By Max Blumenthal & Ben Norton
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Moderate Rebels is a political podcast hosted by journalists Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton. We regularly report on America's bellicose foreign policy and the deceptions deployed to sell it to the public. We also connect the dots to show how the state of perpetual war fuels dangerous right-wing politics back home. Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton created this podcast to help provide a platform to the dissident journalists and activists challenging US empire. We hope to show listeners what’s behind the endless war propaganda that is sold to us each day in the corporate media.
||CleanImperial roots of the US war on immigrants: How Clinton, Bush, Obama helped create Trump's ICE army (Ep. 21)||Moderate Rebels episode 21 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss the bipartisan US war on immigrants, and the long history of bloody US imperialism in Latin America — with wars, coups, contras, and meddling. We provide historical context to...||7/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSiege, censorship, subversion: The international assault on Palestine - with Ali Abunimah (Ep. 20)||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...||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMeet the Syria regime change gang: Idlibs, Jaish al-Grad School, and pro-war Trotskyists (Ep. 19)||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..||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSyria is not Palestine; anti-Salafism/Wahhabism is not Islamophobia - with Rania Khalek (Ep. 18)||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...||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA dose of sanity on Syria - with Rania Khalek (Ep. 17)||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...||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYemen, a US/Saudi-made catastrophe 3 years on - with Shireen al-Adeimi (Ep. 16)||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, which marked its third anniversary on March 26, 2018. This war has unleashed...||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnpacking Syria war propaganda with Patrick Cockburn, from Afrin to Eastern Ghouta (Ep. 15)||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 several key cities and battles in the conflict, including Afrin, Eastern Ghouta, Idlib,...||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVICE's American regime propaganda: How "A World in Disarray" glorifies US imperialism (Ep. 14)||Moderate Rebels episode 14 (Part 2 of 2) – Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton continue reporting on Vice Media’s transformation into a mouthpiece for American foreign policy. With filmmaker Robbie Martin, we look specifically at “A World in...||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVice Media, normalizing US empire under hipster guise - with Robbie Martin (Ep. 13)||Moderate Rebels episode 13 (Part 1 of 2) - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by filmmaker Robbie Martin to discuss how VICE has transformed from a nihilistic hipster magazine into an enormous media empire that propagandizes on behalf of the US...||1/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnderstanding Iran's protests, and the dangers of foreign meddling, with Mazda Majidi (Ep. 12)||Moderate Rebels episode 12 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by Iranian-American activist Mazda Majidi to discuss the protests in Iran. We analyze the reasons behind the demonstrations, including neoliberal economic policies, internal...||1/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJerusalem, Palestine, and Israelgate, with Ali Abunimah (Ep. 11)||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...||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIndia's specter of fascism: Modi, Hindutva, and the anti-Muslim "war on terror", with Shehla Rashid (Ep. 10)||Moderate Rebels episode 10 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by Indian activist Shehla Rashid Shora, a leader in the student movement and a prominent leftist organizer. Shehla discusses the growing influence of Hindutva, the far-right Hindu...||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanZionism and anti-Semitism: Joseph Massad on the sordid historical alliance (Ep. 9)||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...||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPuppy memes & Pokemon: How Russiagate went off the rails, with Aaron Maté (Ep. 8)||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...||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSouth Koreans resist US military presence and war with DPRK (Ep. 7)||Moderate Rebels episode 7 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss Donald Trump's genocidal threats against North Korea and the growing anti-war protests in the South against the deployment of the THAAD system and the presence of 28,000 US troops. Max...||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnderstanding North Korea and US militarization: Dispatch from Seoul, with Wol-san Liem (Ep. 6)||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..||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOrb of Evil: Trump's embrace of Saudi Arabia, with Mohammed al-Nimr (Ep. 5)||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 are joined by activist Mohammed al-Nimr, the son of the executed dissident Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, to discuss the...||9/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe war comes home: The racist right after Charlottesville, with Eugene Puryear (Ep. 4)||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 the terror attack on anti-racist protesters. Blumenthal,...||8/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe sordid history of US proxy war in Syria, with Gareth Porter (Ep. 3)||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..||8/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEnd of CIA's Syrian ghost war and al-Qaeda's renaissance (Ep. 2)||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...||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemocrats and the Russiagate delusion (Ep. 1)||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...||8/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
A much needed voice on foreign policy
There has been a serious lack of voices from the left on foreign policy, and Moderate Rebels fills that need. Blumenthal and Norton are investigative journalists with a reputation of digging deep into the sources and uncovering truths that challenge the dominant narrative. It's only been one episode, but in it, you find them following the threads of the Russia narrative, looking at who the sources are, what their histories are, and what agendas they've had in the past. Some liberals will be immediately turned off that Blumenthal and Norton raise questions about Russia's role in the 2016 election, but that's exactly the reason you should listen.
Great start, much needed journalistic integrity
Max and Ben are excellent investigative journalists, willing to spill the truth regardless. I agree with Koryrosh, this first episode gives excellent coverage of the Russia-gate affair which anyone willing to pull their head above the MSM propaganda swamp should listen to.
I am looking forward to future episodes!
Fantastic Work. Very Informative.
This podcast and Citations Needed are incredibly well done and informative. These guys do great work.