Our Latest for Mint Press News: As Greece Burns, SYRIZA-Led Gov’t Declares “Success Story” After Neoliberal Takeover

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mintpressnewsThe sweet smell of success is in the air — or is that the scent of charred forest? In our mid-summer analysis for Mint Press News titled “As Greece Burns, SYRIZA-Led Gov’t Declares “Success Story” After Neoliberal Takeover,” we look at what has been taking place during a scorching summer in Greece. Fires, EU hypocrisy, and an economic “success story” that isn’t, are all covered in this piece.

Find this article here: https://www.mintpressnews.com/greece-burns-syriza-declares-success-neoliberal-takeover/231105/.

Analysis for Mint Press News – Greece: A (Basket) Case Study In Savage Globalization

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mintpressnewsIn our latest analysis for Mint Press News, titled Greece: A (Basket) Case Study In Savage Globalization, we examine how processes of savage globalization have resulted in a prevailing mentality of inferiority, hopelessness, self-loathing, and collective guilt in Greece.

As Greeks look inward, they see a country that produces nothing of value and is inferior to the rest of the world – despite evidence to the contrary. The country has been mentally colonized, with outside powers convincing the Greeks that they can do no better.

Read this analysis here: https://www.mintpressnews.com/greece-a-basket-case-study-in-savage-globalization/230221/.

Jul 17

Our Interview with Economist Spiros Lavdiotis Published in Mint Press News

mintpressnewsOur recent Dialogos Radio interview with economist and former Bank of Canada analyst Spiros Lavdiotis has been published in Mint Press News, under the title “Ancient Greece Could Hold The Key To Solving Today’s Debt Crisis.”

In this interview, Lavdiotis discusses the present-day economic situation in Greece, the modern-day origins of austerity, the reasons why he believes “Grexit” is the best and only option for Greece, and discusses what ancient Greece could teach us about dealing with debt.

Find this interview here: https://www.mintpressnews.com/ancient-greece-hold-key-solving-todays-debt-crisis/229812/.

Jun 27

Our Latest for Mint Press News: Greece Two Years After the “No” Vote

mintpressnewsIn our latest piece for Mint Press News, titled “Two Years After Resounding “No” Vote, Greece Still Says “Yes” To Austerity,” we take a look at conditions in Greece today, two years after the “no” vote in the July 5, 2015 Greek referendum. With the “no” result in that referendum having been turned into a “yes,” we look at new austerity measures which are being implemented in Greece today by the SYRIZA-led coalition government, and which have been agreed upon for the future, and the difficulties that ordinary Greek citizens are facing.

Find this article here: https://www.mintpressnews.com/two-years-no-vote-greece-yes-austerity/229231/.

Jun 21

Our Latest for Mint Press News: Greece as a Guinea Pig for a Cashless Society

mintpressnewsOur latest article, titled “How Greece Became A Guinea Pig For A Cashless And Controlled Society,” has been published today by Mint Press News. How has Greece become a modern-day laboratory for the elimination of cash, and what are the risks of a cashless society? This article breaks down the measures that have been enacted in Greece with the goal of eliminating cash from circulation, purportedly in the name of combating tax evasion, and examines similar measures enacted in other countries across Europe and worldwide. The article then questions the reasons being presented to justify the elimination of cash, and examines the potential consequences and ramifications of such a move.

Read this article here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/greece-guinea-pig-cashless-society/229088/.

Jun 13

This Week: Dialogos Radio Season Finale & Part Two of Interview with Spiros Lavdiotis

Athens generic 2This week, Dialogos Radio closes out the 2016-2017 broadcast season with one final program. On our broadcast this week, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature part two of our interview with Greek economist, analyst, and author Spiros Lavdiotis, a former analyst for the Central Bank of Canada.

In this portion of the interview, Lavdiotis discusses the necessity for Greece to depart from the Eurozone, the steps which can be taken in order for this departure to take place, and the reasons why he feels this is the best option for Greece and its economy.

