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Moderate Rebels is a news and politics podcast and video show 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.

Max Blumenthal & Ben Norton


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    20 years after 9/11, millions of victims of 'War on Terror': Reflection with Prof. Asad AbuKhalil

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2021 115:40


    Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks with Professor Asad Abukhalil, and the millions of victims of the "War on Terror." We speak about US imperialism's constant meddling in the Middle East, and Washington's hybrid wars on Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Yemen, and more. We also addressed how Bush-era neocons have been rehabilitated by and even merged with the Democratic Party and liberal "humanitarian interventionists." VIDEO: https://youtube.com/watch?v=Oca3UvG2HPA


    US hybrid warfare in Latin America, the new phase of imperialism: Behind Nicaragua coup attempt

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 90:53

    Ben Norton was invited to give this talk on US hybrid warfare in Latin America. He analyzes how imperialism has evolved in the 21st century, and looks at Washington's interventionist campaigns across the region, from Bolivia to Venezuela. Then Ben discusses the case of the 2018 coup attempt in Nicaragua. The talk goes from the beginning to 1:00:00. A 30-minute Q&A then follows after. VIDEO: https://youtube.com/watch?v=X87h8kh_8cI

    How elite US groups created Afghanistan's neoliberal President Ashraf Ghani, who stole $169 million

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 74:41

    Ben Norton discusses his The Grayzone investigation "How elite US institutions created Afghanistan's neoliberal President Ashraf Ghani, who stole $169 million from his country": https://thegrayzone.com/2021/09/02/afghanistan-ashraf-ghani-corrupt VIDEO: https://youtube.com/watch?v=bgTu7MC3gVc Watch Ben's weekly show Propaganda Today, where he streamed this video, and get access to exclusive content over at Rokfin: https://rokfin.com/benjaminnorton

    Exposing deceptive defectors and dissidents, from North Korea to Iraq, China to Syria

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 113:02


    On Foreign Agents, Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton expose the biggest frauds recruited as defectors and dissidents to lie about Official Enemies by the US regime, from North Korea's Yeonmi Park to Kuwait's Nayirah to Syria's Bana al-Abed. VIDEO: https://youtube.com/watch?v=pJCY7dS7StU You can watch Max's show Foreign Agents at Rokfin and subscribe to get all exclusive content here: https://rokfin.com/stream/8605/Foreign-Agents-5--Dissidents-defectors--deceivers-of-the-US-regime


    How US meddling in Ethiopia & Eritrea is destabilizing strategic Horn of Africa

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 119:27

    We discuss how the US government is destabilizing the strategic Horn of Africa with Eritrean journalist Elias Amare. We talk about the conflict in Ethiopia, the TPLF's attacks on the government in the Tigray region, and the role of the Biden administration's sanctions and meddling. Is the United States using the "humanitarian interventionist" playbook like it used to justify the devastating NATO regime-change war on Libya in 2011? VIDEO: youtube.com/watch?v=v8vRaWgI86Q Follow Elias on Twitter at twitter.com/eliasamare

    Afghanistan: Pipelines, minerals, and CIA opium ratline

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2021 73:00

    We continue our discussion with geopolitical analyst Pepe Escobar of the end of the 20-year US/NATO war in Afghanistan, the opium ratline the CIA used to fund dirty covert ops, the fight over pipelines, and the estimated $1 trillion worth of untapped mineral reserves in the country, as well as Washington's "pivot to Asia" and how Afghanistan is central in the new cold war on China and Russia. PART 2 OF 2 VIDEO: https://youtube.com/watch?v=QiF3TQZSxhs

    Historic US defeat in Afghanistan: Is it 'most important geopolitical event of 21st century'?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 52:03


    Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss the end to the 20-year US/NATO war in Afghanistan with journalist Pepe Escobar, who has extensive experience reporting in the country and was even arrested by the Taliban. We talk about how the geopolitics of the conflict, how the Taliban has changed, what the future government could look like, and the corruption of US puppet President Ashraf Ghani and other CIA assets. PART 1 OF 2 VIDEO: https://youtube.com/watch?v=QiF3TQZSxhs


