Oct 01

Commentary of the Week: September 24-30, 2015

commentaryoftheweekBy Michael Nevradakis

As it turns out, there was no hope, and that was plainly evident after the historic referendum of July 5th in Greece. As the SYRIZA-led Greek government was preparing to sell out the result of the referendum and to agree to an even harsher set of austerity measures than that which had just been rejected, the amount of protesters who congregated at Syntagma Square in Athens barely reached 2,000, a far cry from the huge rallies in support of the “no” vote prior to the referendum. Why was this the case? This was the case because prior to the referendum, SYRIZA and its governing partner, the Independent Greeks, made a big show of supposed “resistance” and mobilized tens of thousands of Greeks to come out and rally in support of no. Immediately after the referendum though, the shepherds did not lead the herd back out onto the streets, and without a shepherd, the Greek people won’t go any further than to their local cafe to drink their frappe.

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Sep 22

Transcript: Interview with Scholar and Analyst James Petras, on the Greek Elections

jamespetras5The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with scholar and analyst James Petras. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of September 17-23, 2015. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on the special Greek election broadcast of Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is scholar and analyst James Petras, professor emeritus of sociology at Binghamton University in New York. James, thank you for joining us once again.

JP: Well it’s a pleasure. I was very glad we put together the last program, I think it went off quite successfully.

MN: Getting us started, many in Greece, and outside of Greece, were surprised, some would say shocked, at SYRIZA’s about-face in the space of just a few months, and how it essentially turned its back on the overwhelming vote of “no” towards more austerity in the July 5th referendum, and the very harsh memorandum agreement it signed with the troika. You, however, were not surprised at SYRIZA’s capitulation. What is your reaction to what happened?

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Sep 22

Greek Election Interviews Featured on The Real News Network

therealnewsnetworkFollowing the outcome of the September 20 snap parliamentary elections in Greece, Michael Nevradakis, producer and host of Dialogos Radio, spoke with The Real News Network about the results and what they might mean politically and economically for Greece going forward, including an analysis of the high abstention rate, the failure of the Popular Unity party to gain representation in the Greek parliament, and the first-place finish of SYRIZA, despite the political events of the past summer.

Videos and transcripts of the interview are available at the following links:
Part 1: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=14757
Part 2: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=14759

Sep 22

Commentary of the Week: September 17-23, 2015

commentaryoftheweekBy Michael Nevradakis

Well, we said it and it happened. The major capitulation from the supposedly left-wing SYRIZA government, which we had predicted over and over again from prior to the January elections, took place with the rejection of the “no” vote in Greece’s referendum to approve EU-imposed austerity, and with the signing of a memorandum agreement far worse than what Greek voters had previously rejected. The signs were there from the beginning, from the original Eurogroup agreement in February which extended the previous austerity agreements, to the election of corrupt conservative former government minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos as president of the republic, by telling the Greek people that it was their patriotic duty to pay the unconstitutional unified property tax, and through the imposition of a presidential decree which looted all of the cash reserves of the government and public bodies, such as the health and pension systems.

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Sep 17

Our Interview with Scholar and Analyst James Petras Featured in Truthout and Freepen.gr

jamespetras4Dialogos Radio’s exclusive pre-election interview with renowned scholar and analyst James Petras, in which he discusses and analyzes the political situation in Greece leading up to the September 20 snap parliamentary elections, has been featured in both English and a Greek translation, by Truthout and by freepen.gr, respectively!

Check out this highly interesting interview on Truthout by clicking here: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/32831-as-greek-elections-near-expecting-more-of-the-same-from-syriza-spinoff-party, and the Greek-language translation of the interview, prepared for freepen.gr, here: http://www.freepen.gr/2015/09/james-petras.html.

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/.