Apr 04

Commentary of the Week: A Greek Perspective on Trump, Brexit, and Media Hysteria (March 22-28, 2017)

commentaryoftheweek(Originally published in TheDuran.com)

By Michael Nevradakis

It’s a typical winter’s evening in Athens. This has been a cold winter, and the air is brisk. And wherever I go, the sweet smell of “success” is in the air. By “success” I am referring to none other than the vaunted “European dream,” and the “success story” of the Greek economy, as described by Greece’s former prime minister Antonis Samaras in late 2014, and as often repeated—even if not in those exact terms—by Greece’s “first time left” prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, far more recently. That scent of success comes from the noxious fumes of the fireplaces and makeshift furnaces which newly impoverished Greeks have lit to keep warm, since well over 80 percent of households are said to be unable to afford absurdly taxed heating oil for their homes.

This piece though is not meant to be about Greece, but about the United States, the anti-Russian hysteria that has taken hold, and the attacks that the newly inaugurated Trump administration is facing from protesters, the media, and the “deep state.” What does all of this have to do with Greece though? Everything. Crisis-stricken Greece represents a microcosm of what is transpiring in the United States and much of Europe today, and offers a useful lens through which to analyze current developments. Continue reading

Mar 08

This Week: Interview with Analyst Alexander Mercouris + Spoken Word Artist Dylan Wolfram

mercouris2This week on Dialogos Radio, we will be featuring, as part of the Dialogos Interview Seriestwo special interviews!

First, we will have the opportunity to speak with journalist, analyst, and longtime lawyer in the Royal Court of the United Kingdom Alexander Mercouris, co-founder of TheDuran.com. Joining us from London, Mercouris will provide his insights for us on a number of current issues, including the latest actions of the Trump administration, the path towards Brexit in Great Britain, anti-Russia hysteria and the establishment media’s agenda, developments in the Ukraine and Syria, and a view on the Greek government’s latest deal with its creditors and what continued austerity means for Greece.bellows

This interview will be followed up by a special feature with young Greek spoken word artist Dylan Wolfram, who will speak to us about his latest spoken word release, titled “Bellows.” In addition to this interview, we will hear two cuts from Wolfram’s recent spoken word project.

Two great interviews, all this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series!

Feb 08

This Week: Interview with Mark Blyth on Trump, Brexit, Greece and more

markblyth1This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature a timely interview with Brown University professor of political economy, author and analyst Mark Blyth. Blyth will speak to us about global economic developments, including the policies likely to be pursued by new U.S. president Donald Trump, Brexit and its likely impact on the British economy, the real reasons why voters chose Trump and Brexit, the state of the economy in Greece, the results of austerity in the EU, and much more.

Tune in for this interview this week, on Dialogos Radio!

Dec 15

This Week: Holiday Special, Interview with Architect and Author Konstantinos Staikos

staikosThis week, Dialogos Radio is featuring its special holiday edition, for its final broadcast of 2016. The Dialogos Interview Series will present an interview with renowned Greek architect, author, and historian Konstantinos Staikos, who will speak to us about his distinguished architectural career, his books, and his recent, significant donation to the Onassis Foundation in Athens, which will soon comprise the Foundation’s library that will be opening to the public in the near future.yiannispappas1

In addition, we will air an interview from our archives, with well-known Greek-American comedian and entertainer Yannis Pappas, who is also well-known for his Mr. Panos character. Pappas spoke to us about his career as a comedian, about his Greek roots, and how his heritage influences his comedic work.

Tune in for all this and more, on the special holiday edition of Dialogos Radio!

Nov 02

This Week: Interview with Renowned Physicist Dimitri Nanopoulos

nanopoulos2This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an exclusive interview with world-renowned physicist and researcher Dimitri Nanopoulos. Dr. Nanopoulos is the Mitchell/Heep Chair in High Energy Physics at Texas A&M University, has been a research fellow at CERN and is a research fellow at Harvard University, was formerly president of the Academy of Athens, and has been awarded with the Onassis International Prize and the Enrico Fermi Prize for his research.

In this week’s interview, Nanopoulos will discuss his life, career, and research, contemporary issues and developments in the field of physics, his tenure as president of the Academy of Athens, the Greek “brain drain,” and numerous other highly interesting topics.

Tune in for this interview, plus our commentary of the week and some great Greek music, this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio!

Oct 20

This Week: Interview with Maria Kanellopoulou of “Save Greek Water”

kanellopoulouThis 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!

Sep 27

Commentary of the Week: SYRIZA’s Lies and the Illegal Television Licensing Bid

commentaryoftheweekBy 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.

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Sep 27

Transcript: Interview with Déborah Berman-Santana on Crises in Puerto Rico and Greece

deborah1The 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?

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Sep 12

Dialogos Radio Returns This Week for a New Season of Broadcasts!

deborah2Dialogos 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!

Sep 12

Our Latest Analysis on SYRIZA, Corruption, Continued Austerity, and the TV Licensing Scandal

mintpressnewsIn 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/.

Aug 18

Our Interview with Déborah Berman-Santana on the Crisis in Puerto Rico and Similarities with Greece

deborah1In 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/.

Jul 06

Our Pieces on “Brexit” and the Greek Referendum, for MintPress News!

mintpressnewsDialogos 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!

Jun 28

Life in a Modern Day Debt Colony: The Truth About Greece

platoBy 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.

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Jun 08

Commentary of the Week: The Truth About Greece (June 2-8, 2016)

commentaryoftheweekBy Michael Nevradakis

For this final commentary of the broadcast season, I thought it was time to tell you the truth. The truth about Greece. 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 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 parliamentary debate, which transfers control over all of the country’s public assets to a fund controlled by the European Stability Mechanism, for the next 99 years. To be clear, 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 implemented, without any parliamentary debate, which could slash anything social spending, salaries, and pensions. In earlier legislation, the Greek parliament agreed to submit all legislation to the “troika” for approval. For historical precedent, one needs to look no further than the “Enabling Act” passed by the German 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 the Chancellor, Adolf Hitler.

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May 26

How Do You Like that European Dream? – Commentary of the Week (May 19-25, 2016)

commentaryoftheweekBy Michael Nevradakis

Greece’s supposedly “leftist” government of so-called “hope” and “change” did it again! It saved Greece once more! Greece can continue living the European nightmare…excuse me, dream, can remain part of the vaunted “European family” and the Eurozone, and the government once again successfully completed “tough” negotiations with its so-called European “Partners,” with a capital P, as Greece’s deferential journalistic class tends to refer to them.

Let’s take a look at this new “success story” of Greece’s government of “hope” and “change.” It is a success story so big that Greece’s already insane value-added tax of 23% will be bumped up to 24% on June 1st. It is a success story so great that the unified property tax which SYRIZA, at one time, called unconstitutional and illegal and which at one time was said to be “temporary,” will now be raised and made permanent. It is a success story so tremendous that Greece’s already paltry pension and social security payments will be slashed further, despite government lies and propaganda to the contrary. Home foreclosures and auctions will resume, without anything but the flimsiest of temporary protections for the poorest homeowners. These foreclosures and auctions will take place electronically instead of in a courthouse, under cover of darkness and without warning. In the meantime, new privatizations are coming, alongside the development of a new super-fund of sorts which will manage essentially all of Greece’s publicly-owned assets and prepare them to be sold off, at bargain basement prices. And unlike most of the people of Greece, the foreign investors who will be snatching up these assets know very well how valuable a land Greece is.

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