    Meet US govt-backed regime-change guru Gene Sharp, mastermind of soft coups

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 47:02


    Max Blumenthal discusses US government-backed regime-change guru Gene Sharp with scholar Marcie Smith Parenti. They talk about Sharp's NED-funded Albert Einstein Institution; his explicitly neoliberal, pro-corporate, and pro-imperialist politics; and the manuals Sharp wrote teaching people how to do so-called "color revolutions" (ie, soft coups) against Washington's targets, from Yugoslavia to Venezuela to Hong Kong. VIDEO: https://youtube.com/watch?v=Ruu9aDHTqJU Read Marcie's article "Change Agent: Gene Sharp's Neoliberal Nonviolence": nonsite.org/change-agent-gene-sharps-neoliberal-nonviolence-part-one You can watch the censored part two of their discussion over at Rokfin: rokfin.com/stream/8188/Foreign-Agents-3--meet-regime-change-guru-Gene-Sharp-and-CDCFDA-vaccine-misogyny


    US-funded cultural counter-revolution in Cuba: How CIA cutouts use musicians to stir unrest

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 50:18


    Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss how the US government laid the groundwork for unrest in Cuba, the Biden administration's escalation of the economic war, and how CIA cutouts like USAID and the NED have cultivated a counter-revolutionary cultural network of rappers, artists, and social media influencers to push propaganda. We had planned on speaking with Havana-based journalist Cristina Escobar, but at the last minute when we started recording she unfortunately was unable to join us. Read Max's report "Cuba's cultural counter-revolution: US gov't-backed rappers, artists gain fame as ‘catalyst for current unrest'" here: https://thegrayzone.com/2021/07/25/cubas-cultural-counter-revolution-us-govt-rappers-artists-catalyst VIDEO: youtube.com/watch?v=KLMuuGtaxes


    US eviction catastrophe and cynical Democrat photo ops

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 18:54


    Max Blumenthal discusses his reporting at the US Capitol on the protests demanding an eviction moratorium, the huge impending economic crisis, the opportunism of the Squad, and how Democratic Party warmongers like Adam Schiff cynically exploited it to do a photo op. VIDEO: https://youtube.com/watch?v=3aHgChJxsdg


    US govt, celebrities, bots fuel astroturfed Cuba protests to push regime change

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 43:23

    We briefly discuss how the US government and corporate media are heavily amplifying small protests in Cuba to destabilize the country. While Washington suffocates the Cuban people with an illegal, 60-year blockade that the entire world just voted against at the UN, C-list celebrities are promoting #SOSCuba propaganda, and thousands of bots are spreading fake news on social media.

    Inside Haiti crisis: Who killed president, and what is role of Colombian mercenaries?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 75:24

    We discuss the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse with Haitian journalist Nazaire St. Fort and scholar Jeb Sprague. We talk about the "interim" presidency of US asset Claude Joseph, his request for American troops, the history of UN occupation, and the role of Colombian mercenaries and US citizens contracted by a Florida-based firm run by a right-wing Venezuelan-American.

    Judge throws out millionaire's frivolous lawsuit aimed at bankrupting us

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 142:28


    We recount the insane story of how a pampered heiress and journalistic wannabe, enriched by millions of dollars seized from Iran by the US government, sued us for exposing her bogus Hezbollah sources, and hired an influential pro-Israel lawyer to try to bankrupt The Grayzone. After 2.5 years of silence, Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton speak out about the McCarthyite legal assault. We expose Sulome Anderson and the powerful neoconservative forces supporting her lawfare campaign against us. VIDEO: youtube.com/watch?v=6vCnQKPznzM Read about the case here: thegrayzone.com/2021/06/29/lawsuit-sulome-anderson-hezbollah  


    Mexico's anti-neoliberal movement grows despite US meddling and media smears

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 88:59

    We discuss Mexico's progressive President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and the left-wing Morena party alliance victory in the June 2021 elections with journalist José Luis Granados Ceja. We also address US meddling via NED/USAID funding for the neoliberal opposition, as well as the constant media attacks. VIDEO: youtube.com/watch?v=vp1no7Idbx4 Follow José Luis on Twitter: twitter.com/GranadosCeja Article link - "‘Sexy tricks': How journalists demonize Venezuela's socialist government, in their own words" thegrayzone.com/2019/12/09/sexy-tricks-journalists-demonize-venezuela-anatoly-kurmanaev Article link - "US Special Forces trained Mexican drug cartels linked to decapitation, torture, rape" thegrayzone.com/2021/05/06/us-special-forces-mexican-drug-cartels

    Inside Syria, OPCW cover-up, and Israeli aggression, with Aaron Maté and Mohammad Marandi

