Nov 20

This Week: Interview with Christos Sideris of the Metropolitan Community Clinic of Elliniko

mkieThis week on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series, we will be featuring an interview that many of our listeners have requested over the past several months.  On this week’s broadcast, we will be speaking with Christos Sideris, a volunteer and one of the founding members of the Metropolitan Community Clinic of Elliniko, which was founded in 2011 in the Athens suburb of Elliniko, and which was the first health clinic in Greece which began to offer free medical services to those who were uninsured or who could not afford medical care.  In this interview, Sideris will talk about the clinic and its history, about the collapse of the Greek public health system as a result of the austerity measures that are being imposed in Greece, and about the many challenges the clinic has faced in its operations, including attempts at intimidation on the part of the otherwise “responsible” and “pro-European” government in Greece.

Tune in for this informative and timely interview on this week’s broadcast of Dialogos Radio!

Nov 20

NEW PODCAST: John Perkins on how Greece has Fallen Victim to “Economic Hit Men”

confessions-of-an-economic-hit-manThe podcast of our recent Dialogos Interview Series interview with John Perkins, author of such bestselling books as “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” is now online!  Download and listen to this podcast to hear Perkins’ analysis on the economic crisis in Greece and his thoughts as to how Greece has become a victim of “economic hit men,” who work on behalf of international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and multinational corporations.

In addition to our original English-language interview with John Perkins, a second podcast of the interview is available with a Greek translation, for our Greek-speaking listeners!  Both podcasts are now available on our website and is also available in iTunes, TuneIn.com, the BlackBerry Podcast Directory, and on the official Dialogos Radio app for Android devices, which is freely available in the Google Play store!

Nov 15

Transcript: Interview with “Economic Hit Man” John Perkins

johnperkinsThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with “economic hit man” John Perkins follows below. This interview was published in Truthout on September 11, 2014 and is reprinted here.  This interview aired on November 14-15, 2013. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: In your book, you write about how you were, for many years, a so-called “economic hit man.” Who are these economic hit men, and what do they do?

JP: Essentially, my job was to identify countries that had resources that our corporations want, and that could be things like oil, or it could be markets, it could be transportation systems, there’s so many different things. Once we identified these countries, we arranged huge loans to them, but the money would never actually go to the countries, instead it would go to our own corporations to build infrastructure projects in those countries, things like power plants and highways that benefitted a few wealthy people as well as our own corporations, but not the majority of people who couldn’t afford to buy into these things, and yet they were left holding a huge debt, very much like what Greece has today, a phenomenal debt. And once bound by that debt, we would go back, usually in the form of the IMF, and in the case of Greece today, it’s the IMF and the EU, and make tremendous demands on the country: increase taxes, cut back on spending, sell public sector utilities to private companies, things like power companies and water systems, transportation systems, privatize those, and basically become a slave to us, to the corporations, to the IMF, in your case to the EU, and basically, organizations like the World Bank, the IMF, the EU, are tools of the big corporations, what I call the “corporatocracy.”

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Nov 10

This Week on Dialogos: An Interview with John Perkins, Author of “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”

confessions-of-an-economic-hit-manThis week on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series, tune in to hear a special and exclusive interview with John Perkins, the author of the New York Times bestselling book “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.”  In this interview, Perkins will talk about “economic hit men,” working on behalf of organizations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and multinational organizations, and the manner in which they target countries like Greece, indebting them and then forcing harsh austerity and privatization schemes upon those countries while exploiting their wealth and resources. Perkins draws upon his own experiences as an “economic hit man” and discusses how Greece has fallen victim to such economic hit men, creating and deepening the economic crisis in the country.  Perkins will also share his thoughts and analysis as to how Greece could follow alternative examples of economic development implemented by countries who resisted the policies imposed by economic hit men, in order to recover.

This exlcusive interview will air on this week’s edition of the Dialogos Interview Series, only on Dialogos Radio.

