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.

Israel dedicated to division

The Israeli Cabinet has approved a route of the “security” fence that will cut off 55,000 Palestinian Arabs in Jerusalem. Labor Minister Haim Ramon said that the wall was designed to keep out “terrorists” and, in a telling sign of racist slippage, to maintain a Jewish majority in the city. “The fence makes Jerusalem more Jewish”, he said.

Israel’s descent into apartheid continues.

UPDATE: Further info on the changes here. While the Australian media focuses on Israel’s latest request for financial assistance – the Middle East client state knows little shame – Israel MP Azmi Bshara said that the proposed changes suggested the Israeli authorities failed to understand the effect on people’s lives and saw only a paper and ruler.

  • Dennis Smith

    The Palestinians favourite song at the moment is: 'Don't Fence Me In.'The scandal that is occurring daily in the Middle East is unforgivable. That is it being carried out by same people that were given a helping hand by the world after the holocaust horrors of WW2 is one of the greatest ironies in world history.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Irony is one word for it. Historical amnesia is another. Gross insensitivity is another. Blatant racism one more. I could go on….

  • Anonymous

    …survival instinct is another.

  • Anonymous

    How the settlements, still expanding, contribute to the 'survival' of Jewish Israelis is a connection that I'm having difficulty understanding.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Agreed. For many, giving up any settlements is "giving in to terrorists". The fact that the settlements are not build on Israeli land – despite the still claimed idea of God's gift to the Jews – contributes to the stalemate. Israel has never really been serious about peace, as their settlement expansion program has continued now for close to 40 years…

  • Anonymous

    Now come on, when has the Arab world ever been serious about peace with Israel?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    It's a given that many in the Arab world like a kind of perpetual war with Israel, of course. Though what is less known is that the Palestinian leadership long ago offered peace treaties with Israel and they were always broken. And before someone talks about Barak and Camp David in 2000, spare yourself. It was neither far nor acceptable and Arafat was right to reject it. Besides, the second intifada was orchestrated by the Israeli establishment to try and silence Palestinian nationalism once and for all. This truth is rarely published in the West.

  • Dennis Smith

    The idea of Arabs wanting endless war with Israel is rather hard to imagine given that Israel has the forth strongest army in the world (thanks to the Americans) AND has nuclear bombs.Israel is clearly an American controlled fortress in an oil-rich area, one that, at any time, can be used as an excuse to invade and occupy any of the Arab States.America is the real problem.

  • Anonymous

    What the 'Arab' world thinks of or does with respect to Israel (re 'Anonymous') is of tangential relevance to the fact of and the base immorality of Israeli ethnic cleansing.And of course the fact of and the base immorality of the West's financial underpinning of above.The red herrings thrown up by the Israeli lobby make Goebel's apparatus look like a Sunday school picnic.ej