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.
The 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?
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Dr. Jack Rasmus, professor of economics and politics at St. Mary’s College in California and author of several books, including his most recent book, “Looting Greece,” published by Clarity Press.
In this interview, Dr. Rasmus will share with us his analysis and insights regarding current economic developments in Greece and in the Eurozone, his response to the Greek government’s claims that the country’s economy is now recovering, and his prescriptions regarding policy proposals which could reverse the ongoing crisis. He will also discuss his recently-published book on Greece, as well as share his thoughts on the economic difficulties seen throughout Europe and the Eurozone.
Stay tuned for this interview, plus some great Greek music, this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio! Broadcasts begin Thursday, September 29 across our worldwide network.
Dialogos Radio returns this week with a fresh new broadcast for the start of the 2016-2017 broadcast season! On our first broadcast of the new season, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Déborah Berman-Santana, retired professor of geography and ethnic studies at Mills College in Oakland, California, who will share with us the latest on the economic crisis in Puerto Rico and the “bailout” the nation recently received, while also drawing comparisons with the Greek economic crisis, based on her recent visit to Greece.
In addition, hear our commentary of the week segment, plus some great Greek music. All this week, as we launch a new season of Dialogos Radio!
In 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.
In 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.
Dialogos 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!
The 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?
Our 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.
Dialogos 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.
This week on the Dialogos Radio season finale, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an exclusive interview with New York Times bestselling author, filmmaker, investigative reporter, and economist Greg Palast, who will speak to us about his upcoming crowdsourced documentary film project (“The Best Democracy Money Can Buy”) and his investigation into electoral fraud and the stealing of the vote in the United States elections.
In addition, Palast will analyze the latest developments in Latin America, including the Puerto Rican debt crisis, the impeachment of Brazil’s president, the new government of Argentina, and the economic woes faced by Venezuela. Finally, Palast will discuss the latest set of austerity measures passed by the Greek government and will share his analysis as to why he believes that Greece must, even now, depart from the Eurozone.
Tune in for this exclusive interview, plus our commentary of the week and some great Greek music, on this week’s Dialogos Radio broadcast!
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.
Transcripción de la entrevista de Radio Dialogos con el economista y secretario general del Frente Unido Popular de Grecia (EPAM) Dimitris Kazakis. Esta entrevista se emitió en nuestras transmisiones para la semana del 14-20 de abril de 2016. Encuentra el podcast de esta entrevista aquí (en inglés).
Nota de la traductora, Déborah Berman Santana: Esta es la transcripción (traducida al español) de la entrevista realizada en abril 2016 por la emisora “Diálogos Media Radio” (http://dialogosmedia.org/) con el economista, analista y secretario general de La Frente Unida Popular de Grecia (EPAM), Dimitris Kazakis. EPAM fue fundada durante el verando de 2011 en los campamentos de los indignados, en resistencia contra el primer acuerdo del gobierno con los acreedores de la deuda. Las demandas son: 1. Repudio unilateral de la deuda de acuerdo con el derecho internacional; 2. Cancelación de todos los memorandos y los tratados internacionales firmados desde 2010 con el FMI, la UE y el BCE; 3. Salida de la Unión Europea y la zona euro, y un retorno a la moneda nacional; 4. Nacionalización de los principales bancos a partir del Banco de Grecia, con el fin de controlar la economía, para redefinir la política de crédito y para controlar el tráfico de la capital; 5. Juicio y castigo de todos los responsables de la quiebra y la pérdida de la soberanía del país; 6. Nueva Constitución basada en la defensa de la plena soberanía nacional del pueblo de Grecia.
Traducido por Déborah B. Santana
MN: Para acompañarnos hoy en Dialogos Radio es el economista, analista, y secretario general del Frente Unido Popular de Grecia (EPAM) Dimitris Kazakis, que nos hablará hoy sobre los últimos acontecimientos económicos y políticos en Grecia y sobre la candente cuestión de la crisis de los refugiados y migrantes en Grecia y Europa. Dimitri, gracias por estar con nosotros una vez más.
DK: Gracias por recibirme.
MN: Antes de discutir la evolución económica en Grecia, vamos a hablar primero sobre la crisis migratoria y de refugiados. Usted ha hablado mucho sobre este tema y quería empezar por preguntar por el reciente acuerdo entre la Unión Europea y Turquía, que fue co-firmado por el gobierno griego. ¿Es este acuerdo legal y es ejecutable, y qué dice el derecho internacional sobre el tema?
Each year, on the 25th of March, Greeks around the world commemorate the beginning of the Greek revolution against the Ottoman Empire. A commemoration which is closely tied into Greece’s national and cultural identity, and with the freedom and independence of the modern Greek state, after 400 years of occupation by the Ottomans.
But which independence and which sovereignty are we actually talking about here? The result of the Greek revolution of 1821 may well have been the end of 400 years of Turkish occupation and control, but what followed since then and what continues until today is a different sort of occupation, a political and economic occupation and increasingly a cultural one as well. Modern Greece has never been an independent or sovereign state. It has been a colony and protectorate of the Bavarians, who soon after Greece regained so-called “independence” brought in their royal families to rule Greece. Greece was a colony and protectorate of the British, who did what they do best, employing divide and conquer techniques against the Greek people in order to assert control and dominance, as was the case immediately after the end of World War II, when the British turned their backs on the rebels who resisted Nazi occupation and sided with far-right, fascist, criminal elements who had been Nazi collaborators. Greece has been a colony and protectorate of the United States, who brought in so-called “patriotic” elements into power in the 1950s while emptying the country of its educated youth at the time, and who later on brought a full-fledged military dictatorship to Greece, in the name of freedom and democracy of course. And since 1981, Greece has been a bona fide colony of the European Union and later the Eurozone.
It is pretty clear that humanity, and certainly the Greek people, have not yet had enough of so-called saviors. This is the conclusion that I am forced to reach after watching the latest Greek political “hero” Zoe Konstantopoulou being paraded from one major Greek media outlet to another, leading up to the launch of her new political movement.
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