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Nationwide Tour of ‘Gaza Fights for Freedom’ with Abby Martin Q&A


We are excited to announce The Empire Files & ANSWER Coalition are partnering for a U.S./Canada screening tour for the new feature documentary, “Gaza Fights For Freedom”.

Filmmakers Abby Martin and Mike Prysner will be present at most events to introduce the film and hold a Q&A after the screening.

Tickets on sale below!

If you are interested in organizing a screening or watch party in a city that is not listed —or would like to volunteer to build an existing event in your city — click here.

About the film

This collaboration between Martin’s The Empire Files and a team of Gaza journalists shows you Gaza and the ongoing Great March of Return protests as you have never seen them before. The imagery and voices of Palestinian resistance illuminates the heroism of the people of Gaza and provides undeniable documentation of Israeli war crimes. It includes exclusive interviews with civilians shot at during the Great March, as well as its lead organizer, and the family and colleagues of beloved slain medic Razan Al-Najjar.

It also shows the untold history that is essential to understanding the situation today but is always ignored by the corporate media. This includes rare archival footage dating back to mass expulsion of Palestinians in 1948 known as the Nakba.

Click here to watch the official movie trailer!

Nationwide Tour

Gaza Fights For Freedom is available to stream online, but nothing can compare to seeing it in theaters, experiencing on the big screen the impressive cinematography and 5.1 Digital Surround Sound. You do not want to miss this opportunity to hear directly from Abby Martin and connect in-person with The Empire Files team!

While many additional tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks, this is an initial list of cities that you can count on hosting a screening with Q&A:

Confirmed dates:

   ● Wednesday, September 11 – Sacramento, CA

   ● Thursday, September 19 – Phoenix, AZTickets available here!

   ● Saturday, September 21 – Albuquerque, NM – Tickets available here!

   ● Saturday, September 21 – Santa Fe, NM

   ● Monday, September 23 – Denver, CO – Tickets available here!

   ● Wednesday, September 25 – Salt Lake City, UT – Tickets available here!

   ● Saturday, October 5 – San Francisco, CATickets available here!

   ● Sunday, October 6 – Portland, OR – Tickets available here!

   ● Wednesday, October 9 – Seattle, WATickets available here!

   ● Sunday, October 13 – New York CityTickets available here!

   ● Monday, October 14 – Washington D.C. – RSVP here!

   ● Tuesday, October 15 – Washington D.C. (at GW University – Tickets coming soon)

   ● Wednesday, October 16 – Philadelphia, PATickets available here!

   ● Tuesday, October 22 – Toronto, CanadaTickets available here!

   ● Friday, October 25 – Montreal, Canada

Details coming soon!

   ● Atlanta, GA
   ● Ashville, NC
   ● Boston, MA
   ● Chicago, IL
   ● Indianapolis, IN
   ● New York City, NY
   ● New Haven, CT
   ● Philadelphia, PA
   ● San Jose, CA

Please consider making a donation to help the film be seen as many places as possible! 
Donate to the tour via paypal (preferred), or through Patreon and GoFundMe.

translate | Thu, 19 Sep 2019 19:00:45 +0000

What Corporate Media Won’t Reveal About Venezuela


In the border city of Cucuta, Columbia, smoke billows and flames embrace the USAID truck, allegedly carrying food and medical supplies to the millions of Venezuelans suffering illness and hunger.

Footage reveals that a homemade bomb was thrown toward the police at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge.

American corporate media claims Maduro’s soldiers set the truck ablaze. This isn’t the narrative that Abby Martin, investigative reporter and   documentarian for English TelSUR believes.

In fact, according to another telSUR reporter, Madelein Garcia, it was the opposition activists who were seen hurling Molotov cocktails toward the trucks.

The trucks did not even contain medicine, but, according to New York Times reporter, Anatoly Kurmanaev, USAID made no mention of supplying medicine, but listed only basic food and personal hygiene products among the “aid.”

Martin said the truck contained barbed wire and nails, along with some “pittance of aid,” to create the “mirage” that the United States is sending help to the suffering Venezuelan people.

It’s spring in Venezuela.  Plumes of smoke envelope the Caracas streets as Martin and her cameraman thread through the burning city.

Motorcycles catch fire as they roll down the off ramp and descend into belly of the oppositions’ fire.

Tall, pale and thin, her head protected by a helmet, Martin aims her ammunition toward the masked insurgents, not knowing what they will say or do, not knowing what or who they want to blow up.

“I’m called a Maduro stooge for providing a platform for the Venezuelans rendered invisible by the corporate media,” Martin told me.

The coup leader, Juan Guaido, who recently declared himself the legitimate president of Venezuela, Martin said, is a United States puppet. “It’s all about a strategy to foment uprisings and make it look as if it’s happening from within, and then the United States comes in to save the day, by helping to implement regime change,” she said.

A sheath of black smoke shrouds the Caracas streets. The city alights with flame throwers and the sky is the color of coal ash.

Martin and her cameraman follow hundreds of peaceful protesters cupping lit candles in their hands, as they hold a vigil for those killed in the protests, while others throw flames of their own.

Masked guarimbas throw flares in the streets and block the road. Fires rise through the hemorrhaged streets. Like bats guarimbas swoop down to the ground, flapping their torched wings.

Abby, with her crew film protesters maneuver three trucks to block a highway, burn tires and hurl rocks at security forces. They tell her to “only film repression against them, not their actions,” she says.