Tune in for this interview and for our season finale, this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio.

Jun 05

Interview on Greek Water Privatization Published in Mint Press News

mintpressnewsOur interview with Maria Kanellopoulou of the Greek activist organization “Save Greek Water,” has been published in Mint Press News.

In this interview, Kanellopoulou discusses the impending privatization of Greece’s major water utilities, the potential impact privatization would have on Greek economy and on the quality of water in Greece, and on the experience of water privatization in other European countries.

Find this interview (in English) here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/greece-forced-to-sell-public-water-utilities-under-eu-imposed-privatization-plan/228479/.

Jun 01

Transcript: Interview with Whistleblower Zoe Georganta

georganta2The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Zoe Georganta, professor of econometrics at the University of Macedonia in Greece, former board member of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), and whistleblower. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of May 3-10, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Zoe Georganta. Professor Georganta is a faculty member at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece and is a former board member of the Hellenic Statistical Authority, known as ELSTAT. Professor Georganta first became widely known in Greece in 2011, when she publicly presented evidence showing that Greece’s deficit figures for 2009 were inflated, leading to Greece being brought under the supervision of the so-called “troika” [the IMF, the European Commission and the European Central Bank]. She will speak to us today about this issue and where the judicial cases which stemmed from it stand today, and about the potential continued misrepresentation of Greece’s economic figures by ELSTAT today. Professor Georganta, thank you for taking the time to join us today on our program.

ZG: Thank you, Mr. Nevradakis, for inviting me here for this interview. Continue reading

May 24

This Week: Economist Spiros Lavdiotis on Debt, Austerity, and what Ancient Greece Teaches Us

lavdiotisThis week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature part one of a two-part interview with economist and author Spiros Lavdiotis. A former analyst for the Central Bank of Canada, Lavdiotis is the author of three books and numerous articles on the Greek economy.

In part one of our interview, Lavdiotis discusses the modern history of austerity as an economic doctrine, what ancient Greece can teach us about how to deal with a debt crisis, and what modern Greece can do today to alleviate its debt burden. This will lead to part two of our interview, on our next English-language broadcast, regarding solutions to Greece’s economic crisis, which according to Lavdiotis, involve a Greek exit from the Eurozone.

Tune in for this highly interesting and detailed interview, this week on Dialogos Radio.

May 23

Interview with Greek Whistleblower Zoe Georganta Published in Mint Press News

mintpressnewsHow was the Greek budget deficit falsified and worsened in order to bring Greece under the supervision of the International Monetary Fund and the “troika”? What claims have been made by whistleblowers from Greece’s Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) and what evidence have they presented? What charges is ELSTAT’s former president facing as a result of the evidence submitted by whistleblowers? Does Greece’s current large primary budget surplus actually exist, or is it a product of “creative accounting”?

Professor Zoe Georganta of the University of Macedonia in Greece and former board member of ELSTAT, discussed all of these important issues in a recent Dialogos Radio interview, featured in print this week in Mint Press News.

Find this interview here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/whistleblower-greek-debt-crisis-manufactured-unscrupulous-accounting/228076/.

May 10

This Week: Greek Whistleblower Zoe Georganta on how Greece’s Economic Statistics were Falsified and Worsened

georgantaHow was the Greek budget deficit falsified and worsened in order to bring Greece under the supervision of the International Monetary Fund and the “troika”? What claims have been made by whistleblowers from Greece’s Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) and what evidence have they presented? What charges is ELSTAT’s former president facing as a result of the evidence submitted by whistleblowers? Does Greece’s current large primary budget surplus actually exist, or is it a product of “creative accounting”?

This week on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series, we will speak with Zoe Georganta, professor of applied econometrics and productivity at the University of Macedonia in Greece, a former visiting scholar at Harvard University’s National Bureau of Economic Research, and former board member of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), who in an exclusive interview, will speak to us about all of these important issues.

