May 04

Our Analysis on the Three Months of the SYRIZA-led Government in Greece, in Truthout

truthoutIn our latest analysis published in Truthout, titled “SYRIZA: Lies, Broken Promises and Prolonged Austerity,” we break down the actions of the SYRIZA-led coalition government in Greece over its first three months in power, and critically examine the government’s many broken promises and pre-election pledges, its continuation of the austerity policies of its predecessors, as well as the continuation of the corruption and patronage of prior governments in Greece.

This detailed analysis can be found on Truthouthttp://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/30575-syriza-lies-broken-promises-and-prolonged-austerity.

May 01

Commentary of the Week: April 30-May 6, 2015

commentaryoftheweekBy Michael Nevradakis

The government of “hope” and of the “radical left” has struck again! This time with an executive decree which forces all state bodies, ranging from local governments and pension funds to universities, to transfer their cash reserves to the Bank of Greece. Such decrees were a favored practice of the previous government, and indeed, it was through such a decree that they forcibly shut down national state broadcaster ERT in June 2013. Let’s take a moment to look back at what high-ranking members of SYRIZA were saying about such executive decrees when they were still the main opposition party. The current deputy minister of social welfare Dimitris Stratoulis once stated that such executive decrees are equivalent to a stripping away of Greece’s popular sovereignty. The current minister of the interior Nikos Voutsis once stated that such executive decrees draw their inspiration from military dictatorships. Member of the European Parliament Dimitris Papadimoulis had said that in no other country is such an embarrassing practice enforced by the government. And even after the elections, as recently as March 17th, Stratoulis had stated that the government was promising not to touch the cash reserves of the state. Now, Stratoulis is saying that the executive decree is a patriotic act, the same words used by the finance minister of the previous government, Giannis Stournaras, to justify similar actions in 2012.

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Apr 08

Transcript: Interview with Scholar and Analyst James Petras

jamespetras1The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with scholar and analyst James Petras, professor emeritus of sociology at Binghamton University in New York, who spoke to us about his experience serving as an adviser to Andreas Papandreou, on the Papandreou family and its role in the destruction of Greece, and on his thoughts regarding Greece’s new SYRIZA-led government. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of April 2-8, 2015. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is James Petras, professor emeritus of sociology at Binghamton University in New York, former adviser to political figures such as Andreas Papandreou in Greece, and Salvadore Allende and Hugo Chavez in Latin America, and author of dozens of books and articles which have been extensively published across the world, in almost 30 languages. James, thank you for joining us today, and for our listeners who may not be familiar with your work, give us just a few more words about yourself and your background.

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Apr 04

Transcript: Interview with Eric Toussaint on New Greek Commission to Audit Public Debt

toussaintThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with political scientist and historian Eric Toussaint of the Committee for the Abolition of Third-World Debt (CADTM), who spoke to us about his recent meetings with members of the Greek government and about the formation of a new parliamentary commission that will audit Greece’s public debt. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of March 26-April 1, 2015. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is political scientist and historian Eric Toussaint, the spokesperson for the Committee to Abolish Third-World Debt. He is one of the founding members of the Committee to Abolish Third-World Debt, as well as the International Debt Observatory, and he participated in the creation of the World Social Forum in 2001. He’s also the author of several books, including Bankocracy, Sixty Questions, Sixty Answers, and The World Bank: A Critical Primer. Eric, welcome to our program today.

ET: Happy to be with you.

MN: To get us started, share with us a few words about the Commission to Abolish Third-World Debt and its work.

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Mar 26

This Week: Interview with Éric Toussaint of the Committee for the Abolition of Third-World Debt

toussaint3This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an extremely timely interview with political scientist and historian Éric Toussaint, senior lecturer at the University of Liege in Belgium and spokesperson for the Committee for the Abolition of Third-World Debt (CADTM). Toussaint will speak to us about his recent meetings with members of the new Greek government and the establishment of a commission to conduct an audit of Greece’s public debt, which Toussaint will be a part of. Toussaint will talk about previous debt audit commissions that he has been part of and examples from other countries which Greece could follow, and he will also discuss the potential political ramifications of this audit of Greece’s debt.

markopoulosIn addition to this week’s interview, we will feature our commentary of the week segment, on the issue of national independence in light of Greece’s Independence Day on March 25th, and we will also feature a special musical tribute to the life and music of renowned Greek composer Yannis Markopoulos.

Tune in for all this and much more this week, exclusively on Dialogos Radio!

Mar 19

This Week: Interview with Thanasis Gounaris of the Pirate Party of Greece

SAMSUNG CSCThis week, Dialogos Radio returns after a one-week hiatus, where this week as part of the Dialogos Interview Series we will be speaking with educator Thanasis Gounaris, who is the president of the board of the Pirate Party of Greece. Gounaris will talk about the Pirate Party in Greece and in Europe, its history, and its positions on various key issues. In addition, Gounaris will share with us his analysis regarding the new Greek coalition government and its first weeks in office. Additionally, in his role as an educator, Gounaris will discuss the problems of bullying and malnutrition that are increasingly being observed in many Greek schools, and what is being done to combat this crisis.

papazoglouAlong with this week’s interview, we will feature our commentary of the week segment, where we will discuss the first weeks of the new SYRIZA-Independent Greeks government, and particularly the most recent statements of Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. In addition, we will feature a special musical tribute to renowned Greek singer and musician Nikos Papazoglou.

Hear all this and much more, this week exclusively on Dialogos Radio!

Mar 18

Read our Latest Interviews and Analysis for Truthout!

truthoutDialogos Radio’s recent interviews with economist Roger Bootle and with John Hilary, executive director of “War on Want,” have been featured in Truthout! Roger Bootle, in his interview, discusses his award-winning proposal for how a Eurozone member-state could safely manage an exit from the Eurozone, while John Hilary discusses the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and its potential impacts on Europe and the United States.

