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Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author
whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York
Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Guardian,
The Independent Film Channel, The Huffington Post, Salon.com, Al
Jazeera English and many other publications. He is a writing fellow for
the Nation Institute. His book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party, is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller. Order a copy here.
How "Russiagate" Helped Secure a Dangerous Arms Deal
In November, just weeks before caving in to the pressure to send the Javelins to Kiev, Trump was widely ridiculed when he warned that "people will die" because of Russiagate. But in Donbas, where a war-weary population lives on the brink of another bloodbath, the president could prove his critics wrong in a way they never imagined.
Michael Flynn's Indictment Exposes Trump Team's Collusion With Israel, Not Russia
There is too much at stake for too many to allow any disruption in the preset narrative. From the journalist pack that followed the trail of Russiagate down a conspiracy infested rabbit hole, to the Clintonites seeking excuses for their mind-boggling campaign failures, to the Cold Warriors exploiting the panic over Russian meddling to drive an unprecedented arms build-up, the narrative must go on regardless of the facts.
Sunday, November 26, 2017(2 comments)
Exposing the Shocking and Continuing Alliance Between Zionism and Anti-Semitism
Along with his vitriolic anti-Muslim politics, Gorka's full-throated support for Israeli settler colonialism has earned him the abiding friendship of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political network. For them, the rest -- especially his membership in an organization that assisted in the extermination of Jews -- is commentary.
It Is Important to Have Perspective on Elie Wiesel's Legacy
With Elie Wiesel gone, his most zealous defenders have set out to destroy those who embraced the message he espoused in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, but which he ultimately failed to uphold: "Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
Sanders Gets it Mostly Right on Gaza, but Cheerleaders for Israeli Brutality Attack Him Anyway
In an interview with the New York Daily News, a tabloid owned by ultra-Zionist multi-billionaire Mort Zuckerman, Sen. Bernie Sanders held forth on Israel's 2014 assault on the Gaza Strip. "My understanding is that a whole lot of apartment houses were leveled. Hospitals, I think, were bombed. So yeah, I do believe and I don't think I'm alone in believing that Israel's force was more indiscriminate than it should have been."
Gideon Levy: Americans "Are Supporting the First Signs of Fascism in Israel"
American liberals should know that they are supporting the first signs of fascism in Israel. And America is behind it. And America is supporting it. And America keeps one blind eye to it. And America keeps financing it. This should be known and should be recognized by any American, mainly the liberals, who care where their taxpayer money goes, and so much of it.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015(13 comments)
How Western Militarists Are Playing Into the Hands of ISIS
Billions of dollars have been spent and hundreds of thousands of lives lost in the global war on terror. At every step of the way, Western governments played directly into the hands of Islamic extremists, falling for their ploys and fueling their ambitions.
Painting Palestinians as Nazis, Netanyahu Incites a Wave of Vigilante Violence
Netanyahu sent the message that Palestinians lurking behind concrete walls and under siege in ghettos were not an occupied, dispossessed people, but a new breed of Nazis hell-bent on Jewish extermination. Netanyahu's comments about the Mufti were much more than a hysterical lie; they were an invitation to act out a blood-soaked fantasy of righteous revenge.
10 Places AIPAC Would Never Show Members of Congress on Their Upcoming Propaganda Trip
Due to the US-backed Israeli-Egyptian siege of Gaza, members of Congress will not be able to meet any of the 1.8 million people living in the ruins of this stateless coastal enclave, where Israel killed over 2,200 people in 51 days last year, including 550 children. Nor will they see the Jews-only settlements and Palestinian ghettoes that make up the Occupied Territories.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015(24 comments)
Why Scrapping the Confederate Flag Is a Threat to a Huge Swath of the Right-Wing Movement
Following Roof's massacre at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, leading Republican politicians are capitulating to widespread pressure to condemn the display of the Confederate flag in state capitols across the Deep South. Yet neo-Confederacy maintains wide appeal across the South and deep influence within the broader conservative movement.
