Dec 14

Commentary of the Week: “Fake News, Fake Democracy” (December 8-14, 2016)

commentaryoftheweekBy Michael Nevradakis

Following in the footsteps of voters in Britain, in the United States, and even to an extent, voters in Greece, Italian voters vociferously said no to neoliberalism recently, in a referendum which was a pure power grab by the country’s second consecutive non-elected prime minister, Matteo Renzi, a favorite of his European Union and Eurozone paymasters. Just like British voters in the referendum on Brexit, just like American voters who in many senses rejected Hillary Clinton and all she represented more than they voted for Donald Trump per se, just like Greek voters with their own confused and muddled but resounding no in July 2015, Italian voters put a stop to attempts by an non-elected prime minister to consolidate power and to subvert the country’s democratic political system, forcing Renzi’s bluff, as he had pledged prior to the referendum that he would resign if a “no” vote prevailed. Continue reading

Dec 02

Dialogos Radio Returns with an Interview Featuring Paul Craig Roberts

paulcraigroberts1After a short hiatus, Dialogos Radio is all set to return to the airwaves with fresh new programming and interviews! On this week’s broadcast, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with former U.S. assistant secretary of the Treasury, former Wall Street Journal editor, and author and commentator Paul Craig Roberts, who will speak to us about a host of hot-button issues, including the election of Donald Trump, Brexit and developments in the European Union and Eurozone, the latest from Syria, Turkey and Russia, and the issue of so-called “fake news.”

Stay tuned for this timely and exclusive interview, plus our commentary of the week and some great Greek music, on the upcoming broadcast of Dialogos Radio!

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 19

New Article for Mint Press News: Greece’s Neoliberal Wolves In Anti-Austerity Sheep’s Clothing

mintpressnewsCheck out our most recent analysis for Mint Press News, titled “Greece’s Neoliberal Wolves In Anti-Austerity Sheep’s Clothing.” In this article, we take a look at Greece’s three new purported “saviors,” Yanis Varoufakis, Zoe Konstantopoulou, and Panagiotis Lafazanis, and examine their actual record when in a position of power, above and beyond their supposedly “anti-austerity” rhetoric.

Find this analysis here: https://www.mintpressnews.com/greeces-syriza-neoliberal-wolves-anti-austerity-sheeps-clothing/221554/.

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 12

Our Latest Analysis on SYRIZA, Corruption, Continued Austerity, and the TV Licensing Scandal

mintpressnewsIn our latest analysis for Mint Press News, we take a close look at the SYRIZA-led government in Greece and its continued implementation of harsh austerity measures and cuts. Rather than casting off the shackles of the EU, Eurozone and IMF, the SYRIZA-led Greek government favors the ‘oligarchs’ it once vowed to tear down and doubles down on austerity measures, leaving Greece to suffer through a modern colonial nightmare. Includes a thorough analysis of the scandalous, illegal television licensing bid recently completed by SYRIZA.

Read this article here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/mess-corruption-neoliberal-austerity-syriza-sells-greece-highest-bidders/220257/.

Jul 06

Our Pieces on “Brexit” and the Greek Referendum, for MintPress News!

mintpressnewsDialogos Radio & Media is now proud to be working with MintPress News, where our two latest pieces, on “Brexit” and on the one year-anniversary of the Greek referendum which said “no” to austerity, have been featured.

Our articles, interviews, and analyses will appear regularly in MintPress News in the future…keep checking back for more!

Jun 28

Life in a Modern Day Debt Colony: The Truth About Greece

platoBy Michael Nevradakis

In May, likely for the first time in the post-war history of the Western world, a national parliament willingly ceded what remained of its country’s sovereignty, essentially voting itself obsolete. This development, however, did not make headlines in the global news cycle and was also ignored by most of the purportedly “leftist” media.

The country in question is Greece, where a 7,500-page omnibus bill was just passed, without any parliamentary debate, transferring control over all of the country’s public assets to a fund controlled by the European Stability Mechanism, for the next 99 years. This includes all public infrastructure, harbors, airports, public beaches, and natural resources, all passed to the control of the ESM, a non-democratic, supranational body which answers to no parliamentary or elected body. Within this same bill, the “Greek” parliament also rendered itself voteless: the legislation annuls the role of the parliament to create a national budget or to pass tax legislation. These decisions will now be made automatically, at the behest of the European Union: if fiscal targets set by the EU, the IMF, and the ESM are not met, automatic “cuts” will be activated, without any parliamentary debate, which could slash anything from social spending, to salaries and pensions. In earlier legislation, the Greek parliament agreed to submit all pending bills to the “troika” for approval. For historical precedent, one needs to look no further than the “Enabling Act” passed by the Reichstag in 1933, where the German parliament voted away its right to exercise legislative power, transferring absolute power to govern and to pass laws, including unconstitutional laws, to then-Chancellor Adolf Hitler.