Apr 26

Interview with Economist Roger Bootle Published in Mint Press News

mintpressnewsDialogos Radio’s interview with economist Roger Bootle of Capital Economics in London and winner of the 2012 Wolfson Prize in Economics for his plan regarding how any Eurozone member could safely depart the euro, has been published in Mint Press News. In this interview, Bootle discusses Brexit and the process which lies ahead for Britain, the prospects for Great Britain’s economy going forward, how Brexit will impact the European Union and Eurozone, and his award-winning plan for how any country can exit from the Eurozone and why he believes countries like Greece should depart.

Find this interview here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/award-winning-economist-eu-verge-breakup/227199/.

Apr 25

This Week: British Economist Roger Bootle Discusses Brexit on Dialogos Radio

rogerbootle2This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature a timely interview with award-winning British economist Roger Bootle. Bootle is the founder and chairman of Capital Economics in London, a specialist adviser to the British House of Commons Treasury Committee, a columnist for The Daily Telegraph, the author of “The Trouble With Europe,” and the winner of the prestigious Wolfson Prize in Economics for his proposal titled “Leaving the Euro: A Practical Guide,” proposing how any Eurozone member could depart from the Eurozone in an orderly fashion. He will speak to us about Brexit and the process which lies ahead for Britain, the prospects for Great Britain’s economy going forward, how Brexit will impact the European Union and Eurozone, and his award-winning plan for how any country can exit from the Eurozone and why he believes countries like Greece should depart.

In addition, this week’s broadcast will feature a special interview with Leonidas Babanis, organizer of this year’s Greek Panorama exhibition, set to take place in New York City’s Grand Central Station on from May 11-13. Dialogos Radio is an international communication sponsor for this exhibition, and Babanis will talk to us about what visitors and attendees can expect to find at this year’s event.

Tune in for these two exclusive interviews, plus some great Greek music, on this week’s English-language broadcast of Dialogos Radio!

Apr 04

Commentary of the Week: A Greek Perspective on Trump, Brexit, and Media Hysteria (March 22-28, 2017)

commentaryoftheweek(Originally published in TheDuran.com)

By Michael Nevradakis

It’s a typical winter’s evening in Athens. This has been a cold winter, and the air is brisk. And wherever I go, the sweet smell of “success” is in the air. By “success” I am referring to none other than the vaunted “European dream,” and the “success story” of the Greek economy, as described by Greece’s former prime minister Antonis Samaras in late 2014, and as often repeated—even if not in those exact terms—by Greece’s “first time left” prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, far more recently. That scent of success comes from the noxious fumes of the fireplaces and makeshift furnaces which newly impoverished Greeks have lit to keep warm, since well over 80 percent of households are said to be unable to afford absurdly taxed heating oil for their homes.

This piece though is not meant to be about Greece, but about the United States, the anti-Russian hysteria that has taken hold, and the attacks that the newly inaugurated Trump administration is facing from protesters, the media, and the “deep state.” What does all of this have to do with Greece though? Everything. Crisis-stricken Greece represents a microcosm of what is transpiring in the United States and much of Europe today, and offers a useful lens through which to analyze current developments. Continue reading

Mar 30

Transcript: Interview with Analyst Alexander Mercouris

mercouris1The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with analyst Alexander Mercouris, co-founder of TheDuran.com. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of March 8-14, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is London-based writer and geopolitical analyst Alexander Mercouris. With a long career in the Royal Courts of Justice in London, where he specialized in human rights and constitutional law, Mercouris is now a frequent guests on a number of television news programs and writes for several outlets, including TheDuran.com, which he has co-founded. Mr. Mercouris, thank you very much for joining us today.

AM: Thank you very much for having me.

MN: To get us started: Recently, United States president Donald Trump gave his first speech before a joint session of Congress. Despite the intense negativity on the part of much of the mainstream media towards Trump and his administration, this speech received many positive reviews from these same journalists and commentators. What are your impressions of Trump’s speech and the reaction to it? Do you believe it signifies a change in the stance of the media towards Trump, or does it perhaps signify a change in the direction of the Trump administration itself? Continue reading