You Will Be Surprised Who the Outside Agitators Really Are in Baltimore
Even after the National Guard vacates the streets of Baltimore and the state of emergency is lifted, vast swaths of the city will remain under occupation. Rather than return to a deadly status quo, the city could start answering the crisis by enacting residential requirements that force police officers to live in the neighborhoods they patrol.
Saturday, April 25, 2015(2 comments)
What's Behind Michael Dyson's Over the Top Take Down of Cornel West?
In the twilight of the Obama era, Dyson has become a political prisoner trapped within the stultifying confines set by the president, his party, and network executives with little patience for dissent. He has linked his reputation to Obama's legacy to an inextricable degree, prompting him to defend them both against their most relentless critic.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Exposing Anti-Islam Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Latest Deception
Hirsi Ali's power to persuade lies in her dramatic personal story and the public persona she has constructed. She has marketed herself as an expert native informant who has emerged out of the dark heart of radical Islam and into the light of Western civilization. Her tale is an uplifting, comforting one that tells many Westerners what they want to hear about themselves and their perceived enemies.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Paranoid Benjamin Netanyahu Prepares For His Last Stand
Netanyahu once described former Obama advisers Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod as "self-hating Jews." In the final days of his re-election campaign, he howled against an international conspiracy to overthrow him, with Barack Hussein Obama as its puppet-master. (A robo-call to voters in Israel warned them to vote for Netanyahu against "Hussein Obama.")
Tuesday, December 30, 2014(9 comments)
Emails and Racist Chats Show How Cops and GOP Are Teaming Up to Undermine de Blasio
The anger coursing through the ranks of the NYPD is driving union bosses to ratchet up their rhetoric against the mayor. Republican operatives see a chance to do fatal damage to a rising Democratic star and close Clinton ally by resurrecting the kind of racial backlash politics that won them urban white votes during the Nixon era.
How the German Left Learned to Love Israel and Hate Anti-Zionist Jews
Under the Hessen citizenship tests adopted in 2006, immigrants are expected to affirm support for Israel's "right to exist." The country's past chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder of the Green Party, openly pondered imposing loyalty oaths on immigrants, while the current leader, Merkel, declared that multiculturalism "has utterly failed."
Wednesday, November 19, 2014(9 comments)
How the Israel Lobby Protected Ukrainian Neo-Nazis
Staffers from the ADL's Washington office and the Simon Wiesenthal Center rejected the Conyers amendment on the grounds that right-wing Ukrainian parties like Svoboda with documented records of racist extremism had "moderated their rhetoric." The Wiesenthal Center pointed to meetings between far-right political leaders in Ukraine and the Israeli embassy as evidence that groups like Svoboda had shed their extremism.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014(4 comments)
Samantha Power, Obama's Atrocity Enabler
Power has yet to reckon with the consequences of her role in enabling some of the worst atrocities ever committed against one of the world's longest-suffering populations. It is as if the more than 500 children killed in Gaza this summer never existed; as though they were ghosts.
Gruesome Tales Surface of Israeli Massacres Against Families in Gaza Neighborhood
The attack on Shujaiya began at 11pm on July 19, with a combined Israeli bombardment from F-16s, tanks and mortar launchers. It was a night of hell which more than 100 did not survive and that none have recovered from. Inside the ruins of what used to be homes, returning locals related stories of survival and selflessness, detailing a harrowing night of death and destruction.
Sunday, August 3, 2014(4 comments)
Who broke the ceasefire? Obama blames Hamas against the evidence
Since violence escalated in mid-July, the Obama administration has demonstrated a disturbing pattern of legitimizing suspect Israeli claims about Hamas's malevolence and bad faith. In each case, the administration provided political cover for disproportionate Israeli violence, deepening the damage to civilian life in the West Bank and Gaza.
"A Painful Price": The escalating war on Palestine solidarity at U of Michigan and beyond
As divestment resolutions are introduced at new campuses each month, pro-Israel partisans appear determined to introduce more counter-measures. In a recent editorial for the Jerusalem Post, former advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Caroline Glick demanded that universities that allow Palestine solidarity activism on campus "pay a painful price."
