About This Show
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.
Most Recent Episode
Syria 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 sectarianism in prominent Arab-American and Muslim-American organizations, many of which get funding from Gulf regimes. We also detail Israel's support for the Syrian opposition, and show how dishonest the attempts are to liken Salafi rebels to the Palestinians. This is part 2 of our 3-part interview with Rania Khalek. TOPICS 0:00 Intro 1:48 Max on his Al Akhbar resignation and his awakening on Syria 13:00 Rania on initially getting Syria wrong 18:10 Gulf regime funding for Arab-American and Muslim-American groups 21:42 Turkey's influence and Armenian Genocide denial 24:50 Sectarianism and the similarities between Islamism, Zionism, and white nationalism 31:36 Syria sectarianism's damage to pro-Palestine solidarity and grassroots movements in the US 37:32 Israel's support for the Syrian opposition 46:08 Dishonest attempts to liken Syrian rebels to the Palestinians 52:09 Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria