Dec 08

Transcript: Interview with Nantia Papadimitriou of the atenistas

atenistasThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Nantia Papadimitriou of the atenistas follows below. This interview aired on December 5-6, 2013. Find the podcast of this interview here.

M.N.: Share a few words with us about the Atenistas, who they are, and how the organization first got started.

N.P. Atenistas is an open group of people living in Athens. We started back in 2010, and the people who inspired the launch of the team are the graphic designer Tasos Halkiopoulos and the journalist Nikos Rigopoulos. They started without really knowing what they wanted to do, just that they wanted to do something for the city they loved. They really thought that Athens has so many things to give to all of us and there are so many nice things we can enjoy in the city. We have existed for almost three and a half years and have completed more than 180 actions, most of them based in the city center, but also in some other neglected neighborhoods around the city center. The Atenistas have cleaned spots around the city, created public parks, have rejuvenated some playgrounds, we have also painted in bright colors schools around Athens, and we have organized a lot of cultural events, helping Athenians get to know their city better, feel safe in the city and to enjoy it. We have organized guided tours in some historic areas and in neighborhoods which are not so popular, and we have organized huge events, such as the concert of the National Opera of Greece in the Varvakeio Market, or the Tango Night at the former Peloponnese Train Station, and we also organized a Swing Night in Omonia Square. We also have another subteam that is working with people that are in need, collecting food, medicine, and clothes. This is what we do in general.

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Nov 26

The New Dialogos Radio Android App Is Here!

Version 4.0 of the Dialogos Radio Android app is now available!  Download it for *free* and take Dialogos Radio on the go with you.  Via our app, you can listen to our weekly broadcasts from five different radio stations, listen to Dialogos Radio 24/7, download and listen to our podcasts, hear our most recent broadcast in its entirety on-demand, get all of our latest news and announcements, find us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, read all of our articles and columns in various publications, and much more…almost 20 features in all!  And all of this in one free, user-friendly, colorful, and easy-to-use app!

Download it today for FREE from the Google Play Store:
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…and while you are there, be sure to also check out some of the other apps that we have created, for our sister radio stations that are a part of the Star Radio Network!

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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Aug 17

New Piece in Truthout – “Greg Palast: Why Are the Greek People Agreeing to Their Own Destruction?”

truthoutOur 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:

http://truth-out.org/news/item/18069-why-are-the-greek-people-agreeing-to-their-own-destruction

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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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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