Sep 15

Dialogos Radio Returns with a Special Pre-Election Broadcast!

jamespetras5We are excited to announce the return of Dialogos Radio, which will be celebrating its fifth anniversary with a special pre-election program to launch its new broadcast season!

Our special broadcast will include two exclusive interviews: with world-renowned scholar James Petras, professor emeritus at Binghamton University in New York, and with
analyst Leonidas Vatikiotis, member of the Greevatikiotis3k parliamentary debt audit commission. Both Petras and Vatikiotis will discuss the upcoming elections in Greece, the July 5th referendum and its political aftermath, and the current economic conditions in Greece.

In addition to our interviews, we will feature commentary and updates on the forthcoming elections, plus some great Greek music! All this and more, exclusively on Dialogos Radio!

Sep 15

Dialogos Radio’s Greek Election Special to air in New York City!

wbai_smallWe are extremely excited to announce to our listeners that Dialogos Radio’s special Greek election broadcast, featuring our exclusive interviews with analyst and scholar James Petras and with Greek analyst Leonidas Vatikiotis, member of the Greek parliamentary debt audit commission, will be aired in New York City this Friday at 5 pm local time on WBAI 99.5 FM! WBAI’s signal covers the entire New York City metropolitan area, and it can also be heard online at www.wbai.org.

This special broadcast will air on a trial basis on WBAI, and we look forward to welcoming the listening public in New York City’s Tri-State area, with the hope that Dialogos Radio can earn a permanent, weekly home on the airwaves of WBAI.

Jul 22

Hear Our Interview, Along with Greg Palast, on Greece, SYRIZA, and Austerity, Which Aired on WBAI New York

fornaroHear the full interviews of Michael Nevradakis (Dialogos Radio) and investigative journalist Greg Palast, which recently aired on The Julianna Forlano Show on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City. This recording includes portions of both interviews which were not broadcast over the air.

In these interviews, the new austerity agreement signed by SYRIZA and its complete about-face from the referendum results and pre-election promises are discussed in detail, as is the current situation on the ground in Greece, and the reasons why Greece must still proceed with grexit.

Listen online at http://www.juliannaforlano.com/196/ or get the podcast direct from our website. Our podcasts are also available in the official Dialogos Radio apps for Android, Kindle, and BlackBerry devices and for Google Chrome, and in iTunes, TuneIn.com, the Windows Store, and the Nobex Radio, weCast, PlayerFM, and Stitcher apps.

Jul 07

GREECE’D: We Voted ‘No’ to Slavery, but ‘Yes’ to Our Chains

euroGreek journalist Michael Nevradakis and US investigative journalist Greg Palast have a different take on the Greek ‘No’ vote against Europe’s cruel austerity demands.

By Michael Nevradakis in Athens with Greg Palast in New York  |  Originally published in Oped-News

We Greeks have voted ‘No’ to slavery – but ‘Yes’ to our chains.

Not surprisingly, by nearly two-to-one, Greeks have overwhelmingly rejected the cruel, economically bonkers “austerity” program required by the European Central Bank in return for an ECB loan to pay Greece’s creditors. In doing so, the Greek people overcame an unprecedented campaign of fear from the Greek and international media, the European Union (EU), and most of our political parties.

What’s simply whack-o is that, while voting “No” to austerity, many Greeks wish to remain shackled to the euro, the very cause of our miseries.

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Jul 07

Greece Referendum: SYRIZA Didn’t Get the Message

motorcycleBy Michael Nevradakis
Reporting from Athens

Originally published on 99getsmart.com.

It was November 2011 when I had the opportunity to meet Yanis Varoufakis in person, for the first and so far only time. Upon the invitation of his close friend and promoter James Galbraith, Varoufakis was visiting the University of Texas, where I was studying, to give a talk about the future of the Eurozone and to present his new book. As the host of what was then a locally-produced Greek radio program (Austin Hellenic Radio), I attended Varoufakis’ talk in order to try to get an interview with him on site. And indeed, I did. “Be quick though, eight other media outlets are waiting to speak with me,” Varoufakis told me.