Tuesday, February 25, 2014(17 comments)
Is the U.S. Backing Neo-Nazis in Ukraine?
As the Euromaidan protests in the Ukrainian capitol of Kiev culminated this week, displays of fascism and neo-Nazi extremism became too glaring to ignore. Since demonstrators filled the downtown square to battle Ukrainian riot police and demand the ouster of the corruption-stained, pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich, it has been filled with far-right streetfighting men pledging to defend their country's ethnic purity.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
A Response to J.J. Goldberg of the Forward
I hoped to engage Goldberg in a discussion about his critiques of my book and about the future of Israel-Palestine. Unfortunately, that debate will apparently not take place. When Atlantic editor Robert Wright invited Goldberg to engage with me on the online political debating forum Bloggingheads, Goldberg declined, as Alterman did before him.
Dubious Intelligence and Iran Blackmail: How Israel is driving the US to war in Syria
Though Congress will be under unrelenting pressure from powerful forces to authorize force, the vote provides an unprecedented opportunity for opponents of US military intervention in the Middle East to mobilize. Anti-war forces may not be able to match the financial muscle or public relations power of pro-war elements, but they have opinion firmly on their side.
Friday, August 2, 2013(1 comments)
Martin Indyk Says He "Made Aliyah To Washington" To Save Israel
Speaking before J Street, Indyk placed the blame for the bloodshed of the Second Intifada squarely on Yasser Arafat's shoulders. He derided the late PA chairman as having "that big sh*t-eating grin of his." Indyk is back at the center of heavily ballyhooed negotiations that seem doomed from the start. Is he preparing to blame the Palestinians again?
People, power, or propaganda? Unraveling the Egyptian opposition
The opposition may have made an impressive showing on June 30 and in the days that followed, but the stunning crowd counts it spread across the world do not seem to hold up against critical scrutiny. And as the mirage of a 30-million-person march evaporates, an unsavory military coup stands exposed.
Inside The Strange Hollywood Scam That Spread Chaos Across The Middle East
Obama wasted no time in authorizing a round of drone strikes on targets across Libya, which are likely to deepen regional hostility to the US. A group of fringe extremists had proven that with a little bit of money and an unbelievably cynical scam, they could shape history to fit their apocalyptic vision. But in the end, they were not immune to the violence they incited.
Saturday, May 19, 2012(1 comments)
Giulio Meotti: Serial Plagiarist or Common Hasbarist?
Meotti is so bereft of originality that he even plagiarizes himself: He pasted a long section from a February 24, 2012 column about how "music can be a platform for anti-Semitism" into a piece he published two months later about anti-Semites in Hollywood working to destroy Israel. It takes little more than cutting and pasting press releases from Israel advocacy groups to succeed in the world of neoconservatism.
Monday, March 12, 2012(4 comments)
Israel's bogus case for bombing Gaza obscures political motives
Netanyahu was forced to mute his demand for Obama to agree to "red lines" on Iran's nuclear program that would trigger a US attack, descending instead into an incoherent, demagogic rant about a "nuclear duck" and the Holocaust. If Bibi accomplished anything during his visit to Washington, it was keeping the Palestinians off the discussion table.
Monday, February 27, 2012(6 comments)
Progressive Democratic hero Elizabeth Warren enlists to serve AIPAC's pro-war agenda
While progressives celebrate Warren for her fight against the big banks and the financial industry's lobbying arm, they have kept silent over the fact that she has enlisted with another powerful lobby that is willing to sabotage America's economic recovery in order to advance its narrow interests. It is AIPAC, the key arm of the Israel lobby.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Mitt Romney's Man on Iran
As tensions between Israel and Iran rise to unprecedented levels, and Israel's leadership beseeches the US to join a military strike on Iran, Eliot Cohen's visions of regime change seem closer to realization than ever before. For him and the neoconservative policy elite, a Romney victory in November might deliver the next "big prize."