By Michael Nevradakis
Following in the footsteps of voters in Britain, in the United States, and even to an extent, voters in Greece, Italian voters vociferously said no to neoliberalism recently, in a referendum which was a pure power grab by the country’s second consecutive non-elected prime minister, Matteo Renzi, a favorite of his European Union and Eurozone paymasters. Just like British voters in the referendum on Brexit, just like American voters who in many senses rejected Hillary Clinton and all she represented more than they voted for Donald Trump per se, just like Greek voters with their own confused and muddled but resounding no in July 2015, Italian voters put a stop to attempts by an non-elected prime minister to consolidate power and to subvert the country’s democratic political system, forcing Renzi’s bluff, as he had pledged prior to the referendum that he would resign if a “no” vote prevailed. Continue reading
After a short hiatus, Dialogos Radio is all set to return to the airwaves with fresh new programming and interviews! On this week’s broadcast, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with former U.S. assistant secretary of the Treasury, former Wall Street Journal editor, and author and commentator Paul Craig Roberts, who will speak to us about a host of hot-button issues, including the election of Donald Trump, Brexit and developments in the European Union and Eurozone, the latest from Syria, Turkey and Russia, and the issue of so-called “fake news.”
Stay tuned for this timely and exclusive interview, plus our commentary of the week and some great Greek music, on the upcoming broadcast of Dialogos Radio!
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Duke University professor of political science Bahar Leventoglu. Prof. Leventoglu will speak to us about all of the political developments in Turkey, especially in light of last summer’s attempted coup, will discuss the ongoing conflict with the Kurds in Southeastern Turkey as well as Turkey’s involvement in the Syrian conflict, government crackdowns on opposition political parties and media outlets, and a host of other hot-button issues relevant to the entire Eastern Mediterranean region.
Hear this interview, as well as some great Greek music, this week on Dialogos Radio!
Dialogos Radio’s recent interview with economist Jack Rasmus, professor of economics and politics at St. Mary’s College in California and author of the recently-published book “Looting Greece,” has been published in Mint Press News.
In this interview, Rasmus discusses the Greek economic crisis, strategic mistakes committed by the SYRIZA-led Greek government and by previous governments, the legitimacy of Greece’s debt, on the economic realities of Eurozone membership for countries with weaker economies, while also presenting his latest book.
Find this interview here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/economist-jack-rasmus-eurozone-benefits-strongest-economies-expense-weakest/221908/.
This week, Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Maria Kanellopoulou of the Greek activist organization “Save Greek Water.”
In this interview, Kanellopoulou will speak to us about the impending privatization of major Greek water utilities by the SYRIZA-led Greek government, the potential adverse consequences of the selloff based on the experience of other cities and countries where water was privatized, and the efforts that are now underway to block this privatization.
In addition, tune in for some great Greek music. This week, exclusively on Dialogos Radio!
Check out our most recent analysis for Mint Press News, titled “Greece’s Neoliberal Wolves In Anti-Austerity Sheep’s Clothing.” In this article, we take a look at Greece’s three new purported “saviors,” Yanis Varoufakis, Zoe Konstantopoulou, and Panagiotis Lafazanis, and examine their actual record when in a position of power, above and beyond their supposedly “anti-austerity” rhetoric.
Find this analysis here: https://www.mintpressnews.com/greeces-syriza-neoliberal-wolves-anti-austerity-sheeps-clothing/221554/.
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Jack Rasmus, professor of economics and politics at St. Mary’s College in California. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of September 15-21, 2016. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Dr. Jack Rasmus, professor of economics and politics at St. Mary’s College in California, economic analyst, and author of such books as “Obama’s Economy: Recovery for the Few,” “Epic Recession: Prelude to Global Depression,” “Systemic Fragility in the Global Economy,” and his most recent book, “Looting Greece.” Dr. Rasmus, thank you for joining us today.
JR: My pleasure.
MN: Recently, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gave his annual “state of the nation” address at the Thessaloniki Trade Fair, a speech in which he boasted that the Greek economy has turned the corner, that unemployment is going down, that salaries will be increased, and that the country is returning to growth. Is this what Greece’s economic indicators actually show? Continue reading
By Michael Nevradakis
Not so long ago, but certainly in a galaxy far, far away, the purported prime minister of Greece gave his state of the union address and told the masses just how great everything in Greece is, under the tenure of the SYRIZA-led coalition government in Greece. At least, one has to assume that Alexis Tsipras does indeed reside in a galaxy far, far away, if he believes all of the nonsense he spouted recently during his annual speech at the Thessaloniki Trade Fair. Why, according to Tsipras, salaries are going up, unemployment is going down, he is going to give raises, he will provide more jobs, schools and public services are all functioning better than ever before, tourism is arriving in Greece in record numbers, and Greece has turned the corner and is headed towards perpetual growth, stability, and sustainability.
