Once again, Greece is experiencing a time of political and social uncertainty, a time where yet again many citizens have begun to search for a new political savior, one that will pull Greece out of its current economic abyss and provide the promise of “hope” and “change”, putting an end to the crisis and placing Greece back on a path towards growth and better days.
This is highly similar to what was taking place in Greece just over a year ago, when millions of people within and outside of Greece believed that SYRIZA could comprise this sort of political force. And they believed this purely on the basis of rhetoric and promises. The big promises made by Alexis Tsipras and the rest of SYRIZA regarding the abolition of the austerity measures with one law and one article, the supposedly anti-austerity Thessaloniki policy platform, the tearing apart of the memorandum agreements, promises, promises and yet more promises from SYRIZA, including promises that all of these wonderful things could take place firmly within the confines of the European Union and the Eurozone, and that SYRIZA, when in power, would indeed manage to change Europe!
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with economist Dimitris Karousos. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of November 19-25, 2015. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series for the first interview of the new year is Greek economist Dimitris Karousos, who has worked for years as a foreign exchange trader in major financial firms in the United Kingdom and who is an expert on issues pertaining to foreign exchange and the financial markets. In addition, Karousos was also a candidate in last September’s parliamentary elections with Greece’s United Popular Front. Dimitri, thank you for joining us today.
DK: Thank you very much for this invitation.
MN: Let’s begin our interview today with a discussion of the recent recapitalization of the four major Greek banks. In what condition is the Greek banking system today and what will be the consequences of this latest recapitalization?
It has been one year since the elections which brought SYRIZA to power in Greece for the first time. One year from the time where millions of people in Greece and around the world took to the streets to celebrate the “hope” and “change” and the “end of austerity” that were to surely follow from the so-called “first time left” government in Greece, which we were told would not just save Greece, but all of Europe and indeed the world. One year from the time that the same media which have served and continue to serve as pro-austerity cheerleaders, and clueless academic leftists, were telling us that a government of hope and change had finally arrived.
Dialogos Radio’s recent interview with renowned economist Warren Mosler has been published in Truthout! In this interview, Mosler discusses money, debt, austerity, and his proposed solutions for the Greek and European financial crisis.
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s special holiday interview with singer-songwriter Leonidas Balafas. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of December 17-23, 2015. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio for our special holiday broadcast is the talented young musician, artist, and lyricist Leonidas Balafas, who will speak to us today about his musical career, his recent hits, and much more. Leonidas, thank you first of all for joining us today.
LB: Thank you for inviting me!
MN: To get us started, share with us a few words about how you began your musical journey and how you made it all the way to the Fame Story reality show in 2006 and 2007.
The nationwide inferiority complex in Greece is still going strong. For the past three and a half years that I’ve been in Greece, what I continuously observe, to my dismay, is how much people believe that everything is better and more just and more meritocratic overseas, anywhere else except Greece, and how in other supposedly civilized countries, there is no such thing as corruption, of politicians and the rich getting away with crimes, while it is believed that everyone supposedly has an equal opportunity to succeed. I feel that in Greece and in Greek society today there is a tremendous amount of self-loathing, mediocrity and defeatism, with many Greeks having simply given up and resigned themselves to their fates and the fate of their country. But even if they have not given up completely, when you believe that you are the worst in everything and the most corrupt, this, even subconsciously, keeps you down. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s a type of thinking that takes away any positive energy that one might have and any semblance of hope. And unfortunately, this is a mentality that is promoted in everything from Greece’s major media outlets to its education system.
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with economist Warren Mosler. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of November 19-25, 2015. Find the podcast of this interview here.
ΜΝ: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is economist Warren Mosler, co-founder of the Center for Full Employment And Price Stability at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a leader in the field of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). He will speak to us today about money, debt, Greece, the Eurozone, and much more. Warren, thank you for joining us today.
WM: Good to be here, thank you.
MN: Let’s begin with a question that might seem obvious, and yet is something that so few people actually understand. What is money, and how is it actually created?
Another year, another commemoration. Thousands of people marched in Athens on November 17 for the 42nd consecutive year, commemorating the anniversary of the Polytechnic Uprising in Athens, a deadly incident where dozens of Greeks who were protesting against the rule of the U.S.-backed military dictatorship were killed. This march, which runs from the Polytechnic campus to the U.S. Embassy in Athens, has become an annual event.
