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Empire Files: In the Deadliest Country for Unions & Social Leaders

In 2017, murders of social leaders, union organizers and indigenous activists in Colombia hit a new high since the historic peace agreement. Empire Files' Abby Martin goes to Colombia to document the increasingly deadly situation for human rights activists. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2018-02-20 | LENGTH: 18:52

Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets Ahed Tamimi
Abby outlines the Tamimi family's tragic tale and unending bravery in the fight for justice and equality in Palestine and how the story of their village of Nabi Saleh is emblematic of the Palestinian struggle as a whole
DATE: 2018-01-15 | LENGTH: 19:56

Empire Files: A Massacre of Farmers in US-Colombia 'War On Drugs'
On October 5, police opened fire on unarmed farmers in Tumaco, Colombia. The massacre was part of a crackdown on coca farmers in the "War On Drugs," despite an agreement for crop substitution--and amid new threats from Trump, ordering the government to use more force or face consequences. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2017-12-19 | LENGTH: 29:06

Empire Files: Death & Biostitutes - The US Opioid Crisis
With the U.S. government failing to address the opioid crisis, one law firm has taken to a massive lawsuit. Head of that case is Mike Papantonio, who tells Abby Martin that he's pushing for many executives to go to jail
DATE: 2017-12-04 | LENGTH: 21:57

Empire Files: What the Russian Revolution Proved Possible
Nov. 7, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the seizure of power by workers and peasants in the Russian Revolution, regarded as the most world-altering event in the history of civilization. Abby Martin talks to Brian Becker, socialist organizer and co-author of the book "Storming the Gates: How the Russian Revolution Changed the World."
DATE: 2017-11-25 | LENGTH: 27:17

Empire Files: Decentralized Disaster Relief Fills Void
After uncovering total failure by the U.S. government to meet the needs of communities suffering in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Abby Martin meets the people who filled the void. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2017-11-13 | LENGTH: 25:57

Empire Files: The Sacrifice Zones of Hurricane Harvey
In this second installment of special coverage Hurricane Harvey's aftermath, Abby Martin explores how the petrochemical industry dominates the city and why its low-income, Black and Latino areas are in the highest-risk areas for flooding and pollution, earning them the name "sacrifice zones." Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2017-11-11 | LENGTH: 26:57

Empire Files: After Hurricane Harvey, Abandoned Community Takes Charge
After a flurry of media attention, the devastation in Houston, Texas from Hurricane Harvey faded from public view. But after unprecedented floods and widespread destruction, the story is far from over. In Part 1 of her investigation, Abby Martin travels to Houston one month later. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2017-11-10 | LENGTH: 22:57

Empire Files: Trump Expands Police-State Crackdown on the Left
At Trump's inauguration, around 200 protesters and journalists were mass arrested and now face up to 70 years in prison on baseless charges. Many other legal assaults on civil liberties are in the works around the country, from treating anti-fascists as "domestic terrorists", to legislation protecting drivers who run over peaceful marchers
DATE: 2017-11-08 | LENGTH: 25:18

Empire Files: The Sacrifice Zones of Hurricane Harvey
In this second installment of special coverage of Hurricane Harvey's aftermath, Abby Martin explores how the petrochemical industry dominates Houston and why its low-income, Black and Latino areas are in the highest-risk areas for flooding and pollution. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2017-10-23 | LENGTH: 26:57

Empire Files: After Hurricane Harvey, Abandoned Community Takes Charge
Abby Martin travels to Houston one month after Hurricane Harvey, long after the cameras left, and reveals the untold stories of how, while abandoned by the state, the community banded together to save lives and rebuild their homes
DATE: 2017-10-21 | LENGTH: 22:57

Empire Files: Rosa Clemente & Abby Martin - No Savior in 2020
Renowned Afro-Latinx leader Rosa Clemente sits down with Abby Martin to discuss her experience running for Vice President, organizing in the Trump era, advice for new activists, identity politics and more
DATE: 2017-10-16 | LENGTH: 26:12

Empire Files: Israelis Speak Candidly to Abby Martin About Palestinians
On the streets of Jerusalem, Abby Martin interviews Jewish Israeli citizens from all walks of life. In several candid interviews, disturbing comments reveal commonly-held views about Palestinians and their future in the region
DATE: 2017-10-03 | LENGTH: 23:14

