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Max Blumenthal is a senior writer for The Daily Beast and contributor to outlets including The Nation, Al Jazeera English, Salon.com, Alternet, the Huffington Post, and the Washington Monthly. The winner of the USC Annenberg Online Journalism Award for his investigative print journalism, he has produced numerous widely-recognized video reports that have garnered hundreds of thousands of hits on Youtube. His book, "Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party," will be published by Basic Books in 2009.

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The Desert of Israeli Democracy

(324) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 10:36 AM

A Trip Through the Negev Desert Leads to the Heart of Israel's National Nightmare

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

From the podium of the U.N. General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seamlessly blended frightening details of Iranian evildoing with images of defenseless Jews “bludgeoned” and...

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My Day Testifying in the Courtroom of John Roll

(14) Comments | Posted January 9, 2011 | 9:53 AM

John Roll, the Chief Justice for the US District Court in Arizona, was among those killed Saturday afternoon at a town hall with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. In February 2009, I testified as a prosecution witness in Roll's courtroom in Tucson in a politically charged civil trial known as

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The Great Islamophobic Crusade

(230) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 3:43 PM

Crossposted with TomDispatch.com.

Nine years after 9/11, hysteria about Muslims in American life has gripped the country. With it has...

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The Carmel Wildfire Is Burning All Illusions in Israel

(127) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 2:32 PM

"When I look out my window today and see a tree standing there, that tree gives me a greater sense of beauty and personal delight than all the vast forests I have seen in Switzerland or Scandinavia. Because every tree here was planted by us." ~ David Ben Gurion, Memoirs

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"There Are No Civilians During Wartime." Rachel Corrie's Family Confronts the Israeli Military in Court

(164) Comments | Posted September 10, 2010 | 10:29 AM

Cindy, Sarah, and Craig Corrie in the Haifa District Court for the second round of hearings in their civil suit against the Israeli government Cindy, Sarah, and Craig Corrie in the Haifa District Court for...

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In Democracy's Wasteland, Israel Razes a Bedouin Village...Again (VIDEO)

(51) Comments | Posted August 12, 2010 | 12:32 PM

"The Negev affords me the pleasure of watching a wasteland develop into the most fruitful portion of Israel by a totally Jewish act of creation." --David Ben Gurion, Memoirs

(For photos and more reporting from...

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Netanyahu's Warning to America: Palestinian State Will Lead To "Second Mexico" In U.S.

(33) Comments | Posted July 6, 2010 | 12:23 PM

When Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at the White House this week, he may wish he was meeting with Lou Dobbs instead of Barack Obama. The dire warning Netanyahu issued to Americans in his 1993 book, "A Durable Peace," would have resonated much more strongly with the nativist Dobbs than Obama.

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Extremist Pro-Settler Lobby Rallies Against Obama While Schumer and Weiner Pander (Video)

(62) Comments | Posted April 30, 2010 | 4:08 PM

On April 25, over 1,000 New York-area Jewish extremists gathered in midtown Manhattan to rally against the Barack Obama administration's call for a freeze on construction in occupied East Jerusalem and to demand...

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Major Israeli Anti-Semitism Report Conflates Goldstone, Critics of Gaza War With Violent Thugs

(339) Comments | Posted April 13, 2010 | 4:32 PM

The Tel Aviv University/Stephen Roth Institute's newly released study on anti-Semitism in 2009 is getting loads of media attention. Among the many outlets that have reported its findings are the AP, CNN, and Haaretz.

"Anti-Semitic incidents Doubled Last Year," blared the AP headline.

Sponsored by the...

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Inside the Media Blackout in the Middle East's Only Democracy

(72) Comments | Posted April 7, 2010 | 7:17 PM

"Where are you, Anat Kam?"Graffiti in Israel: Where are you, Anat Kam?

Imagine that the US military ordered the arrest of the person who leaked the now-notorious video depicting US soldiers mowing down two Reuters journalists and a crowd of...