That’s fantasy island. Now here’s reality. There’s the story of the elderly woman in Greece who relies upon an oxygen concentrator to live, but who had her electricity cut off, while her son was arrested for protesting the action. There was the street vendor, selling pastries on the street and whose spouse is unemployed, fined €5,000 for unlicensed operation, as part of the government’s supposed crusade against purported “tax evaders.” Not too far from home in Athens, 17 out of 22 storefronts lie vacant in a three block stretch which also includes a park that is chained shut and filled with overgrown weeds. On the island of Samos, German police patrol the main port, in uniform, while in the mountain villages, residents and shop owners listen to Turkish radio, because no reception of Greek stations is possible.
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Déborah Berman-Santana, retired professor of geography and ethnic studies at Mills College in Oakland, California. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of September 15-21, 2016. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Déborah Berman-Santana, recently retired professor of Geography and Ethnic Studies at Mills College in Oakland, California. Deborah will speak to us about the latest economic and political developments in Puerto Rico, which is facing an economic crisis similar to that in Greece, and she will discuss the similarities that she has seen between Puerto Rico and Greece, after spending some time in Greece recently. Deborah, welcome to our program today.
DBS: Thank you!
MN: Getting us started, describe for us the history of the economic exploitation of Puerto Rico. What has the impact of colonialism been on Puerto Rico’s economic viability?
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Dr. Jack Rasmus, professor of economics and politics at St. Mary’s College in California and author of several books, including his most recent book, “Looting Greece,” published by Clarity Press.
In this interview, Dr. Rasmus will share with us his analysis and insights regarding current economic developments in Greece and in the Eurozone, his response to the Greek government’s claims that the country’s economy is now recovering, and his prescriptions regarding policy proposals which could reverse the ongoing crisis. He will also discuss his recently-published book on Greece, as well as share his thoughts on the economic difficulties seen throughout Europe and the Eurozone.
Stay tuned for this interview, plus some great Greek music, this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio! Broadcasts begin Thursday, September 29 across our worldwide network.
Dialogos Radio returns this week with a fresh new broadcast for the start of the 2016-2017 broadcast season! On our first broadcast of the new season, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Déborah Berman-Santana, retired professor of geography and ethnic studies at Mills College in Oakland, California, who will share with us the latest on the economic crisis in Puerto Rico and the “bailout” the nation recently received, while also drawing comparisons with the Greek economic crisis, based on her recent visit to Greece.
In addition, hear our commentary of the week segment, plus some great Greek music. All this week, as we launch a new season of Dialogos Radio!
In our latest analysis for Mint Press News, we take a close look at the SYRIZA-led government in Greece and its continued implementation of harsh austerity measures and cuts. Rather than casting off the shackles of the EU, Eurozone and IMF, the SYRIZA-led Greek government favors the ‘oligarchs’ it once vowed to tear down and doubles down on austerity measures, leaving Greece to suffer through a modern colonial nightmare. Includes a thorough analysis of the scandalous, illegal television licensing bid recently completed by SYRIZA.
Read this article here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/mess-corruption-neoliberal-austerity-syriza-sells-greece-highest-bidders/220257/.
In our latest feature for Mint Press News, we had the opportunity to interview Déborah Berman-Santana, retired professor of geography and ethnic studies at Mills College in Oakland, California, on the ongoing economic crisis in Puerto Rico, the island’s recent so-called “bailout” by the federal government of the United States, the actions of “vulture funds” in Puerto Rico, the legitimacy of the nation’s debt, the impacts of the island’s colonial status on its economy and political system, and on the many similarities between the crisis in Puerto Rico and the crisis in Greece, based on Santana’s two recent, extensive visits to Greece.
Read the full interview (in English) here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/wall-street-vultures-descend-debt-ridden-puerto-rico/219562/.
Dialogos Radio & Media is now proud to be working with MintPress News, where our two latest pieces, on “Brexit” and on the one year-anniversary of the Greek referendum which said “no” to austerity, have been featured.
Our articles, interviews, and analyses will appear regularly in MintPress News in the future…keep checking back for more!
By Michael Nevradakis
In May, likely for the first time in the post-war history of the Western world, a national parliament willingly ceded what remained of its country’s sovereignty, essentially voting itself obsolete. This development, however, did not make headlines in the global news cycle and was also ignored by most of the purportedly “leftist” media.
The country in question is Greece, where a 7,500-page omnibus bill was just passed, without any parliamentary debate, transferring control over all of the country’s public assets to a fund controlled by the European Stability Mechanism, for the next 99 years. This includes all public infrastructure, harbors, airports, public beaches, and natural resources, all passed to the control of the ESM, a non-democratic, supranational body which answers to no parliamentary or elected body. Within this same bill, the “Greek” parliament also rendered itself voteless: the legislation annuls the role of the parliament to create a national budget or to pass tax legislation. These decisions will now be made automatically, at the behest of the European Union: if fiscal targets set by the EU, the IMF, and the ESM are not met, automatic “cuts” will be activated, without any parliamentary debate, which could slash anything from social spending, to salaries and pensions. In earlier legislation, the Greek parliament agreed to submit all pending bills to the “troika” for approval. For historical precedent, one needs to look no further than the “Enabling Act” passed by the Reichstag in 1933, where the German parliament voted away its right to exercise legislative power, transferring absolute power to govern and to pass laws, including unconstitutional laws, to then-Chancellor Adolf Hitler.