In our latest analysis for MintPress News, our first of 2018, we take a look at the issue of “net neutrality.” Following the repeal of Title II net neutrality regulations in the United States by the FCC, we argue that due to the many inherent inequalities online and the business practices of internet service providers, net neutrality never truly existed.
We also expose the hypocrisy of the supposed “champions” of an “open internet,” such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter, who in reality engage in censorship, throttling, and prioritization of paid content while purporting to unwaveringly support “net neutrality.”
Find this analysis here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/google-facebook-twitter-clamor-open-net-gearing-censorship-divisions/235958/.
Our recent interview with Éric Toussaint, spokesperson of the Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt (CADTM) and scientific director of the Greek Debt Truth Commission, has been published on Mint Press News.
In this interview, Toussaint discusses how SYRIZA and Yanis Varoufakis betrayed Greece, the legitimacy of Greece’s debt, the legal options available to Greece today regarding its debt, and the global debt epidemic.
Find this interview here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/sellouts-room-eric-toussaint-greek-debt-crisis-syriza-betrayals/235924/.
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature a detailed interview with Éric Toussaint, spokesperson for the CADTM International, the International Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt, and scientific coordinator of the Greek Truth Commission on Public Debt.
In this interview, Toussaint will speak to us about the findings of the Greek Truth Commission on Public Debt and how they were rejected by the current SYRIZA-led government, on the legal options available to Greece at this time with regard to its public debt, and will analyze the claims made by economist and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis in his recent book, about the negotiations which purportedly took place between Greece and its lenders, and the policy options which were or were not available to Greece in 2015, prior to SYRIZA’s final capitulation following the July 5th referendum rejecting further austerity.
The mainstream narrative regarding the cause of the severe economic crisis Greece has experienced is that the Greek people and Greek state were irresponsible with their finances, lived “beyond their means” at the expense of EU taxpayers, and provided overly generous social benefits to an underproductive and lazy populace.
A different view exists, however — one that is based on allegations that Greece was driven into the memorandum and austerity regime not by economic incompetence and cultural deficiencies, but by a fraud that was perpetrated against the Greek people and the country of Greece.
In our latest for Mint Press News, whistleblower Nikos Logothetis, former board member for the Greek Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) details these allegations of fraud and shares the latest on the criminal and civil cases and verdicts against former ELSTAT president and IMF employee Andreas Georgiou.
Find this interview here: https://www.mintpressnews.com/trials-andreas-georgiou-fraud-drove-greece-austerity/235102/.
In our latest for Mint Press News, journalist Dimitris Yannopoulos details his experience as press aide to economist Yanis Varoufakis, during the latter’s term as Greece’s finance minister in the first months of 2015. Yannopoulos describes how the decisions taken and the agreements made by the SYRIZA-led government and by Varoufakis himself resulted in Greece’s total capitulation to EU blackmail, and to the continuance of the previously existing memorandum agreements and furtherance of economic austerity measures.
Find this interview here: https://www.mintpressnews.com/an-insiders-view-of-syriza-led-greek-capitulation-to-eu-blackmail/235074/.
The 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
In a two-part series of interviews for Mint Press News with Déborah Berman-Santana, retired professor of geography and ethnic studies at Mills College in Oakland, California, we take a look at the situation on the ground in Puerto Rico and its colonial and economic similarities with Greece. Part one of the series focuses on Puerto Rico’s economic crisis and colonial status and its striking similarities with Greece, while part two focuses on the “recovery” in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, and the destructive effects of disaster capitalism.
Part one: https://www.mintpressnews.com/colonization-of-land-and-mind-the-struggle-for-a-post-colonial-puerto-rico/234196/.
Part two: http://www.mintpressnews.com/puerto-ricos-recovery-efforts-have-been-stymied-by-its-colonial-status/234296/.
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Nikos Logothetis, former member of the board with the Greek Statistical Authority, also known as ELSTAT.
