86 episodes

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.

Moderate Rebels Max Blumenthal & Ben Norton

    • Politics
    • 4.7 • 442 Ratings

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.

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

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

    US president-elect Joe Biden has filled his transition team with hawkish neoliberal holdovers from the Obama admin. We speak with Ali Abunimah 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 his sociopathic imperial worldview.

    We address Biden's cabinet picks, including liberal interventionist Antony Blinken and neocon Michele Flournoy, and Democratic support for Israeli apartheid.

    Part 1 of 2

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

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

    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.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Puerto Ricans struggle for independence from US colonialism

    Puerto Ricans struggle for independence from US colonialism

    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.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Inside Bolivia's historic defeat of a coup regime

    Inside Bolivia's historic defeat of a coup regime

    Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton report from La Paz, Bolivia, where we observed the historic landslide victory of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party of former President Evo Morales.

    We speak with human rights lawyer Thomas Becker about the horrific crimes and repression of the coup regime that has ruled Bolivia since the military overthrew Evo in November 2019.

    We also discuss the deep colonial racism of the Bolivian right-wing, and indigenous resistance against authoritarianism and imperialism.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    New cold war on Russia continues with Biden or Trump, RIP Stephen Cohen, and absurd 'red-brown' myth

    New cold war on Russia continues with Biden or Trump, RIP Stephen Cohen, and absurd 'red-brown' myth

    Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton speak with journalist Bryan MacDonald about what a Joe Biden presidency would mean for US-Russia relations. We also remember late scholar Stephen F. Cohen, who spoke out against the new cold war. And we debunk the ridiculous "red-brown alliance" myth spread by pro-NATO trolls.

    Part 2 of 2

    (Episode recorded on September 22, 2020)

    • 56 min
    Did Russia really poison opposition politician Navalny? And NATO wants a color revolution in Belarus

    Did Russia really poison opposition politician Navalny? And NATO wants a color revolution in Belarus

    Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton start off with an exclusive, bombshell intercepted recording we were leaked of Russian President Vladimir Putin's phone calls.

    Then we speak with journalist Bryan MacDonald, who lives in Russia, about the very suspicious alleged poisoning of opposition candidate Alexei Navalny, and what his real, xenophobic politics are.

    We also discuss the NATO/EU attempt to orchestrate a so-called color revolution in Belarus and install a pro-Western neoliberal regime.

    PART 1 OF 2

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
442 Ratings

442 Ratings

Краыг ,

best podcast?

between this and citations needed i genuinely don’t know if there’s any other podcasts worth listening to

A Syrian NoOne ,

Moderate Rebels

It is the real “Fresh Air,” unlike that of NPR or anything main stream: this is a real example of brave, objective, non-biased, fact-based journalism: every thing that NPR cynically, unashamedly attribute to themselves. Journalists like Ben Norton, Max Blumenthal, who wrote my new bible “Management of Savagery,” and the activist Rania Khalek who acquire high level of eloquence, professionalism, fortitude, and charisma revive hope in human beings. Your show and that of Jimmy Dore raises human integrity and dignity to new levels: This assessment does not waiver even when I listen to people like the great prophet Chomsky!

Dr. Bucephalus ,

Dream team of the lunatic left!

A grievance ridden whining fest. Fabulous.

Top Podcasts In Politics

Listeners Also Subscribed To