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Native Hawaiians Fight US Navy for Polluting Island’s Water
Empire Files - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jan 2022

30 Dec 2021 – Under the cover of pre-dawn darkness, Native Hawaiians surprised the gates of the US Navy Command with a civil disobedience action over the #RedHill fuel leak. Empire Files producer Mike Prysner was on the ground.

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CIA Stories: The CIA is Born
Abby Martin | Empire Files – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jul 2021

20 Jun 2021 – Abby Martin introduces the first installment of a new Empire Files series about the CIA explaining why the agency was created, and how it became the most nefarious criminal organization in the world, with CIA expert Douglas Valentine.

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Giants: Who Really Rules The World?
Abby Martin | Empire Files – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jul 2019

13 Apr 2019 – Abby Martin sits down with Peter Phillips, former director of Project Censored and professor of Political Sociology at Sonoma State University. His new book, Giants: The Global Power Elite, details the 17 transnational investment firms that control over $50 trillion in wealth—and how they are kept in power by their activists, facilitators and protectors.

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Buying a Slave: The Hidden World of US/Philippines Trafficking (Part 1)
Abby Martin | Empire Files - teleSUR, 31 Jul 2017

Human trafficking is a hidden industry that brings in $150 billion in illegal profits every year. In the United States, tens of thousands are trafficked annually—the biggest clients being major hotel chains and foreign diplomats. The Philippines is one of the largest labor exporters in the world. 6,000 Filipinos—mostly women—leave the country every single day to work, because of mass unemployment and poverty. Tricked by placement agencies, thousands end up living as virtual slaves.

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Buying a Slave: The Roots of the Philippines Trafficking Epidemic (Part 2)
Abby Martin | Empire Files – teleSUR, 31 Jul 2017

In this sequel to the 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. From the centuries of Spanish rule and decades of US brutality, through the evisceration of the Philippine economy, this episode is a must-watch primer on why human beings are now the nation’s top export.

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