Episode 8 show notes – Puppy memes & Pokemon: How Russiagate went off the rails, with Aaron Maté

Moderate Rebels episode 8

Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal discuss how the narrative of Russian “hacking” of US politics has gone off the deep end, with supposedly serious news reports on how the Kremlin purportedly used puppy memes and Pokemon to undermine American democracy.

We are joined by journalist Aaron Maté to discuss the madness.

This episode also features an ad for an upcoming documentary film series, “Russia’s Plot to Make America Racist.”

Show Notes


Aaron Maté, “Russiagate Is More Fiction Than Fact“, The Nation, 6 October 2017

Aaron Maté, “MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Sees a ‘Russia Connection’ Lurking Around Every Corner“, The Intercept, 12 April 2017

Timothy Snyder’s historical revisionism

Daniel Lazare, “Timothy Snyder’s Lies“, Jacobin, 9 September 2014

The fascist “double genocide” myth

Ben Norton, “In Flashy New Film, NATO Celebrates Nazi Collaborators Who Murdered Jews in the Holocaust“, AlterNet Grayzone Project, 20 July 2017

Dovid Katz, “The ‘Double Genocide’ Theory“, Jewish Currents, 26 October 2017

Saudi bots supporting Trump

Ben Norton, “‘Trump Will Destroy Iran!’ Saudis Cheer on Anti-Muslim President“, AlterNet Grayzone Project, 8 February 2017

Jamie Kirchick lying and libeling

Ben Norton, “No, they don’t support Trump: Smeared left-wing writers debunk the myth“, Salon, 17 August 2016

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Episode 7 show notes – South Koreans resist US military presence and war with DPRK

South Korean anti-war protesters

Moderate Rebels episode 7

Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss Donald Trump’s genocidal threats against North Korea and the growing anti-war protests in the South against the deployment of the THAAD system and the presence of 28,000 US troops.

Max reports on the ground from South Korea capital Seoul, where he interviews Gayoon Baek and Wang-Soon Young, organizers from the activist group People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy. They detail how the US has militarized the Korean peninsula, the damage this militarization has done to Korean society, and prospects for peace with the DPRK in the future.

Show Notes

People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy website

Thousands of South Koreans protest the US’ missile defense system“, Agence France-Presse, 24 June 2017

Guy Taylor, “Protesters say THAAD missile system is more about U.S. militarism than South Korean protection“, Washington Times, 22 May 2017

Dena Takruri, “Is The U.S. Military Prepping For War With North Korea?”, AJ+, 13 September 2017

S. Nathan Park, “South Korea’s Nostalgia for Dictatorship Has (Mostly) Predictable Results“, Foreign Policy, 15 November 2016

Dave Hazzan, “Is South Korea Regressing Into a Dictatorship?“, Foreign Policy, 14 July 2016

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