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.

Webdiary has moved

Margo Kingston has finally left Fairfax and opened up a new (temporary) residence. There is much about this story that remains to be told. Personally, she hasn’t left a day too soon.
  • Glenn Condell

    Any paper that can regularly publish Michael Gawenda's dogshit, not to mention Henderson's, Sheehans and Devine's, is no place for someone of Margo's calibre, or yours for that matter.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Glenn, you're too kind. Thanks. I left last Xmas and Margo has finally left too. Her and I have different views of the world BUT we agree on the inherent nightmare that is Fairfax.Independence lives on…

  • weezil

    Ant, in the late 1980s, I was working press (radio, print) in the conservative midwestern USA. The compromise back then for was that I either wrote what the ed wanted or I didn't write for publication. BIG change from writing for student papers at uni in the early 1980s.Come 1994, when I got an internet connection, I started writing material more up my alley for my own website, a blog of sorts. However, getting my website read by any appreciable number of people was difficult- and there was certainly no money in it. Blogs as we now know them do get some readership thanks to some forward thinkers at Google/Blogger, but nothing approaching the numbers nor the broad demographics of those who pick up a daily paper. Thanks again for the link from Counterspin to my then nascent 'S'truth? STREWTH! Dangerous Ideas From A Working Brain' blog back in September 2004. The great numbers of readers referred to SS-DIFAWB definitely spurred me to wrote more- and better. I was fairly rusty when I started writing SS-DIFAWB. I'm somewhat better at it now with 'mgk:Machine Gun Keyboard' and the readership has certainly responded. I'm seeing 700-1000 readers per day at the moment on mgk. Lets hope that powerhouse writers like you & MK can get some readership (and livable rates of earnings…) outside of the traditional media structure.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Thanks Weez.At the moment, my sources of income is clearly not from this blog, but from writing gigs, book writing and elsewhere. It's starting to get a little easier, but takes time.Margo leaving Fairfax should have happened a long time ago, and it's not before time.

  • joe2

    Antony,as a final insult to Margo,we received 13 unsolcited emails. Some great believers of free speach have hacked into her site.You should not open these things but curiousity got the better of me. One spoke of just reading the little paper and you will be right. All deleted and cannot be more specific. What about P. Adams? Still working for Ruppy/A.B.C and love his radio work. Personally I would hate to see him go.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    I also received many spam emails. God knows what that was all about…Phillip Adams still hangs onto the ABC and Murdoch, just so that they can say they've got the lefties covered.Margo's departure is for the best, the Fairfax meddling was getting out of control.I think she'll tell that story soon…I've got a few things to add, when the time is right…

  • Andjam

    She's now free of the fundamentalist zionists!

  • leftvegdrunk

    I back up Weezil's thoughts on this. I'll be watching Kingston again with interest. Webdiary was going off the rails a bit there, so I am hopeful that this move will provide an injection of renewed enthusiasm and a sense of direction.