Jun 21

Our Latest for Mint Press News: Greece as a Guinea Pig for a Cashless Society

mintpressnewsOur latest article, titled “How Greece Became A Guinea Pig For A Cashless And Controlled Society,” has been published today by Mint Press News. How has Greece become a modern-day laboratory for the elimination of cash, and what are the risks of a cashless society? This article breaks down the measures that have been enacted in Greece with the goal of eliminating cash from circulation, purportedly in the name of combating tax evasion, and examines similar measures enacted in other countries across Europe and worldwide. The article then questions the reasons being presented to justify the elimination of cash, and examines the potential consequences and ramifications of such a move.

Read this article here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/greece-guinea-pig-cashless-society/229088/.

Jun 13

This Week: Dialogos Radio Season Finale & Part Two of Interview with Spiros Lavdiotis

Athens generic 2This week, Dialogos Radio closes out the 2016-2017 broadcast season with one final program. On our broadcast this week, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature part two of our interview with Greek economist, analyst, and author Spiros Lavdiotis, a former analyst for the Central Bank of Canada.

In this portion of the interview, Lavdiotis discusses the necessity for Greece to depart from the Eurozone, the steps which can be taken in order for this departure to take place, and the reasons why he feels this is the best option for Greece and its economy.

Tune in for this interview and for our season finale, this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio.

Jun 05

Interview on Greek Water Privatization Published in Mint Press News

mintpressnewsOur interview with Maria Kanellopoulou of the Greek activist organization “Save Greek Water,” has been published in Mint Press News.

In this interview, Kanellopoulou discusses the impending privatization of Greece’s major water utilities, the potential impact privatization would have on Greek economy and on the quality of water in Greece, and on the experience of water privatization in other European countries.

Find this interview (in English) here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/greece-forced-to-sell-public-water-utilities-under-eu-imposed-privatization-plan/228479/.

Jun 01

Transcript: Interview with Whistleblower Zoe Georganta

georganta2The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Zoe Georganta, professor of econometrics at the University of Macedonia in Greece, former board member of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), and whistleblower. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of May 3-10, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Zoe Georganta. Professor Georganta is a faculty member at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece and is a former board member of the Hellenic Statistical Authority, known as ELSTAT. Professor Georganta first became widely known in Greece in 2011, when she publicly presented evidence showing that Greece’s deficit figures for 2009 were inflated, leading to Greece being brought under the supervision of the so-called “troika” [the IMF, the European Commission and the European Central Bank]. She will speak to us today about this issue and where the judicial cases which stemmed from it stand today, and about the potential continued misrepresentation of Greece’s economic figures by ELSTAT today. Professor Georganta, thank you for taking the time to join us today on our program.

ZG: Thank you, Mr. Nevradakis, for inviting me here for this interview. Continue reading

May 23

Interview with Greek Whistleblower Zoe Georganta Published in Mint Press News

mintpressnewsHow was the Greek budget deficit falsified and worsened in order to bring Greece under the supervision of the International Monetary Fund and the “troika”? What claims have been made by whistleblowers from Greece’s Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) and what evidence have they presented? What charges is ELSTAT’s former president facing as a result of the evidence submitted by whistleblowers? Does Greece’s current large primary budget surplus actually exist, or is it a product of “creative accounting”?

Professor Zoe Georganta of the University of Macedonia in Greece and former board member of ELSTAT, discussed all of these important issues in a recent Dialogos Radio interview, featured in print this week in Mint Press News.

Find this interview here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/whistleblower-greek-debt-crisis-manufactured-unscrupulous-accounting/228076/.

May 10

This Week: Greek Whistleblower Zoe Georganta on how Greece’s Economic Statistics were Falsified and Worsened

georgantaHow was the Greek budget deficit falsified and worsened in order to bring Greece under the supervision of the International Monetary Fund and the “troika”? What claims have been made by whistleblowers from Greece’s Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) and what evidence have they presented? What charges is ELSTAT’s former president facing as a result of the evidence submitted by whistleblowers? Does Greece’s current large primary budget surplus actually exist, or is it a product of “creative accounting”?

This week on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series, we will speak with Zoe Georganta, professor of applied econometrics and productivity at the University of Macedonia in Greece, a former visiting scholar at Harvard University’s National Bureau of Economic Research, and former board member of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), who in an exclusive interview, will speak to us about all of these important issues.

Apr 23

Transcript: Interview with Turkish Journalist Gürkan Özturan

gurkanThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with journalist Gürkan Özturan of Turkey’s dokuz8news. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of April 5-11, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio for this week’s edition of the Dialogos Interview Series is Turkish journalist Gürkan Özturan, who will speak to us about all of the latest developments coming out of Turkey. Thank you for joining us once again on our program.

GO: Thank you for having me.

MN: Let’s begin by discussing the upcoming Turkish constitutional referendum. What are the changes which are being placed before the electorate? Continue reading

Apr 21

Interview with Turkish Journalist Gürkan Özturan Published in Mint Press News

mintpressnewsOur interview with Turkish journalist Gürkan Özturan of dokuz8news has recently been published in Mint Press News. In this timely interview, Özturan discusses the Turkish constitutional referendum and the political changes transpiring in the country, the vision of Tayip Erdogan for Turkey, the ongoing conflict with the Kurds, and the stripping away of rights for opposition political parties and journalists in the country.

