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Empire Files: Abby Martin vs. Colombian Congressman on Peace & Paramilitaries

May 27, 2018

Colombia’s presidential election could determine the fate of the historic peace deal ending their 53-year civil war. While most in the country want to honor the agreement, Colombia’s right wing has been a fervent opponent. In Bogotá, Abby Martin interviews Congressman Edward Rodriguez, a leading member of the far-right Democratic Center Party founded by former…

Empire Files: The Hidden War on Trans Rights

Empire Files: The Hidden War on Trans Rights

May 14, 2018

In 2016, more than 50 bills were introduced in Congress targeting Trans people. Since Trump took office, dozens of pieces of landmark legislation have been canceled, severely rolling back Trans rights

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Empire Files: After Hurricane Harvey, Abandoned Community Takes Charge

November 10, 2017

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

Empire Files: Trump Expands Police-State Crackdown on the Left

November 8, 2017

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

Empire Files: The Sacrifice Zones of Hurricane Harvey

October 23, 2017

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

Empire Files: After Hurricane Harvey, Abandoned Community Takes Charge

October 21, 2017

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

Empire Files: Rosa Clemente & Abby Martin – No Savior in 2020

October 16, 2017

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

Empire Files: Israelis Speak Candidly to Abby Martin About Palestinians

October 3, 2017

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

The Empire Files

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