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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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 28

Transcript: Interview with Investigative Journalist and Bestselling Author Greg Palast

greg-palastThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with investigative journalist, bestselling author, economist, and filmmaker Greg Palast. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of June 2-8, 2016. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today here on Dialogos Radio for this week’s edition of the Dialogos Interview Series is one of our regular and most prominent guests, investigative reporter, filmmaker, and bestselling author Greg Palast, author of books such as Vulture’s Picnic, Armed Madhouse, and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. Greg, thanks for taking time out of your hectic schedule to join us once again.

GP: You’re very welcome, anytime.

MN: You’ve been spending the past few months on the road, from what I understand, as part of your new film project, taking an investigative look at the state of democracy and election fraud in the United States today. What have you been seeing, over the course of the primary season these past few months?

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Jun 27

Our interview with Investigative Journalist and Bestselling Author Greg Palast, in Truthout

truthoutOur recent interview with internationally renowned investigative journalist, bestselling author, economist, and filmmaker Greg Palast has been featured in Truthout. In this interview, Palast discusses the economic crisis and austerity in Greece, his belief that Greece should immediately ditch the euro, the origins of the euro, neoliberalism and recent political and economic developments in Latin America, and election fraud in the United States. Additionally, he talks about his latest crowdsourced documentary film project, as well as the release of his latest book, “Vulture’s Picnic,” in Greek.

Find the interview here: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/36580-greg-palast-on-us-election-fraud-and-neoliberalism-gone-amok-in-latin-america-and-greece.

Jun 20

Our Interview with Antti Pesonen of Finland’s Independence Party Featured in Truthout

truthoutDialogos Radio’s recent interview with the former leader of Finland’s Independence Party, Antti Pesonen, has been published in Truthout! In this interview, Pesonen talks about the Independence Party and the growing movement in Finland which is in favor of exiting the European Union and the Eurozone, while he also describes the many political and economic similarities between Finland and Greece.

The interview is available here: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/36470-the-growing-finnish-movement-for-exiting-the-eu-an-interview-with-antti-pesonen-of-finland-s-independence-party.

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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