Nov 15

Transcript: Interview with Whistleblower Nikos Logothetis on ELSTAT Scandal

nikoslogothetis1The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with journalist and whistleblower Nikos Logothetis, a former member of the board of the Greek Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) turned whistleblower. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of November 8-14, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Nikos Logothetis, former board member of the Greek Statistical Authority ELSTAT, who will speak with us today about the background and current status of the well-known case regarding the augmentation of Greece’s deficit figures, which provided the impetus to impose austerity politics in Greece. Mr. Logothetis, welcome back to our program.

NL: Thank you Mr. Nevradakis, nice to hear from you.

MN: Let’s begin with a discussion about Andreas Georgiou, the embattled former president of ELSTAT who oversaw the augmentation of the Greek deficit and debt. Describe for us Georgiou’s background prior to taking on the role of president of ELSTAT. Was Georgiou even a statistician? Continue reading

Nov 01

Transcript: Dimitris Yannopoulos on how Yanis Varoufakis and SYRIZA Betrayed Greece

yannopoulos3The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with journalist and whistleblower Dimitris Yannopoulos, who served as Yanis Varoufakis’ press adviser during the latter’s tenure as Greece’s finance minister in the first half of 2015. This interview aired in two parts on our broadcasts between October 11-31, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Greek journalist Dimitris Yannopoulos, who is the former press adviser to the well-known economist Yanis Varoufakis during his tenure as Greece’s finance minister in the first half of 2015. Mr. Yannopoulos will share with us some rather interesting insights regarding Varoufakis and his tenure as Greece’s finance minister, while we will also discuss present-day political developments in Greece. Mr. Yannopoulos, welcome to our program.

DY: Hello and thanks for having me Michael.

MN: Describe for us, first off, your experience as the press adviser to Yanis Varoufakis during his tenure as finance minister of Greece. Continue reading

Oct 04

Transcript: Déborah Berman-Santana on the Puerto Rico-Greece Connection

deborah2The 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

Jun 01

Transcript: Interview with Whistleblower Zoe Georganta on ELSTAT Scandal

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

Apr 23

Transcript: Interview with Turkish Journalist Gürkan Özturan

gurkanThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with journalist Gürkan Özturan of Turkey’s dokuz8news. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of April 5-11, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio for this week’s edition of the Dialogos Interview Series is Turkish journalist Gürkan Özturan, who will speak to us about all of the latest developments coming out of Turkey. Thank you for joining us once again on our program.

GO: Thank you for having me.

MN: Let’s begin by discussing the upcoming Turkish constitutional referendum. What are the changes which are being placed before the electorate? 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

Mar 30

Transcript: Interview with Economist Dimitris Karousos

karousos3The 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

Mar 03

Transcript: Interview with Professor of Political Economy Mark Blyth

markblyth4The 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

Mar 03

Transcript: Interview with Geopolitical Analyst Alex Christoforou

christoforou2The 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

Dec 30

Transcript: Interview with Analyst & Former Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts

paulcraigroberts2The 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

Oct 27

Transcript: Interview with Maria Kanellopoulou of “Save Greek Water”

kanellopoulouThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Maria Kanellopoulou of the activist organization “Save Greek Water.” This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of October 20-26, 2016. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Maria Kanellopoulou of the Greek activist organization Save Greek Water, who will speak to us today about the impending privatization of Greek water utilities and the possible consequences of this development. Maria, thank you for joining us today.

MK: Thank you very much and greetings to your listeners.

MN: Let’s begin with a brief historical overview of this issue. What did current Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras once promise regarding the privatization of Greek water systems, and what is he saying today? Continue reading

Oct 02

Transcript: Interview with Economist Jack Rasmus on Greek Economic Crisis

rasmusThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Jack Rasmus, professor of economics and politics at St. Mary’s College in California. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of September 15-21, 2016. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Dr. Jack Rasmus, professor of economics and politics at St. Mary’s College in California, economic analyst, and author of such books as “Obama’s Economy: Recovery for the Few,” “Epic Recession: Prelude to Global Depression,” “Systemic Fragility in the Global Economy,” and his most recent book, “Looting Greece.” Dr. Rasmus, thank you for joining us today.

JR: My pleasure.

MN: Recently, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gave his annual “state of the nation” address at the Thessaloniki Trade Fair, a speech in which he boasted that the Greek economy has turned the corner, that unemployment is going down, that salaries will be increased, and that the country is returning to growth. Is this what Greece’s economic indicators actually show? Continue reading

Sep 27

Transcript: Interview with Déborah Berman-Santana on Crises in Puerto Rico and Greece

deborah1The 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 aired on our broadcasts for the week of September 15-21, 2016. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Déborah Berman-Santana, recently retired professor of Geography and Ethnic Studies at Mills College in Oakland, California. Deborah will speak to us about the latest economic and political developments in Puerto Rico, which is facing an economic crisis similar to that in Greece, and she will discuss the similarities that she has seen between Puerto Rico and Greece, after spending some time in Greece recently. Deborah, welcome to our program today.

DBS: Thank you!

MN: Getting us started, describe for us the history of the economic exploitation of Puerto Rico. What has the impact of colonialism been on Puerto Rico’s economic viability?

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Jun 28

Transcript: Interview with Investigative Journalist and Bestselling Author Greg Palast

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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Apr 29

Transcript: Interview with Despina Kreatsoulas of the Politismos Museum of Greek History

despinakreatsoulasThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Despina Kreatsoulas, the co-founder of the Politismos Museum of Greek History. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of March 31-April 6, 2016. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Despina Kreatsoulas, co-founder of the Politismos Museum, a recently-launched online museum of Greek history and culture. Despina will speak to us about the museum, the idea behind it, its mission and its exhibits. Despina, thank you for joining us today.

DK: Thank you so much for this opportunity, we’re happy to be here with you today.

MN: Share with us some words about how the idea for an online museum of Greek history and culture came about, and how the Politismos Museum was founded.

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