|Born||1974 (age 44–45)|
|Subject||Politics · Israel–Palestine|
Loewenstein has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, Haaretz, The Washington Post, The New York Review of Books, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Sydney's Sun-Herald, The Bulletin, ZNet, The Big Issue, Crikey, CounterPunch, and the online magazine newmatilda.com among others. He appears regularly on TV, radio, in public and at universities around the world discussing current affairs and politics.
Loewenstein contributed a chapter to Not Happy, John (2004), a bestseller in Australia which highlighted the growing disenchantment with then-PM John Howard. His book on the Israel-Palestine conflict, My Israel Question, (2006 and in new editions in 2007 and 2009) was described by Ilan Pappé as "one of the best treatises which presents in the most lucid way possible why anti-Zionism can not be equated with anti-Semitism". The Weekend Australian wrote that it "deserves a strong readership ... because it makes us uncomfortable". It was short-listed for a 2007 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award. The book was criticized in a review in Australian Jewish News. His next book, The Blogging Revolution (2008), is about the impact of the internet in countries with repressive regimes. It was updated in 2011 after the Arab Spring. My Israel Question is available in an Arabic translation.
He contributed to the Verso Books release, A Time to Speak Out (2008), on the rise of global Jewish dissent.
He is the co-editor with Ahmed Moor of the 2012 book After Zionism: One State for Israel and Palestine which includes essays by Omar Barghouti, John Mearsheimer, Ilan Pappé, Sara Roy, and Jonathan Cook, among others. In 2012 he also published Left Turn about failures of capitalism.
In 2013, he released a book on vulture capitalism, Profits of Doom, (with a new edition in 2014) and a book on religion, faith and politics, For God's Sake.
In 2015 Loewenstein released a book with Verso Books, Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out of Catastrophe, and is writer/co-producer of the documentary, Disaster Capitalism, released in 2018.
He's currently working on a major book on the global "war on drugs", out in 2019.
|Book Discussion on Disaster Capitalism, C-SPAN, October 8, 2015|
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