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: 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: 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…

Empire Files: What the Russian Revolution Proved Possible

November 25, 2017

Nov. 7, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the seizure of power by workers and peasants in the Russian Revolution, regarded as the most world-altering event in the history of civilization. Abby Martin talks to Brian Becker, socialist organizer and co-author of the book “Storming the Gates: How the Russian Revolution Changed the World.”

Empire Files: Decentralized Disaster Relief Fills Void

November 13, 2017

After uncovering total failure by the U.S. government to meet the needs of communities suffering in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Abby Martin meets the people who filled the void. Watch more on teleSUR

Empire Files: The Sacrifice Zones of Hurricane Harvey

November 11, 2017

In this second installment of special coverage 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, earning them the name “sacrifice zones.” Watch more on teleSUR

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