Underbelly of Japan

My following book review appeared in yesterday’s Sydney Sun-Herald: Tokyo Vice: A Western Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan Jake Adelstein (Scribe, $35) What’s a nice Jewish boy doing in a place like this? It’s a question that haunts this fascinating memoir about a world largely off-limits to Western audiences. Japan is a curious…

Right’s new radicals

My following book review appears today in Sydney’s Sun Herald newspaper: Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party Max Blumenthal (Nation Books, $49.95) Reviewed by Antony Loewenstein Christian fundamentalists have taken over the Republican Party. “It’s become the party of birthers, deathers and Civil War re-enacters,” Max Blumenthal told the Los Angeles Times…

How occupation has corrupted Israel’s soul

My following book review appears in today’s edition of Sydney’s Sun-Herald newspaper: Israel and the Clash of Civilisations Jonathan Cook (Pluto Press, $42.95) The September 11 attacks on New York and Washington caused the Western media and political elite to seriously examine their behaviour in the Middle East. Most concluded that maintaining client states was…

Provocative president points finger at Israel

My following book review appeared in yesterday’s Sydney Sun-Herald newspaper: Palestine: Peace not Apartheid Jimmy Carter (Simon & Schuster, $45) When US President Jimmy Carter delivered his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in 2002 – awarded for “advancing democracy and human rights” and bringing peace between Israel and Egypt in 1978 – he reiterated the…

51st state?

My following review appears in today’s Sydney Sun-Herald: 51st State Dennis Altman Antony Loewenstein Australians have long had ambivalent feelings towards the United States. A 2005 study commissioned by the Lowy Institute found that two-thirds of Australians thought our government paid too much attention to Washington. Furthermore, similar numbers of people expressed positive feelings towards…

Mourning for a morally compromised US

The following review appears in today’s Sun Herald: My Holy War Jonathan Rabin (Picador, $32.95) Reviewed by Antony Loewenstein In the days and weeks after September 11, 2001, there was widespread global sympathy and support for the United States. Nearly five years on, that goodwill has diminished. A recent Harris and Financial Times poll found…

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