Jun 08

Transcript: Interview with Journalist and Bestselling Author Greg Palast

palastThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with best-selling author and investigative journalist Greg Palast, on the economic situation in Greece and the policies of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), follows below. This interview aired on June 6-7, 2013. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series for the second time is Greg Palast. Greg is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “Billionaires and Ballot Bandits,” “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy,” “Armed Madhouse,” and the highly-acclaimed “Vultures’ Picnic.” Palast is an investigative journalist, he writes a weekly column for Vice Magazine, and also reports for the BBC and The Guardian, among others. He’s best known in the United States for uncovering Katherine Harris’ purge of black voters from Florida’s voter rolls in the year 2000. His reports are available at gregpalast.com.  Greg, welcome to our program. Recently, we’ve been hearing talk about how countries like Greece which have been suffering through an unprecedented economic crisis over the past two years, are finally on the road to recovery, thanks to the austerity measures and the policies that have been implemented all this time…

GP: That’s bull****, that’s complete bull****. I disagree with that. They haven’t been on the road to recovery. Greece is dying, Greece is dying, and austerity is one of the things that killed it. What are you talking about? That’s complete nonsense. Austerity has destroyed Greece, the Euro has destroyed Greece. Austerity is nonsense. Read Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize winner in economics. I have a degree in economics from the University of Chicago. Austerity in the middle of a recession is a death sentence. You have 26% unemployment in Greece. It is a death zone. If they don’t get out of the Euro, if they don’t cut this crap of going along with the German invasion, demanding austerity, it’s death for Greece. Greece will not be alive. It will be a suburb of Turkey within six months unless you get rid of the Euro and get off this austerity kick.

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Jun 02

This Week: Interview with Bestselling Author, Economist, and Investigative Journalist Greg Palast

greg-palastThis week on Dialogos Radio, we will be featuring, as part of the Dialogos Interview Series, a special and exclusive interview with New York Times bestselling author, economist, and BBC investigative journalist Greg Palast.  In this week’s interview, Greg Palast will talk about the latest economic and political developments in Greece and throughout the Eurozone, his recent encounter and interview with former Greek minister Theodoros Pangalos, about gold mining and privatization of land, utilities, and natural resources in Greece and elsewhere, and much more.  This will be the final episode of the 2012-13 broadcast season for Dialogos Radio, and we will be going out with a bang!

Tune in this week on our English-language broadcasts on WUSB on Thursday, and KVRX on Friday (broadcast times and information available on the right-hand side of our website).

Apr 15

New Podcast: Interview with Leonidas Vatikiotis

The podcasts of our interview with the well-known Greek economist Leonidas Vatikiotis are now available! Two versions of the podcast are available, one in Greek and one that has been translated into English. Listen to or download the podcasts from the “latest podcasts” box on the right-hand side of this page, or simply by clicking on “podcasts” on the menu above.  Our podcasts are also available in iTunes, in TuneIn.com, the BlackBerry podcast directory, on our mobile app for Android devices, and elsewhere!

Apr 13

This week on Dialogos Radio: Interview with Leonidas Vatikiotis

Courtesy telegraph.co.uk

Courtesy telegraph.co.uk

This week on our broadcast, the Dialogos Interview Series will be featuring an interview with the esteemed Greek economist Leonidas Vatikiotis.  In this interview, Vatikiotis will discuss the recent “haircut” imposed on large bank deposits in Cyprus and the subsequent “bailout” that the country received from the European Union and the IMF. Vatikiotis will analyze these developments, and their potential impact on the economies of Cyprus, Greece, and the Eurozone more broadly.

Oct 13

Transcript: Interview with Renowned Scholar Noam Chomsky

chomskyThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with the universally renowned scholar Noam Chomsky, on the latest political, economic, and social developments in Greece and in Europe, follows below. This interview aired on October 11-12, 2012. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Professor Chomsky, thank you for joining us on Dialogos Radio. You have written and spoken extensively about the ongoing crisis in Greece and Europe, and about similar crises in the past. To begin, you’ve said in the past that the “troika”—the IMF, the European Union, and the European Central Bank—want to destroy Greece. Why do you believe Greece is the target, or the scapegoat if you will, when it represents such a small percentage of the world’s economy?

NC: Well, I’m sure I didn’t say “wants to destroy Greece,” I say that it’s policies are destroying Greece. What I presume they’re trying to do—actually, what was stated by the president of the ECB Mario Draghi—he didn’t state this as an intention, but as a description of what’s happening. He says the current policies will destroy the European social contract, the welfare state. That was in an interview in the Wall Street Journal. He wasn’t advocating it, he was describing it. And I think that’s probably pretty accurate. I don’t think they are picking on Greece specifically, it’s that Greece is the weakest link in the chain, so it will therefore suffer the most from these policies.

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