PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “The Secret Way the NRA Controls Congress” / Empire Files / Abby Martin ☮

Many have called for elected officials like Marco Rubio to stop accepting donations from the gun manufacturing industry—but even if they did, campaign contributions are only one small facet of the NRA’s power in Washington. Harvard congressional researcher James D’Angelo explains how the Gun Lobby really exerts influence on the US government.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Peter Joseph: Eviscerating Capitalism and Building New Alternatives” / Empire Files / Abby Martin ☮

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 exposé 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.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Pres. Correa: Fighting Poverty and Foreign Domination” / Empire Files / Abby Martin ☮

After 10 years and three terms, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa’s time in office has ended. Under his administration Ecuador made far-reaching economic and social gains, despite having inherited a country on the brink of collapse.

In one of his last interviews before leaving office, Abby Martin talks to him about his legacy, his critics, and the struggle ahead for Ecuador and beyond.

From commenting on Trump and the global crisis of inequality, to addressing CIA plots and opposition in his own country, hear Correa’s last words as President to the people of Latin America and the United States.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Trump, Fascism, and the Christian Right” / teleSUR English / Empire Files / Chris Hedges and Abby Martin ☮

For the first time in modern history, a fringe wing of Christian extremists have obtained the highest seats of power in the US government—from Mike Pence to Betsy DeVos.

This new development is coupled with the emergence of the Alt Right, the Trump movement, and the rise of fascist movements abroad.

Renowned journalist and author Chris Hedges has embedded himself in what he calls “Christianized Fascism” and warns that this is the biggest danger we face under Trump.