Our Interview with Déborah Berman-Santana on the Crisis in Puerto Rico and Similarities with Greece

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deborah1In our latest feature for Mint Press News, we had the opportunity to interview Déborah Berman-Santana, retired professor of geography and ethnic studies at Mills College in Oakland, California, on the ongoing economic crisis in Puerto Rico, the island’s recent so-called “bailout” by the federal government of the United States, the actions of “vulture funds” in Puerto Rico, the legitimacy of the nation’s debt, the impacts of the island’s colonial status on its economy and political system, and on the many similarities between the crisis in Puerto Rico and the crisis in Greece, based on Santana’s two recent, extensive visits to Greece.

Read the full interview (in English) here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/wall-street-vultures-descend-debt-ridden-puerto-rico/219562/.

Our Pieces on “Brexit” and the Greek Referendum, for MintPress News!

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mintpressnewsDialogos Radio & Media is now proud to be working with MintPress News, where our two latest pieces, on “Brexit” and on the one year-anniversary of the Greek referendum which said “no” to austerity, have been featured.

Our articles, interviews, and analyses will appear regularly in MintPress News in the future…keep checking back for more!

Life in a Modern Day Debt Colony: The Truth About Greece

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platoBy Michael Nevradakis

In May, likely for the first time in the post-war history of the Western world, a national parliament willingly ceded what remained of its country’s sovereignty, essentially voting itself obsolete. This development, however, did not make headlines in the global news cycle and was also ignored by most of the purportedly “leftist” media.

The country in question is Greece, where a 7,500-page omnibus bill was just passed, without any parliamentary debate, transferring control over all of the country’s public assets to a fund controlled by the European Stability Mechanism, for the next 99 years. This includes all public infrastructure, harbors, airports, public beaches, and natural resources, all passed to the control of the ESM, a non-democratic, supranational body which answers to no parliamentary or elected body. Within this same bill, the “Greek” parliament also rendered itself voteless: the legislation annuls the role of the parliament to create a national budget or to pass tax legislation. These decisions will now be made automatically, at the behest of the European Union: if fiscal targets set by the EU, the IMF, and the ESM are not met, automatic “cuts” will be activated, without any parliamentary debate, which could slash anything from social spending, to salaries and pensions. In earlier legislation, the Greek parliament agreed to submit all pending bills to the “troika” for approval. For historical precedent, one needs to look no further than the “Enabling Act” passed by the Reichstag in 1933, where the German parliament voted away its right to exercise legislative power, transferring absolute power to govern and to pass laws, including unconstitutional laws, to then-Chancellor Adolf Hitler.

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Transcript: Interview with Investigative Journalist and Bestselling Author Greg Palast

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greg-palastThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with investigative journalist, bestselling author, economist, and filmmaker Greg Palast. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of June 2-8, 2016. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today here on Dialogos Radio for this week’s edition of the Dialogos Interview Series is one of our regular and most prominent guests, investigative reporter, filmmaker, and bestselling author Greg Palast, author of books such as Vulture’s Picnic, Armed Madhouse, and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. Greg, thanks for taking time out of your hectic schedule to join us once again.

GP: You’re very welcome, anytime.

MN: You’ve been spending the past few months on the road, from what I understand, as part of your new film project, taking an investigative look at the state of democracy and election fraud in the United States today. What have you been seeing, over the course of the primary season these past few months?

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Jun 27

Our interview with Investigative Journalist and Bestselling Author Greg Palast, in Truthout

truthoutOur recent interview with internationally renowned investigative journalist, bestselling author, economist, and filmmaker Greg Palast has been featured in Truthout. In this interview, Palast discusses the economic crisis and austerity in Greece, his belief that Greece should immediately ditch the euro, the origins of the euro, neoliberalism and recent political and economic developments in Latin America, and election fraud in the United States. Additionally, he talks about his latest crowdsourced documentary film project, as well as the release of his latest book, “Vulture’s Picnic,” in Greek.

Find the interview here: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/36580-greg-palast-on-us-election-fraud-and-neoliberalism-gone-amok-in-latin-america-and-greece.

Jun 20

Our Interview with Antti Pesonen of Finland’s Independence Party Featured in Truthout

truthoutDialogos Radio’s recent interview with the former leader of Finland’s Independence Party, Antti Pesonen, has been published in Truthout! In this interview, Pesonen talks about the Independence Party and the growing movement in Finland which is in favor of exiting the European Union and the Eurozone, while he also describes the many political and economic similarities between Finland and Greece.

