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.

News bytes

– The NSW Supreme Court has heard that the Howard government’s terrorism laws “would close off courts ‘as tight as a drum’ and co-opt judges into a regime of ‘extreme secrecy’.”

– While the Howard government tries to entice business to donate even more funds to its coffers – the Liberal Party pamphlet sent to 1000 directors tells them that it will ‘work directly with our business leaders to maintain an active dialogue that keeps the well being of Australia and its citizens in clear view’ – the Australian Electoral Commission has released the list of donors to political parties for 2004-05. Discover who truly controls the state of contemporary Australia.

– A new poll taken in Iraq offers some sobering results, not least the support for attacks on US troops, desire for US withdrawal, suspicion of US intentions and disgust at US reconstruction efforts.

– Adelaide-based white supremacists are looking for “open warfare.”

– Former chief of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), retired Admiral Chris Barrie, says that Australia’s military relationship with the US will soon be in dire trouble and a majority of the Australian population will end up resenting it. Furthermore, he supports a return of conscription as a way to solve the ADF’s recruitment issues.

– Exxon Mobil is embarrassed about huge profits.

  • smiths

    a very funny video, state of the union address

  • Stev

    Classic. Nice one smiths. I remember they did a similar thing with one of the SOTU addresses in Bush's first term. Nice to see some things never change!

  • Glenn Condell

    Chris Barrie sees the writing on the wall and has the balls to express it. The political class and their media corgis are either unaware or too scared to mention that we are being cornholed in every agreement we have with the US and that some of us are a bit upset (or 'sore' perhaps) about it. Not to mention our craven role in the Iraq disaster. Barrie has retired so feels he can now open his gob and say what he thinks; good on him. Not so sure about the draft idea; though I do see the point I'm not at all keen.

  • boredinHK

    From the ABC site :General Barrie,"He says that in 50 years time Australia will have become an insignificant country in the Asia-Pacific region"become ? I think that Australia has been blessed with mineral riches.Apart from that we aren't significant at all but like the Saudis we need to trade on our resources , selling them to the highest bidder. It isn't a pretty spectacle but it works.

  • James Waterton

    Re Exxon Mobil – I don't think they're embarrassed. I think they're trying to avoid a backlash from the soft thinking types who object to profit and profitable firms.I'm sure Exxon are actually extremely happy with their financial results. They deserve them; Exxon's the best managed company in the business. Hell, if I was a long term shareholder, I'd be over the moon.

  • Wombat

    Re Exxon Mobil: I suspect it has as much to do with the fact that the same guys lied in from of the Senate Panel last time they appeared. I also suspect there is resentment a the fact they got a 4 billion tax break befor eKatrina and other tax beaks after it.Managi your company is always handy when you are getting these gifts fro mteh government, while still trying to weasel their way out of paying for the Exxon Valdez distaster.Who sayds Bush doesn't agree with welfare…coporate welfare that is.

  • smiths

    i just marvel james at your capacity to defend these organisations, exxon deserves their profits?if running a company well means bribery, murder, price fixing and the destruction of the earths life support system then hey, three cheers for exxon, fucking whoopeeyou, james, are a longterm shareholder in the environment, and your shares are being shit on, so wake upand for a change, respond to the content of my post, not the style

  • James Waterton

    I knew someone would bang on about the Exxon Valdez disaster. Hasn't Exxon spent more than 2 billion dollars on this already? Did you know that the cleanup actually caused more environmental harm than the oil spill? I strongly recommend you read the book linked here. That's the Bjorn Lomborg publication, not Earth in the Balance! It demolishes the green case against ExxonMobil.No idea what you're talking at regarding these guys who lied somewhere. I'm not sure what you're trying to imply here; it's not very clear at all. Anyway, I suggest you take a deeper look at the oil industry in the US – you will discover that ExxonMobil is in fact exceptionally well managed and also particularly strong regarding acquisitions – it is, unlike most of its competitors, conservative (not snapping up everything in sight like ChevronTexaco) and when it makes a play it doesn't overpay. Re tax breaks, I imagine all the American oil companies are recipients of tax concessions in an enormous number of ways – hell, I'll bet most private citizens are. I don't agree with this method of taxation; personally I'd rather have one flat tax rate and scrap all deductions, but who listens to me.

  • James Waterton

    Get your hand off it, smiths. Where have I responded only to "the style" of your post, and not the content? I smell a strawman….Please substantiate the accusations you've levelled in your post above, that'd be great. Thanks very much!

  • James Waterton

    Oh, and smiths – you're being duped by the environmental industry. Wake up. You should read the same book I recommended to Addamo.

  • Mannie

    "you will discover that ExxonMobil is in fact exceptionally well managed" Maybe I am missing something but wasn't it the Exxon Valdeez that spilt the oil with fantastic environmental damage?

  • James Waterton

    Wow, mannie, you've got me with that obscure and little-known event that happened almost twenty years ago. Oh, what a coincidence – someone else mentioned it in the thread. Do try to keep up, mannie.Read the book I mentioned whilst you're at it to find out another angle to the Exxon Valdez accident… as could be expected when the green movement gets involved, the whole thing was blown enormously out of perspective and billions were wasted. Oh, and the cleanup demanded turned out to be more damaging than the spill itself. Oh well, valuable political points were scored, and you can't let that kind of opportunity pass you by!