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
Yemen, 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 the largest humanitarian catastrophe in the world. We discuss the historical context and long history of Saudi intervention in Yemen; the various political actors on the ground, including the Houthis (Ansar Allah), Ali Abdullah Saleh, and Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi; the extreme depth of the humanitarian crisis; and the crucial role of the West in facilitating the Saudi bombing campaign and blockade. TOPICS 0:00 Intro 3:44 Foreign involvement in Yemen 4:51 Historical context 8:46 Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the "internationally recognized government" in the south 11:19 The Houthi movement (Ansar Allah), the capture of Sana'a, and Ali Abdullah Saleh 18:49 Iran's exaggerated role in Yemen 24:52 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his visit to the US 32:17 Yemen solidarity activism and diplomacy 36:25 Western support, and public opposition 40:58 The humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen and the never-ending "10,000" death toll 46:08 Al-Qaeda and ISIS 48:38 Yemen's geopolitical importance and the Mandab Strait 51:59 The north-south divide in Yemen 58:28 The personal impact on Yemenis 1:02:17 Outro