Empire Files: From 1776 to Trump - White Mobs, Racist Heroes & Hidden History
Trump hit his lowest moment when he blamed "both sides" for the murder of anti-racist protester Heather Heyer in Charlottesville. But understanding how a neo-Nazi sympathizer got into the White House requires breaking apart the myth underneath it all, the glorified story of the creation of the United States in 1776
DATE: 2017-09-24 | LENGTH: 33:17

Empire Files: Peter Joseph & Abby Martin on Abolishing Capitalism
Peter Joseph is the founder of the Zeitgeist Movement, a grassroots, worldwide organization that advocates an alternative economic system based on sustainability, cooperation and human need
DATE: 2017-09-18 | LENGTH: 45:41

Empire Files: The Roots of the Philippines Trafficking Epidemic
In this sequel to The Empire Files' report on trafficked Filipina domestic workers, Damayan's Linda Oalican provides a deeper context to the epidemic of human trafficking by guiding us through the history of colonialism, resistance and US domination of the islands
DATE: 2017-08-14 | LENGTH: 22:23

Empire Files: Buying a Slave - The Hidden World of US-Philippines Trafficking
The Philippines is one of the largest labor exporters in the world. Tricked by placement agencies, thousands end up living as virtual slaves. Abby Martin speaks to several members of the anti-trafficking organization Damayan about how this exodus of women has devastated a generation of families, and how they are fighting back
DATE: 2017-08-09 | LENGTH: 25:10

Empire Files: Privacy, Control & the Darknet
Out of the periphery of most online users, there's a vast, hidden space used by people who want to remain anonymous, which filmmaker Alex Winter explores in his documentary Deep Web. The film focuses on the Silk Road, a black market hosted on the Darknet using bitcoin cryptocurrency, and the trial of Ross Ulbricht, who was given a double life sentence without the possibility of parole for creating and hosting the site.
DATE: 2017-08-04 | LENGTH: 27:03

Empire Files: Venezuela Economy Minister-Sabotage, Not Socialism, is the Problem
Venezuela's economic problems are used to paint the country as a failed state, in need of foreign-backed regime change. To get the Bolivarian government's side of the crisis, Abby Martin interviews Venezuela's Minister of Economic Planning, Ricardo Menendez. Watch more on teleSur
DATE: 2017-08-02 | LENGTH: 27:17

Empire Files: The Hidden Purging of Millions of Voters
With all the discussion of the contentious 2016 election, the most shocking fact is often ignored: that millions of people had their votes stolen through malicious, means. The Republican Party is currently working to purge millions more voters leading up to the 2018 election. Abby Martin interviews investigative reporter Greg Palast, who has done the most extensive work uncovering this massive disenfranchisement campaign.
DATE: 2017-07-28 | LENGTH: 27:20

Empire Files: Silencing Palestine - Prison & Repression
Israel's occupation of the West Bank is an internationally-recognized human rights crime. Getting detailed facts about Israel's imposition of Military Law in the West Bank, Abby Martin visits the the Ramallah offices of Addameer--the most prominent prisoners' rights organizations in Palestine--for a shocking investigation into the use of Israeli jails and arbitrary laws as a weapon
DATE: 2017-07-26 | LENGTH: 22:43

Empire Files: Anti-Black Racism Reveals Israel's White Supremacy
In this on-the-ground investigation, Abby Martin talks to Osman Ali, a refugee from Darfur, at Holot prison camp about the treatment of refugees by the government, and Tehune Maharat, an Ethiopian Jewish activist whose cousin was killed in an apparent hate crime by Israeli police, about the rampant and institutional racism in the country. Watch more on TeleSur
DATE: 2017-07-19 | LENGTH: 24:39

Empire Files: The Sikh Experience in America
People of the Sikh faith, commonly mistaken for both Muslims and Hindus, are frequent targets of bigoted hate crimes-in fact, the first victim of post-9/11 hate crimes was a Sikh man. Promoting respect and understanding of this religious and cultural tradition, The Empire Files profiles this minority community with a long and rich history in America, and explores the roots of anti-Sikh racism with Georgetown Professor and civil rights attorney Arjun Singh Sethi. - teleSUR English
DATE: 2017-03-28 | LENGTH: 22:52

Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes Steve Bannon
Steve Bannon has been propelled over the last year from fringe media outlier to top propagandist of the U.S. Empire as Trump's Chief Strategist. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2017-03-20 | LENGTH: 26:03

