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 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.
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!
Transcripción 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?
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with the economist and General Secretary of Greece’s United Popular Front (EPAM) Dimitris Kazakis. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of April 14-20, 2016. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is economist, analyst, and the general secretary of Greece’s United Popular Front Dimitris Kazakis, who will speak to us today about the latest economic and political developments in Greece and about the hot-button issue of the refugee and migrant crisis in Greece and Europe. Dimitri, thank you for joining us once again.
DK: Thank you for having me.
MN: Before discussing economic developments in Greece, let’s first speak about the refugee and migrant crisis. You have spoken extensively about this issue and I wanted to begin by asking you about the recent deal that was reached between the European Union and Turkey, which was co-signed by the Greek government. Is this agreement legal and is it enforceable, and what does international law have to say about the issue?
It was a little over three years ago when I personally had the opportunity to travel to the heart of the beast: a week-long visit to EU institutions and to NATO, as part of an academic program I was invited to participate in. This was a week that was full of misery for me but which was nevertheless beneficial in that it was remarkably eye-opening. Hearing statements made by EU and NATO officials about Greece and hearing their viewpoints about such quaint notions as democracy were truly telling and spoke volumes about the regard with which these principles are upheld within these institutions. At the meetings that I attended, a number of very revealing statements were made by the EU and NATO technocrats who spoke to us, statements which I took note of, including the following highlights:
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with renowned journalist, author, and documentary filmmaker Aris Hatzistefanou. In this timely interview, Hatzistefanou will discuss his recent journalistic mission to the Ukraine and to Donetsk, the latest geopolitical developments in the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean, the decline in freedom of the press in Greece in recent years, and his latest documentary work, tiled Fascism, Inc., plus his current and ongoing projects. This is an excellent and informative interview covering a wealth of topics, that you will not want to miss.
In addition to this week’s interview, hear our commentary of the week segment, plus our special musical tribute to Dimitra Galani, one of the foremost names in modern Greek music. All this plus much more, this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio!
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an informative and timely interview with economist and professor Stergios Skaperdas of the University of California-Irvine. In this interview, Skaperdas will share with us his analysis of the current economic situation in Greece, about the economic policies which the current government along with the IMF and the European Union are continuing to enforce in Greece, about the recent economic proposals put forth by main opposition party Syriza, and finally, Skaperdas will provide us with his policy proposals and recommendations as to what he believes Greece should do to emerge from the crisis. This is a highly detailed inteview which you will not want to miss!
In addition to this week’s interview, we will also feature a special segment with music that is derived from the poetry of renowned Greek poet Yiannis Ritsos, as well as our commentary of the week segment. Hear all this, plus some great Greek music, this week only on Dialogos Radio!
This week, Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an exclusive and eye-opening interview with renowned investigative journalist (BBC, The Guardian, Al Jazeera America) and New York Times bestselling author Greg Palast, author of such books as “Billionaires and Ballot Bandits,” “Vulture’s Picnic,” and “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.”
In this week’s interview, Palast will analyze and discuss the current state of the Greek economy and the impact of IMF-imposed austerity policies, and will discuss his investigations into how international hedge funds, or “vulture funds,” have targeted Greece and contributed to the collapse of the country’s economy. Palast will further discuss the cases of countries such as Argentina, Brazil, and Ecuador, the manner in which they resisted the austerity policies demanded by the International Monetary Fund, and the manner in which Argentina, in particular, has resisted the demands of international “vulture funds.” Palast will further reveal his recent investigative report into the attempts to disenfranchise over 3.5 million voters, primarily minorities, from the voter rolls in the United States.
In addition to our interview with Greg Palast, tune in to hear our special segment featuring music that is derived from the poetry of Nobel Prize-winning poet Odysseas Elytis, plus our commentary of the week segment. All this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio!
This week, Dialogos Radio is excited to feature an interview with the world-renowned chef, author, and culinary expert Diane Kochilas, as part of the Dialogos Interview Series. Kochilas, who is known as the “Greek Food Guru,” will discuss her latest endeavors, including her new book, “Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity From the Island Where People Forget to Die,” her cooking classes in Ikaria, on the potential for Greek culinary products to succeed in the global marketplace, her cooking show on Greek television, “Ti Tha Fame Simera Mama,” and other topics pertaining to her career and to Greek cuisine.
As part of our special interview with Diane Kochilas, we are also offering copies of her new book, “Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity From the Island Where People Forget to Die,” as part of our fall fund drive. Show your support for Dialogos Radio and get a copy of her much-anticipated new book, or any one of the other exciting premiums that we are offering. To see our premiums and make your pledge, simply click here!
In addition to this week’s interview, we are also featuring a special musical segment dedicated to the life and music of one of Greece’s most renowned and beloved composers and musicians, Manos Hatzidakis, as well as our commentary of the week segment.
Tune in for all this and much more, exclusively on this week’s edition of Dialogos Radio!
This week, Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series are excited to present an interview with world-renowned scholar and author Henry A. Giroux, Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and founder of the “Public Intellectuals Project.” The author of several books, including recent titles such as “Education and the Crisis of Public Values,” “Youth in Revolt: Reclaiming a Democratic Future,” and “Neoliberalism’s War Against Higher Education,” Giroux has made countless appearances on television, radio, in the press, and in public all across the world.
