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.
Venezuela's socialists win elections in landslide - so US tries to discredit them
The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won the November 21 mega-elections in a landslide, getting more votes in 20 of 23 states and the capital Caracas. So the US government responded by trying to discredit the vote.
Venezuelan journalist Diego Sequera speaks about the elections, the historic victory of the ruling party of President Nicolás Maduro, and Washington's attempt to de-legitimize the process.
Nicaragua explains why it’s leaving OAS, responds to US attacks on its elections
Nicaraguan diplomat Michael Campbell Hooker speaks with Ben Norton about why they are leaving the Organization of American States (OAS), which he says is a “failed,” “coup-plotting” organization dominated by Washington.
Campbell also responds to US attempts to discredit Nicaragua’s November elections, and explains the importance of autonomy for Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities on the Caribbean Coast.
New US war on Nicaragua's Sandinistas: OAS rejects elections, Biden imposes sanctions
Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss Washington's new hybrid war on Nicaragua's Sandinista government, the US/EU/OAS refusing to recognize the election results, Congress passing the RENACER Act, and Biden imposing sanctions.
We speak with British journalist Steve Sweeney of the newspaper Morning Star, who was due to travel to Nicaragua to observe the election, but was detained in Mexico in mysterious circumstances.
Julian Assange's fiancée Stella Moris discusses CIA threats and US extradition dangers
Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton speak with Stella Moris, the fiancée of imprisoned WikiLeaks journalist Julian Assange, about CIA threats, the appeal hearings in the US extradition case, and how this scandal threatens freedom of the press around the world.
US govt-backed social media companies blatantly meddle in Nicaragua's elections
Mere days before Nicaragua's November 7 elections, Meta/Facebook/Instagram, Twitter, and Google/YouTube purged thousands of pro-Sandinista journalists, activists, and media outlets. Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal discuss the blatant US meddling, including more sanctions.
We address Facebook's bogus report falsely claiming the Sandinistas it purged were "government troll accounts," written by former Pentagon-funded NATO press officer Ben Nimmo, a symbol of how social media merged with the US government.
How US-imposed austerity and privatization schemes are crushing Puerto Rico
Ben Norton speaks with the president of the Puerto Rican Association of University Professors about the devastating neoliberal economic policies forced on Puerto Rico.
Washington imposed an unelected financial control board, the junta, which is pushing through "debt restructuring" that will slash social benefits, defund public universities, and crush working-class people to pay off foreign corporate debt vultures.
Meanwhile, US-imposed privatization of the electrical grid causes chronic blackouts.
I was deeply moved by your interview with Stella Moris. She presented to me as extremely intelligent, thoughtful, and compelling. Essential listening for everyone seeking a full understanding of the disgraceful persecution of Julian Assange. Thank you for the interview.
WTH happened to max blumenthal??
Whatever credibility you had was flushed down the toilet the second you became Jimmy Dore’s Renfield.
One of maybe five non-spook podcasts