This Week: Éric Toussaint on Greece’s Debt and SYRIZA’s Capitulation

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toussaint5This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature a detailed interview with Éric Toussaint, spokesperson for the CADTM International, the International Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt, and scientific coordinator of the Greek Truth Commission on Public Debt.

In this interview, Toussaint will speak to us about the findings of the Greek Truth Commission on Public Debt and how they were rejected by the current SYRIZA-led government, on the legal options available to Greece at this time with regard to its public debt, and will analyze the claims made by economist and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis in his recent book, about the negotiations which purportedly took place between Greece and its lenders, and the policy options which were or were not available to Greece in 2015, prior to SYRIZA’s final capitulation following the July 5th referendum rejecting further austerity.

The Inflation of Greece’s Deficit and Debt Figures and the Trials of Andreas Georgiou

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mintpressnewsThe mainstream narrative regarding the cause of the severe economic crisis Greece has experienced is that the Greek people and Greek state were irresponsible with their finances, lived “beyond their means” at the expense of EU taxpayers, and provided overly generous social benefits to an underproductive and lazy populace.

A different view exists, however — one that is based on allegations that Greece was driven into the memorandum and austerity regime not by economic incompetence and cultural deficiencies, but by a fraud that was perpetrated against the Greek people and the country of Greece.

In our latest for Mint Press News, whistleblower Nikos Logothetis, former board member for the Greek Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) details these allegations of fraud and shares the latest on the criminal and civil cases and verdicts against former ELSTAT president and IMF employee Andreas Georgiou.

Find this interview here: https://www.mintpressnews.com/trials-andreas-georgiou-fraud-drove-greece-austerity/235102/.

An Insider View of SYRIZA’s Capitulation to the EU

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mintpressnewsIn our latest for Mint Press News, journalist Dimitris Yannopoulos details his experience as press aide to economist Yanis Varoufakis, during the latter’s term as Greece’s finance minister in the first months of 2015. Yannopoulos describes how the decisions taken and the agreements made by the SYRIZA-led government and by Varoufakis himself resulted in Greece’s total capitulation to EU blackmail, and to the continuance of the previously existing memorandum agreements and furtherance of economic austerity measures.

Find this interview here: https://www.mintpressnews.com/an-insiders-view-of-syriza-led-greek-capitulation-to-eu-blackmail/235074/.

Nov 15

Transcript: Interview with Whistleblower Nikos Logothetis on ELSTAT Scandal

nikoslogothetis1The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with journalist and whistleblower Nikos Logothetis, a former member of the board of the Greek Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) turned whistleblower. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of November 8-14, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Nikos Logothetis, former board member of the Greek Statistical Authority ELSTAT, who will speak with us today about the background and current status of the well-known case regarding the augmentation of Greece’s deficit figures, which provided the impetus to impose austerity politics in Greece. Mr. Logothetis, welcome back to our program.

NL: Thank you Mr. Nevradakis, nice to hear from you.

MN: Let’s begin with a discussion about Andreas Georgiou, the embattled former president of ELSTAT who oversaw the augmentation of the Greek deficit and debt. Describe for us Georgiou’s background prior to taking on the role of president of ELSTAT. Was Georgiou even a statistician? Continue reading

Nov 08

Austerity and Disaster Capitalism in Greece and Puerto Rico: Two-Part Interview

mintpressnewsIn a two-part series of interviews for Mint Press News with Déborah Berman-Santana, retired professor of geography and ethnic studies at Mills College in Oakland, California, we take a look at the situation on the ground in Puerto Rico and its colonial and economic similarities with Greece. Part one of the series focuses on Puerto Rico’s economic crisis and colonial status and its striking similarities with Greece, while part two focuses on the “recovery” in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, and the destructive effects of disaster capitalism.

Part one: https://www.mintpressnews.com/colonization-of-land-and-mind-the-struggle-for-a-post-colonial-puerto-rico/234196/.

Part two: http://www.mintpressnews.com/puerto-ricos-recovery-efforts-have-been-stymied-by-its-colonial-status/234296/.

Nov 08

This Week: Nikos Logothetis on ELSTAT Scandal, Augmentation of Greece’s Deficit and Debt

nikoslogothetis3This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Nikos Logothetis, former member of the board with the Greek Statistical Authority, also known as ELSTAT.

Logothetis will discuss the allegations that have been made that Greece’s deficit and debt figures were augmented fraudulently by ELSTAT and its former president, Andreas Georgiou, to provide the impetus to drag Greece under troika supervision and under the destructive austerity and memorandum regime. Logothetis will speak to us about these allegations, the recent judicial decisions against Georgiou, and the court cases which are still ongoing.