Empire Files: Chris Hedges & Abby Martin - Trump, Fascism & the Christian Right
For the first time in modern history, a fringe wing of Christian extremists have obtained the highest seats of power in the US government-from Mike Pence to Betsy DeVos -
DATE: 2017-03-06 | LENGTH: 25:18

Empire Files: President Correa on His Legacy & Critics
In one of his last interviews before leaving office, host Abby Martin talks to Ecuador's President Rafael Correa about Trump, the global crisis of inequality, CIA plots and opposition in his own country. teleSUR
DATE: 2017-02-20 | LENGTH: 18:32

Empire Files: Post-Soviet Russia, Made in the U.S.A.
Abby Martin interviews Mark Ames, an American journalist who spent a decade reporting from Russia and witnessed the country's transformation from an American "colony" to it's "number one threat."
DATE: 2017-02-13 | LENGTH: 27:14

Empire Files: US-Russia Relations in "Most Dangerous Moment"
Dr. Stephen Cohen tells host Abby Martin that the real alarming danger today is "a new, multi-front Cuban missile crisis."
DATE: 2017-02-09 | LENGTH: 22:16

The Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes John Podesta
In this episode, Abby Martin explores John Podesta's political rise, his vast network of corporate connections, the think tank Center for American Progress, and why the Podestas and the Clintons are a match made in ruling-class heaven. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-11-07 | LENGTH: 23:51

The Empire Files: Meet the Socialist Woman Running for President
With just weeks until the US presidential election--and with both mainstream candidates embroiled in unprecedented scandal--Abby Martin interviews one of the progressive alternatives, socialist candidate Gloria La Riva. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-10-27 | LENGTH: 25:45

The Empire Files: Fighting at Standing Rock with AIM Founder Dennis Banks
To get an eyewitness account of this growing movement, Abby Martin interviews legendary Native leader Dennis Banks, founder of of the American Indian Movement (AIM). Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-10-12 | LENGTH: 23:59

The Empire Files: Inside Palestine's Refugee Camps
In her first on-the-ground report from Palestine, Abby Martin gives a first-hand look into two of the most attacked refugee camps in the West Bank: Balata and Aida camps. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-10-11 | LENGTH: 30:21

The Empire Files: How Palestine Became Colonized
From the early settlements, the Nakba, and to the conquest of the West Bank, Abby Martin reveals the roots of the so-called "Israel-Palestine conflict" Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-09-29 | LENGTH: 22:32

The Empire Files: Rejecting Neoliberalism with Ecuador's Foreign Minister
As part of the Empire Files investigation into Chevron's pollution in the Amazon, Abby Martin interviews Guillaume Long, Ecuador's Minister of Foreign Affairs. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-09-12 | LENGTH: 26:15

The Empire Files: Chevron vs. the Amazon - Ending Corporate Tyranny
The third and final segment of Abby Martin's investigation into Chevron's disaster in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest. Watch more on teleSUR [Watch Part I | Watch Part II]
DATE: 2016-08-30 | LENGTH: 23:31

The Empire Files: Chevron vs. the Amazon - The Environmental Trial of the Century
In Part II, Abby Martin uncovers what really happened throughout the 22-year legal battle between the oil corporation and indigenous Amazonians, and chronicles the shameful, scandalous history of Chevron Texaco and its retaliatory attacks against its victims. Watch more on teleSUR [Watch Part I | Watch Part III]
DATE: 2016-08-22 | LENGTH: 23:23

The Empire Files: Chevron vs. the Amazon - Inside the Killzone
In Part 1 of 'Chevron vs. the Amazon', Abby Martin takes us inside Chevron Texaco's Amazon killzone to see the areas deemed "remediated" by Chevron, and spoke with the people living with the aftermath. Watch more on teleSUR [Watch Part II | Watch Part III]
DATE: 2016-08-16 | LENGTH: 24:03

The Empire Files: Bringing Corporations to Justice with Ecuador's UN Rep
For the first time ever, progress is being made at the United Nations for a binding legal instrument that would hold corporations accountable for human rights violations. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-07-26 | LENGTH: 22:41

The Empire Files: NYT's James Risen on Fighting Censorship & War
Having just ended a seven-year legal battle, where he bravely faced jail time to protect his inside sources, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen joins Abby Martin to talk about his case and the stories he wrote that were such a threat to the US war machine and its national security state. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-07-07 | LENGTH: 26:07

The Empire Files: Untold History of Imperial Japan & the Bomb
Abby Martin interviews renowned historian Peter Kuznick about ongoing protests in Okinwana over US military presence there and the real story behind the use of the atomic bombs in light of President Obama's recent visit to Japan Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-06-27 | LENGTH: 27:14