In this week’s interview, Giroux will discuss and analyze the ever-increasing influence of neoliberal thought and doctrine all across the world, in politics, economics, and society as a whole. He will draw parallels between the current economic and social crisis in Greece with similar developments in the United States and much of the Western world, and he will discuss how education, the media, and the poor, in particular, have been impacted by neoliberalism and what he describes as “casino capitalism.”
In addition to this week’s interview, we will present a special musical segment dedicated to the life and music of one of the most significant Greek-Cypriot musicians and composers of the 20th century, Manos Loizos. We will hear some of his greatest songs, as well as facts and important moments from his life and his musical career.
Join us for our interview with Henry Giroux, our special musical feature dedicated to Manos Loizos, plus our commentary of the week and more, all this week on Dialogos Radio!
On this Holy Week, tune in for the special Easter edition of Dialogos Radio, a broadcast that will be dedicated to this most holy and significant of holidays for the Hellenic culture. This week on our broadcast, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Anastasios Ntanos, a distinguished writer, poet, and professor at the Higher Technological University of Piraeus in Greece. In this interview, Ntanos will talk about Greek Easter, its significance and its traditions, about the role of religion and the Greek Orthodox church in the maintenance of the Greek language and culture, about the threats that Greek culture and the Greek langauge face today, and he will also share his own special message for the millions of Greeks of the diaspora.
In addition to this interview, our broadcast this week will also feature specially-selected music for the Greek Easter holiday. Best wishes to all of our listeners for a Happy Easter…Χρόνια Πολλά, Καλό Πάσχα και Καλή Ανάσταση!
Tune in for this special Easter broadcast this week, only on Dialogos Radio!
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Paul Ioannidis, the honorary vice-president of the Onassis Foundation and author of “Destiny Prevails,” follows below. This interview aired on April 3-4, 2014. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: With us here on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series today is Paul Ioannides, the Honorary Vice-President of the Onassis Foundation’s Board of Directors and author of “Destiny Prevails” an autobiography chronicling his life and experiences fighting the Nazis during World War II as a rebel fighter in the Greek mountains. His later distinguished career as a pilot and executive for Olympic Airways, and his long relationship with the Onassis group and the Onassis family for over five decades. Paul, thank you for joining us today.
You were actually born in Germany in the interwar period but your family soon came back to Greece and you grew up in Athens. Ironically, though, it was your German birth certificate that got you out of trouble on a few occasions during war, I believe. Tell us about your early years.
PI: My father was born in Cyprus. He studied Medicine in France and attended post-graduate studies in Berlin where I was born. My mother died six months after I was born. I was in love with the sea ever since I could remember. I wanted to attend the Naval Academy in order to become an officer. I would not hear of anything else. By the end of 1942, seeing that the German troops were still on my home soil, I felt like I could not contain my anger and I decided that it was not time for studying but only for fighting. So I left home to take to the mountains and joined the Resistance the first days of 1943 with the Greek People’s Liberation Army, known as ELAS.
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Vaggelis Pissias, a professor of water resource management at the Higher Technological University of Athens (TEI of Athens) and member of the International Initiative for Peace in Syria. In this interview, Pissias will share details about the proposal put forth by the United Nations and by the United States to dispose of the chemical weapons from Syria in the Mediterranean Sea, off of the southern coast of the island of Crete. Pissias will discuss the potential ecological, environmental, and economic consequences of this planned dumping, and he will talk about the numerous ways in which the local community in Crete and the scientific community in Greece is mobilizing to prevent the disposal of the chemical weapons from taking place in the Mediterranean Sea. This is an issue that has received scant attention in the press and media, both in Greece and internationally, which will be analyzed in detail this week on Dialogos Radio.
Also this week, tune in to hear the second edition of our new special feature, Portes Magazine Exclusives, produced by the Portes Magazine editorial team. In this week’s feature, the internationally-acclaimed theatrical performance Socrates Now will be spotlighted, as well as director and actor Yannis Simonides.
Tune in for these two special features, plus some great Greek music, on this week’s edition of Dialogos Radio!
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with best-selling author and investigative journalist Greg Palast, on the economic situation in Greece and the policies of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), follows below. This interview aired on June 6-7, 2013. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series for the second time is Greg Palast. Greg is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “Billionaires and Ballot Bandits,” “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy,” “Armed Madhouse,” and the highly-acclaimed “Vultures’ Picnic.” Palast is an investigative journalist, he writes a weekly column for Vice Magazine, and also reports for the BBC and The Guardian, among others. He’s best known in the United States for uncovering Katherine Harris’ purge of black voters from Florida’s voter rolls in the year 2000. His reports are available at gregpalast.com. Greg, welcome to our program. Recently, we’ve been hearing talk about how countries like Greece which have been suffering through an unprecedented economic crisis over the past two years, are finally on the road to recovery, thanks to the austerity measures and the policies that have been implemented all this time…
GP: That’s bull****, that’s complete bull****. I disagree with that. They haven’t been on the road to recovery. Greece is dying, Greece is dying, and austerity is one of the things that killed it. What are you talking about? That’s complete nonsense. Austerity has destroyed Greece, the Euro has destroyed Greece. Austerity is nonsense. Read Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize winner in economics. I have a degree in economics from the University of Chicago. Austerity in the middle of a recession is a death sentence. You have 26% unemployment in Greece. It is a death zone. If they don’t get out of the Euro, if they don’t cut this crap of going along with the German invasion, demanding austerity, it’s death for Greece. Greece will not be alive. It will be a suburb of Turkey within six months unless you get rid of the Euro and get off this austerity kick.