Moderate Rebels

Moderate Rebels

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Moderate Rebels is a news and politics podcast hosted by journalists Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton. We report on the US empire and the endless war propaganda sold to us each day in the corporate media.


India’s far-right landslide and the global rise of ultranationalist hate politics
May 30 • 59 min
Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss India’s 2019 general election results with journalist Prabir Purkayastha, addressing the landslide victory of far-right Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu-nationalist party BJP, the collapse of Congress, the…
The anti-war Gravelanche: Presidential candidate Mike Gravel campaigns against militarism and empire
May 8 • 65 min
Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton interview US presidential candidate Mike Gravel, who is running an anti-war campaign promising to “end the American empire.” We discuss the military-industrial complex, imperialism, Trump, Bernie Sanders, Biden, Venezuela,…
The Management of Savagery: Max Blumenthal’s book on how US wars fueled Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and Trump
Apr 26 • 108 min
Moderate Rebels LIVE - Max Blumenthal discusses his new book “The Management of Savagery: How America’s National Security State Fueled the Rise of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Donald Trump” with Ben Norton. We address US wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and…
What’s behind Ecuador’s betrayal of Assange? Ex-Foreign Minister Guillaume Long explains
Apr 17 • 71 min
Ecuador sold out WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, letting Britain arrest him for potential extradition to the US. Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton speak with former Foreign Minister Guillaume Long about this historic betrayal, discussing Ecuadoran…
How Russiagate hacked the brains of America’s elite w/ Aaron Maté (E38)
Mar 28 • 84 min
Russiagate has collapsed, with Robert Mueller’s investigation finding no proof of collusion. Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton speak with journalist Aaron Maté, who documented from the beginning how the Trump-Russia conspiracy was not based on evidence — and…
History of Chavismo in Venezuela, and right-wing terror ignored by media w/ Diego Sequera (E37)
Mar 6 • 68 min
Live in Caracas, Venezuela, we continue interviewing journalist Diego Sequera of Misión Verdad. We discuss the history of the Chavista movement, the victories and losses of Hugo Chávez, the enormous difficulties faced by President Nicolás Maduro, and the…
What’s really happening in Venezuela? Reporting on coup attempt from inside Caracas w/ Diego Sequera (E36)
Feb 22 • 59 min
We report live from Caracas, Venezuela with journalist Diego Sequera of Misión Verdad. We discuss the US-led coup attempt, the Trump administration’s “humanitarian aid” stunt on the border, and the history of Chavismo and Bolivarianism.
The real Venezuela: From Caracas, Prof. Aline Piva explains US coup attempt (E35)
Feb 1 • 56 min
Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton speak with Aline Piva, who lives and teaches in Caracas, Venezuela and explains what’s really going on in the country, with a US-led coup attempt to install the right-wing opposition. We discuss the economic warfare and US…
Economic strangulation of Venezuela: Human toll of US sanctions and regime change w/ Steve Ellner (E34)
Jan 24 • 47 min
Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton continue speaking with scholar Steve Ellner about the economic war on Venezuela and the devastating impact of US sanctions. While the Trump administration pushes for a coup against President Nicolas Maduro, Ellner addresses…
Revolt of the haves: Venezuela’s US-backed opposition and economic sabotage w/ Steve Ellner (E33)
Jan 15 • 38 min
Moderate Rebels episode 33 (part 1/2): Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton speak with Professor Steve Ellner about Venezuela’s right-wing opposition, and how the corporate media whitewashes its use of violence and economic sabotage. Ellner explains some of the…
Inside the Integrity Initiative, the UK gov’s information war on the public w/ David Miller (E32)
Dec 26, 2018 • 58 min
Moderate Rebels episode 32: Journalists Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss Britain’s Integrity Initiative and the information war it is waging on the public, with propaganda expert Professor David Miller. We address the scandal surrounding this UK…
AMLO vs. neoliberalism: The resurgence of Mexico’s left w/ John Ackerman (E31)
Dec 4, 2018 • 54 min
Moderate Rebels episode 31: Max Blumenthal reports from Mexico on the inauguration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), the country’s first left-wing president in 70 years. Professor John Ackerman discusses AMLO’s campaign against neoliberalism and…
Media’s war on Jeremy Corbyn, fake Labour ‘anti-Semitism crisis’, & Brexit w/ Kerry-Anne Mendoza (E30)
Nov 21, 2018 • 48 min
Moderate Rebels episode 30: Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton continue part 2 of our interview with Kerry-Anne Mendoza, editor of British news site The Canary. We discuss the corporate media’s grotesquely dishonest war on leftist Labour Party leader Jeremy…
Brazil’s fascist threat and US-backed war on Latin America’s Leftist Pink Tide w/ Aline Piva (E29)