The Empire Files: Puerto Rico's Debt to its Oppressors
Abby Martin talks to two professors of Latin American studies, Luis Barrios and Danny Shaw, about the long struggle of Puerto Rico to break the shackles of US and Spanish colonialism-from indigenous resistance to the Young Lords in Harlem Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-06-23 | LENGTH: 13:54

The Empire Files - Monsanto, America's Monster
Few corporations in the world are as loathed - and as sinister - as Monsanto. But the threat it poses to people and planet could be reaching new heights, as the World Health Organization has recently upgraded Monsanto's main product as carcinogenic to humans Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-06-14 | LENGTH: 24:01

The Empire Files: Fighting Hillary is How Progressives Win - Kshama Sawant
As the flailing Hillary Clinton camp steps-up its attacks on Bernie Sanders, her poll numbers continue to drop-and for the first time, have her losing to Donald Trump in a general election. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-05-29 | LENGTH: 24:39

TRNN Replay: The Empire Files: 100 Years of US Troops as Lab Rats
On Memorial Day, politicians will speak at ceremonies all over the country and repeat their favorite mantra: "Support the troops." Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-05-21 | LENGTH: 31:00

The Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes What Hillary Clinton Really Represents
Digging deep into Hillary's connections to Wall Street, Abby Martin reveals how the Clinton's multi-million-dollar political machine operates. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-04-17 | LENGTH: 27:08

The Empire Files: Empires Feed on Congo's Treasure
For five centuries, the continent of Africa has been ravaged by the world's Empires for its vast untapped treasure. Today, the U.S. Empire is increasing it's military role through their massive command network, AFRICOM, carrying out several missions a day. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-04-12 | LENGTH: 27:51

The Empire Files: Abby Martin with Dr. Jill Stein - A Sick Society
Abby Martin sits down with Dr. Stein to look at how her career in medicine helped her diagnose America's "multi-organ failure," and why her ideas pose such a threat to Empire. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-04-03 | LENGTH: 23:58

The Empire Files: Understanding Marxism and Socialism with Richard Wolff
To understand why Marx's popularity has stood the test of time, Abby Martin interviews renowned Marxist economist Richard Wolff. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-03-21 | LENGTH: 31:19

The Empire Files: An Unparalleled Act of Police Terror
Featuring a harrowing first-hand account with Ramona Africa, the only adult survivor of one of the most shameful, horrific attacks by U.S. police, Abby Martin documents an indispensable-but largely unheard of-moment in American history. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-02-27 | LENGTH: 30:16

The Empire Files: The Black Radical Tradition
Featuring interviews with Cornel West and others, and speeches from legends like Mumia Abu-Jamal and Angela Davis, Abby Martin provides a snapshot from the 'Black Radical Tradition In Our Time' conference held in Philadelphia. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-02-14 | LENGTH: 23:47

The Empire Files: A Hidden War - The Empire's Border Part II
In the second installment of this two-part episode, Abby Martin continues her investigation into the hidden war on the U.S.-Mexico border, and looks at the root causes of the epidemic of migrant deaths. Watch more on teleSUR Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-02-07 | LENGTH: 24:56

The Empire Files: The Empire's Border Part I - A Policy of Death
Along the southern border of the United States is a graveyard, where hundreds upon hundreds of human remains are waiting to be found in the sand. They are teenagers, mothers and spouses walking the only path available to them - away from poverty and violence: towards their families, the only place safer and easier to eat. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-01-31 | LENGTH: 24:38

The Empire Files: Examining the Syrian War Chessboard
Having gone far beyond an internal political struggle, the war is marked by a complex array of forces that the U.S. Empire hopes to command. Abby Martin interviews Vijay Prashad, professor of International Studies at Trinity College and author of Arab Spring, Libyan Winter. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-01-24 | LENGTH: 23:32

The Empire Files: The Tyranny of Big Oil
The oil industry is a powerhouse with control over land, resources, politics and more. In this episode of The Empire Files, Abby Martin uncovers big oil's strong-arm reach--its growth, its crimes, its power and its impunity. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-01-18 | LENGTH: 28:26

The Empire Files: The Most Dangerous Year for Muslims in America
Abby Martin interviews Dr. Deepa Kumar, Rutgers University professor and author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire to discuss how Islamophobia is a reinforcement and basis for the structures of Empire. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2016-01-11 | LENGTH: 27:45