Find this interview online here: http://www.mintpressnews.com/the-turkish-referendum-and-descent-towards-absolute-rule-interview-with-journalist-gurkan-ozturan/227015/.

Apr 04

This Week: Interview with Turkish Journalist Gürkan Özturan

gurkan1This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature a timely interview with Turkish journalist Gürkan Özturan of Dokuz8news, who will speak to us about recent developments coming out of Turkey which are relevant to Greece and to Europe more broadly. Özturan will discuss the upcoming constitutional referendum in Turkey and its potential implications, Turkish relations with the European Union, the possibility of a Kurdish state and Turkey’s potential response, and crackdowns on academic and journalistic freedom in Turkey since last summer’s failed coup attempt.

Tune in for this interview, plus some great Greek music, this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio!

Mar 30

Transcript: Interview with Analyst Alexander Mercouris

mercouris1The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with analyst Alexander Mercouris, co-founder of TheDuran.com. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of March 8-14, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is London-based writer and geopolitical analyst Alexander Mercouris. With a long career in the Royal Courts of Justice in London, where he specialized in human rights and constitutional law, Mercouris is now a frequent guests on a number of television news programs and writes for several outlets, including TheDuran.com, which he has co-founded. Mr. Mercouris, thank you very much for joining us today.

AM: Thank you very much for having me.

MN: To get us started: Recently, United States president Donald Trump gave his first speech before a joint session of Congress. Despite the intense negativity on the part of much of the mainstream media towards Trump and his administration, this speech received many positive reviews from these same journalists and commentators. What are your impressions of Trump’s speech and the reaction to it? Do you believe it signifies a change in the stance of the media towards Trump, or does it perhaps signify a change in the direction of the Trump administration itself? Continue reading

Mar 30

Transcript: Interview with Economist Dimitris Karousos

karousos3The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with economist and analyst Dimitris Karousos. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of March 22-28, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is economist and economic analyst Dimitris Karousos, who is a member of the political directorate of Greece’s United Popular Front, and who has enjoyed a long career working for financial institutions within and outside of Greece. Mr. Karousos, thank you very much for joining us today.

DK: Thank you for your kind invitation.

MN: Let’s begin by discussing the recent deal that was reached between the Greek government and its European lenders. The Greek government has engaged in a big PR show, portraying this new agreement as one that will not deliver even one euro’s worth of new austerity measures, as a result of the so-called “equivalent measures” that will be adopted. This begs the question, if the net sum of these new measures is zero, then why enact them? And continuing along this line of thinking, what does the new agreement actually entail and mean for Greece? Continue reading

Mar 28

Two New Interviews Featured in Mint Press News

mintpressnewsTwo of Dialogos Radio’s recent interviews have been featured in print, in Mint Press News.

In “The Duran’s Alexander Mercouris On “Fake News,” Russia Allegations And Change In Europe,” Alexander Mercouris, co-founder of The Duran, spoke to us about a wide gamut of issues, providing his analysis of Trump’s foreign and defense policies, Russia, the Ukraine, Syria, Brexit, Grexit, and so-called “fake news.” This interview can be found at http://www.mintpressnews.com/the-durans-alexander-mercouris-on-fake-news-russia-allegations-and-change-in-europe/226294/.

In “Greece’s New Deal From European Lenders Delivers More Neoliberalism,” Greek economist and analyst Dimitris Karousos spoke to us about the Greek government’s recent agreement with the troika and what it actually entails for Greece, about the difference between a parallel/dual currency and a national domestic currency, and about the steps Greece could follow in order to depart from the Eurozone in an orderly fashion. This interview is available at http://www.mintpressnews.com/greeces-new-deal-from-european-lenders-delivers-more-neoliberalism/226337/.

Mar 08

This Week: Interview with Analyst Alexander Mercouris + Spoken Word Artist Dylan Wolfram

mercouris2This week on Dialogos Radio, we will be featuring, as part of the Dialogos Interview Seriestwo special interviews!

First, we will have the opportunity to speak with journalist, analyst, and longtime lawyer in the Royal Court of the United Kingdom Alexander Mercouris, co-founder of TheDuran.com. Joining us from London, Mercouris will provide his insights for us on a number of current issues, including the latest actions of the Trump administration, the path towards Brexit in Great Britain, anti-Russia hysteria and the establishment media’s agenda, developments in the Ukraine and Syria, and a view on the Greek government’s latest deal with its creditors and what continued austerity means for Greece.bellows

This interview will be followed up by a special feature with young Greek spoken word artist Dylan Wolfram, who will speak to us about his latest spoken word release, titled “Bellows.” In addition to this interview, we will hear two cuts from Wolfram’s recent spoken word project.

Two great interviews, all this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series!

Mar 03

Transcript: Interview with Professor of Political Economy Mark Blyth

markblyth4The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Brown University professor of international political economy Mark Blyth. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of February 10-17, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is political scientist and Brown University professor of international political economy Mark Blyth, author of such books as “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea.” Mark, welcome back to our program and thank you for joining us today.

MB: Always a pleasure, Michael.

MN: We’ve spoken in past interviews about austerity, and of course, about your book, “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea.” Looking at the past couple of years and at the present in Europe, is there any sign, any indication at all, that the policies of economic austerity that are being pursued have had any sort of positive outcome? Continue reading

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