Nov 9, 2018 • 76 min
Moderate Rebels episode 29: Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by Brazilian political analyst Aline Piva to discuss the election of fascist Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil’s new president. We talk about his far-right extremism, support for military…
Crashing The Guardian’s neoliberal party: Rise of new left media w/ The Canary’s Kerry-Anne Mendoza (E28)
Oct 26, 2018 • 54 min
Moderate Rebels episode 28: Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by the founder and editor of the British left-wing independent news website The Canary, Kerry-Anne Mendoza. We discuss the neoliberal attack on leftist alternative media, led by the UK’s…
Saudi Arabia’s murderous rampage: Dissident Ali al-Ahmed on killings of journalists & Yemenis (E27)
Oct 16, 2018 • 57 min
Moderate Rebels episode 27: Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by Saudi journalist and analyst Ali al-Ahmed to discuss Saudi Arabia’s assassination of dissidents. Ali addresses the suspected killing of Jamal Khashoggi, and explains the power…
What’s next for Syria? Al-Qaeda’s largest haven Idlib, US military occupation, & the Kurds (Ep. 26)
Oct 1, 2018 • 74 min
Moderate Rebels episode 26: Ben Norton speaks with Syrian analyst Ehsani about the new stages in the war in Syria. We discuss Idlib — the last “rebel”-held province and “largest al-Qaeda safe haven since 9/11” — and we dissect the Idlib peace deal…
Washington’s war on Haiti and the neocolonial charity-industrial complex - with Kim Ives (Ep. 25)
Sep 18, 2018 • 29 min
Moderate Rebels episode 25: Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton sit down with Kim Ives, co-editor of Haiti Liberte, to discuss neocolonialism in Haiti. We address the history of US meddling, military coups, the 2010 earthquake, and political figures like…
John McCain’s imperial funeral: Veteran Mike Prysner on the warmonger’s betrayal (Ep. 24)
Sep 6, 2018 • 62 min
Moderate Rebels episode 24: Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by anti-war veteran Mike Prysner to discuss the warmongering legacy of John McCain and the bipartisan attempt to portray the neoconservative senator as a Resistance™ figure against…
Big Tech’s dangerous crackdown on social media - with Abby Martin (Ep. 23)
Aug 20, 2018 • 78 min
Moderate Rebels episode 23 - Max Blumenthal and Abby Martin discuss the suppression of dissident voices on social media by Silicon Valley, at the behest of the US national security state. Facebook is partnering with the warmongering NATO-funded think tank…
How Nicaragua defeated a right-wing US-backed coup: A report from Managua (Ep. 22)
Jul 31, 2018 • 76 min
Moderate Rebels episode 22 - Max Blumenthal reports from on the ground in Nicaragua’s capital Managua. He reveals how the violent right-wing opposition attempted to overthrow the elected Sandinista government, with help from US-funded organizations. Nils…
Imperial roots of the US war on immigrants: How Clinton, Bush, Obama helped create Trump’s ICE army (Ep. 21)
Jul 4, 2018 • 68 min
Episode 21 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss the bipartisan US war on immigrants, and the history of bloody US imperialism in Latin America — with wars, coups, contras, and meddling. We provide historical context to explain why migrants are fleeing…
Siege, censorship, subversion: The international assault on Palestine - with Ali Abunimah (Ep. 20)
Jun 21, 2018 • 62 min
Moderate Rebels episode 20 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton speak with journalist Ali Abunimah about the global assault on Palestine — by the US, Israel, Gulf monarchies, and regime changers. We detail Israel’s massacre of protesters in Gaza’s Great March…
Meet the Syria regime change gang: Idlibs, Jaish al-Grad School, and pro-war Trotskyists (Ep. 19)
Jun 5, 2018 • 76 min
Moderate Rebels episode 19 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton conclude our Syria series with Rania Khalek. Ben details how his misguided views matured. And we name and shame the regime change gang, including the radlib college students from Jaish al-Grad…
Syria is not Palestine; anti-Salafism/Wahhabism is not Islamophobia - with Rania Khalek (Ep. 18)
May 7, 2018 • 59 min
Moderate Rebels episode 18 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton continue the discussion with Rania Khalek. We explain how our erroneous views on the war in Syria evolved. Max apologizes for his Al Akhbar resignation, and Rania discusses the destructive…
A dose of sanity on Syria - with Rania Khalek (Ep. 17)
May 2, 2018 • 61 min
Moderate Rebels episode 17 – Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by Rania Khalek to discuss the war in Syria. We dissect misleading media narratives about the conflict and the extremist Salafi-Takfiri rebel forces, and we analyze the various foreign…
Yemen, a US/Saudi-made catastrophe 3 years on - with Shireen al-Adeimi (Ep. 16)
Apr 10, 2018 • 63 min
Moderate Rebels episode 16 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by Yemeni-American scholar and activist Shireen al-Adeimi to discuss the joint US-Saudi war on Yemen, on its third anniversary. This war has unleashed the largest humanitarian…
Unpacking Syria war propaganda with Patrick Cockburn, from Afrin to Eastern Ghouta (Ep. 15)
Mar 22, 2018 • 68 min
