Ben Norton
Ben Norton
Journalist, writer, filmmaker || Assistant editor of TheGrayzoneNews (http://thegrayzone.com/author/ben-norton) || Producer/co-host of Moderate_RebelsSource
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NY Times Admits It Sends Stories to US Government for Approval Before Publication

NY Times Admits It Sends Stories to US Government for Approval Before Publication

The New York Times has publicly acknowledged that it sends some of its stories to the US government for approval from “national security officials” before publication. This confirms what veteran New York Times correspondents like James Risen have said: The American newspaper of record regularly collaborates with the US government, suppressing reporting that top officials don’t want made public. On June 15, the Times reported that the US government is escalating its cyber attacks on Russia’s power grid. According to the article, “the Trump administration is using new authorities to deploy...

August 28, 2019
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Twitter Latin America coordinator exposed as right-wing operative, amid anti-AMLO social media purge | The Grayzone

Twitter Latin America coordinator exposed as right-wing operative, amid anti-AMLO social media purge | The Grayzone

A senior executive at Twitter Latin America spent years working for right-wing Mexican politicians, including the notoriously corrupt Felipe Calderón. During his tenure as president, Calderón reportedly operated death squads, coordinated with drug cartels, and ordered the assassination of journalists. He even publicly called for an “armed rebellion” to overthrow the country’s current, democratically elected leader.Twitter has claimed the administrator’s lengthy political history has no influence over his work at the social media giant. But amid a wave of social media censorship that has...

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Document exposes new US plot to overthrow Nicaragua's elected socialist gov't | The Grayzone

Document exposes new US plot to overthrow Nicaragua's elected socialist gov't | The Grayzone

A newly released document exposes a US government operation to overthrow the .The plot is administered by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a to advance Washington’s aggressive foreign-policy interests.The document () details the creation of a new “task order” called Responsive Assistance in Nicaragua (RAIN) and its plan for “Nicaragua’s transition to democracy” – a euphemism for removing the leftist Sandinista Front for National Liberation (known commonly by the Spanish acronym FSLN) from power.In the pages, the US government agency uses hardline...

August 4, 2020
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Unelected Bolivian govt detains, doxxes, threatens international observers on eve of election | The Grayzone

Unelected Bolivian govt detains, doxxes, threatens international observers on eve of election | The Grayzone

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – On the eve of Bolivia’s first election since a that removed President Evo Morales from office, the unelected de facto government has detained, doxxed, and threatened international electoral observers.On October 16, Bolivia’s migration department shared the private information and photos of Spanish electoral observers with a far-right activist, who promptly published these sensitive materials on social media, spawning a campaign of incitement against the monitors.Later that day, the right-wing Bolivian administration detained observers from Argentina in the airport outside...

October 17, 2020
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Leaked docs expose massive Syria propaganda operation waged by Western govt contractors and media | The Grayzone

Leaked docs expose massive Syria propaganda operation waged by Western govt contractors and media | The Grayzone

Leaked documents show how UK government contractors developed an advanced infrastructure of propaganda to stimulate support in the West for Syria’s political and armed opposition.Virtually every aspect of the Syrian opposition was cultivated and marketed by Western government-backed public relations firms, from their political narratives to their branding, from what they said to where they said it.The leaked files reveal how Western intelligence cutouts played the media like a fiddle, carefully crafting English- and Arabic-language media coverage of the war on Syria to churn out a constant...

September 23, 2020
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US ambassador confirms billions spent on regime change in Syria, debunking 'Obama did nothing' myth | The Grayzone

US ambassador confirms billions spent on regime change in Syria, debunking 'Obama did nothing' myth | The Grayzone

Nour al-Din al-Zenki, a US-backed Salafi-jihadist rebel group in SyriaThe US government spent at least $12 billion in Syria-related military and civilian expenses in the four years from 2014 through 2017, former ambassador Robert Ford disclosed in a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.The United States spent at least $12 billion in Syria-related military and civilian expenses in the four years from 2014 through 2017, according to the former U.S. ambassador to the country.This $12 billion is in addition to the billions more spent to pursue regime change in Syria in the previous three...

February 10, 2018
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Did neocon cancel queen Bari Weiss stage her NY Times resignation to fuel her career?

Did neocon cancel queen Bari Weiss stage her NY Times resignation to fuel her career?

A closer look at the events surrounding Bari Weiss’ resignation suggests she omitted some critical details about her toxic presence inside the paper, and may have staged her resignation to drum up publicity for her next move. Neoconservative New York Times columnist Bari Weiss quit the newspaper on July 14. In a resignation letter published on her personal website, the pundit lamented a supposed “illiberal environment” at the publication in which Weiss’ colleagues mocked her right-wing views, supposedly called her “a Nazi and a racist,” and branded her a “liar and a bigot.” Weiss’...

July 15, 2020
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Meet Wikipedia's Ayn Rand-loving founder and Wikimedia Foundation's regime-change operative CEO

Meet Wikipedia's Ayn Rand-loving founder and Wikimedia Foundation's regime-change operative CEO

Wikipedia has become a bulletin board for corporate and imperial interests under the watch of its Randian founder, Jimmy Wales, and the veteran US regime-change operative who heads the Wikimedia Foundation, Katherine Maher. This is part 2 in a series of investigative reports on the systemic problems with Wikipedia. Read part 1 here: “Wikipedia formally censors The Grayzone as regime-change advocates monopolize editing“ Internet encyclopedia giant Wikipedia has listed The Grayzone as a “deprecated source,” censoring the independent organization, alongside several other news websites, on an...

June 11, 2020
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