Profits of Doom

How vulture capitalism is swallowing the world

A book by Antony Loewenstein


"Courageous reporting, illuminated with perceptive analysis" – Noam Chomsky

Antony Loewenstein is a Sydney-based independent freelance journalist, author, documentarian, photographer and blogger. He has written for the Sydney Morning Herald,The AustralianThe GuardianJuan ColeMondoweissWashington PostNew StatesmanHuffington PostThe Daily StarThe NationalAl Akhbar EnglishDawnHaaretzThe NationBBC World ServiceAdbustersAl Masry AlyoumTehelka, Sydney’s Sun-HeraldNew Zealand HeraldSydney Ideas QuarterlyThe Australian Financial Review, Melbourne’s Age, Brisbane’s Courier MailCanberra TimesOnline Opinion, The Conversation, ABC Unleashed/The Drum, Amnesty International AustraliaGreen Left Weekly,Eureka StreetKill Your DarlingsTikkun, Adelaide’s AdvertiserThe BulletinZnetOverlandSydney PENThe Big IssueCounterpunch and many others.

Antony contributed a major chapter to 2004′s Australian best-seller, Not Happy, John! on the Middle East.

His best-selling book on the Israel/Palestine conflict, My Israel Question, was released by Melbourne University Publishing in 2006. A new, updated edition was released in 2007 (and reprinted again in 2008). The book was short-listed for the 2007 New South Wales 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 and soon in Indonesia.

He was a contributor to the 2008 Verso Books release, A Time to Speak Out: On Israel, Zionism and Jewish Identity.

His second book, The Blogging Revolution, on the internet in repressive regimes, was released in 2008 by Melbourne University Publishing, an updated edition in 2011, post the Arab revolutions, and an updated Indian print version in 2011.

He is a contributor to the 2011 book My Favourite Teacher, published by NewSouth. He has a chapter in the 2011 book, On Utøya: Anders Breivik, right terror, racism and Europe, on the nexus between Israel and the Right.

He’s the co-editor, with Ahmed Moor, of After Zionism in 2012. A collection of the world’s leading writers and thinkers on the Israel/Palestine conflict, the book outlines how the one-state solution can be achieved in the Middle East.

He is the co-editor, with Jeff Sparrow, of Left Turn in 2012. Featuring some of Australia’s leading progressive voices, the collection provides an alternative view on #Occupy, unions, Palestine, the media, war, climate change and other vital issues.

He is a contributor to the 2012 collection, Loving This Planet, edited by Helen Calcidott and published by The New Press, on the importance of Wikileaks.

He’s co-author of the 2013 book For God’s Sake, via Pan Macmillan, on the role of religion, faith and politics in society.

In 2013 he released the book Profits of Doom, including a photography exhibition plus documentary (with New York based Thor Neureiter), about vulture capitalism and privatisation in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Haiti, Australia, the Asia-Pacific, the “war on terror” and beyond.

His 2010 ABC Radio National feature documentary, A Different Kind of Jew, was a finalist in the UN Media Peace Awards.

He writes regularly for The Guardian, Australian online magazines New Matilda and Crikey and is a Research Associate at the University of Technology Sydney’s Australian Centre for Independent Journalism. He sits on the advisory council of the British-based Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice. He is the co-founder of advocacy group Independent Australian Jewish Voices and contributed to Amnesty International Australia’s 2008 campaign about Chinese internet repression and the Beijing Olympic Games.

Antony appears regularly around the world on radio (including the BBC), TV (including Al Jazeera EnglishDemocracy Now! and ABC News24), in public, writer’s festivals (in Australia and overseas such as IndonesiaIndia and New Zealand) and at universities (including Harvard) discussing current affairs, politics and media.




Photo Credit: Reuben Brand