The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Déborah Berman-Santana, retired professor of geography and ethnic studies at Mills College in Oakland, California. This interview was recorded prior to the impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, and aired on our broadcasts for the week of September 27-October 3, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series for our first broadcast of the 2017-2018 season is one of our regular guests, Déborah Berman-Santana, who is a retired professor of geography and ethnic studies at Mills College in Oakland, California. Deborah will speak to us today about the latest taking place in Puerto Rico, an island that especially recently has been ravaged on multiple fronts, and which presents many similarities with what we’re seeing on an ongoing basis in Greece. Déborah, welcome back to our program.
DBS: Thank you, glad to be here.
MN: Let’s begin with perhaps the most pressing issue of all, Hurricane Irma and its aftermath. What was the impact of the storm on Puerto Rico and how was the island able to respond? Continue reading
In the third and final installment of our series of articles on the European Union, Eurozone, and Greece, titled “Putting Grexit On The Table: How A Greek Exit From The EU Would Work,” we examine the various proposals which have been put forth regarding how the departure of Greece or any other country from the Eurozone or the European Union can occur and how such a process can be navigated. We also analyze the true challenges that would be faced as part of such a transition, and how they themselves could be overcomed.
Find this article here: https://www.mintpressnews.com/grexit-how-greek-exit-from-eu-would-work/232725/.
This week, Dialogos Radio’s 2017-2018 broadcast season begins, with the Dialogos Interview Series featuring a detailed interview with Déborah Berman-Santana, retired professor of geography and ethnic studies at Mills College in Oakland, California. In this interview, Berman-Santana discusses the latest economic and political developments in the beleaguered island of Puerto Rico and the many striking similarities which exist with Greece, the continued struggle for independence and autonomy in Puerto Rico, the compatibility of nationalism with internationalism, and her current visit to Greece, including her upcoming public appearance at Greece’s Resistance Festival.
In part two of our series of articles on the European Union, Eurozone, and Greece, titled “Greece Could Leave The EU: Why The Grexit Option Deserves Consideration,” we examine reasons why a departure from the Eurozone or even the EU, long presented as outlandish and catastrophic, should enter the public debate.
Find this article here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/greece-leave-eu-grexit-option-deserves-consideration/232307/.
In our latest analysis for Mint Press News titled “EU Uber Alles? Neoliberal Echoes Of A Darker, Mid-Century Plan For Continental Unity,” we analyze the history and true origins of the European Union and the Eurozone, the zeal with which the EU and Eurozone are lionized by the world’s media while the public is told that “there is no alternative” to the EU and its policies, the EU’s democratic deficit and hypocrisy, the true reasons why proponents of the EU fear its collapse, and the attempted manner in which opponents of the EU and neoliberalism are discredited. Part one of a two part series.
Find this article here: https://www.mintpressnews.com/neoliberalism-nazi-germany-european-union-case-study/231660/.
The 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/.
In 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/.
Our 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/.
In 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/.
Our 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/.
This 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.
Our 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/.
The 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
This 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.
How 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/.