Moderate Rebels episode 15 – Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by veteran Middle East reporter Patrick Cockburn to discuss the war in Syria. We analyze key cities and battles in the conflict, including Afrin, Eastern Ghouta, Idlib, Aleppo, and…
VICE’s American regime propaganda: How “A World in Disarray” glorifies US imperialism (Ep. 14)
Feb 12, 2018 • 53 min
Moderate Rebels episode 14 – Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton report on Vice Media’s transformation into a mouthpiece for American foreign policy. With filmmaker Robbie Martin, we look at “A World in Disarray,” a documentary film VICE co-produced with…
Vice Media, normalizing US empire under hipster guise - with Robbie Martin (Ep. 13)
Jan 29, 2018 • 48 min
Moderate Rebels episode 13 (Part 1 of 2) - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by filmmaker Robbie Martin to discuss how VICE transformed from a nihilistic hipster magazine into a media empire that propagandizes on behalf of the US empire, dutifully…
Understanding Iran’s protests, and the dangers of foreign meddling, with Mazda Majidi (Ep. 12)
Jan 7, 2018 • 67 min
Moderate Rebels episode 12 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss the protests in Iran with Mazda Majidi. We analyze the reasons behind them, including neoliberal economic policies, internal political contradictions, and US sanctions. This episode…
Jerusalem, Palestine, and Israelgate, with Ali Abunimah (Ep. 11)
Dec 14, 2017 • 69 min
Moderate Rebels episode 11 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by journalist Ali Abunimah to discuss Trump’s recognition of illegally occupied Jerusalem as the supposed capital of Israel. We also address the situation on the ground in Palestine,…
India’s specter of fascism: Modi, Hindutva, and the anti-Muslim “war on terror”, with Shehla Rashid (Ep. 10)
Nov 28, 2017 • 72 min
Moderate Rebels episode 10 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by Indian activist Shehla Rashid Shora. Shehla discusses the growing influence of Hindutva, the far-right Hindu nationalist movement, under the government of Prime Minister Narendra…
Zionism and anti-Semitism: Joseph Massad on the sordid historical alliance (Ep. 9)
Nov 17, 2017 • 73 min
Moderate Rebels episode 9 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by Columbia University Professor Joseph Massad, a leading expert on Israel-Palestine and Arab politics and intellectual history. Massad details the long history of collaboration between…
Puppy memes & Pokemon: How Russiagate went off the rails, with Aaron Maté (Ep. 8)
Oct 25, 2017 • 79 min
Moderate Rebels episode 8 - Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal discuss how the narrative of Russian “hacking” of US politics has gone off the deep end, with supposedly serious news reports on how the Kremlin purportedly used puppy memes and Pokemon to…
South Koreans resist US military presence and war with DPRK (Ep. 7)
Oct 13, 2017 • 41 min
Moderate Rebels episode 7 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss Donald Trump’s genocidal threats against North Korea and the anti-war protests in the South against the THAAD system and presence of 28,000 US troops. Max reports on the ground from South…
Understanding North Korea and US militarization: Dispatch from Seoul, with Wol-san Liem (Ep. 6)
Sep 21, 2017 • 58 min
Moderate Rebels episode 6 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss North Korea, the Trump administration’s genocidal threats, the bloody history of the “forgotten” Korean War, and how the US has militarized South Korea. Blumenthal reports on-the-ground in…
Orb of Evil: Trump’s embrace of Saudi Arabia, with Mohammed al-Nimr (Ep. 5)
Sep 1, 2017 • 61 min
Moderate Rebels episode 5 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss how Saudi Arabia is at the heart of Donald Trump’s Middle East policy. We’re joined by activist Mohammed al-Nimr, the son of the executed dissident Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, to discuss the Saudi…
The war comes home: The racist right after Charlottesville, with Eugene Puryear (Ep. 4)
Aug 18, 2017 • 69 min
Moderate Rebels episode 4 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by activist and author Eugene Puryear. We discuss the white supremacist fascist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia and terror attack on antiracist protesters. Blumenthal, Norton, and…
The sordid history of US proxy war in Syria, with Gareth Porter (Ep. 3)
Aug 11, 2017 • 64 min
Moderate Rebels episode 3 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton interview Gareth Porter, an award-winning investigative journalist who has done extensive reporting on the US proxy war in Syria, and how the CIA program arming and training rebels strengthened…
End of CIA’s Syrian ghost war and al-Qaeda’s renaissance (Ep. 2)
Aug 8, 2017 • 59 min
Moderate Rebels episode 2 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss the billion-dollar CIA program arming and training rebels in Syria, detailing how it strengthened extremist groups including ISIS and al-Qaeda. We use mainstream media reports and…
Democrats and the Russiagate delusion (Ep. 1)
Aug 3, 2017 • 50 min
Moderate Rebels episode 1 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss the Democratic Party’s obsession with Russia, how this fixation is used to prevent progressive change, the lack of evidence for ambiguous accusations of “Russian interference,” and how the…