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.

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Land grabbing becomes global phenomenon (9 July)


On anti-Semitism, BDS, Palestine and justice (13 March)


Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is undemocratic (15 November)
Why Bradley Manning trial should inspire journalists and citizens to rebel (1 August)
“A state of perpetual war” (22 May)
Prisoner x scandal should be wake-up call for myopic Zionist establishment (18 February)


Haiti is disaster capitalism ground zero (28 September)
Australian Zionist lobby keen to brain-wash young student leaders in Israel (16 August)
False lure of mining riches in Papua New Guinea (12 March)


Exclusive: Serco hires untrained guards in Australia (November 9)
Exclusive: no audit requirement for Serco in Australia (November 9)
Exclusive: Australian government contract with Serco revealed (November 9)
BDS isn’t akin to Nazi Germany and damn those who say so (August 25)
Obama’s Middle East words as empty as air (May 25)
On Murdoch smearing, the Greens and truth in the Middle East (April 4)
The Greens, Palestine and defending BDS during NSW election (March 30)


Israel’s Choice Is Clear (June 1)
The Jewish Diaspora Is Turning On Israel (March 31)
Violence is a means and an end: an interview with Mark Danner (March 2)
Getting Into Gaza (January 13)


Is Washington’s Peace Process Over? (November 13)
Introducing…Miss Aceh (October 21)
Can Fayyad Make A Difference? (September 25)
Gaza Blockade Is Great For Al Qaeda (August 26)
The View From Gaza (August 3)
These are not the conditions for peace (July 16)
‘If You Don’t Agree With Us You’re Antisemitic’ (July 7)
Where To Now For Jewish America? (June 24)
Fear In The Lobby (May 12)
Israel To Bomb Iran? Don’t Believe The Hype (April 22)
Time Is Running Out For Israel To Adapt (March 31)
Stay Home Hillary, If That’s All You Got (March 9)
An Israel Of The Mind (February 19)
Gaza: Where To From Here? (January 28)
Israel, You’ve Gone Too Far (January 9)


Obama: New Neo-Con? (December 4)
So Now What? (November 12)
Political Vaudeville (October 23)
Besieged From the Inside? (September 29)
Blogging Their Way to Freedom (September 4)
Vote 1: Militant Zionism (August 12)
Telling it Like it Isn’t (July 22)
Battle of the Brainwashed (July 3)
No Such Thing as Humanitarian Intervention (June 10)
Weapons of Mass Instruction (May 21)
A family affair (April 29)
We must engage Hamas (April 7)
Iraq five years on (March 20)
URL not available (February 26)
An accidental war (February 6)
Democracy is poison to Arabs (January 18)


Not negotiable (December 10)
The forgotten war (November 21)
Iran: The Rudd delusion (October 30)
Life (and death) above the law (October 9)
Self-hate or glasnost? (September 18)
A terror for our time (August 22)
What was Blair up to? (August 8 )
Kingdom of contrasts (July 11)
The hidden story (June 20)
Democracy rising (June 6)
Paradise Lost (May 7)
The essential Al Jazeera (April 11)
A New Voice for Australian Jews (March 21)
Blogging and Islam (February 28)
Independent Jewish voices (February 7)
The Great Turnaround (January 17)


That Old ‘Saigon Feeling’ (December 6)
What Other Voices? (November 16)
Figures Don’t Lie (October 25)
Silence is Complicity (October 4)
Who are the Terrorists? (September 13)
Questioning Israel (August 16)
Who Decides What’s Fit to Print? (July 19)
Empire Unlimited (June 28)
Citizen Journalists Arise! (June 7)
Drug Companies on Trial (May 17)
Who’s Watching the Media? (April 26)
The Roadmap to Nowhere April 5)
Israel’s Hidden Shame (March 15)
Next Stop, Iran (March 1)
A New Dawn in the Middle East? (February 15)
Osama’s Book Club (February 1)
Ariel Sharon’s War (January 18)


A future for Israel/Palestine? (December 21)
The revolution will not be televised (December 7)
Toeing the line on terror (November 23)
The New York Times, the CIA and Iraq
(November 2)
Fisk in Australia (October 19)
Keeping us in the dark (October 5)
Fear works (September 21)
Manne overboard (September 7)
The mother of all smokescreens (August 17)
Our media asleep at the wheel (July 20)
Democracy for our friends and dependence for our enemies
(July 6)
Israel’s bleak future (June 22)