Logothetis will discuss the allegations that have been made that Greece’s deficit and debt figures were augmented fraudulently by ELSTAT and its former president, Andreas Georgiou, to provide the impetus to drag Greece under troika supervision and under the destructive austerity and memorandum regime. Logothetis will speak to us about these allegations, the recent judicial decisions against Georgiou, and the court cases which are still ongoing.
The 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
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature two interviews that you will not want to miss. We will begin this week’s broadcast with part two of our interview with journalist Dimitris Yannopoulos, formerly the press adviser for Greece’s ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. In part one of our interview, Yannopoulos revealed how Varoufakis’ decisions, contrary to his rhetoric, anchored Greece into continued economic austerity. This week in part two, Yannopoulos will analyze the current economic and political situation in Greece today, and the claims of the SYRIZA-led coalition government that Greece has “turned the corner” economically.
Following this, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Maria Karamitsos, founder and editor of WindyCityGreek.com. She will share with us a fascinating account of the development of Chicago’s famous “Greektown” and the development of the Greek community in the Windy City, discuss WindyCity Greek and the concept behind this website, and also share an update with us regarding the recent visit of Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras to Chicago.
Finally, read the recent interview of Michael Nevradakis, producer and host of Dialogos Radio, in WindyCity Greek as part of the Greek-Americans in Greece series, by clicking here!
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature part one of a two-part interview with Dimitris Yannopoulos, who previously served as the press adviser for the former finance minister of Greece, Yanis Varoufakis, during Varoufakis’ tenure as finance minister. In the first part of our interview with Yannopoulos, we will discuss his time working as the press adviser to the then finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, and will share with us some rather revealing details about the true agreements which Varoufakis made with Greece’s lenders in early 2015, during the first months of the then-newly elected SYRIZA-led government, agreements which contrary to the public image of Varoufakis as an anti-austerity renegade, actually tied Greece into further austerity.
In our latest piece for Mint Press News, titled “How To Become A Greek Oligarch In Seven Easy Steps,” we take a factual yet satirical look at the intertwined relationship between the current government of Greece and a new breed of oligarchs, exemplified by the cases of Ivan Savvidis and Dimitris Maris. Far from fulfilling its pre-election pledge to “crush” the oligarchs, the current SYRIZA-led government has demonstrated its willingness to “play ball” with the oligarchy, and particularly those oligarchs who are politically favorable to the supposedly “radical leftist” SYRIZA.
Find this article here: https://www.mintpressnews.com/how-to-become-a-greek-oligarch-in-seven-easy-steps/232971/.
In the third and final installment of our series of articles on the European Union, Eurozone, and Greece, titled “Putting Grexit On The Table: How A Greek Exit From The EU Would Work,” we examine the various proposals which have been put forth regarding how the departure of Greece or any other country from the Eurozone or the European Union can occur and how such a process can be navigated. We also analyze the true challenges that would be faced as part of such a transition, and how they themselves could be overcomed.
Find this article here: https://www.mintpressnews.com/grexit-how-greek-exit-from-eu-would-work/232725/.
This week, Dialogos Radio’s 2017-2018 broadcast season begins, with the Dialogos Interview Series featuring a detailed interview with Déborah Berman-Santana, retired professor of geography and ethnic studies at Mills College in Oakland, California. In this interview, Berman-Santana discusses the latest economic and political developments in the beleaguered island of Puerto Rico and the many striking similarities which exist with Greece, the continued struggle for independence and autonomy in Puerto Rico, the compatibility of nationalism with internationalism, and her current visit to Greece, including her upcoming public appearance at Greece’s Resistance Festival.
In part two of our series of articles on the European Union, Eurozone, and Greece, titled “Greece Could Leave The EU: Why The Grexit Option Deserves Consideration,” we examine reasons why a departure from the Eurozone or even the EU, long presented as outlandish and catastrophic, should enter the public debate.
Find this article here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/greece-leave-eu-grexit-option-deserves-consideration/232307/.