Antony Loewenstein

Journalist and author


Philippines drug war kills countless poor people, while the rich escape unscathed

February 23, 2018 1

Duterte’s war on drugs has become, like in every other nation where a drugs war is waged, an onslaught against the poor.

Loewenstein: Manus protest is failing, so let’s talk about a boycott of Australia

November 13, 2017 12

Industries like sporting and tourism could be turned into tools for fighting indefinite incarceration.

‘The situation feels hopeless’: 50 years of Israeli occupation

June 6, 2017 14

Palestinians remain under an Israeli regime of house demolitions, ever-expanding illegal settlements and strict controls over daily life, writes freelance journalist Antony Loewenstein.

Why we should stop Serco from taking over public housing

April 28, 2017 7

Should public housing be privately managed? And if so, should Serco, infamous for its role in offshore detention centres, be the one doing the managing?

Private contractors thrive in Afghanistan as Karzai’s phase out fails

April 20, 2012 1

Apart from the escalating rate of civilian deaths, from Taliban and Western forces, the rise of private security armies has defined the war, resulting in numerous contractor crimes against Afghan civilians.

Pakistan, where private security is a state within a state

April 13, 2012 1

America and the West have backed the Pakistani state’s brutality since September 11.

PNG and civil strife is high on the agenda

February 16, 2012 3

The reality away from corporate spin is a simmering conflict.

How the ‘resource curse’ eats at the heart of Bougainville

How the ‘resource curse’ eats at the heart of Bougainville

February 10, 2012 7

Bougainvilleans may have won the war but the peace has left years of inertia, and a province desperately needing rehabilitation.

Christmas Is: residents’ hope for more than a prison island

December 1, 2011 3

The isolation of the Christmas Island detention centre is the key to soaring mental health problems of staff and detainees. Crikey took the long flight to inspect the facility.

Curtin detention centre: 30min drive from Derby, ‘fit in or f-ck off’

November 30, 2011 3

Curtin is situated inside an Australian Airforce Base, around 30 minutes drive from Derby, and can only be accessed by prior arrangement with Serco. Crikey paid a visit.

Woodside’s Kimberley: red dirt, pristine coastline … and heavy security

Woodside’s Kimberley: red dirt, pristine coastline … and heavy security

November 29, 2011 2

When West Australian Premier Colin Barnett said last week that he welcomed the announcement of a permanent US military presence in northern Australia), his words are worth considering in a wider context.

Strange bedfellows: new nexus between Israel and far Right

October 25, 2011 8

This is an extract from an essay in On Utøya: Anders Breivik, right terror, racism and Europe.

Afghan war: the waste in contracting out the war on terror

September 6, 2011 21

In the 10 years since 9/11, millions of people have been killed but countless firms have benefitted from the explosion in Western defence spending.

Where are the Arab voices on the BDS coverage?

April 15, 2011 20

Where are Arab voices in the Australian media as part of the coverage of the NSW Greens embracing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel?

NSW election: Greens Marrickville candidate labelled ‘Hamas harlot’

March 17, 2011 30

The campaign against the Greens candidate for Marrickville is not all fair and above board.

Warning, NSW: companies like Serco can give privatisation a bad name

March 14, 2011 1

Privatisation is firmly on the agenda of the NSW election campaign. But leaders and voters should look to Western Australia for some of the problems it brings.

Villawood guards blow whistle on OH&S issues at the centre

Villawood guards blow whistle on OH&S issues at the centre

February 22, 2011 17

Three security guards working at Sydney’s Villawood detention centre have exposed occupational health and safety breaches at their workplace, in exclusive interviews with Crikey.

Habib: my torture at the hands of Egypt’s new de facto leader

February 11, 2011 3

Former Guantanamo Bay inmate Mamdouh Habib, has an intimate knowledge of Omar Suleiman; he met him personally while Habib was illegally rendered to Egypt in 2001 and tortured.

Does Israel believe that Egypt deserves democracy?

February 8, 2011 15

Truly free speech in the Arab world threatens Israel because a wide diversity of views will be more loudly heard and necessarily incorporated into the political mainstream, writes Antony Loewenstein.

Elite Oz soldiers in covert operations for top-secret Alliance Base

November 22, 2010 4

Elite Australian soldiers are involved in covert operations for the Americans in the "war on terror", co-ordinated through the top-secret, Paris-based centre Alliance Base.