This quote made an impression on me, but is quite indicative of Varoufakis’ personality. His “rock star” status in the world of “anti-austerity” economics was already beginning to be solidified. That same period, Varoufakis made appearances on CBS’ 60 Minutes, on NPR, and on a number of other media outlets across the world. One year later, Varoufakis would be back at the University of Texas, apparently on Galbraith’s invitation, as a visiting scholar. His annual salary of $100,000 (which can be seen through publicly-available records, as the University of Texas is a state university), was more than what many tenured professors earn at the same university. But despite his burgeoning celebrity status, little did I imagine that just a few years later, he would become the finance minister of a Greece which was even deeper in crisis.

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Jul 05

Greece’s True Referendum Begins Now

Photo by Marios Lolos

Photo credit: Marios Lolos

By Michael Nevradakis
Reporting from Athens

Originally published on 99getsmart.com.

With early returns from the referendum coming in, it is clear that a vote of “no” to the austerity measures proposed by the institutions formerly known as the troika will prevail, with a clear majority that will likely surpass 60%. As I write this, the sky is falling on Greece, the sea is drying up, day has become night, trees and flowers and kittens are dying, bullets and missiles are flying, and Greece is feeling the angry wrath of the gods for defying the will of the creditors, the mass media, and the troika.

At least, that’s what the mass media would have had us believe, with their dire warnings as to what a “no” vote would bring for Greece and with their utterly disgraceful coverage of events in Greece over the past two weeks. In reality, as I am writing this, I am sitting on a park bench in an ordinary neighborhood of Athens. It is a beautiful Greek summer evening, there is a light breeze, young people, families, and the elderly are walking about, and there is no sign of anything but life continuing on as normal. A couple of miles away, in Syntagma Square, more Greeks are congregating to celebrate the “no” victory in today’s referendum.

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Jul 04

The Truth About Greece: Syriza’s Creatively Ambiguous Referendum

99 get smartBy Michael Nevradakis

Originally published in 99getsmart.com

It was just four months ago, though it already seems like a lifetime away, when Greece’s celebrity finance minister Yanis Varoufakis publicly stated that “creative ambiguity” won the country a “loan lifeline” from the institutions formerly known as the troika: the European Central Bank, the European Commission, and the International Monetary Fund. Despite the never-ending soap opera that is Greek crisis politics though, few would have imagined that the SYRIZA-led coalition government would succeed in outdoing itself in terms of its “creative ambiguity,” by calling a referendum which, just days before the polls open, remains remarkably unclear as to its actual meaning and potential consequences.

Setting The Stage for the Referendum

What has been actually happening in Greece though, over the past week? Lots has been heard in the Greek and international media, much of it tainted by either a pro-austerity or pro-SYRIZA bias and a generous dose of sensationalism. Cutting through all of this media-created noise, the realities are as follows: in a peculiarly-timed nationally-televised address which aired live a minute after midnight on June 27, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras announced to the nation that a referendum would be held on whether or not to approve the set of proposals put forth by the “institutions.” The last referendum held in Greece was in 1974, just after Greece’s Western-backed military regime fell, when Greeks overwhelmingly voted “no” for the restoration of the monarchy. This announcement was initially hailed by a majority of the public, as it was seen as a bold step towards giving the Greek people a direct say in the country’s affairs for the first time during the five-plus years of financial crisis.

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Jul 02

Our Interview with Tariq Ali Featured in Truthout

truthoutOur recent interview with world-renowned author, journalist, and analyst Tariq Ali has recently been featured in Truthout! In this interview, Ali talks about the latest economic and political developments in Greece and in Europe, the failures of austerity and the policies imposed upon Greece by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, and much more.

Find this interview here: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/31672-tariq-ali-syriza-is-not-doing-enough-for-greece.

Jun 25

Transcript: Interview with Author and Analyst Tariq Ali

tariqali6The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with world-renowned author and analyst Tariq Ali. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of June 11-17, 2015. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series for this, the second week of June 2015, is world-renowned journalist, writer, and filmmaker Tariq Ali. Tariq Ali is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and is also a contributor to The Guardian, Counterpunch, and other publications, while he is also the author of such books as “The Extreme Center: A Warning,” “The Obama Syndrome,” and “A Banker for All Seasons.” Tariq, thank you for joining us today.

