Ben Norton

Paul Jay on the US-Saudi ‘Special Relationship’

Paul Jay on the US-Saudi ‘Special Relationship’

October 16, 2018

The likely murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi has inspired a new debate about the US’s “special relationship” with Saudi Arabia. TRNN’s Paul Jay and Ben Norton discuss why America sees the Saudi monarchy as a key player in its global empire, and the key role of arms sales and fossil fuels in geopolitics.

Trump Officials Headline Pro-Regime Change Summit on Iran

Trump Officials Headline Neocon Iran Regime-Change Summit: Inside UANI

October 2, 2018

John Bolton and Mike Pompeo headlined the annual United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) summit, where speakers celebrated the strangling of the Iranian economy under U.S. sanctions and cheered on regime change. We report from inside

'There Is No Opposition in Israel' as Netanyahu Massacres Gazans, Israeli Journalist Says

‘There Is No Opposition in Israel’ as Netanyahu Massacres Gazans, Israeli Journalist Says

May 17, 2018

Renowned Israeli journalist Gideon Levy says “the victims of Gaza hardly touch anybody in Israel,” as the IDF mows down protesters. Hardline right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a stranglehold on politics and the left barely exists

Israel Slaughters Unarmed Palestinian Protesters While Trump Admin. Shouts 'Hamas!'

Israel Slaughters Unarmed Palestinian Protesters While Trump Admin. Shouts ‘Hamas!’

May 15, 2018

The Israeli military killed 60 and wounded 2,200 Palestinians protesters in one day, as Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner opened the US embassy in Jerusalem. Journalist Ali Abunimah says the Trump administration is misleadingly pointing the finger at Hamas to distract from Israel’s crimes

Arms Industry Stocks Shoot up After Trump Withdraws from Iran Deal

Arms Industry Stocks Shoot up After Trump Withdraws from Iran Deal

May 15, 2018

As soon as Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear deal, and Israel bombed Syria, stocks of the top weapons corporations immediately increased. Author Andrew Feinstein says this sabotage of the JCPOA offers companies new opportunities for war profiteering

Nomination of Torturer for CIA Director Reflects Spy Agency's Antidemocratic Dangers

Trump’s Nomination of Torturer to Lead ‘Out of Control’ CIA

May 10, 2018
Part 2 of journalist Robert Scheer’s discussion with TRNN’s Ben Norton. He says torturers like Donald Trump’s nominee Gina Haspel reflect how the CIA makes Americans less safe, despite bipartisan political support for the violent spy agency.

Police Brutalize 78-Year-Old CIA Whistleblower Protesting at Torturer Gina Haspel’s Senate Hearing

May 9, 2018

Ray McGovern, who worked as a CIA analyst for 27 years, disrupted the Senate confirmation hearing for CIA director nominee Gina Haspel, protesting her overseeing of torture. Police threw the 78-year-old whistleblower to the ground, dislocating his arm.

How ‘American Exceptionalism’ Is Exploited to Justify War and Exploitation

May 9, 2018

Writer and activist David Swanson discusses his new book Curing Exceptionalism with TRNN’s Ben Norton, exploring how American nationalism and the myth of US superiority is used to justify hyper-militarism and capitalist oppression.

Netanyahu's Long History of Crying Wolf over Fake 'WMDs' in Iran and Iraq

Netanyahu’s Long History of Lying About Fake ‘WMDs’ in Iran and Iraq

May 7, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a long history of crying wolf over supposed nuclear weapons in Iran and Iraq – Ben Norton reports.