Nov 01

Transcript: Dimitris Yannopoulos on how Yanis Varoufakis and SYRIZA Betrayed Greece

yannopoulos3The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with journalist and whistleblower Dimitris Yannopoulos, who served as Yanis Varoufakis’ press adviser during the latter’s tenure as Greece’s finance minister in the first half of 2015. This interview aired in two parts on our broadcasts between October 11-31, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Greek journalist Dimitris Yannopoulos, who is the former press adviser to the well-known economist Yanis Varoufakis during his tenure as Greece’s finance minister in the first half of 2015. Mr. Yannopoulos will share with us some rather interesting insights regarding Varoufakis and his tenure as Greece’s finance minister, while we will also discuss present-day political developments in Greece. Mr. Yannopoulos, welcome to our program.

DY: Hello and thanks for having me Michael.

MN: Describe for us, first off, your experience as the press adviser to Yanis Varoufakis during his tenure as finance minister of Greece. Continue reading

Oct 25

This Week: Part II of Dimitris Yannopoulos Interview + Maria Karamitsos of WindyCity Greek

yannopoulos_newThis week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature two interviews that you will not want to miss. We will begin this week’s broadcast with part two of our interview with journalist Dimitris Yannopoulos, formerly the press adviser for Greece’s ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. In part one of our interview, Yannopoulos revealed how Varoufakis’ decisions, contrary to his rhetoric, anchored Greece into continued economic austerity. This week in part two, Yannopoulos will analyze the current economic and political situation in Greece today, and the claims of the SYRIZA-led coalition government that Greece has “turned the corner” economically.windycitygreek

Following this, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Maria Karamitsos, founder and editor of WindyCityGreek.com. She will share with us a fascinating account of the development of Chicago’s famous “Greektown” and the development of the Greek community in the Windy City, discuss WindyCity Greek and the concept behind this website, and also share an update with us regarding the recent visit of Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras to Chicago.

Finally, read the recent interview of Michael Nevradakis, producer and host of Dialogos Radio, in WindyCity Greek as part of the Greek-Americans in Greece series, by clicking here!

Oct 10

This Week: Revelations by Former Varoufakis Press Adviser Dimitris Yannopoulos

yannopoulosThis week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature part one of a two-part interview with Dimitris Yannopoulos, who previously served as the press adviser for the former finance minister of Greece, Yanis Varoufakis, during Varoufakis’ tenure as finance minister. In the first part of our interview with Yannopoulos, we will discuss his time working as the press adviser to the then finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, and will share with us some rather revealing details about the true agreements which Varoufakis made with Greece’s lenders in early 2015, during the first months of the then-newly elected SYRIZA-led government, agreements which contrary to the public image of Varoufakis as an anti-austerity renegade, actually tied Greece into further austerity.

Oct 04

Transcript: Déborah Berman-Santana on the Puerto Rico-Greece Connection

deborah2The 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 was recorded prior to the impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, and aired on our broadcasts for the week of September 27-October 3, 2017. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series for our first broadcast of the 2017-2018 season is one of our regular guests, Déborah Berman-Santana, who is a retired professor of geography and ethnic studies at Mills College in Oakland, California. Deborah will speak to us today about the latest taking place in Puerto Rico, an island that especially recently has been ravaged on multiple fronts, and which presents many similarities with what we’re seeing on an ongoing basis in Greece. Déborah, welcome back to our program.

DBS: Thank you, glad to be here.

MN: Let’s begin with perhaps the most pressing issue of all, Hurricane Irma and its aftermath. What was the impact of the storm on Puerto Rico and how was the island able to respond? Continue reading

Sep 26

A New Season Begins: Interview with Déborah Berman-Santana on the Puerto Rico-Greece Connection

deborah1This week, Dialogos Radio’s 2017-2018 broadcast season begins, with the Dialogos Interview Series featuring a detailed interview with Déborah Berman-Santana, retired professor of geography and ethnic studies at Mills College in Oakland, California. In this interview, Berman-Santana discusses the latest economic and political developments in the beleaguered island of Puerto Rico and the many striking similarities which exist with Greece, the continued struggle for independence and autonomy in Puerto Rico, the compatibility of nationalism with internationalism, and her current visit to Greece, including her upcoming public appearance at Greece’s Resistance Festival.

Jul 17

Our Interview with Economist Spiros Lavdiotis Published in Mint Press News

mintpressnewsOur recent Dialogos Radio interview with economist and former Bank of Canada analyst Spiros Lavdiotis has been published in Mint Press News, under the title “Ancient Greece Could Hold The Key To Solving Today’s Debt Crisis.”

In this interview, Lavdiotis discusses the present-day economic situation in Greece, the modern-day origins of austerity, the reasons why he believes “Grexit” is the best and only option for Greece, and discusses what ancient Greece could teach us about dealing with debt.

Find this interview here: https://www.mintpressnews.com/ancient-greece-hold-key-solving-todays-debt-crisis/229812/.

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 on ELSTAT Scandal

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