In addition, Truthout has recently featured our latest analysis, titled “Greece’s Syriza Government: Meet The New Sheriff – Same As The Old Sheriff,” focusing on the new Greek government and its many broken campaign promises and pledges, after less than two months in office.

Find these pieces at the following links:

Roger Bootle interview: http://truth-out.org/news/item/29526-economist-roger-bootle-grexit-is-the-only-solution-for-greece.

John Hilary interview: http://truth-out.org/news/item/29644-john-hilary-proposed-ttip-agreement-is-profoundly-undemocratic.

Analysis – Greece’s Syriza Government: Meet The New Sheriff, Same As The Old Sheriff: http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/29530-greece-s-new-syriza-government-meet-the-new-sheriff-same-as-the-old-sheriff.

Mar 12

Transcript: Interview with John Hilary on TTIP

johnhilaryThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with John Hilary, the executive director of London-based organization “War on Want,” who spoke to us about the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of March 5-11, 2015. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series to speak with us about the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, is John Hilary, the executive director of “War on Want,” which is an anti-poverty charitable organization based in London that has been active in raising awareness of this proposed agreement. Mr. Hilary, welcome to our program today.

JH: Thank you very much.

MN: Before we get into specifics, many of our listeners may not have heard about the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) before, or they may be unfamiliar with its details. Could you share with us a brief introduction as to what this proposed agreement is all about?

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Mar 12

Our Interview with Economist Roger Bootle Featured in Truthout

rogerbootleDialogos Radio’s recent interview with esteemed economist Roger Bootle, on his award-winning plan for how a Eurozone member-state can safely manage a departure from the euro, and the reasons why he believes this is the best and only option for Greece, has recently been published by Truthout! Bootle discusses the case of Greece, the policy moves which could be made in order to accomplish such a move, and what the impacts of this might be on Greece and the rest of the Eurozone.

Find this informative and timely interview here: http://truth-out.org/news/item/29526-economist-roger-bootle-grexit-is-the-only-solution-for-greece.

Mar 08

Transcript: Interview with Economist Roger Bootle

rogerbootle2The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with renowned economist and author Roger Bootle.  This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of February 26-March 4, 2015. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is economist Roger Bootle. Roger is a specialist adviser to the British House of Commons Treasury Committee, the founder and Chairman of Capital Economics, he is a regular columnist for The Daily Telegraph, a winner of the prestigious Wolfson Prize in Economics, and the author of “The Trouble With Europe.” Roger, thank you for joining us on our program today.

RB: Pleasure.

MN: Before we delve into our discussion of the Eurozone and a possible exit from the common currency for a country like Greece, what do you make of the latest agreement that was reached between the new Greek government and the Eurogroup this past Friday? Is this a victory for Greece, as the Greek government is proclaiming?

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Mar 05

Our Interview with Political Economist Mark Blyth Published in Truthout

markblyth4Dialogos Radio’s recent interview with political economist, professor, and author Mark Blyth of Brown University has recently been published in Truthout! In this interview, Blyth talks about the new Greek government and its economic proposals, the potential reaction of Europe and the troika, the pros and cons of a possible “grexit,” and the reasons why he believes that austerity policies are catastrophic for Greece and for Europe. In addition, Blyth discusses the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and its potential economic impact on Europe and the United States.

Check out this interview here: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/29268-economist-mark-blyth-continued-austerity-will-be-catastrophic-for-greece-and-europe.

Mar 05

This Week on Dialogos: Interview with John Hilary on the Proposed TTIP Agreement

johnhilary1This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature a timely interview with John Hilary, the executive director of London-based anti-poverty charitable organization “War on Want,” which is leading an information and awareness campaign against the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which is currenty being negotiated in secret between the European Union and the United States. Hilary will share with us details about this proposed agreement, what it consists of, the secret negotiations that are presently in progress, and what TTIP’s adverse impacts might be on democratic governance, the economy, unemployment and job loss, and on matters ranginzambetas2g from food safety to the environment and climate change.

In addition to this interview, tune in this week to hear our commentary of the week segment on the latest political developments in Greece and the new SYRIZA-led coalition government, plus hear our special musical tribute to the late, great Greek composer and musician Giorgos Zambetas.

Hear all this and more this week, exclusively on Dialogos Radio!

Feb 24

Recent Interview on The Real News Network on SYRIZA and its First Days in Office

therealnewsnetworkRecently, Michael Nevradakis, the producer and host of Dialogos Radio, was interviewed by The Real News Network on the latest political developments that are unfolding in Greece, on the first days of the new SYRIZA-Independent Greeks coalition government, and on the “flip-flopping” that has already been observed on the part of the two governing parties, in comparison to their pre-election promises and rhetoric.

Find this interview and read the full transcript here:

Feb 24

Transcript: Interview with Political Economist & Author Mark Blyth

markblyth1The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with renowned political economist, professor, and author Mark Blyth.  This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of February 5-11, 2015. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Brown University economist and professor Mark Blyth, and Mark, welcome back to our program and thank you for joining us today.

MB: Pleasure to be with you again.

MN: All eyes have been on the Greek elections and on the victory of SYRIZA in the polls…in your view, what does SYRIZA’s victory mean for Greece and for Europe?

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Feb 01

Read our Greek Election Analysis and Recent Interviews in Truthout!

truthoutRead our recent articles analyzing the elections in Greece, which we prepared for Truthout, where we provide our own insights and opinions regarding SYRIZA’s electoral win, their economic and political platform, while we also pose a series of tough questions for the Greece’s new governments. Find the articles by clicking below:

In addition, our recent interview with Greek economist Leonidas Vatikiotis has also recently been published by Truthout. Find it here.