The Holy Land Foundation Five are Palestinian political prisoners sentenced up to upwards of 65 years in US prison for providing aid to refugees.
Although no proof exists for the organization providing support for terrorism, it was targeted in the Bush administrations 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 learn more about this little-known case.
Miko Peled is an Israeli-born activist for Palestinian rights, and the son of a famous Israeli general. He is the author of The Generals Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine(here) and Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five (here).
Abby Martin: Corporate Lobbyists Use Intimidation, NotBribery
With the US mass shootings epidemic claiming 17 more lives at a school in Florida, there has been a nationwide outcry against multi-million-dollar lobbying by the National Rifle Association. But how the NRA, and other corporate giants, wield power and influence over the US government is mostly concealed by the very laws meant to strengthen democracy.
With congressional researcher James DAngelo, Abby Martin explores the magnitude of corporate domination over Congress, and it impacts on the working class.
Abby Martin: Is War with North Korea ImminentPropaganda vs.Reality
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?
While the bipartisan warmongering is receiving no push-back from the mainstream media, Abby Martin interviews Tim Shorrockjournalist and expert on US-Korea relationsto learn what is left out of the debate and the potential cost of a new war.
Abby Martin Interview with Ahed Tamimi and Her Family + How Palestines Tamimi Family Resists IsraelsOccupation
Recently, the struggle for Palestinian human rights gained international attention surrounding a new icon of resistance16 year old Ahed Tamimi.
While in the West Bank in late 2016, Abby Martin interviewed Ahed Tamimi about her hardships and aspirations living under occupation and it becomes clear why her subjugators are trying to silence her voice. Her brother Waad and father Bassem also talk about their experiences with Israeli soldiers harassing their village and targeting their family.
In this exclusive episode, Abby outlines the Tamimi familys tragic tale and unending bravery in the fight for justice and equality in Palestine and how the story of their village of Nabi Saleh is emblematic of the Palestinian struggle as a whole.
Abby Martin: Coca Farmers Massacred In Colombia Under Pressure FromTrump
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 substitutionand amidst new threats from Trump, ordering the government to use more force or face consequences.
The Empire Files goes on-the-ground to investigate the massacre, interviewing witnesses and casualties. Abby Martin visits recently-destroyed farms, uses hidden cameras to confront soldiers about the operations, and explores the context of such a killing less than a year after the historic peace deal ending the countrys 53-year civil war.
Abby Martin: Peter Joseph on Abolishing Capitalism
Peter Joseph is the founder of the Zeitgeist Movement, a grassroots, worldwide organization that advocates an alternative economic system based on sustainability, cooperation and human need. His most recent book, The New Human Rights Movement, delivers a startling expos about the violent oppression that defines our economic order, while issuing an urgent call for global activism to unite to replace it. Abby Martin sits down with Joseph to talk about the contradictions and crises of capitalism and what he advocates to save the future of the planet from catastrophe.