Max Blumenthal

Inside the Trump Administration's War on UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees

The Trump administration’s decision to drastically slash American contributions to the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) has sent shockwaves through the organization and left millions of Palestinian refugees wondering if the basic ingredients for their survival will soon disappear. “This is the worst financial crisis in UNRWA’s history,” Chris Gunness told the Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah.

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Jill Stein on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Investigation of Her Campaign for Russian Collusion: 'There Is No There There'

This late November, the Senate Intelligence Committee delivered a request for internal communications and documents to Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein. According to former members of Stein’s 2016 presidential campaign, the request arrived through intellience commitee chairs Sen's Richard Burr and Mark Warner, who are seeking information for the ongoing Russiagate investigation. While the Senate Intelligence Committee has yet to make the details of its inquiry into Stein’s campaign public, Republican Sen. Richard Burr told reporter Emma Loop that he is looking for evidence of Stein’s “collusion with the Russians.”

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Why the Mere Idea That Neocon Senator Tom Cotton Might Run Trump’s CIA Is Terrifying

In a recent profile of Tom Cotton, the Wall Street Journal’s Jason Willick characterized the 40-year-old junior Republican senator from Arkansas as “hawkish and realistic” and described his worldview as “tinged with idealism.” Yet it was unclear what the unabashedly Strangelovian Cotton did to earn such a charitable description, as he rattled off a series of opinions that amounted to a call for world war without end.

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Michael Flynn’s Indictment Exposes Trump Team’s Collusion With Israel, Not Russia

When Congress authorized Robert Mueller and his team of lawyers to investigate “links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump," opponents of the president sensed that sooner or later, hard evidence of Trump's collusion with the Russian government would emerge.

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House Intel Committee to Subpoena Leftist Comedian and Civil Rights Activist Randy Credico in Russia Investigation

The House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation has taken an unexpected turn, with investigators homing in on a New York City-based comedian, radio host and renowned civil rights activist named Randy Credico.

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Exposing the Shocking and Continuing Alliance Between Zionism and Anti-Semitism

At its annual gala this November, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) feted Sebastian Gorka alongside fellow Trump White House alumni Steven Bannon and Sean Spicer. The ZOA’s president, Morton Klein, has established a special relationship with the Trump administration, going out of his way to defend Gorka against accusations of Nazi sympathies.

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Why Harvey Weinstein Turned to Israeli Intelligence Veterans to Suppress His Sex Abuse Accusers

In a bid to suppress some of the revelations of his flagrant acts of sexual harassment and abuse, Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein contracted a private Israeli intelligence firm called Black Cube to spy on his accusers. Black Cube arranged for a female former Israeli soldier and actress named Stella Penn Pechanac to trick actress and alleged Weinstein victim Rose McGowan into a private meeting. Pechanac secured the tete-a-tete by posing as “Diana Filip,” a women’s rights advocate employed by a bogus investment firm called Reuben Partners.

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Meet Clint Watts, a Dubious Russia Meddling 'Expert' Lobbying the U.S. Government to 'Quell Information Rebellions'

Nearly a year after the presidential election, the scandal over accusations of Russian political interference in the 2016 election has gone beyond Donald Trump and reached into the nebulous world of online media. On November 1, Congress held hearings on “Extremist Content and Russian Disinformation Online.” The proceedings saw executives from Facebook, Twitter and Youtube subjected to tongue-lashings from lawmakers like Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, who howled about Russian online trolls “spread[ing] stories about abuse of black Americans by law enforcement.”

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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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'Nizza,' 'Behatch': The Time CNN's Jake Tapper Casually Mocked Black Culture for Cheap Laughs

CNN host Jake Tapper has cultivated an image as the consummate centrist of the Trump era, winning reams of positive publicity by bashing the president at every opportunity while serving as a megaphone for the American national security state and its favorite voices on Capitol Hill. Tapper rose to mainstream prominence from the progressive online news site, Salon.com, where he covered the 2000 presidential campaign.

