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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 the city and why its low-income, Black and Latino areas are in the highest-risk areas for flooding and pollution. Watch more on teleSUR

  October 23, 2017

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

  October 21, 2017

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

  October 16, 2017

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

  October 3, 2017

Empire Files: Voices From The Anti-Trump Resistance
On September 16-17 a major national gathering was held in Washington, D.C. called the People's Congress of Resistance, a broad and diverse coalition of organizers and community leaders formed to build the class-struggle wing of the anti-Trump movement

  September 28, 2017

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

  September 24, 2017

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

  September 18, 2017

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

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