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.
This 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!
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.
In 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.
Dialogos 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.
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with scholar and analyst James Petras, professor emeritus of sociology at Binghamton University in New York, who spoke to us about his experience serving as an adviser to Andreas Papandreou, on the Papandreou family and its role in the destruction of Greece, and on his thoughts regarding Greece’s new SYRIZA-led government. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of April 2-8, 2015. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is James Petras, professor emeritus of sociology at Binghamton University in New York, former adviser to political figures such as Andreas Papandreou in Greece, and Salvadore Allende and Hugo Chavez in Latin America, and author of dozens of books and articles which have been extensively published across the world, in almost 30 languages. James, thank you for joining us today, and for our listeners who may not be familiar with your work, give us just a few more words about yourself and your background.
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with renowned scholar, author, and analyst James Petras, professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Binghamton in New York. Petras is a former adviser to political leaders such as Andreas Papandreou in Greece, Salvador Allende in Chile, and Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, and in this interview, he will talk with us about his relationship with Andreas Papandreou and the reasons why he belives that the Papandreou family and PASOK destroyed Greece, as well as why he believes SYRIZA is now following in PASOK’s footsteps. In addition, Petras will analyze for us the first two months of the SYRIZA-led coalition government in Greece, and will share with us his proposals as to the policy actions he believes Greece should undertake to break free of the vicious cycle of austerity and the economic crisis.
In addition, tune in to hear our commentary of the week segment, where we will discuss the latest adverse developments and actions taken by the coalition government in Greece. On our program this week, we will also feature music especially selected for the upcoming Greek Orthodox Easter holiday.
Tune in for all this and more, this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio!
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Thanasis Gounaris of the Pirate Party of Greece, who spoke to us about the party and its positions, the ongoing political developments in Greece, and in his role as an educator, the crisis facing Greek schools and students. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of March 19-25, 2015. Find the podcast of this interview here.
ΜΝ: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Thanasis Gounaris, the president of the board of the Pirate Party of Greece, and Thanasi, thank you for taking the time first of all to speak with us today.
TG: Thank you for inviting me.
MN: To begin, share with us an introduction for our listeners about the Pirate Party in Greece and in Europe, a brief historical overview and a description of your party’s basic positions.
This week, Dialogos Radio returns after a one-week hiatus, where this week as part of the Dialogos Interview Series we will be speaking with educator Thanasis Gounaris, who is the president of the board of the Pirate Party of Greece. Gounaris will talk about the Pirate Party in Greece and in Europe, its history, and its positions on various key issues. In addition, Gounaris will share with us his analysis regarding the new Greek coalition government and its first weeks in office. Additionally, in his role as an educator, Gounaris will discuss the problems of bullying and malnutrition that are increasingly being observed in many Greek schools, and what is being done to combat this crisis.
Along with this week’s interview, we will feature our commentary of the week segment, where we will discuss the first weeks of the new SYRIZA-Independent Greeks government, and particularly the most recent statements of Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. In addition, we will feature a special musical tribute to renowned Greek singer and musician Nikos Papazoglou.
Hear all this and much more, this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio!
Dialogos Radio’s recent interviews with economist Roger Bootle and with John Hilary, executive director of “War on Want,” have been featured in Truthout! Roger Bootle, in his interview, discusses his award-winning proposal for how a Eurozone member-state could safely manage an exit from the Eurozone, while John Hilary discusses the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and its potential impacts on Europe and the United States.
In addition, Truthout has recently featured our latest analysis, titled “Greece’s Syriza Government: Meet The New Sheriff – Same As The Old Sheriff,” focusing on the new Greek government and its many broken campaign promises and pledges, after less than two months in office.
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with renowned economist and author Roger Bootle. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of February 26-March 4, 2015. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is economist Roger Bootle. Roger is a specialist adviser to the British House of Commons Treasury Committee, the founder and Chairman of Capital Economics, he is a regular columnist for The Daily Telegraph, a winner of the prestigious Wolfson Prize in Economics, and the author of “The Trouble With Europe.” Roger, thank you for joining us on our program today.
MN: Before we delve into our discussion of the Eurozone and a possible exit from the common currency for a country like Greece, what do you make of the latest agreement that was reached between the new Greek government and the Eurogroup this past Friday? Is this a victory for Greece, as the Greek government is proclaiming?
Dialogos Radio’s recent interview with political economist, professor, and author Mark Blyth of Brown University has recently been published in Truthout! In this interview, Blyth talks about the new Greek government and its economic proposals, the potential reaction of Europe and the troika, the pros and cons of a possible “grexit,” and the reasons why he believes that austerity policies are catastrophic for Greece and for Europe. In addition, Blyth discusses the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and its potential economic impact on Europe and the United States.
Dialogos Radio’s recent interview with renowned investigative reporter (BBC, The Guardian) and New York Times bestselling author Greg Palast has been featured in Truthout! In this interview, Palast analyzes the economic proposals presented by SYRIZA, talks about the euro and its history, and explains why he believes that it would be best for Greece to depart from the Eurozone. In addition, Palast discusses the role of Goldman Sachs in perpetuating the Greek economic crisis, and he shares his thoughts on the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an exclusive interview with the distinguished British economist Roger Bootle, who is the chairman and founder of Capital Economics in London, a specialist adviser to the British House of Commons Treasury Committee, a columnist for The Daily Telegraph, and the author of “The Trouble With Europe.” Bootle has been awarded the prestigious Wolfson Prize in Economics for his plan for how a Eurozone member-state could safely manage a departure from the common currency. Bootle will discuss this proposal and how Greece could proceed with a Eurozone exit in this week’s exclusive interview.
Also this week, hear our commentary of the week segment, where we will discuss the agreement of the Greek government made at the recent Eurogroup meeting, and the continued austerity and loan agreements which will follow. In addition, hear our special musical tribute to famous Greek singer and musician Manolis Mitsias.
Hear all this and much more, this week only on Dialogos Radio!
Recently, Michael Nevradakis, the producer and host of Dialogos Radio, was interviewed by The Real News Network on the latest political developments that are unfolding in Greece, on the first days of the new SYRIZA-Independent Greeks coalition government, and on the “flip-flopping” that has already been observed on the part of the two governing parties, in comparison to their pre-election promises and rhetoric.
Find this interview and read the full transcript here:
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