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