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.

Free trips to fellate Israel

Are there no limits to the whoring the political and media elite won’t display towards Israel?

Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard will lead a delegation to Israel next month as part of a bid to strengthen political, business and cultural ties between Australia and Israel.

The tour, organised by pro-Israel lobby group the Australia Israel Cultural Exchange, will include in the 40-strong delegation Liberal MPs Peter Costello, Christopher Pyne, George Brandis, Guy Barnett, Labor MP Mark Dreyfus, QC, Jewish scientists, academics, businessmen and women, plus conservative News Limited columnists Greg Sheridan , Andrew Bolt and Alan Howe.

Expect discussions about Israeli “democracy”, “rule of law”, “dedication to peace” and “Palestinian terrorism.”

Expect nothing about the reality of Zionist apartheid.

Even some previously pro-Israel politicians in the US are waking up.

  • ej

    Repeat after me – there is no such thing as the Israel lobby.

    We vote for these fuckers to represent us, but for a few shekels – perhaps a tree grown on stolen land named after them – they bow down before a criminal state.

    The lobby not merely buys a Prime Minister (they clearly had him sown up before his elevation and, with the yanks, gave him the nod (shades of Bob Hawke)), but they've bought off both sides of Parliament as well.

    Only last night, our Foreign Minister SMith was on the box joining the anti North Korea bandwagon, noting that it had ignored a series of UN resolutions.

    And Israel?

    I am apoplectic with rage.

  • mallee

    I look forward to the pollies written reports on their independent tour and inspection of the Gaza strip and investigations to see how the civilian Gazan's can be helped with humanitarian food aid and medical care from Australia.

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  • Kevin Charles Herber

    The Rudd Government's continuing stance on the Israeli means to me that my national government is actively supporting a morally & intellectually bankrupt terrorist nation.

    The refusal of Rudd & co to accept Hamas election in Gaza was clearly wrong on both moral & international law grounds. Further, Rudd's refusal to recognise Hamas's inalienable right to wage war against the Israeli invaders of the occupied territories, cannot be justified.

    Hamas have made their views very clear. i.e. end the illegal blockade of Gaza, and either withdraw from the occupied territories forthwith OR begin negotiations with Hamas to that end, or face continued armed resistance. I SUPPORT HAMAS'S RIGHT TO WAGE WAR AGAINST THE INVADERS OF ITS TERRITORIES.

    The SMH also confirm the passing of the far right Zionist baton in Oz from Mark Liebler to Arthur Dadon, whose credentails for the job are confirmed by his recent justification of the killing of women & children in Gaza.

    I am one angry Australian voter, who will not vote for the Rudd Government again on principle.

    Boycott Israel.

  • moonkoon

    I'm dismayed, no I'm not, I'm appalled at this news.

    I hope these politicians aren't going as official representatives of the Australian government as, by their acceptance of this largesse, they signal Australia's support for Israel's intransigence. They have no mandate to hobnob with these apartheid loving crooks!

    They must feel politically secure with their bi-partisan team. Talk about a culture of impunity…

    I have an idea, perhaps they could stop off in Sri Lanka on the way home and suck up to President Mahinda Rajapaksa as well.

    Perhaps, in the course of the "cultural exchange", they can pick up a few tips about the culture of supremacism and ethnic cleansing that is rife in both countries and apply it here.

    Which part of our culture will we be "exchanging" in the planned swap? The "fair go"?

    Maybe, as part of the exchange, Barnett could distribute a few Christian tracts that mention the New Commandment, (love one another) to his hosts. 🙂

  • Anthony Hu

    I hate that Australia now joins the queue behind the US congress to felate Israel.(Netanyahu must be the most felated man in history) I would love to see an animated cartoon showing the consequences of the congressman rebuked by Bibi for not swallowing) We are unable to stop them going. Perhaps we should lobby these 16 Australians (not 17, I would not bother with Andrew Bolt) and suggest to them that this is an opportunity to let Israel know that we are keen to partner them in business as soon as they stop their Apartheid ways and comply with all UN resolutions to date.

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