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 52:49

    Journalist Aaron Mate and Professor Mohammad Marandi continue talking about the trip they took to Syria, after a decade of Western proxy war. We also discuss the OPCW cover-up of so-called "chemical attacks," as well as the role of Israel in the war, and Palestinian resistance to its brutal bombing and blockade of Gaza. We address the political situations in Iran and Nicaragua, and then respond to questions from our patrons over at Patreon.com/ModerateRebels. PART 2 OF 2 VIDEO: youtube.com/watch?v=g9iqWnpBFZk

    Report back from Syria after 10 years of Western dirty war, with Aaron Maté and Mohammad Marandi

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2021 85:44

    We speak with journalist Aaron Mate and Professor Mohammad Marandi, who just took a trip to Syria to see the real-life impact on average people caused by the decade-long Western regime-change war and suffocating US/EU sanctions. PART 1 OF 2 Video: youtube.com/watch?v=g9iqWnpBFZk

    Roger Waters and Gabor Maté on Israel/Palestine, Gaza war, music, and more

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2021 128:01

    We were joined by musician Roger Waters and author Gabor Maté to discuss Israel's war on Gaza, the Palestinian resistance struggle, the psychology of Zionism, the music industry, and a variety of other political and cultural issues.

    Gaza under attack: Behind apartheid Israel's latest war with Ali Abunimah and Rania Khalek

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2021 163:07

    Israel is bombing Gaza, while extremists ethnically cleanse Palestinians. We are joined by Ali Abunimah and Rania Khalek, as well as Aaron Maté and Anya Parampil, to discuss the colonial violence - and indigenous resistance. VIDEO: youtube.com/watch?v=-SaqRY7qHV0

    Biden admin's intersectional imperialism, 'woke' CIA, wars on Syria and China

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 75:27

    Following his talk on the cultural cold war and the fake left, Ben Norton takes questions and discusses the "woke" CIA ads, the Biden administration's "intersectional imperialist" foreign policy, the Kurdish YPG/SDF and US military occupation of Syria, and new cold war myths about China. VIDEO: youtube.com/watch?v=sZ79-gXVHos This is part 2 of 2. You can watch or listen to part 1 here: moderaterebels.com/cia-fake-left-cultural-cold-war TOPICS 0:00 Intro 4:25 Biden, Trump, and intersectional imperialism 29:00 China and new cold war propaganda 54:45 Syria and the Kurdish YPG/SDF 1:06:13 Ideology and hegemony

    How the CIA cultivates a fake left: From the cultural cold war to intersectional imperialism

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 111:53


    Ben Norton was invited to give this talk about the fake left and imperialism. He discusses how the CIA's "woke" recruitment ad is not new; it is rooted in an "intersectional imperialist" history going back to the first cold war, in which the CIA poured money into cultivating anti-communist, pro-imperialist progressive groups, using fronts like the Congress for Cultural Freedom and billionaire-funded foundations like Ford and Rockefeller. Ben goes through the book "The Cultural Cold War," and talks about supposed "leftist" CIA assets like feminist leader Gloria Steinem and Trotskyite civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, then analyzes examples of astroturfed, Nonprofit Industrial Complex-backed pseudo-left campaigns in the US, Western Europe, and Latin America. VIDEO: youtube.com/watch?v=rMap-6KxQJI Links and show notes: moderaterebels.com/cia-fake-left-cultural-cold-war


    Economist Michael Hudson on new cold war, Super Imperialism, Biden, China & Russia, dedollarization

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 88:08


    Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss with world-renowned economist Michael Hudson his concept of US "Super Imperialism," the new cold war on China and Russia, the Joe Biden administration, and dedollarization - the potential end to the dollar as the global reserve currency. From 1:00:37 on, we also respond to questions from our patrons at Patreon: patreon.com/ModerateRebels


    From Texas to Donbas: Meet the American fighting Ukrainian fascists

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 83:39

    As the anti-Russia hawks in the Joe Biden administration push for more aggressive policies in Ukraine, we speak with Russell Bentley, an American from Texas who moved to the Donbas region to fight on behalf of the breakaway Donetsk People's Republic. Bentley discusses the ultra-nationalist fascists and neo-Nazis in the Ukrainian forces. He also explains the Christian Communist ideology that motivates him and his combat unit. VIDEO: youtube.com/watch?v=F5O8h1dpP_k -- Bentley's YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/RussellBentleyTexac

