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Antony Loewenstein

Real Fiction Radio Broadcast: February 26, 2020 Noon on WERA-FM 96.7 Arlington, VA

Antony Loewenstein is a Jerusalem-based, independent, freelance, investigative journalist, author and film-maker. He’s written for the The Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post, New Statesman, Al Jazeera, The New York Review of Books, ViceHuffington Post, Salon, The Daily Star, Le Monde Diplomatique English, Foreign Policy, The National, The Independent, Electronic Intifada, Al Akhbar English, Dawn, Haaretz, The Nation, New Internationalist, Forward, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Los Angeles Review of Books, BBC World Service, Adbusters, Al Masry Alyoum, Juan Cole, Mondoweiss, Tehelka, +972 Magazine, TRT World,

Open Democracy, Sydney’s Sun-Herald, New Zealand Herald, Sydney Ideas Quarterly, The Australian Financial Review, Crikey, Melbourne’s Age, Brisbane’s Courier Mail, Canberra Times, Online Opinion, New Matilda, The Conversation, ABC Unleashed/The Drum, Amnesty International Australia, Green Left Weekly, Eureka Street, Kill Your Darlings, Tikkun, Adelaide’s Advertiser, The Bulletin, Znet, Overland, Sydney PEN, The Big Issue, Counterpunch and many others.

He’s been a weekly columnist for The Guardian.

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

In 2015 he released a major new book, Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe, out with Verso Books. It was out in paperback in January 2017. An Arabic edition was released in 2019.

He wrote/co-produced a documentary with New York based film-maker Thor Neureiter, Disaster Capitalism, about aid, development and politics in Afghanistan, Haiti and Papua New Guinea. It was selected for the prestigious 2016 Hot Docs film festival. It was released in 2018, screening across the globe.

His book on the global “war on drugs”, Pills, Powder and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs, featuring on the ground reporting from Honduras, Guinea-Bissau, the Philippines, the US, UK and Australia, was out in 2019 in Australia, the US and India and 2020 in the UK. It’s being translated into Slovakian.

He made a 2019 documentary for Al Jazeera English on abuse of the opioid drug tramadol in Nigeria and Africa, West Africa’s Opioid Crisis, with South African film-maker Naashon Zalk.

He’s the winner of the 2019 Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize, one of Australia’s leading peace awards.

Antony appears regularly around the world on radio (including the BBC), TV (including CNNAl Jazeera English, Democracy Now! and ABC News24), in public, writer’s festivals (in Australia such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and every major literary festival in the country and overseas such as Indonesia, India, South Africa and New Zealand) and at universities (including Harvard) discussing current affairs, politics and media. (Loewenstein interview begins at 15:00 min mark)


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