracy (July 3)
Rudd government reignites campaign against Iranian president (May 15)
Israel’s 60th birthday – what the media left out (May 8 )
Our “passionately pro Israel” PM throws compassion out the window (March 13)
The Orwellian censorship of Wikileaks (February 20)

2007

Neo-con Ledeen praises Howard as “arguably the greatest Western leader of the past decade” (November 28)
Ali Allawi: The attempt to refashion Iraq was doomed (November 6)
Courting the Jewish vote (October 25)
Howard and Rudd show their love for Israel (October 2)
Local Jewish leaders warn off Labor’s “anti-Israel ratbags” (September 21)
Marrickville meets Bethlehem, controversy erupts (August 29)
Postcard from Iran (June 20)
When is a Jew not an intolerant Zionist militarist? (March 6)
The debate The Oz doesn’t want to have (January 31)
Will Iran be the new Iraq? (January 25)
The Middle Eastern equivalent of WWII? (January 9)

2006

Out for Christmas: the US military’s 282-page Counterinsurgency Manual (December 19)
Israel nuke slip no surprise, but what about Iran? (December 14)
The Iranian Holocaust Conference attracts the usual cranks (December 13)
Usual suspects come out against “biased” Middle East simulations (December 11)
China’s strength as a one-party state a danger to world (December 4)
The danger of pretending to be Arab or Israeli (December 1)
Iraq’s civil war and the American response (November 30)
The journalist, the spy and Vladimir Putin (November 29)
Mud-slinging moratorium for NSW politicians’ big night out (November 23)
War and media bias in the UK (November 17)
Al-Jazeera International revolution set to launch (November 14)
Love-in for Robert Hughes at launch (November 6)
West Papuan independence is achievable (November 1)
Iraqi bloggers: letters from the inside (October 27)
Can Labor win in 2007? (October 26)
Under-resourced journos = under-sourced journalism (October 20)
Anna Politkovskaya’s legacy (October 19)
The truth about peace in the Middle East (October 10)
The world mourns Anna Politkovskaya (October 9)
Was the Heathrow terror “plot” a political concoction? (October 3)
Edgar and Adams talk up a storm about TV (September 29)
The values debate we don’t have to have (September 27)
Time for the media to offer the unvarnished truth (September 22)
The real role of the writer: to cause offence, stir and provoke (September 18)
Are the media “poisoning the well of public life”? (September 14)
Young Labor Left discuss the Middle East with party’s older heads (September 11)
John Howard: the sanest man in the Lodge since Menzies? (September 6)
The unreality of Greg Sheridan (September 4)
Mark Steyn and the conservatives – a night to remember (August 16)
The truth about the pro-Israel lobby’s influence (July 31)
What’s Israel’s real agenda? (July 17)
Australian media wimps out on Middle East balance (April 20)
Spielberg’s timely plea for understanding (January 31)

2005

Israel: Loewenstein vs Danby (August 26)

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