    How Ecuador's US-backed fake 'eco-left' helped a right-wing banker win the election

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2021 113:43

    Ben Norton discusses Ecuador's 2021 election results, and how the US government and intelligence-linked billionaire foundations spent decades funding and cultivating liberal environmental groups and rightist Indigenous leaders to divide the left and weaken the socialist Citizens' Revolution movement launched by former President Rafael Correa. State Department cables released by WikiLeaks show how the US embassy recruited members of the Indigenous confederation CONAIE and its political arm Pachakutik, which has been directly supported by US government soft-power weapons like the NDI. CIA cutouts USAID and the NED poured tens of millions of dollars into building a fake "left" opposition to Correísmo, using "anti-extractivism" as a cover. The result was Pachakutik/CONAIE and its coup-supporting neoliberal candidate Yaku Pérez got more than 1 million extra Ecuadorians to vote null in the April 2021 vote, compared to previous elections, thereby handing the victory to right-wing banker Guillermo Lasso. After left-wing candidate Andrés Arauz conceded losing by 400,000 votes, Pérez boasted of "burying Correísmo." The US-backed fake "left" had succeeded in defeating a real leftist movement. Norton documents how these tactics mirror US imperialist strategy targeting Bolivia, Nicaragua, Mexico, and more. -- Read more at The Grayzone: "How Ecuador’s US-backed, coup-supporting ‘ecosocialist’ candidate Yaku Pérez aids the right-wing"

    Does US meddling in Myanmar risk Syria/Libya-style war?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 97:34


    Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss US meddling in the protests in Myanmar with Brian Berletic, and how Washington seeks to weaken a neighbor of China and key ally in Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative. We discuss the coup by the Tatmadaw military, the NED-funded Burmese networks calling for R2P ("Responsibility to Protect") foreign intervention, eerie parallels to the regime-change operations targeting Syria and Libya, and how the violence risks a dangerous destabilization of Southeast Asia. VIDEO: youtube.com/watch?v=Hr24DLS16C8 - Check out Brian's website Land Destroyer: landdestroyer.blogspot.com - Follow Brian's YouTube channel: youtube.com/user/LandDestroyerReport


    As new cold war on China heats up, US govt funds extremist Uighur armed separatists

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2021 97:15


    Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by Ajit Singh and Aaron Maté to discuss the new cold war on Beijing, and how the US government is funding far-right extremist Uyghur armed separatists, to try to divide and balkanize China. We also debunk the absurd Western accusations of genocide in Xinjiang province, and pick apart the propaganda of Adrian Zenz and other charlatans. -- Link to Ajit's The Grayzone article "'Wipe out China!' US-funded Uyghur activists train as gun-toting foot soldiers for empire": thegrayzone.com/2021/03/31/china-uyghur-gun-soldiers-empire -- Link to Ajit's other The Grayzone article "China detaining millions of Uyghurs? Serious problems with claims by US-backed NGO and far-right researcher ‘led by God’ against Beijing": thegrayzone.com/2019/12/21/china-detaining-millions-uyghurs-problems-claims-us-ngo-researcher


    As US sanctions suffocate Syrians, regime-change operatives attack anti-war movement in open letter

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 32:45


    Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by Aaron Maté to discuss the dirty war on Syria, how murderous US/EU sanctions have destroyed the country's economy and led to many civilian deaths, and Washington's military occupation of its oil/wheat-rich territory. We respond to a ridiculous open letter that smears the anti-war movement, signed by regime-change operatives and fake "leftist" imperialists like Gilbert Achcar. -- Link to Ben's The Grayzone article "Elite UK military unit secretly trained by leftist regime-change advocate Gilbert Achcar and other academics": thegrayzone.com/2019/10/03/leftist-regime-change-activist-gilbert-achcar-academics-train-uk-military


    Meet the radlib academics using woke post-modernism to defend imperialism

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2021 31:10


    Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by Aaron Maté to discuss the radlibs in academia who pretend to be radical but use anti-materialist post-modern philosophy and neoliberal identity politics to defend Western imperialism, from Ecuador to Syria, China to Venezuela. We also make fun of Bernard-Henri Lévy, who has never seen a US war he didn't love. -- Link to Ben's article "Coup-supporting academics spread lies to censor The Grayzone reporting exposing Ecuador’s pseudo-left candidate Yaku Pérez": thegrayzone.com/2021/03/01/academic-letter-censor-grayzone-ecuador-yaku-perez


    Biden admin hawks push for dangerous Ukraine-Russia war

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2021 30:21


    Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by Aaron Maté to discuss the hawks in the Joe Biden administration and Washington and NATO are pushing for a dangerous proxy war between Ukraine and Russia.


