Ben Norton

Vox Behaves Identically to a Gov't-Controlled Media Outlet in Korea

Vox produced a flashy, extremely hawkish video fearmongering about the likelihood of a second Korean War—and all the experts featured in it just so happen to work for the United States government.

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MSNBC Ignores Catastrophic U.S.-Backed War in Yemen

For the popular US cable news network MSNBC, the largest humanitarian catastrophe in the world is apparently not worth much attention—even as the US government has played a key role in creating and maintaining that unparalleled crisis.

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Human Rights Watch, While Hawkish on Venezuela, Is Quiet on Violent Repression and Apparent Coup in Honduras

The right-wing government in Honduras, which enjoys the support of the United States, has for weeks waged a violent crackdown on protests amid widespread accusations that it stole the recent presidential election from the left-wing opposition.

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Why Are the Trump White House and Media Citing an Antisemitic Book's Claims to Demonize Communism?

The Trump administration, U.S.-funded fact-checking websites, prominent non-governmental organizations and leading media outlets including the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal are spreading discredited death counts that diminish the crimes of Nazi Germany in order to demonize communism.

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How Trump Blamed bin Laden’s Crimes on Iran to Stir War

Donald Trump claimed during his campaign that he would change U.S. foreign policy, opportunistically condemning Hillary Clinton over her support for the “failed policy of … regime change.” Pundits predicted that Trump would usher in a new era. But as president, the far-right billionaire has doubled down on key elements of the bipartisan U.S. foreign policy consensus, resulting in a dangerous escalation of the so-called War on Terror.

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How Trump's CIA Used Bin Laden Files and a Neocon Think Tank to Escalate Tensions With Iran

The Central Intelligence Agency appears to have collaborated with the neoconservative think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies to try to link Iran to the Salafi-jihadist group al-Qaeda.

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Media Spent Months Lionizing General Who Defended Slaveholders' Revolt

According to corporate media, the top general who just complimented the commander of the slavery-defending Confederacy is the greatest hope to rein in President Donald Trump’s extremism.

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How 'Russian' Facebook Memes Expose the Brutal Realities of American Foreign Policy

This month, American corporate media outlets have been whipped into a frenzy by revelations that a Russian internet troll farm purchased ads and established accounts on Facebook. According to the New York Times a “shadowy Russian company” supposedly “linked to” the Kremlin has spread “misinformation” on social media in order “to reshape American politics.”

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Yemeni Activist to U.S. Congress: 'What Happened in Las Vegas Happens to Us Every Night in Yemen'

The United States, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates have waged a brutal war on Yemen for 30 months. With substantial military, financial and political support from the U.S., Saudi Arabia has relentlessly bombed civilian areas and blockaded the poorest country in the Middle East.

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'We Need to Kill Arabs': Israelis Overflow with Genocidal Extremism in New Video From Jerusalem

When Empire Files host Abby Martin visited Jerusalem's Zion Square, she met one Israeli after another who responded to her question about how best to end the conflict with the Palestinians with calls for extermination and ethnic cleansing.

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Leaked Emails Show Cozy Ties Between UAE, Ex-CIA head Michael Morell, DC Firms and Think Tanks

Leaked emails show Michael Morell, the former acting director of the CIA and Hillary Clinton campaign surrogate, had a closer relationship than he cared to admit with the prominent United Arab Emirates ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba.

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Washington's Warmongers Are Warming Up to Trump

In an interview in New York City with war hawk pundit Max Boot, former CIA director David Petraeus stated in no uncertain terms that President Donald Trump’s militaristic foreign policy does not represent a significant departure from that of previous administrations, and is already quickly moving “back to the norm.”

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Conan and the Barbarians: Talk Show Host's Propaganda Tour Stars Israeli Soldiers and Syrian Al Qaeda

Popular TV late-night talk show host and former funny man Conan O’Brien took an extended trip to Israel in August to do what was effectively public relations work for a state that a recent, censored United Nations report characterized as “an apartheid regime” that “renders opposition to racial domination illegal.”

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Gerald Feierstein, a Gulf-Funded Expert Pushing Catastrophic War on Yemen, Appears to Have Lied to Congress

The Middle East Institute, an influential Washington, D.C.-based think tank that has enthusiastically pushed for U.S. wars and military intervention in the Middle East, has received tens of millions of dollars from authoritarian Gulf regimes.

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How Online Trolls Pushing for Regime Change in Syria Helped Popularize Trump’s Attack on the ‘Alt-Left’

President Donald Trump has attempted to establish a false equivalence between neo-Nazis and the anti-fascist, anti-racist leftists who were most recently seen resisting white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Pundits Slam Trump’s Biblical Language on North Korea, But Praise His Defense Secretary’s Genocidal Threats

President Donald Trump’s pledge to punish North Korea “with fire, fury and frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before” triggered outrage from pundits and lawmakers across the political spectrum. The outrage over his apparent threat to annihilate North Korea, possibly with nuclear arms, prompted his advisors to insist that Trump’s comments were improvised.