The interview is available here: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/36470-the-growing-finnish-movement-for-exiting-the-eu-an-interview-with-antti-pesonen-of-finland-s-independence-party.

Jun 08

Commentary of the Week: The Truth About Greece (June 2-8, 2016)

commentaryoftheweekBy Michael Nevradakis

For this final commentary of the broadcast season, I thought it was time to tell you the truth. The truth about Greece. In May, likely for the first time in the post-war history of the Western world, a national parliament willingly ceded what remained of its country’s sovereignty, essentially voting itself obsolete. This development, however, did not make headlines in the global news cycle and was ignored by most of the purportedly “leftist” media.

The country in question is Greece, where a 7,500-page omnibus bill was just passed, without parliamentary debate, which transfers control over all of the country’s public assets to a fund controlled by the European Stability Mechanism, for the next 99 years. To be clear, this includes all public infrastructure, harbors, airports, public beaches, and natural resources, all passed to the control of the ESM, a non-democratic, supranational body which answers to no parliamentary or elected body. Within this same bill, the “Greek” parliament also rendered itself voteless: the legislation annuls the role of the parliament to create a national budget or to pass tax legislation. These decisions will now be made automatically, at the behest of the European Union: if fiscal targets set by the EU, the IMF, and the ESM are not met, automatic “cuts” will be implemented, without any parliamentary debate, which could slash anything social spending, salaries, and pensions. In earlier legislation, the Greek parliament agreed to submit all legislation to the “troika” for approval. For historical precedent, one needs to look no further than the “Enabling Act” passed by the German Reichstag in 1933, where the German parliament voted away its right to exercise legislative power, transferring absolute power to govern and to pass laws, including unconstitutional laws, to the Chancellor, Adolf Hitler.

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May 31

This Week: Bestselling Author, Filmmaker, and Investigative Journalist Greg Palast

palast2This week on the Dialogos Radio season finale, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an exclusive interview with New York Times bestselling author, filmmaker, investigative reporter, and economist Greg Palast, who will speak to us about his upcoming crowdsourced documentary film project (“The Best Democracy Money Can Buy”) and his investigation into electoral fraud and the stealing of the vote in the United States elections.

In addition, Palast will analyze the latest developments in Latin America, including the Puerto Rican debt crisis, the impeachment of Brazil’s president, the new government of Argentina, and the economic woes faced by Venezuela. Finally, Palast will discuss the latest set of austerity measures passed by the Greek government and will share his analysis as to why he believes that Greece must, even now, depart from the Eurozone.

Tune in for this exclusive interview, plus our commentary of the week and some great Greek music, on this week’s Dialogos Radio broadcast!

May 26

Dialogos Radio Playlist: May 19-25, 2016

These are the songs which aired on Dialogos Radio’s broadcast for the week of May 19-25, 2016:

  1. Haris Alexiou – Theos Ki An Einai
  2. Maria Dimitriadi – Isouna Feggari
  3. Konstantina – Mia Ellada Fos
  4. Sokratis Malamas – Tsigaro Atelioto
  5. Paides En Taxi – Gia Liges Stagones Eftihias
  6. Katerina Kouka – Ta Logia Ta Moiraia
  7. Pantelis Thalassinos – I Perdika
  8. Stefanos Korkolis – Laterna
May 26

How Do You Like that European Dream? – Commentary of the Week (May 19-25, 2016)

commentaryoftheweekBy Michael Nevradakis

Greece’s supposedly “leftist” government of so-called “hope” and “change” did it again! It saved Greece once more! Greece can continue living the European nightmare…excuse me, dream, can remain part of the vaunted “European family” and the Eurozone, and the government once again successfully completed “tough” negotiations with its so-called European “Partners,” with a capital P, as Greece’s deferential journalistic class tends to refer to them.