Some of the pro-opposition activists approach Martin. Journalists have been attacked by them. She’s in a stronghold in Caracas. A mob of these activists jump her and her crew.

“Who do you work for?” one of them in a mask and in black protective gear, gets in her face and asks.

“I’m media. I’m sympathetic to your cause. I will cover you positively,” she says, her heart racing, her body trembling.

The mob attack didn’t stop her. Abby and her crew push on into the night of flre and violent protests.

Behind flames, Abby stands on the road, her slender fingers wrapped around the microphone. Without flinching, she points it into a masked guramiba’s face.

“Why are you here, torching the city?”

“I cannot work for myself, because I have to work for the government, he says. “It’s a human right to have work, and have food and freedom speech,”

As thousands of protesters light up the streets with flames of anger toward Maduro’s government, Martin stands guard, ready to strike questions, and stoke answers, in the heat of the opposition’s offensive.

One hundred and sixty-five people have died in the streets during the protests of 2017.

She encounters a 21-year old guarimbero, skinny, and with rapid speech like a meth addict holds a tin grenade. He’s shirtless in the Caracas streets. Abby approaches him, points her microphone toward him.

“Why are you holding a grenade?” she asks him

“I cannot be an entrepreneur.”

“This speaks volumes about the opposition,” Martin said. “They are not worried about their families starving, or dying from lack of medical care. They are mad because they can’t own a business!”

The colectivos, who were branded by corporate media as violent thugs. wait, Martin said, and are prepared to fight back when necessary.

“The opposition are the violent ones. They set houses on fire,” said a colectivo.

Colectivos are a democratic community organization who help with social services such as food distribution centers, and are Chavistos, or pro-government Maduro supporters.

Martin weaves her way through crowds of people in red, red hats, red shirts standing in solidarity at a march for Maduro.

One Chavista, donned in red beret tells Martin, “Oligarchs, listen to this! Always, Always, Hugo Rafael Frias will be in our hearts!” (Frias is reference to Chavez)

“I found that the depiction of a widely hated government was a distortion,” Martin said. “And in the process, millions of pro-government voices are being suppressed.”

At a newsstand, Martin picks up seven major newspapers.  Only four of them were anti-government.

The conflict between the Chavistas and the opposition continue, as Venezuelans die from not having insulin or dialysis available. Four million have trampled over the border in mass exodus to Columbia.

Martin reveals a sobering truth. “US government cynically uses that human crisis as the premise for more intervention,”

“The vast majority of Venezuelans opposed US government interference,” Martin said. “They want the sanctions to end!”

A pro-government woman says to America, “Hands off Venezuela!”

“What the US does now,” Martin told me, “is send offshoots of USAID all around the world to foment uprisings.”

She paused. Then said, “They make it appear like they are organic, and then the US comes to rescue when the countries are financially failing, and have these massive protests from inside.”

Dan Cohen, RT journalist and one of Martin’s colleagues said, “The US blows up the truck, makes it look like it’s Maduro’s army, and foments uprising…”

Written by Nancy Kaufman

translate | Mon, 16 Sep 2019 19:23:38 +0000

Media Roots Radio: Epstein’s Mysterious Network & Sexual Blackmail as Intelligence Gathering w/ Whitney Webb


Robbie and Abby Martin bring on Whitney Webb from Mint Press News to discuss her 4-part bombshell investigative series about Epstein’s powerful network that has its tentacles into almost every form of Deep State shenanigans imaginable. Whitney goes over the first iterations of sexual blackmail operations by the mafia in the 1920s and then later by figures like Roy Cohn, eventually the larger bipartisan network surrounding Epstein, the Clintons, the Trumps and the Maxwells, as well as their connections to intelligence and the Deep State.

Read Whitney Webb’s Epstein series here.

Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this podcast, please consider donating to Media Roots Radio on Patreon.

translate | Tue, 03 Sep 2019 13:58:31 +0000

Media Roots Radio: Tasmanian Alkaloids and the Johnson & Johnson Opium Poppy Monopoly w/ Peter Andrey Smith


Robbie Martin interviews Peter Andrey Smith about his trip to Tasmania investigating opium poppy farmers who supply the licit aka legal pharmaceutical opioid market in the United States. This DEA sanctioned legal opium market is largely dominated by Johnson & Johnson, using a subsidiary company Tasmanian Alkaloids, that produces large quantities of opium poppies (over 80% of the market) potent in thebane, an important ingredient for the manufacturing of Oxycontin. Johnson & Johnson was recently ordered to pay over $500,000,000 in fines by a judge in an unprecedented ruling for its role in contributing to the opioid epidemic.

Peter Andrey Smith’s article ‘How an Island of the Antipodes Became the World’s Largest Supplier of Licit Opioids’ can be read here.

Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this podcast, please consider donating to Media Roots Radio on Patreon.

translate | Tue, 03 Sep 2019 13:55:34 +0000

Empire Files: Abby Martin & Richard Wolff Discuss Socialism in 2019


Abby Martin sits down with renowned Marxist Economist Richard Wolff to discuss the growing popularity of socialism under Trump and its historical roots in America, misconceptions about Russia and China’s economic success and Marx’s theory of alienation and monopoly capitalism.

[[ Watch Abby’s first interview with Richard Wolff in 2016: “Marxism 101” ]]

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translate | Fri, 30 Aug 2019 03:11:59 +0000

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