Fighting at Standing Rock with AIM Founder Dennis Banks

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A historic gathering is taking place against the Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock. Thousands of people, and around 300 Native nations, have gathered to stop Big Oil’s pipeline, which threatens sacred Native grounds and the environment. To give an eyewitness account of this growing movement, as well as essential historical context, Abby Martin interviews legendary Native leader Dennis Banks. … Read More

Mumia Abu-Jamal and Cornel West Uncensor Radical Black History

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During Black History Month, as the US pays homage to African Americans who have changed the course of history, the establishment shows us a revised version that omits a critical piece: the black radical political tradition. The mainstream narrative erases the attack on black liberation movements in the 60s and 70s, where the horrors of COINTELPRO effectively neutralized and destroyed prominent … Read More

Native American Genocide & Resistance with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

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Indigenous scholar Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of an ‘Indigenous People’s History of The United States’, joins Abby Martin for this week’s episode of The Empire Files to give insight on the history and present-day struggle of native peoples. Native society, despite pervasive mainstream mythology, was rich in agriculture and was advanced to such a degree that they were appropriated by colonialists. … Read More

MLK Jr. – The Uncomfortable Truths History Books Won’t Touch

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For many, the words “I have a dream” are the only thing they associate with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Dr. King’s legacy is mostly depicted in the context of civil rights, with history books lauding his noble achievements of the Civil and Voting Rights Acts being passed. But Dr. King gave hundreds of unpopular and controversial speeches ranging from the … Read More

The Ongoing, Never-Ending JFK Mythology

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The latest eruption of John Kennedy hysteria, bordering on deification, seems safely behind us now that the 50th anniversary of his assassination has passed. Though there is much disinformation about JFK’s legacy that could and should be discussed, two areas stand out: his relationship to the Black Liberation Movement and his actions in Southeast Asia. Despite all the evidence to … Read More