The Empire Files

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

Empire Files: Life Sentences for Charity Work

April 9, 2018

The Holy Land Foundation Five are Palestinian political prisoners sentenced up to upwards of 65 years in US prison for providing aid to refugees. They were targeted in the Bush administration’s post-9/11 dragnet, setting an alarming precedent for activists in the US. Abby Martin sits down with an expert on the case, Miko Peled, to…

Empire Files: How Lobbyists Weaponized Transparency

April 5, 2018

There are 26 registered lobbyists for every elected representative on the Hill, with experts suggesting the true amount is closer to 100,000. Congressional researcher James D’Angelo argues that the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970, which opened up politicians’ voting records, has only helped special interests and corporations. Watch more on teleSUR

Empire Files: War With North Korea – Propaganda vs. Reality

March 2, 2018

On top of overtly genocidal threats, the Trump Administration has announced new terms: that they “will never accept a nuclear North Korea.” But, the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea already has nuclear weapons. Does that mean a war is imminent?

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

February 20, 2018

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

Colombian Peace Agreement with FARC on the Brink of Collapse

February 19, 2018

The peace agreement that the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia signed last year is on the verge of collapse, as violence against social leaders and former FARC fighters continues unabated

US Pressure Led to Massacre of Colombian Farmers

December 21, 2017

Empire Files’ Abby Martin says the massacre of unarmed coca farmers in Tumaco, Colombia was in response to pressure from the Trump administration to undermine the government’s crop substitution agreement and use force in the “war on drugs”

Empire Files: A Massacre of Farmers in US-Colombia ‘War On Drugs’

December 19, 2017

On October 5, 2017, police opened fire on unarmed farmers in Tumaco, Colombia. Eight were killed, with dozens more shot. The massacre was part of a crackdown on coca farmers in the “War On Drugs” despite an agreement for crop substitution–and amidst new threats from Trump, ordering the government to use more force or face…

Empire Files: Death & Biostitutes – The US Opioid Crisis

December 4, 2017

With the US government failing to address the opioid crisis, one law firm has taken to a massive lawsuit. Head of that case is Mike Papantonio, who also won major lawsuits against big tobacco, chemical corporations and more. Abby Martin interviews him about this new suit, and why he is pushing for many executives to…