TA: Very good to be with you.

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Jun 08

Our Interview with Thanasis Gounaris of the Pirate Party of Greece, in GreekTV.com

gounaris2Read our interview with Thanasis Gounaris of the Pirate Party of Greece, which was published on GreekTV.com! In this interview, Gounaris talks about the Pirate Party and its history and positions, the political and economic developments in Greece, and about the humanitarian crisis increasingly seen in Greek schools.

Find our interview here: http://greektv.com/thanasis-gounaris-of-the-pirate-party-of-greece-discusses-politics-and-the-crisis-in-greek-schools/.

Jun 04

Commentary of the Week: May 28-June 3, 2015

commentaryoftheweekBy Michael Nevradakis

The theater of the absurd known as the Greek government and the Greek negotiating team continues unabated. Despite the fact that Greece’s public coffers have been depleted, despite the fact that schools and universities are operating with major shortages, and despite the fact that public hospitals are lacking even basic medical supplies at this point, the otherwise “heroic” and “gutsy” celebrity finance minister Yanis Varoufakis continues to state that Greece will pay its next loan installment to the IMF and that the Greek government remains willing to repay all of its lenders, as long as there is an agreement with the so-called “institutions.” The same “institutions” which have thrown Greece into an endless spiral of poverty and hopelessness.

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May 14

This Week: Interview with Scholar and Author Mark Crispin Miller

markcrispinmiller5This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with scholar and author Mark Crispin Miller of New York University. Miller is the author of numerous books and articles, including “Boxed In: The Culture of TV,” “Cruel and Unusual: Bush and Cheney’s New World Order,” and “Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform.”, and in this week’s interview, he will speak with us about the global spread of neoliberalism, its impact on democracy, elections, education, and freedom of speech and the press in the United States, Greece, and worldwide, and about the new “Forbidden Bookshelf” series of e-books which he is editing, books which focus on a number of controversial topics and which have, in the past, been targeted for censorship in various forms.

In addition to our interview, we will feature our commentary of the week segment and a response to all those who denounce any criticism of the SYRIZA-led coalition government in Greece.

Tune in for all this and much more this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio!

May 08

Commentary of the Week: May 7-13, 2015

commentaryoftheweekBy Michael Nevradakis

Quite often over the past three months, and especially in recent weeks, the political situation in Greece has made me feel like I am residing in a parallel universe, in a bizarro world, in the twilight zone. One hundred days into the new SYRIZA-led coalition government, with its lofty promises to immediately end austerity, to tear apart the memorandum agreements, and to write off Greece’s debt, we have seen a complete reversal of these pledges, and instead, a continuation of more of the same from Greece’s supposedly “radical” government.

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May 04

Our Analysis on the Three Months of the SYRIZA-led Government in Greece, in Truthout

truthoutIn our latest analysis published in Truthout, titled “SYRIZA: Lies, Broken Promises and Prolonged Austerity,” we break down the actions of the SYRIZA-led coalition government in Greece over its first three months in power, and critically examine the government’s many broken promises and pre-election pledges, its continuation of the austerity policies of its predecessors, as well as the continuation of the corruption and patronage of prior governments in Greece.

This detailed analysis can be found on Truthouthttp://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/30575-syriza-lies-broken-promises-and-prolonged-austerity.

Apr 22

Our Interview with James Petras Featured in Truthout!

jamespetras3Dialogos Radio’s interview with esteemed scholar, analyst, and author James Petras has been featured on Truthout! In this interview, Petras talks about his years advising former Greek prime minister Andreas Papandreou, the reasons why he believes that the Papandreou family has destroyed Greece, and his analysis of Greece’s SYRIZA-led coalition government, which he believes is essentially a continuation of PASOK, through its utilization of leftist rhetoric to justify right-wing policies.

Find this interview here: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/30341-james-petras-syriza-s-lying-and-deception-must-stop.