    Debunking US accusation of China's 'genocide' against Uighurs

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 30:32


    Max Blumenthal documents the deceptions behind the US government's accusation that China is committing "genocide" against Uyghur Muslims in its Xinjiang region, picking apart NED-funded studies that rely on botched statistics and exposing extremist Adrian Zenz and his error-filled research. This was part of a panel discussion held on March 19, 2021, hosted on Daniel Dumbrill's channel. VIDEO: youtube.com/watch?v=qZkxaEC1xjY  


    Biden, Trump, and bipartisan US imperialism in Latin America

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 130:35

    Ben Norton was invited to give this talk on US imperialism in Latin America for the anti-war group Massachusetts Peace Action. He discusses the similarities in the aggressive foreign policy of Biden, Trump, and Obama, and talks about Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and "Plan Biden" for Central America, Chile, Colombia, Peru, immigration in the United States, and more. Ben's The Grayzone article "Right-wing Central American leaders praise neoliberal 'Biden Plan' to strengthen US 'sphere of influence'": thegrayzone.com/2021/03/08/central-america-neoliberal-biden-plan

    Inside China, Xinjiang, and the US empire's war drive - with Daniel Dumbrill

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2021 64:31


    Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton continue speaking with Daniel Dumbrill, a Canadian in China, about the new US cold war, the Washington-backed secessionist campaign in Xinjiang, and other propaganda. We also discuss "socialism with Chinese characteristics," and respond to questions submitted by patrons over at patreon.com/ModerateRebels. Part 2 of 2


    Debunking anti-China myths of the new cold war - with Daniel Dumbrill

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 68:03


    Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton (kind of) speak with Daniel Dumbrill, a Canadian YouTuber who has lived in China for more than a decade, about the new cold war. He debunks the anti-Chinese myths constantly spread in the Western corporate media. Check out Daniel's YouTube channel at: youtube.com/channel/UC6Bl8MTbW9M9MQoPhxbarpw


    How US spies & soldiers gave birth to Big Tech companies, and growing censorship - with Yasha Levine

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 13, 2021 95:14

    Ben Norton speaks with journalist Yasha Levine about how Silicon Valley has its origins in the US national security and its Cold War on communism. We discuss the links between the United States government and Google, Facebook, and Tor; the far-right anti-China cult Falun Gong; and how Washington rapidly shifted from promoting "internet freedom" to censorship of alternative information. We also talk about Adam Curtis' documentary series Can't Get You Out of My Head, and respond to questions from our patrons on Patreon. Yasha's article "Google has been a military-intel contractor from the very beginning": surveillancevalley.com/blog/google-has-been-a-military-contractor-from-the-very-beginning

    Inside Russian politics and the rich oligarchs behind Alexei Navalny - with Yasha Levine

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2021 54:50


    Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton speak with journalist Yasha Levine about Russian politics and Alexei Navalny, his political views and xenophobic nationalist history, his Western backing, his own oligarch sponsors, and the elite capitalists who dominate the country's system.


    Racism in Israel, anti-Soviet propaganda, and the first cold war - with Yasha Levine

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 49:59


    Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton speak with journalist Yasha Levine about racism in Israel, anti-Soviet propaganda, the cold war, the Zionist movement, and weaponization of Russian Jewish immigration.


    Debunking US media propaganda against leftists in Latin America, from Venezuela to Nicaragua

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2021 63:01

    Ben Norton speaks with Venezuelan journalist Diego Sequera about the corporate media disinformation targeting leftist governments in Latin America. We discuss Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and even Libya. We also talk about the importance of food sovereignty, and respond to questions from viewers and listeners. This is part 3 of our lengthy livestream with Diego: youtube.com/watch?v=WlRl0ZVUrHE Diego's website Misión Verdad: misionverdad.com Follow Diego on Twitter: twitter.com/QueraElse

    How Colombia's US-backed narco-regime massacred thousands of innocent people and blamed socialists