La transcripción de la entrevista de Radio Dialogos con Panagiotis Oikonomidis de Grecia de “Sin intermediarios Movimiento.” Esta entrevista salió al aire en nuestras transmisiones para la semana del 05 al 11 11, 2015. Encuentra el podcast de la entrevista aquí.
Traducido por Déborah B. Santana
MN: Unirse a nosotros hoy en Dialogos Radio y la Entrevista Serie Dialogos es Panagiotis Oikonomidis Del “Sin intermediarios Movimiento”, o Κίνημα Χωρίς Μεσάζοντες, en Grecia. Oikonomidis nos hablará sobre el movimiento y su trabajo en la afectada por la crisis de Grecia, y de manera más amplia en temas que tienen que ver con la producción alimentaria local y la economía social en Grecia. Panagiotis, gracias por acompañarnos hoy.
PO: genial estar aquí con ustedes y con sus oyentes.
MN: Para que podamos empezar, comparte con nosotros una introducción al Movimiento Sin intermediarios y lo que hace.
Check out our recent interviews, which have been published on 99getsmart.com and on GreekTV.com! Our interview with Greek-American aviation expert Bill Kalivas, on his online campaign for additional nonstop flights to be added from the United States to Greece, has recently been featured on GreekTV.com, while our interview with Panagiotis Oikonomidis of Greece’s “No Middlemen Movement” has been featured in 99getsmart.com!
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Panagiotis Oikonomidis of Greece’s “No Middlemen Movement.” This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of November 5-11, 2015. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Panagiotis Oikonomidis from the “No Middlemen Movement,” or Κίνημα Χωρίς Μεσάζοντες, in Greece. Oikonomidis will speak to us about the movement and its work in crisis-hit Greece, and more broadly on issues that have to do with local food production and the social economy in Greece. Panagiotis, thank you for joining us today.
PO: Great to be here with you and with your listeners.
MN: To get us started, share with us an introduction to the No Middle-Men Movement and what it does.
Read our most recent interview, with Turkish journalist, blogger, academic, and activist Gürkan Ozturan, which was published earlier this week in Truthout! In this interview, Ozturan speaks about the recent terror attacks in Ankara, about the Turkish government’s crackdown on democracy and free speech leading up to the country’s national elections, about the ongoing war and conflict in Syria and with the Kurds, and about the ongoing refugee crisis.
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Turkish journalist, blogger, academic, and activist Gürkan Ozturan. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of October 15-21, 2015. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Gürkan Ozturan, a journalist, blogger, and activist from Turkey, who will speak to us about what has been happening recently in the country, which of course is directly relevant to Greece as well. Gürkan, thanks for joining us today.
GO: Thank you for having me.
MN: We have a lot to talk about of course, but let’s begin with the recent deadly bombing incident at a peace rally in Ankara, the capital of Turkey. What was the nature of the rally that was being held, and what was the reaction of the authorities to the bombing? And as a last part to the question, who or what do you believe was actually behind this bombing incident?
On October 28, Greeks around the world will commemorate the anniversary of Oxi Day, the day on which in 1940 the Greek government said “no” to the demands of Mussolini to pass his troops through Greece unimpeded. This no has become an annual commemoration in Greece and is remembered as a moment of great resistance for Greece and its people, despite the fact that it came from a fascist, far-right government in its own right.
Today though, the word “no” has been stripped of its significance in Greece. After the supposed referendum of July 5th, a referendum without a clear question posed to the voters and, despite the 62% that voted no, without a clear message on the part of the voters, as the events since then have shown, we have seen the word “no” converted to yes, yes, YES, yes to even harsher austerity measures and cuts than those which were purportedly rejected in the referendum. And in contrast with 1940, there is no longer any semblance of national pride or a national identity in Greece, no backbone to truly stand up to this onslaught.
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Greek-American aviation and tourism industry expert Bill Kalivas. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of October 15-21, 2015. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is aviation and tourism industry expert Bill Kalivas, who has launched an online campaign calling for more nonstop flights to Greece from the United States to be scheduled. Bill, thank you first of all for joining us today.
BK: You’re welcome.
MN: To get us started, share with us a few words about your efforts to get additional nonstop service added from U.S. cities to Greece, and tell us which city in the United States would be, in your view, the best candidate for a new nonstop service to Athens.
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