The ugly allure of mining in Afghanistan

My story in Australian outlet Crikey this week: Australia’s second-richest person Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest was in Afghanistan in September to investigate the viability of resource projects in the war-torn country. According to The Australian Financial Review, “Forrest has been travelling to some of the world’s most dangerous nations in search of new resource projects and pursuing philanthropic interests”.…

How to Sell a Massacre book launch

Back in 2019, Al Jazeera English released a stunning 3-year long investigation into the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Australia’s One Nation political party, How to Sell a Massacre. The journalist behind the story, Peter Charley, has written a fine book about it and I recently interviewed him at a (virtual) book launch.

Covid-19 welcomes disaster capitalists

I recently spoke at Virtual Progress 2020, a conference on civil rights and progressive politics. I talked about disaster capitalism. I was then interviewed by Australian outlet Right Now about these issues. Sarah Joseph conducted the interview: Antony Loewenstein has spent the past decade following corporations around the world, examining how they cash in on…

Making money from emergency healthcare

I’ve spent 10+ years investigating the issue of disaster capitalism around the world. Here’s my latest story, published in Australia’s major outlet The Saturday Paper, on the company Aspen Medical, its role during the Covid-19 pandemic and highly profitable contracts around the world. Aspen Medical’s Covid-19 contracts | The Saturday Paper

The 2019 Jerusalem Peace Prize speech and Q&A

At the recent ceremony of the 2019 Jerusalem Peace Prize, one of Australia’s leading peace awards that I won, I gave a speech on the themes of the night and then spoke with esteemed journalist Mary Kostakidis about my work on Israel/Palestine, drugs, disaster capitalism, Wikileaks etc. Here’s the video of my speech and Q&A…

My Jerusalem Peace Prize acceptance speech

Last week I was awarded the Jerusalem Peace Prize in Melbourne Australia for my 15 years of work on Israel and Palestine. It was a surreal and rather overwhelming evening at Victoria’s Parliament House in front of 150 people. The audience was a diverse combination of Palestine supporters, Palestinians, Arabs and dear friends and family.…

In defence of human rights in Chile – open letter to the Australian community

Happy to sign the following important letter, partly initiated by my friend Dr. Rodrigo Acuña: Sydney, 24 November 2019 We express our deep concerns about human rights violations taking place in Chile, including the de facto war that billionaire President Sebastian Piñera has unleashed on his people. On 18 October, Chilean students took to the streets to protest…

Talking serious drug reform at the Melbourne Town Hall

During my recent Australian tour for my book, Pills, Powder and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs, the biggest event, organised by Drug Policy Australia, was held at the Melbourne Town Hall in front of 700 people. Alongside star panelists Fiona Patten, Mick Palmer, Laura Turner, Greg Barns and Tania de Jong, and host…