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2021 74:45

    Ben Norton speaks with Venezuelan journalist Diego Sequera about the far-right government in Colombia, its close links to drug cartels and death squads, Latin America's anti-imperialist Bolivarian movement, the brutally violent repression of the Colombian left, and the false positives scandal, in which the Colombian military massacred over 6400 innocent people and falsely claimed they were socialist guerrillas. This is part 2 of our lengthy livestream with Diego: youtube.com/watch?v=WlRl0ZVUrHE Diego's website Misión Verdad: misionverdad.com Follow Diego on Twitter: twitter.com/QueraElse

    Life in Venezuela under US sanctions, resisting the imperial gangsters in Washington

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 27, 2021 59:18

    Ben Norton speaks with Venezuelan journalist Diego Sequera, from inside Caracas, about the US blockade, the Biden administration's continued recognition of puppet Juan Guaidó, and Washington's gangster-like theft. This is part 1 of our lengthy livestream with Diego: youtube.com/watch?v=WlRl0ZVUrHE Diego's website Misión Verdad: misionverdad.com Follow Diego on Twitter: twitter.com/QueraElse

    US meddling in Ecuador's historic election and coup-supporting fake NGO "left" - Dispatch from Quito

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2021 84:15


    Max Blumenthal speaks with Ben Norton, who is reporting from Ecuador, on the historic February 7 election, and how the US government, regime-change networks, and wealthy oligarchs are trying to prevent the return of the socialist Citizens' Revolution movement of former President Rafael Correa. We discuss the fake NGO "left," represented by coup-supporting pseudo-environmentalist candidate Yaku Pérez, and how a victory of leftist Andrés Arauz could help bring back the progressive, anti-imperialist Pink Tide in Latin America.


    US capital under military occupation as war hawks in Biden admin take power

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2021 84:16


    Ben and Max speak with peace activist David Swanson about the US wars coming home: from the prolonged military occupation of Washington, DC to the "liberal interventionist" hawks in the Joe Biden administration, including Antony Blinken, Samantha Power, Lloyd Austin, and Avril Haines.


    Conspiracy facts and the MICIMATT that truly governs the USA - with CIA whistleblower Ray McGovern

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2021 102:59


    We speak with former CIA analyst-turned-dissident Ray McGovern about the institutions that truly govern the United States, comprising the MICIMATT, or Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think-Tank Complex. We discuss how the CIA popularized the "conspiracy theory" smear to discredit US government critics, as well as Donald Trump and the January 6 Capitol riot, Russiagate lies and the DNC "hack," JFK, WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, the new cold war on Russia and China, and the Joe Biden administration.


    Assange extradition blocked as UK judge defends CIA spying, Biden admin's intersectional imperialism

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2021 49:42


    Ben Norton speaks with Professor Jared Ball about political prisoner Julian Assange, and how the UK judge blocked extradition due to the horrific conditions of US mass incarceration, while also justifying CIA spying by citing a bogus CNN report based on CIA spying. Then we discuss the liberal war hawks in the Joe Biden administration and their "intersectional imperialism." Follow Jared Ball's show IMIXWHATILIKE at imixwhatilike.org.


    Information warfare, US war propaganda, CIA manipulation of media - Ben Norton talks with Jared Ball

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2021 47:06

    Ben Norton speaks with Professor Jared Ball about information warfare, war propaganda, US imperialism, and CIA penetration and manipulation of mainstream corporate media. Follow Jared Ball's show IMIXWHATILIKE at imixwhatilike.org

    Revolutionary anti-imperialist struggle from the Bronx to Venezuela, Dominican Republic to Haiti

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2021 63:11


    In Caracas, Venezuela, Max Blumenthal has a wide-ranging chat with Danny Shaw, a professor of Latin American and Caribbean studies who has lived in the Dominican Republican, Haiti, and Brazil. They discuss revolutionary anti-imperialist movements, life in poor neighborhoods in the Bronx, Malcolm X's internationalist legacy, identity politics, differences of whiteness in Latin America, problems with the US left, and humanity's age-old question: did Jesus Christ do drugs? You can follow Danny Shaw on Twitter at https://twitter.com/dannyshawcuny


    Spooky Western journalists regurgitate CIA and collaborate with spy agencies

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2020 57:36


    Max Blumenthal, reporting from Venezuela, discusses with Aaron Maté and Ben Norton how Western corporate media outlets are full of stenographers for spy agencies, how the CIA and MI6 drive reporting on Russia, how the US and UK governments fund regime-change website Bellingcat and its deceptive articles on Syria and the OPCW, and how the British military censors journalism. (Excerpt from The Grayzone livestream on December 19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBfEWdh_0Ec)