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Congress’ Gargantuan New Military Spending Bill Forks Over Unprecedented Sums to Israel and Ukraine

Buried deep in the text of the mammoth National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a gargantuan money dump into the Israeli defense industry, with $705 million specifically earmarked for “US-Israel missile defense cooperation.” The funding represents a full 1/100th of the whopping $700 billion military spending package, and a staggering $558 million increase from what President Donald Trump had originally requested.

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Thirsting for War, CNN's Jake Tapper Turned to Strange and Shady Syria Sources

While posing as one of the most dogged critics of the Trump administration in cable news, CNN's Jake Tapper has emerged as one of the American national security state's most loyal conduits. Tapper broke into the media covering politics for the progressive outlet, Salon.com, where his editor, David Talbot, described him in part one of this series as a cynical careerist and a "groupie" of the Senate's most militaristic member, Sen. John McCain. These days, scarcely a single episode of Tapper's "The Lead" goes by without an extended segment promoting regime change in one of the countries in Washington's crosshairs. 

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Behind the Guise of Adversarial Journalism, CNN’s Jake Tapper Is Taking America to War

This July, Millennium Films announced it is producing an action film based on CNN anchor Jake Tapper’s “The Outpost.” The book is Tapper's dewy-eyed true life account of 53 American soldiers who bravely fought off an overwhelming force of Taliban insurgents from within their Alamo-style fortress in northeastern Afghanistan. Though Tapper conceded that he covered the war from “the comfort of the North Lawn of the White House,” his book won wide praise, including from conservatives like John Hinderaker, who wrote that it “required an almost unimaginable amount of work—of patriotism.” With President Donald Trump announcing a surge of thousands of new troops to Afghanistan, Tapper has provided Hollywood with perhaps the perfect vehicle to stir public sympathy for the troops tasked with continuing the 16-year-old war against the Taliban.

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CNN Analyst Michael Weiss Hosted Anti-Muslim Rally with Far-Right Hate Queen Pamela Geller

On June 4, CNN terminated its contract with Reza Aslan, the popular religion pundit, bestselling author and host of the network’s recently released show "Believer." A day earlier, Aslan had become infuriated by President Donald Trump’s call for restoring a Muslim travel ban in response to a terror attack committed in London by a British national. Aslan took to Twitter to call Trump a “piece of sh*t” and “an embarrassment to America.” Though Aslan quickly deleted his tweet and apologized, CNN caved to pressure from right-wing bloggers, who dredged up other derogatory comments Aslan had tweeted about Republicans years before.

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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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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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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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The Manchester Bombing Is Blowback from the West’s Disastrous Interventions and Covert Proxy Wars

The heinous suicide bombing by British-born Salman Abedi of an Arianna Grande concert in Manchester was not merely the work of an “evil loser,” as Donald Trump called it. It was blowback from interventionist policies carried out in the name of human rights and “civilian protection.” Through wars of regime change and the arming and training of Islamist proxy groups, the US, UK and France played out imperial delusions across the Middle East. In Syria and Libya, they cultivated the perfect petri dish for jihadist insurgency, helping to spawn weaponized nihilists like Abedi intent on bringing the West’s wars back home.  

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Yet Another Video Shows U.S.-Funded White Helmets Assisting Public Executions in Rebel-Held Syria

Syria Civil Defense, popularly known as the White Helmets, can be seen in a new video assisting in a public execution in a rebel-held town in Syria. It is at least the second such execution video featuring members of the Nobel Prize-nominated group.

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In the Saudis’ Den of Extremism, Trump Trades Advanced Weapons for a $200 Billion Investment in Rust Belt Swing States

President Donald Trump’s nine-day-long “tolerance tour” will continue this Friday with a visit to Saudi Arabia. The junket offers Trump a brief respite from the suffocating atmosphere in Washington, where he faces a mounting campaign fueled by anonymous leaks from intelligence officials that is aimed at nothing less than his impeachment and replacement by a more supplicant Republican.

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Is Trump Rescuing Al-Qaeda's 'Heartland' in Syria?