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Why Radiohead Frontman Thom Yorke's Newest Fans Include the Israeli Govt and Far-Right Demagogues

The famed rock band Radiohead has found a slew of fans on the far right after forcefully coming out in opposition to Palestinian human rights activists. Among the influential English music group’s new admirers are some of the most notorious demagogues in U.S. and Israeli politics, including Glenn Beck, Fox News and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s extreme right-wing administration.

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VIDEO: CIA Director Mike Pompeo Hints U.S. Is Working with Mexico and Colombia to Push Regime Change in Venezuela

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has hinted that the U.S. is pushing for a new government in Venezuela, in collaboration with right-wing allies in the region.

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In Flashy New Film, NATO Celebrates Nazi Collaborators Who Murdered Jews in the Holocaust

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has come under fire for portraying Baltic Nazi collaborators as anti-communist heroes in a flashy new film.

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U.S. Boosts Support for Saudi War on Yemen as Cholera and Mass Hunger Spiral out of Control

As Yemen's cholera epidemic spirals out of control and millions face famine, AlterNet reporter Ben Norton says the U.S. is complicit in the humanitarian crisis caused by Saudi-led war.

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Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz Want More Western Intervention, Fueling the Very Islamist Extremism They Claim to Fight

Sam Harris’ life goal is ostensibly to defeat Islamist extremism; it is the focus of his constant diatribes. Yet he is strangely also an advocate for the very wars of regime change that have fueled the rise of Salafi-jihadist groups, from al-Qaeda to ISIS. This hypocritical approach suggests Harris has yet to wake up to the impact of the militaristic policies he proposes.

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Notorious 'New Atheist' Sam Harris Outrageously Calls to 'Keep the Number of Muslims Down in Any Society'

In language eerily reminiscent of the rhetoric of the fascist far right, "New Atheist" pundit Sam Harris has called for reducing the number of Muslims in society, warning on the January episode of his popular podcast, “You can’t have too many Muslims in your culture if you want it to remain enlightened.”

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CNN Hired Top al-Qaeda Propagandist for Award-Winning Syria Documentary and Wants to Cover Its Tracks

On June 16, an American media activist living in rebel-held Syrian territory sat down before a camera to vent his frustration with a former employer. Bilal Abdul Kareem described how he and his online outlet, On the Ground News, had been contracted by CNN to film the documentary Undercover in Syria.

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John McCain and Paul Ryan Hold 'Good Meeting' With Veteran Ukrainian Nazi Demagogue Andriy Parubiy

Andriy Parubiy is one of the most notorious right-wing extremists in Ukrainian politics. A founder of the far-right Social-National Party of Ukraine, whose name and symbols were inspired by Germany’s Nazi Party, Parubiy directed the street muscle in Kiev’s Maidan Square that drove the 2014 U.S.-backed coup against Ukraine’s democratically elected, Russian-oriented government.

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Neocons Cheer As Trump's Military Escalation in Syria Risks Kicking off Global War

Donald Trump campaigned (inconsistently) on a pledge to pursue a foreign policy that broke with the interventionist orthodoxy in Washington. He even correctly noted that past U.S. “foreign interventions unleashed ISIS in Syria, Iraq and Libya.”

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U.S. and Gulf Allies Supported Islamist Extremists in Syria, Qatar’s Ex-Prime Minister Admits, Bolstering Growing Evidence

Qatar’s former prime minister admitted in an interview that the United States and its Gulf allies supported Islamist extremists in Syria.

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Arms Industry-Funded Democrats Vote to Help Saudi Arabia Continue Slaughtering Civilians in Yemen

Five Democratic senators joined hands with Republicans to push through the Trump administration’s sale of $510 million in precision-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia, in a narrow 53-47 vote.

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Emails Expose How Saudi Arabia and UAE Work the U.S. Media to Push for War

A highly influential top Emirati diplomat heaped praise on a prominent Washington Post columnist for writing pro-Saudi propaganda, a leaked email shows.

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Venezuelan Opposition Spreads Lies About U.S. Journalists, Inciting Violence, Death Threats

Prominent members of the right-wing Venezuelan opposition, including professors and journalists, are spreading blatant lies about U.S. journalists, inciting violence and subjecting them to a torrent of extreme death threats.

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Watch: State Dept. Spokesman Speechless When Asked to Justify Trump’s Support for Saudi Monarchy

When a top State Department official was asked to justify President Donald Trump’s flamboyant displays of support for the absolute monarchy in Saudi Arabia, hilarity ensued.

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Jeremy Corbyn Dares to Speak Truth About the 'War on Terror' - and British Voters Are Responding

This June 8, British voters will decide whether or not to continue with the conservative status quo, or take a chance on a new kind of left-wing politics that would represent a firm break with the orthodoxies of the ruling Conservative Party and the Labour Party’s establishment wing.

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