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 →
The 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 →
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with economist and analyst Dimitris Karousos. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of March 22-28, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is economist and economic analyst Dimitris Karousos, who is a member of the political directorate of Greece’s United Popular Front, and who has enjoyed a long career working for financial institutions within and outside of Greece. Mr. Karousos, thank you very much for joining us today.
DK: Thank you for your kind invitation.
MN: Let’s begin by discussing the recent deal that was reached between the Greek government and its European lenders. The Greek government has engaged in a big PR show, portraying this new agreement as one that will not deliver even one euro’s worth of new austerity measures, as a result of the so-called “equivalent measures” that will be adopted. This begs the question, if the net sum of these new measures is zero, then why enact them? And continuing along this line of thinking, what does the new agreement actually entail and mean for Greece? Continue reading →
In “Greece’s New Deal From European Lenders Delivers More Neoliberalism,” Greek economist and analyst Dimitris Karousos spoke to us about the Greek government’s recent agreement with the troika and what it actually entails for Greece, about the difference between a parallel/dual currency and a national domestic currency, and about the steps Greece could follow in order to depart from the Eurozone in an orderly fashion. This interview is available athttp://www.mintpressnews.com/greeces-new-deal-from-european-lenders-delivers-more-neoliberalism/226337/.
Check out the recent analysis by Michael Nevradakis, producer and host of Dialogos Radio, titled “A Greek Perspective on Donald Trump, Brexit, and Media Hysteria,” featured this week in TheDuran.com. This piece looks at international developments, including the new presidency of Donald Trump in the United States, Brexit in Great Britain, war and conflict in the Middle East, and anti-Russian hysteria in the mass media, from an “on the ground” perspective in Greece.
This week, Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with economist and financial analyst Dimitris Karousos, who will speak to us about the Greek government’s recent agreement with the troika, the current state of the Greek economy and the Greek banking sector, and about the differences between a dual/parallel currency and a national domestic currency, and the need for Greece to return to the latter.
In addition, Dialogos Radio’s commentary of the week returns this week after a momentary hiatus.
Tune in for this exclusive interview, our commentary, plus some great Greek music, this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio!
This week on Dialogos Radio, we will be featuring, as part of the Dialogos Interview Series, two special interviews!
First, we will have the opportunity to speak with journalist, analyst, and longtime lawyer in the Royal Court of the United Kingdom Alexander Mercouris, co-founder of TheDuran.com. Joining us from London, Mercouris will provide his insights for us on a number of current issues, including the latest actions of the Trump administration, the path towards Brexit in Great Britain, anti-Russia hysteria and the establishment media’s agenda, developments in the Ukraine and Syria, and a view on the Greek government’s latest deal with its creditors and what continued austerity means for Greece.
This interview will be followed up by a special feature with young Greek spoken word artist Dylan Wolfram, who will speak to us about his latest spoken word release, titled “Bellows.” In addition to this interview, we will hear two cuts from Wolfram’s recent spoken word project.
Two great interviews, all this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series!
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Brown University professor of international political economy Mark Blyth. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of February 10-17, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is political scientist and Brown University professor of international political economy Mark Blyth, author of such books as “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea.” Mark, welcome back to our program and thank you for joining us today.
MB: Always a pleasure, Michael.
MN: We’ve spoken in past interviews about austerity, and of course, about your book, “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea.” Looking at the past couple of years and at the present in Europe, is there any sign, any indication at all, that the policies of economic austerity that are being pursued have had any sort of positive outcome? Continue reading →
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with journalist and geopolitical analyst Alex Christoforou, co-founder of TheDuran.com. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of January 19-25, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series for our first English-language interview of 2017 is Alex Christoforou, co-founder and writer for the online news website TheDuran.com. Alex, happy new year and thank you for joining us today on our program.
AC: Happy new year and thank you for having me.
MN: President-elect Donald Trump is set to take office, amidst a climate of intense anti-Russian sentiment in the United States and in Western Europe. During his presidential campaign, Trump spoke out in favor of improved U.S. relations with Russia and with Vladimir Putin. Do you believe that Trump will make good on this pledge? Continue reading →
Our recent interview with Brown University professor of international political economy Mark Blyth, author of “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea,” has been featured in Mint Press News. In this interview, Blyth discusses the economic policies of the Trump administration, Brexit, austerity, Grexit, and other hot-button topics.
Our recent interviews, in English and Greek, with journalist and geopolitical analyst Alex Christoforou, co-founder of TheDuran.com, has been featured in Mint Press News! This is a combination of two recent Dialogos Radio interviews featuring Christodoulou, which aired on our radio broadcast in January and February.
In this interview, Christoforou discusses hot-button political and geopolitical issues, including Trump and the foreign policy he may follow, Russia and its response to developments along its border and in the Middle East, Syria, the Cyprus reunification talks, Brexit and Grexit, and much more.
Our latest article, taking a look at political developments in Brazil preceding and following the ouster of democratically-elected president Dilma Rousseff, and the many similarities and parallels which exist between Brazil and the European South, including Greece, has been published in Mint Press News. This article focuses on the politics of the previous Workers’ Party governments in Brazil and whether they were truly progressive, the harsh austerity which has been implemented by the non-elected president Michel Temer, and the many similarities of Brazil’s situation with countries like Greece.
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature a timely interview with Brown University professor of political economy, author and analyst Mark Blyth. Blyth will speak to us about global economic developments, including the policies likely to be pursued by new U.S. president Donald Trump, Brexit and its likely impact on the British economy, the real reasons why voters chose Trump and Brexit, the state of the economy in Greece, the results of austerity in the EU, and much more.
Tune in for this interview this week, on Dialogos Radio!
This week, Dialogos Radio returns with its first English-language broadcast of 2017. On the Dialogos Interview Series for this week’s program, we will be speaking with Alex Christoforou, co-founder and writer for the recently-launched TheDuran.com. Christoforou will share his analysis and insights with us regarding the forthcoming Trump presidency, Russia, developments in Syria, the recent Cyprus reunification talks, the situation on the ground in Greece, the continued controversy over so-called “fake news,” and much more.
Tune in for this highly relevant interview, plus some great Greek music, this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio!
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with economist, author, analyst and former Assistant Secretary of the United States Treasury Paul Craig Roberts. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of December 8-14, 2016. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today here on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is economist, author, and columnist Paul Craig Roberts. Dr. Roberts is a former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for the United States, a former editor for the Wall Street Journal, and has written over 20 peer-reviewed articles and over a dozen books. Dr. Roberts, thank you for being with us today.
PCR: It’s a pleasure to be with you.
MN: Let’s begin with the presidential elections in the United States. President-Elect Donald Trump. Why did Trump win the election and what does a Trump presidency mean for the United States and for the world? Continue reading →