Our Latest: Google, Facebook, Twitter Clamor for an “Open Net” While Gearing Up Their Censorship Divisions

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mintpressnewsIn 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 Interview with Éric Toussaint on Greece’s Debt, in Mint Press News

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mintpressnewsOur 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/.

Dec 04

The Inflation of Greece’s Deficit and Debt Figures and the Trials of Andreas Georgiou

mintpressnewsThe 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/.

Dec 02

An Insider View of SYRIZA’s Capitulation to the EU

mintpressnewsIn 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/.

Nov 15

Transcript: Interview with Whistleblower Nikos Logothetis on ELSTAT Scandal

nikoslogothetis1The 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

Nov 08

Austerity and Disaster Capitalism in Greece and Puerto Rico: Two-Part Interview

mintpressnewsIn 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/.

Nov 01

Transcript: Dimitris Yannopoulos on how Yanis Varoufakis and SYRIZA Betrayed Greece

yannopoulos3The 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

Oct 09

Our Latest for MPN: How To Become A Greek Oligarch In Seven Easy Steps

mintpressnewsIn 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/.

Oct 04

Transcript: Déborah Berman-Santana on the Puerto Rico-Greece Connection

deborah2The 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 was recorded prior to the impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, and aired on our broadcasts for the week of September 27-October 3, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series for our first broadcast of the 2017-2018 season is one of our regular guests, Déborah Berman-Santana, who is a retired professor of geography and ethnic studies at Mills College in Oakland, California. Deborah will speak to us today about the latest taking place in Puerto Rico, an island that especially recently has been ravaged on multiple fronts, and which presents many similarities with what we’re seeing on an ongoing basis in Greece. Déborah, welcome back to our program.

DBS: Thank you, glad to be here.

MN: Let’s begin with perhaps the most pressing issue of all, Hurricane Irma and its aftermath. What was the impact of the storm on Puerto Rico and how was the island able to respond? Continue reading

Oct 03

Part III of our Series: How A Greek Exit From The EU Would Work

mintpressnewsIn 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/.

Sep 22

Part II of our Series: Why The Grexit Option Deserves Consideration

mintpressnewsIn 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/.

Sep 07

Our Latest for Mint Press News: EU Uber Alles? Neoliberal Echoes Of A Darker, Mid-Century Plan For Continental Unity

mintpressnewsIn our latest analysis for Mint Press News titled “EU Uber Alles? Neoliberal Echoes Of A Darker, Mid-Century Plan For Continental Unity,” we analyze the history and true origins of the European Union and the Eurozone, the zeal with which the EU and Eurozone are lionized by the world’s media while the public is told that “there is no alternative” to the EU and its policies, the EU’s democratic deficit and hypocrisy, the true reasons why proponents of the EU fear its collapse, and the attempted manner in which opponents of the EU and neoliberalism are discredited. Part one of a two part series.

Find this article herehttps://www.mintpressnews.com/neoliberalism-nazi-germany-european-union-case-study/231660/.

Aug 18

Our Latest for Mint Press News: As Greece Burns, SYRIZA-Led Gov’t Declares “Success Story” After Neoliberal Takeover

mintpressnewsThe sweet smell of success is in the air — or is that the scent of charred forest? In our mid-summer analysis for Mint Press News titled “As Greece Burns, SYRIZA-Led Gov’t Declares “Success Story” After Neoliberal Takeover,” we look at what has been taking place during a scorching summer in Greece. Fires, EU hypocrisy, and an economic “success story” that isn’t, are all covered in this piece.

Find this article here: https://www.mintpressnews.com/greece-burns-syriza-declares-success-neoliberal-takeover/231105/.

Jul 27

Analysis for Mint Press News – Greece: A (Basket) Case Study In Savage Globalization

mintpressnewsIn our latest analysis for Mint Press News, titled Greece: A (Basket) Case Study In Savage Globalization, we examine how processes of savage globalization have resulted in a prevailing mentality of inferiority, hopelessness, self-loathing, and collective guilt in Greece.

As Greeks look inward, they see a country that produces nothing of value and is inferior to the rest of the world – despite evidence to the contrary. The country has been mentally colonized, with outside powers convincing the Greeks that they can do no better.

Read this analysis here: https://www.mintpressnews.com/greece-a-basket-case-study-in-savage-globalization/230221/.

Jul 17

Our Interview with Economist Spiros Lavdiotis Published in Mint Press News

mintpressnewsOur recent Dialogos Radio interview with economist and former Bank of Canada analyst Spiros Lavdiotis has been published in Mint Press News, under the title “Ancient Greece Could Hold The Key To Solving Today’s Debt Crisis.”

In this interview, Lavdiotis discusses the present-day economic situation in Greece, the modern-day origins of austerity, the reasons why he believes “Grexit” is the best and only option for Greece, and discusses what ancient Greece could teach us about dealing with debt.

Find this interview here: https://www.mintpressnews.com/ancient-greece-hold-key-solving-todays-debt-crisis/229812/.