Abby Martin in Venezuela – Supermarkets to Black Markets

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Abby Martin talks to Venezuelans on the streets of Caracas and investigates the main claim that there’s no free press, and that there is no food in the supermarkets. Using hidden cameras, she takes you through local grocery stores and the underground black market currency exchange, the main source of inflation in the country. Abby sits down with economist Pasqualina … Read More

Abby Martin Meets the Venezuelan Opposition

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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.She explains what the targets from the opposition reveal about the nature of the movement and breaks down the reality of the death toll that has rocked the nation since the unrest began, and how a … Read More

The Roots of the Philippines Trafficking Epidemic

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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. From the centuries of Spanish rule and decades of US brutality, through the evisceration of the Philippine economy, this episode … Read More

Abby Goes to Venezuela

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Robbie Martin interviews Abby Martin about her recent trip to Venezuela, where she explains the reality on-the-ground, dissects the corporate media’s propaganda campaign against the government and describes firsthand the fascistic, violent nature of opposition protesters carrying out daily barricades, known as “guarimbas”. They also discuss the legacy of Hugo Chavez and why his brand of socialism poses such an … Read More

Privacy, Control & the Darknet

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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 … Read More