Let’s take a look at this new “success story” of Greece’s government of “hope” and “change.” It is a success story so big that Greece’s already insane value-added tax of 23% will be bumped up to 24% on June 1st. It is a success story so great that the unified property tax which SYRIZA, at one time, called unconstitutional and illegal and which at one time was said to be “temporary,” will now be raised and made permanent. It is a success story so tremendous that Greece’s already paltry pension and social security payments will be slashed further, despite government lies and propaganda to the contrary. Home foreclosures and auctions will resume, without anything but the flimsiest of temporary protections for the poorest homeowners. These foreclosures and auctions will take place electronically instead of in a courthouse, under cover of darkness and without warning. In the meantime, new privatizations are coming, alongside the development of a new super-fund of sorts which will manage essentially all of Greece’s publicly-owned assets and prepare them to be sold off, at bargain basement prices. And unlike most of the people of Greece, the foreign investors who will be snatching up these assets know very well how valuable a land Greece is.

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May 22

Our Interview with Economist Dimitris Kazakis Featured in Truthout

truthoutOur recent radio interview with Greek economist, analyst, and the General Secretary of Greece’s United Popular Front (EPAM) Dimitris Kazakis has been featured in Truthout! In this interview, Kazakis discusses current economic and political developments in Greece, the impact of austerity upon the country, his beliefs that Greece must depart from the Eurozone and the European Union, the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis, and the positions of EPAM.

Find the interview here: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/36114-economist-dimitris-kazakis-greece-can-and-must-leave-the-eurozone-and-eu.

May 19

This Week: Interview with Nikolaos Chatziandreou of the “Acropolis of Athens” Online Campaign

acropolisofathensThis week, Dialogos Radio returns after a brief hiatus! On our broadcast this week, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature a timely and relevant interview with Nikolaos Chatziandreou of the Acropolis of Athens (www.acropolisofathens.gronline campaign, for the return of the Acropolis Sculptures from the British Museum in London, to Greece. In this week’s interview, Chatziandreou will talk about the sculptures and their historic and cultural significance, about the efforts that are taking place to secure their return and the various legal and diplomatic issues that are involved, and about his online campaign and petition calling for the sculptures’ return to Greece.

In addition, we will feature our commentary of the week segment, plus some great Greek music! All this and more, this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio!

May 12

La transcripción de la entrevista de Radio Dialogos con Dimitris Kazakis

kazakis1Transcripción de la entrevista de Radio Dialogos con el economista y secretario general del Frente Unido Popular de Grecia (EPAM) Dimitris Kazakis. Esta entrevista se emitió en nuestras transmisiones para la semana del 14-20 de abril de 2016. Encuentra el podcast de esta entrevista aquí (en inglés).

Nota de la traductora, Déborah Berman Santana: Esta es la transcripción (traducida al español) de la entrevista realizada en abril 2016 por la emisora “Diálogos Media Radio” (http://dialogosmedia.org/) con el economista, analista y secretario general de La Frente Unida Popular de Grecia (EPAM), Dimitris Kazakis. EPAM fue fundada durante el verando de 2011 en los campamentos de los indignados, en resistencia contra el primer acuerdo del gobierno con los acreedores de la deuda. Las demandas son: 1. Repudio unilateral de la deuda de acuerdo con el derecho internacional; 2. Cancelación de todos los memorandos y los tratados internacionales firmados desde 2010 con el FMI, la UE y el BCE; 3. Salida de la Unión Europea y la zona euro, y un retorno a la moneda nacional; 4. Nacionalización de los principales bancos a partir del Banco de Grecia, con el fin de controlar la economía, para redefinir la política de crédito y para controlar el tráfico de la capital; 5. Juicio y castigo de todos los responsables de la quiebra y la pérdida de la soberanía del país; 6. Nueva Constitución basada en la defensa de la plena soberanía nacional del pueblo de Grecia.

Traducido por Déborah B. Santana

MN: Para acompañarnos hoy en Dialogos Radio es el economista, analista, y secretario general del Frente Unido Popular de Grecia (EPAM) Dimitris Kazakis, que nos hablará hoy sobre los últimos acontecimientos económicos y políticos en Grecia y sobre la candente cuestión de la crisis de los refugiados y migrantes en Grecia y Europa. Dimitri, gracias por estar con nosotros una vez más.

DK: Gracias por recibirme.

MN: Antes de discutir la evolución económica en Grecia, vamos a hablar primero sobre la crisis migratoria y de refugiados. Usted ha hablado mucho sobre este tema y quería empezar por preguntar por el reciente acuerdo entre la Unión Europea y Turquía, que fue co-firmado por el gobierno griego. ¿Es este acuerdo legal y es ejecutable, y qué dice el derecho internacional sobre el tema?

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