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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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Jun 27

Our interview with Investigative Journalist and Bestselling Author Greg Palast, in Truthout

truthoutOur recent interview with internationally renowned investigative journalist, bestselling author, economist, and filmmaker Greg Palast has been featured in Truthout. In this interview, Palast discusses the economic crisis and austerity in Greece, his belief that Greece should immediately ditch the euro, the origins of the euro, neoliberalism and recent political and economic developments in Latin America, and election fraud in the United States. Additionally, he talks about his latest crowdsourced documentary film project, as well as the release of his latest book, “Vulture’s Picnic,” in Greek.

Find the interview here: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/36580-greg-palast-on-us-election-fraud-and-neoliberalism-gone-amok-in-latin-america-and-greece.

Jun 08

Commentary of the Week: The Truth About Greece (June 2-8, 2016)

commentaryoftheweekBy Michael Nevradakis

For this final commentary of the broadcast season, I thought it was time to tell you the truth. The truth about Greece. In May, likely for the first time in the post-war history of the Western world, a national parliament willingly ceded what remained of its country’s sovereignty, essentially voting itself obsolete. This development, however, did not make headlines in the global news cycle and was ignored by most of the purportedly “leftist” media.

The country in question is Greece, where a 7,500-page omnibus bill was just passed, without parliamentary debate, which transfers control over all of the country’s public assets to a fund controlled by the European Stability Mechanism, for the next 99 years. To be clear, this includes all public infrastructure, harbors, airports, public beaches, and natural resources, all passed to the control of the ESM, a non-democratic, supranational body which answers to no parliamentary or elected body. Within this same bill, the “Greek” parliament also rendered itself voteless: the legislation annuls the role of the parliament to create a national budget or to pass tax legislation. These decisions will now be made automatically, at the behest of the European Union: if fiscal targets set by the EU, the IMF, and the ESM are not met, automatic “cuts” will be implemented, without any parliamentary debate, which could slash anything social spending, salaries, and pensions. In earlier legislation, the Greek parliament agreed to submit all legislation to the “troika” for approval. For historical precedent, one needs to look no further than the “Enabling Act” passed by the German Reichstag in 1933, where the German parliament voted away its right to exercise legislative power, transferring absolute power to govern and to pass laws, including unconstitutional laws, to the Chancellor, Adolf Hitler.

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May 12

La transcripción de la entrevista de Radio Dialogos con Dimitris Kazakis

kazakis1Transcripción 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?

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May 05

Our Interview with Paul Craig Roberts Featured in Truthout

truthoutDialogos Radio’s recent interview with economist, author, columnist, and former undersecretary of the United States Treasury Paul Craig Roberts has recently been featured in Truthout! In this interview, Dr. Roberts talks about Greece and the issues of debt, privatizations, and the need for the country to leave the Eurozone, while Dr. Roberts also discusses global geopolitical trends and presents his analysis regarding the upcoming presidential elections in the United States.

Find this interview here: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/35883-economist-paul-craig-roberts-greece-must-leave-the-eurozone-to-regain-its-sovereignty.

Apr 25

Transcript: Interview with the Economist and General Secretary of EPAM Dimitris Kazakis

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 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?

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Apr 25

The Apathy of the Greek People – Commentary of the Week

commentaryoftheweekBy Michael Nevradakis

In Greece today it seems, unfortunately, that people are willing to accept just about everything. There is no other way to explain what is happening in the country. We are talking about a situation and a mentality which is deserving of scientific analysis. For years now, the majority of the Greek people have accepted, without much of a fight if at all, the first memorandum agreement, the interim memorandum agreement, the second memorandum, and the complete betrayal of the July 5th, 2015 referendum result and the passage of the third memorandum agreement, by the supposedly radical and leftist SYRIZA government.

Ah, but I forgot. Greece has been “saved,” again and again and again. We are told that Europe is giving Greece money, to “bail out” the country, that Greece has averted bankruptcy, and all of this while Greece, of course, remains “in Europe” and part of the vaunted European family and the Eurozone. Greece is being saved, day after day, allowing its people to live the so-called “European dream.”

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