The Empire Files: Ralph Nader & Abby Martin on the Corporate Elections
On this week's episode of The Empire Files, Abby Martin interviews American political figure Ralph Nader about the 2016 presidential race - from the "Brown Shirt" Trump movement to "corporate criminal" Hillary Clinton - and the reality of who has power in America. Watch more on teleSUR.
DATE: 2015-12-20 | LENGTH: 25:14

Empire Files: Fmr. Bush Official says the Empire's Ship is Sinking
Abby Martin interviews retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former national security advisor to the Reagan administration, who spent years as an assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell during both Bush administrations. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2015-12-13 | LENGTH: 23:58

Empire Files: The U.S. School That Trains Dictators and Death Squads
Abby Martin investigates this notorious school that is largely hidden from the American public; its crimes around the world, its star graduates, why it exists and the movement to shut it down. Featuring interviews with School Of the Americas Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois and other SOAW leaders. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2015-12-05 | LENGTH: 28:19

Native American Genocide & Survival with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
To hear about the true story of native peoples' plight - from genocide to reeducation - Abby Martin interviews Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, renowned indigenous scholar and activist, about her most recent book "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States." Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2015-11-21 | LENGTH: 25:16

Empire Files: Palestine's Rebellion, Israel's Fascism
Abby Martin interviews journalist and author Max Blumenthal about the ongoing rebellion, the rising dominance of far-right, ultra-racist ideology in Israel, eyewitness accounts of the aftermath of the Gaza war, and the Israeli government's fear of Palestinian resistance. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2015-11-15 | LENGTH: 28:10

The Empire Files: The Distortion & Death Behind Israel/Palestine Coverage
A crisis in Palestine is again all over the headlines. From stabbings and molotov cocktails, to killing of protesters and anti-Arab lynch mobs--how much of the mass media coverage can we really trust? Watch more on teleSUR DATE: 2015-11-06 | LENGTH: 25:35

The Censored Reality Of The Refugee Crisis
Today, 60 million human beings are displaced from war and extreme poverty. Many European countries are responding to the crisis with racist hysteria, policing and police state measures. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2015-10-31 | LENGTH: 29:33

The Real House of Saud - Saudi Arabia's Oil-For-Tyranny
The Empire Files takes us inside the brutal reality of this police-state monarchy, tells the untold people's history of resistance to it, and exposes the true nature of the U.S.-Saudi love affair. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2015-10-3 | LENGTH: 27:12

Noam Chomsky & Abby Martin: Electing The President Of An Empire
At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., Abby Martin interviews world-renowned philosopher and linguist Professor Noam Chomsky. teleSUR's The Empire Files airs every Friday night at 10:00 EST / 7:00 PST. Watch live on teleSUR
DATE: 2015-10-24 | LENGTH: 26:13

America's Unofficial Religion - The War on an Idea
The Empire has a range of weapons to maintain its power: from its courts to its military. But it also has effective ideological weapons. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2015-10-10 | LENGTH: 29:11

Abby Martin & Chris Hedges: War, Propaganda and the Enemy Within
TRNN Top Stories of 2015: Abby Martin interviews Chris Hedges on American myths, war and revolt. Hedges explains the 'folly of Empire,' the dangers posed by right-wing extremism and the urgent need for a new system. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2015-09-26 | LENGTH: 28:28

The Empire Files: Enter the Biggest Prison System in History
The Empire holds by far the most prisoners than any other country on earth, in both absolute numbers and per capita. Abby Martin explores the dark reality of conditions in America's prisons, who is warehoused in them, and how things got this way. Watch more at teleSUR
DATE: 2015-09-20 | LENGTH: 27:51

9/11 and the Belligerent Empire
In September 11th's episode of The Empire Files on TeleSUR, Abby Martin examines the two major wars launched under the "Global War on Terror"--their historical development and their aftermath. Featuring former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, this episode digs into the tragedy of a region shaped by Empire.
DATE: 2015-09-12 | LENGTH: 24:52

Empire Files with Abby Martin Launches First Show
In teleSUR's new show, Abby Martin traces the history of the U.S. empire and the growing presence of military bases around the globe
DATE: 2015-09-05 | LENGTH: 25:18,, The Real News Network, Real News Network, The Real News, Real News, Real News For Real People, IWT are trademarks and service marks of Independent World Television inc. "The Real News" is the flagship show of IWT and The Real News Network.

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