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Netanyahu Appears At Major Rally with Far-Right Pastor Hagee on Eve of Biden's Israel Arrival

(26) Comments | Posted March 9, 2010 | 11:56 AM

(Videos recorded by Rachel Tabachnick; more videos coming shortly.)

Vice President Joe Biden was greeted in Jerusalem with the announcement that the Israeli Interior Ministry approved the construction of 1600 new homes in Occupied East Jerusalem contrary to U.S. wishes and complicating Biden's mission to help jump...

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Who Are Atlas's Thugs? Inside the Weird Alliance of the Pro-Israel Fringe and Far-Right British Football Hooligans

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2010 | 6:16 PM

In the days leading up to Israeli Apartheid Week's opening event at Columbia University, leading anti-Muslim blogger Pam Geller posted an image of an SS officer with the name of one of the event's speakers, Ben White, emblazoned on his uniform. (The image recalled placards held by far-right...

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Feeling the Hate at CPAC 2010 With Andrew Breitbart, Hannah Giles and the Crazy Mob

(54) Comments | Posted February 23, 2010 | 7:21 PM

While I was filming at CPAC for a forthcoming project, I was confronted by Hannah Giles, Andrew Breitbart and a mob of crazed teabaggers. They were enraged...

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Obama, the Fallen Messiah

(486) Comments | Posted December 28, 2009 | 11:40 AM

During a time of economic decline, persistent cultural strife, deepening American involvement in far-off military conflicts, and rapid environmental deterioration, is there any wonder that so many Americans believe in salvation fantasies promising them both a transcendent, everlasting future and violent retribution against perceived evildoers? A 2002 CNN poll...

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How Sarah Palin Made Herself Indispensable While Destroying the Republican Party

(247) Comments | Posted November 15, 2009 | 3:51 PM

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com.

Sarah Palin's heavily publicized book tour begins in earnest this Monday, but weeks before, her ghostwritten memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life, had already vaulted into the number one position at Amazon. Warming up for a tour that will take her across Middle...

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Elie Wiesel Appears With End Times Pastor John Hagee, Hagee Trashes Obama

(41) Comments | Posted October 30, 2009 | 6:40 PM

On October 25, while an overflow crowd of 1,500 poured into the first convention of the progressive-leaning, Israel-oriented lobbying organization J Street, Elie Wiesel addressed a crowd of 6,000 Christian Zionists at Pastor John Hagee's "Night To Honor Israel." According...

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Joe Scarborough, the "Real Conservative," Has Been Blinded by the Right

(124) Comments | Posted October 16, 2009 | 12:34 PM

Before I first appeared on Morning Joe on September 22, I was warned about Joe Scarborough's tendency to filibuster guests he does not agree with, and to do so in a belligerent manner. But to my surprise, the former Republican congressman proved a remarkably genial host, presiding over a civil...

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Irving Kristol's Alliance With Anti-Semites

(4) Comments | Posted September 20, 2009 | 11:10 PM

By the time Irving Kristol died on September 18 at the age of 89, he had transformed the Republican Party through the neoconservative philosophy he helped pioneer. A former Trotskyist, Kristol promoted the supply-side economic theories that formed the foundation of the Reagan administration's domestic agenda. At the same time,...

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"Get the Government Out of My Social Security!" Inside the 9.12 Teabagger Rally

(357) Comments | Posted September 14, 2009 | 11:51 AM

While Fox News cameras covering the so-called 9.12 Project on the National Mall lurched away from signs morphing President Barack Obama's face into Adolph Hitler's, I zoomed in. Histrionics and manufactured paranoia were hard to avoid at the massive September 12 anti-Obama rally orchestrated by Fox News host Glenn Beck...

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Exclusive Video: Conservatives Endorse My New Book, "Republican Gomorrah" (Sort Of)

(3) Comments | Posted September 2, 2009 | 7:11 PM

In February, I went to the Conservative Political Action Conference with a mock copy of my book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party. The book is an intimate, journalistic portrait of the GOP in the thralls of the radical Right, detailing through historical analysis and first-hand...

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