After formally calling off the longstanding U.S. policy of regime change in Syria, the Trump administration is sending signals of shifting its Syria policy under massive political pressure following a grisly chemical attack in the rebel-held province of Idlib.

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Far-Right Dutch Demagogue Geert Wilders Gains Influence in Elections with U.S. Pro-Israel Backing

The Netherlands has its own Donald Trump — in fact, he is even more extreme, and he has carved out a large role in mainstream Dutch politics.

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Israel Begins Ethnically Cleansing Bedouin Community to Build Jews-Only Town

Liberal supporters of Israel have traditionally operated on a political binary that runs along 1967 armistice lines -- the Green Line -- separating the Occupied Palestinians Territories from Israel. Though Israel enjoys no internationally recognized border between itself and Palestine, refusing to even produce a map proposing any such borders in peace negotiations, the border in the liberal Zionist imagination is firmly established. According to Peter Beinart, the widely published liberal Zionist pundit, Israel-Palestine is divided between a "Democratic Israel" representing Israel inside the Green Line, and "nondemocratic Israel," signifying Israeli military control over the Palestinian West Bank. In Beinart's view, if Israel allowed Palestinians to establish a state in the West Bank (he curiously omits the Gaza Strip), it would consolidate its identity as a liberal democracy.

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Did Erdogan’s Police Purge Help Set the Stage for Ghastly Syria-Related Assassination?

The video is as gruesome as it is surreal: A man in a black suit appears to be standing guard behind Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, for several minutes as Karlov addresses an art exhibition in Ankara. The man then steps forward, fires multiple shots into the ambassador’s back and launches into an extended rant. “Don’t forget Syria! Don’t forget Aleppo,” the assassin declares, referring to the Syrian city that has been the subject of intense fighting between Islamist rebels including Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham—the Syrian franchise of Al Qaeda—and the Syrian government, which has been bolstered by Russian airpower.

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How Gov. Andrew Cuomo Deceived Muslim Clergy Into A Scandalous Anti-Palestinian Photo-Op

Jamillah Adbul Kareem was excited when she received the invitation from the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. She had known the governor’s father, Mario, from her years of social and religious work in Nassau County, where she serves as a chaplain at Nassau County Correctional Center. So when Cuomo invited her to his mansion in Albany for a Sunday interfaith breakfast along with several other clergy members, Kareem eagerly accepted.

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Freedom of Information Request Reveals Pro-Israel Lobbying Push Behind Gov. Cuomo's Disturbing BDS Blacklist

On December 2, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a blacklist of 13 institutions and companies that will be punished for their alleged support of the international movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. The blacklist was the result of an executive order Cuomo issued last June that directed “state agencies and authorities” to “divest public funds” from any institution or company that the commissioner deems to support the BDS campaign. The order proclaimed that “the State of New York unequivocally rejects the BDS campaign and stands firmly with Israel.” 

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Washington Post Promotes Shadowy Website That Accuses 200 Publications of Being Russian Propaganda Plants

shady website that claims “Russia is Manipulating US Opinion Through Online Propaganda” has compiled a blacklist of websites its anonymous authors accuse of pushing fake news and Russian propaganda. The blacklist includes over 200 outlets, from the right-wing Drudge Report and Russian government-funded Russia Today, to Wikileaks and an array of marginal conspiracy and far-right sites. The blacklist also includes some of the flagship publications of the progressive left, including Truthdig, Counterpunch, Truthout, Naked Capitalism, and the Black Agenda Report, a leftist African-American opinion hub that is critical of the liberal black political establishment.

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Alan Dershowitz Ludicrously Defends White Nationalist Stephen Bannon Against Anti-Semitism, Racism Charges

Alan Dershowitz, an emeritus law professor at Harvard University known for levying baseless accusations of anti-Semitism and bigotry at critics of Israeli human rights abuses, took to the media circuit this week to defend the white nationalist Trump appointee Stephen Bannon.

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How the White Helmets Became International Heroes While Pushing U.S. Military Intervention and Regime Change in Syria

The following is Part 2 of a two part investigation into the forces cultivating Western public support for regime change in Syria. Read Part 1 here.

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