The Empire Files

Empire Files: From 1776 to Trump – White Mobs, Racist Heroes & Hidden History

September 24, 2017

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

Empire Files: Peter Joseph & Abby Martin on Abolishing Capitalism

September 18, 2017

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

Empire Files: The Roots of the Philippines Trafficking Epidemic

August 14, 2017

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

Empire Files: Buying a Slave – The Hidden World of US-Philippines Trafficking

August 9, 2017

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

Empire Files: Privacy, Control & the Darknet

August 4, 2017

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.

Empire Files: Venezuela Economy Minister-Sabotage, Not Socialism, is the Problem

August 2, 2017

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

Empire Files: The Hidden Purging of Millions of Voters

July 28, 2017

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.

Empire Files: Silencing Palestine – Prison & Repression

July 26, 2017

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

Empire Files: Anti-Black Racism Reveals Israel’s White Supremacy

July 19, 2017

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

Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets the Venezuelan Opposition

July 13, 2017

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

Empire Files: The Sikh Experience in America

March 28, 2017

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

Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes Steve Bannon

March 20, 2017

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

Empire Files: Chris Hedges & Abby Martin – Trump, Fascism & the Christian Right

March 6, 2017

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

Empire Files: President Correa on His Legacy & Critics

February 20, 2017

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

Empire Files: US-Russia Relations in “Most Dangerous Moment”

February 9, 2017

Dr. Stephen Cohen tells host Abby Martin that the real alarming danger today is “a new, multi-front Cuban missile crisis.”

The Empire Files: Inside the Hotbeds of Israeli Settler Terror

December 5, 2016

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

The Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes John Podesta

November 7, 2016

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

The Empire Files: Demolitions of Palestinians’ Homes Surge for Illegal Settlements

November 2, 2016

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.

The Empire Files: Inside Palestine’s Refugee Camps

October 11, 2016

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