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The Empire Files


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

  August 14, 2017

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

  August 9, 2017

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.

  August 4, 2017

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

  August 2, 2017

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.

  July 28, 2017

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

  July 26, 2017

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

  July 19, 2017

Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets the Venezuelan Opposition
Abby Martin goes on the deadly front lines of the anti government protests in Venezuela and follows the evolution of a typical guarimba -- or opposition barricade. Watch more on TeleSur

  July 13, 2017

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

  March 28, 2017

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

  March 20, 2017

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 - TeleSURtv.net

  March 6, 2017

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

  February 20, 2017

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."

  February 9, 2017

The Empire Files: Inside the Hotbeds of Israeli Settler Terror
Abby Martin goes on-the-ground to the epicenters of state-backed settler terrorism in Palestine's West Bank, in Part II of her report on illegal Israeli settlements and home demolitions - teleSUR production Watch Part I here

  December 5, 2016

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

  November 7, 2016

The Empire Files: Demolitions of Palestinians' Homes Surge for Illegal Settlements
Abby Martin speaks to West Bank residents living under regular settler attacks from encroaching settlements and outposts that are illegal under both international and Israeli law, and sees first-hand how this crisis is worsening.

  November 2, 2016

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

  October 12, 2016

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

  October 11, 2016

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

  September 29, 2016

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

  September 12, 2016

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