    Inside the US hybrid war on Venezuela: Max Blumenthal reports from Caracas

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2020 48:11


    Max Blumenthal discusses life on the ground in Venezuela under suffocating US sanctions, and debunks media myths about the December National Assembly election, which he observed. Venezuelan journalist Diego Sequera also addresses the economic situation and what a Biden administration policy could look like. (This is an excerpt from The Grayzone livestream on December 19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBfEWdh_0Ec) Our previous interview with Diego Sequera: part 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ph7jVQf5DSQ / part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OsvbjnTbGc


    History of US imperialism in Latin America: From settler colonialism to Pink Tide

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2020 110:05

    Ben Norton was invited to give this talk on US imperialism in Latin America, for the Workers' Party of Ireland. He discusses the history from European settler colonialism, through the Monroe Doctrine, the first cold war, and the three great socialist revolutions, to the 21st-century resurgence of the left in the Pink Tide. VIDEO: youtube.com/watch?v=ycFW7pvu51k Topics 0:03 European settler colonialism in the Americas 9:30 US colonialism and Monroe Doctrine 18:51 Rebellions against US military occupations 24:43 First cold war and OAS 27:10 Latin American left's 3 great revolutions 38:23 Pink Tide and socialism in the 21st century Q&A 1:01:57 Mexico and AMLO 1:13:00 White supremacy and political construction of the West 1:18:07 US military presence in Latin America 1:22:40 Ecuador and Lenin Moreno 1:29:13 Russia and China relations in Latin America 1:39:02 Climate change, oil, extractivism, and renewable energy 1:48:14 Outro

    Western creeping authoritarianism: Censorship intensifies, as France's Macron expands security state

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2020 66:58


    US government-backed corporate censorship is escalating online, while France's neoliberal President Emmanuel Macron lurches hard right, cracking down on civil liberties, protests, and the Muslim community. Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton speak with Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada about attacks on alternative media and independent journalism by Western "democracies", and how Silicon Valley companies are censoring Palestinians. We then discuss the French government's discrimination against Muslims, repression of anti-neoliberal protests, and attempt to criminalize filming police brutality. Part 2 of 2 (Episode recorded November 25, 2020)


    How Obama shattered any hope for change - and Biden will continue his warmongering neoliberal legacy

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2020 60:50


    US president-elect Joe Biden has filled his transition team with hawkish neoliberal war-profiteering holdovers from the Barack Obama administration. Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton speak with Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada about how the specter of Obama haunts America - and controls the Democratic Party. We review passages from Obama's new memoir "A Promised Land," and how they expose his sociopathic imperial worldview. We also discuss how Rahm Emanuel's neoliberal model in Chicago is being copied nationwide. And we address Biden's cabinet picks, including liberal interventionist Antony Blinken and neocon Michele Flournoy, as well as Democratic support for Israeli apartheid. Links and show notes: moderaterebels.com/obama-biden-warmongering-neoliberal Part 1 of 2 (Episode recorded November 25, 2020)


    Anti-war US Army veteran warns of hawks in Biden transition team

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2020 70:13

    President-elect Joe Biden's transition team is full of war hawks and weapons industry shills. We speak with US Army veteran Danny Sjursen, who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan before becoming an anti-imperialist activist and journalist, about what a Biden-Harris administration foreign policy would look like. Sjursen, who previously taught at the United States Military Academy, also discusses how warmongering members of the West Point Mafia dominate the US government and military-industrial complex. Follow Sjursen on Twitter at https://twitter.com/skepticalvet Sjursen's website: https://skepticalvet.com Sjursen's The Nation article "How the ‘West Point Mafia’ Runs Washington": https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/esper-pompeo-west-point

    Puerto Ricans struggle for independence from US colonialism

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2020 73:04

    Ben Norton speaks with Andrés González Berdecía, a senatorial candidate from the Puerto Rican Independence Party, about the November 3 election and referendum, US colonialism, the unelected neoliberal junta that controls Puerto Rico's economy, the similarities between Republican and Democratic administrations, and why he wants his nation to be independent. You can listen to Andrés' podcast Radio Independencia at https://www.radioindependencia.net, and support it at https://www.patreon.com/radioindependencia.

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