Mar 03

Transcript: Interview with Geopolitical Analyst Alex Christoforou

christoforou2The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with journalist and geopolitical analyst Alex Christoforou, co-founder of TheDuran.com. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of January 19-25, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series for our first English-language interview of 2017 is Alex Christoforou, co-founder and writer for the online news website TheDuran.com. Alex, happy new year and thank you for joining us today on our program.

AC: Happy new year and thank you for having me.

MN: President-elect Donald Trump is set to take office, amidst a climate of intense anti-Russian sentiment in the United States and in Western Europe. During his presidential campaign, Trump spoke out in favor of improved U.S. relations with Russia and with Vladimir Putin. Do you believe that Trump will make good on this pledge? Continue reading

Mar 01

Our Interview with Professor Mark Blyth Featured in Mint Press News

mintpressnewsOur recent interview with Brown University professor of international political economy Mark Blyth, author of “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea,” has been featured in Mint Press News. In this interview, Blyth discusses the economic policies of the Trump administration, Brexit, austerity, Grexit, and other hot-button topics.

Find this interview here: https://www.mintpressnews.com/economist-mark-blyth-delves-into-rising-inequality-populism-around-the-world/225384/.

Feb 23

Our Interview with Geopolitical Analyst Alex Christoforou Featured in Mint Press News

mintpressnewsOur recent interviews, in English and Greek, with journalist and geopolitical analyst Alex Christoforou, co-founder of TheDuran.com, has been featured in Mint Press News! This is a combination of two recent Dialogos Radio interviews featuring Christodoulou, which aired on our radio broadcast in January and February.

In this interview, Christoforou discusses hot-button political and geopolitical issues, including Trump and the foreign policy he may follow, Russia and its response to developments along its border and in the Middle East, Syria, the Cyprus reunification talks, Brexit and Grexit, and much more.

Find this published interview, in English, here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/durans-alex-christoforou-treating-russia-bogeyman-failed/225175/.

Feb 13

Our Article on Political Developments in Brazil and Similarities with the European South

mintpressnewsOur latest article, taking a look at political developments in Brazil preceding and following the ouster of democratically-elected president Dilma Rousseff, and the many similarities and parallels which exist between Brazil and the European South, including Greece, has been published in Mint Press News. This article focuses on the politics of the previous Workers’ Party governments in Brazil and whether they were truly progressive, the harsh austerity which has been implemented by the non-elected president Michel Temer, and the many similarities of Brazil’s situation with countries like Greece.

Find this article here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/brazils-manufactured-coup-the-shock-doctrine-returns-to-latin-america/224823/.

Jan 25

Interview with Professor Bahar Leventoglu on Turkey, Published in Mint Press News

mintpressnewsOur recent interview with Duke University professor of political science Bahar Leventoglu has been published in Mint Press News. In this interview, Leventoglu analyzes last summer’s failed coup attempt and its aftermath, and the Erdogan government’s move towards autocratic rule.

Find this interview here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/turkeys-dangerous-descent-towards-dictatorship/224370/.

Dec 30

Transcript: Interview with Analyst & Former Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts

paulcraigroberts2The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with economist, author, analyst and former Assistant Secretary of the United States Treasury Paul Craig Roberts. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of December 8-14, 2016. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today here on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is economist, author, and columnist Paul Craig Roberts. Dr. Roberts is a former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for the United States, a former editor for the Wall Street Journal, and has written over 20 peer-reviewed articles and over a dozen books. Dr. Roberts, thank you for being with us today.

PCR: It’s a pleasure to be with you.

MN: Let’s begin with the presidential elections in the United States. President-Elect Donald Trump. Why did Trump win the election and what does a Trump presidency mean for the United States and for the world? Continue reading

Dec 19

Our Interview with Paul Craig Roberts Published in Mint Press News

mintpressnewsDialogos Radio’s recent interview with economist, analyst, and former assistant secretary of the United States Treasury Paul Craig Roberts has been featured in Mint Press News! In this wide-ranging interview, Roberts discusses the election of Donald Trump in the United States, the recent referendums in Britain and Italy, the issue of so-called “fake news,” developments in Syria, and more.

Find this interview (in English) here: https://www.mintpressnews.com/paul-craig-roberts-oligarchs-are-true-purveyors-of-fake-news/223266/.

Dec 16

Our Latest for Mint Press News: The Ongoing ‘Fake News’ Battle Obscures The Truth About Fake Democracies

mintpressnewsOur latest article for Mint Press News, “The Ongoing ‘Fake News’ Battle Obscures The Truth About Fake Democracies,” has been published. In this piece, we examine the facade of democracy which exists in the European Union today, referencing the Greek referendum result of 2015, the recent British referendum result in favor of Brexit and the danger of it being overturned, the possibility that the Italian referendum result will also be ignored, and we connect these issues to the hot-button topic of so-called “fake news” and hysteria over the supposed “Russian menace.”

Find our article (in English) here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/the-ongoing-fake-news-battle-obscures-the-truth-about-fake-democracies/223217/.

Dec 14

Commentary of the Week: “Fake News, Fake Democracy” (December 8-14, 2016)

commentaryoftheweekBy 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

Nov 02

Interview with Economist Jack Rasmus Featured in Mint Press News

mintpressnewsDialogos 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/.

Oct 27

Transcript: Interview with Maria Kanellopoulou of “Save Greek Water”

kanellopoulouThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Maria Kanellopoulou of the activist organization “Save Greek Water.” This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of October 20-26, 2016. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Maria Kanellopoulou of the Greek activist organization Save Greek Water, who will speak to us today about the impending privatization of Greek water utilities and the possible consequences of this development. Maria, thank you for joining us today.

MK: Thank you very much and greetings to your listeners.

MN: Let’s begin with a brief historical overview of this issue. What did current Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras once promise regarding the privatization of Greek water systems, and what is he saying today? Continue reading

Oct 19

New Article for Mint Press News: Greece’s Neoliberal Wolves In Anti-Austerity Sheep’s Clothing

mintpressnewsCheck 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/.

Oct 02

Transcript: Interview with Economist Jack Rasmus on Greek Economic Crisis

rasmusThe 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

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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