Our recent Dialogos Radio interview with John Perkins, the author of such books as “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” has now been featured in print! Our interview has been translated and published in Greek in Hot Doc, Greece’s foremost investigative journalism magazine. The magazine will be available for the next two weeks in newsstands throughout Greece, and an electronic version is also available for purchase here. Check it out today!
The 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.”
During the overnight hours of Thursday, the Greek government, in an unprecedented move in any democratic or free society, sent riot police to invade and vacate the headquarters of ERT, Greece’s national public broadcaster, which was officially shut down by the government on June 11 but which continued to be operated by much of its staff since that day. Despite the very early hour of the raid, which was meant to minimize media coverage of the event, Dialogos Radio & Media reported the story from its earliest moments, and within an hour of the raid, we published the very first article that appeared in any media outlet anywhere in the world on the police raid of ERT. This article, which appears in the Daily Kos, can be found here:
In addition, hear our commentary about this unprecedented police raid on this week’s broadcast of Dialogos Radio.
Read our two most recent articles, which focus on the Greek media landscape, the corruption and history of media suppression on the part of the Greek government, the prominent influence of Greece’s oligarchs in the country’s media landscape, and where the recent forced shutdown of ERT, Greece’s national public broadcaster, fits into the picture.
Our first article, titled “European Broadcasting Union Sells Out Greece’s Public Broadcaster,” was published in the Daily Kos, and examines the recent decision by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to remove ERT’s employee-run protest broadcasts from its satellite and internet feeds. This decision was “justified” based on the announced launch of “news programming” on DT, Greece’s new, interim “public” broadcaster. In this article, though, the true nature of DT, and its relationship with the pro-government and pro-austerity Mega Channel, Greece’s largest television station, is revealed.
Our second article is a detailed and comprehensive piece titled “The Shutdown of ERT and Greece’s Media Landscape: a Modern-Day Wild Wild West,” was published in Truthout, and examines the forced shutdown of ERT within a broader context: the Greek government’s long history of interfering with the media and its crackdown of free and dissenting voices. Operating under a convoluted and haphazard legal regime that benefits the major oligarchs and their media outlets, Greece’s media landscape seems “anarchic” at its surface, but is in reality deeply controlled by the Greek government and the country’s major business and publishing interests. This article reveals facts and information that have never before been written outside of Greece.
Both articles are also available by clicking on “In Print” in our menu above.
Our first-ever piece in Truthout has been published, based on the recent Dialogos Radio interview with the New York Times bestselling author and investigative journalist Greg Palast. Check out the piece, and the heated debate which it fostered, at the following location:
Dialogos Radio’s recent interview with the renowned investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling author Greg Palast has just been published in print form, in Hot Doc magazine, one of Greece’s foremost and most popular investigative journalism publications. Highlights of our radio interview with Greg Palast were translated into Greek and published, and the interview is available in the issue of Hot Doc which reached newsstands throughout Greece today (July 11th). An electronic edition of the magazine can also be purchased online, at the following website: http://www.hotdoc.gr/node/89.
The podcast of our recent radio interview with Greg Palast is available above, by clicking on the “podcasts” link in our menu, or in the recent podcasts box on the right-hand portion of our website. Our podcasts can also be downloaded from iTunes, TuneIn.com, the BlackBerry Podcast Directory, our official Android app, and elsewhere.
An English-language published version of the interview will soon be available as well. Stay tuned for details!
The 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.
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Mehran Khalili of the Omikron Project follows below. This interview aired on January 24-25, 2013. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Tell us about Omikron Project and what it does.
MK: Omikron Project is literally a bunch of girls and guys in Greece who are making creative content that can be distributed online – images, video, etc. – for two reasons. First to address Greece’s international image problems, and second to show the untold side of what’s going on in this country. We’re a grassroots project: we’re all volunteers, there’s no company behind us or anything like that. We’ve got zero budget. And we’re an open group – anyone can join.
MN: How did the idea for Omikron Project first come about and how did the project get started?
The 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.