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“I Have Just Been Ordered Not to Speak” – Corruption, Clientelism, and Censorship in Greece’s Media Landscape
Our series of articles on the long history of corruption, lawlessness, and censorship in Greece’s media sector, a situation which is worsening today.
Part One: “Corruption, Clientelism And Censorship In Greece’s Media Landscape” (click here for French translation)
Part Two: “Savage Deregulation: Further Censorship And Crackdowns In Greek Media” (click here for French translation)
Part Three: “Twelve Years Before ERT’s Shutdown, a Dark Chapter in Greece’s Media History” (click here for French translation)
Part Four: “Setting a Bad Example: Flouting Legal Requirements in Greek Broadcasting” (click here for French translation)
Part Five: “In Greece: Media Censorship, Self-Censorship, Journalist Arrests and Murder”
Part Six: “Greek Mainstream Media: Economic Interests Come Before the Law”
Part Seven: “I Have Just Been Ordered Not to Speak”: Reasons for Greek Public Broadcasting Shutdown”
Part Eight: “Greece: A Grave Situation With Very Real Consequences“
April 20, 2017 (Mint Press News)
Interview with Turkish journalist Gürkan Özturan of dokuz8news, who spoke to us about the Turkish constitutional referendum and the political changes afoot in Turkey, the reduction of rights for opposition political parties and journalists in Turkey, Tayip Erdogan’s vision for Turkey, and more. Greece’s New Deal From European Lenders Delivers More Neoliberalism
March 28, 2017 (Mint Press News)
Interview with Greek economist and analyst Dimitris Karousos, who spoke to us about the Greek government’s latest 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. The Duran’s Alexander Mercouris On “Fake News,” Russia Allegations And Change In Europe
March 27, 2017 (Mint Press News)
An interview with Alexander Mercouris, co-founder of The Duran, on 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.” A Greek Perspective on Donald Trump, Brexit, and Media Hysteria
March 24, 2017 (TheDuran.com)
Analysis which examines international developments, including the new presidency of Donald Trump in the United States, Brexit in Great Britain, war and conflict in the Middle East, and anti-Russian hysteria in the mass media, from an “on the ground” perspective in Greece. Economist Mark Blyth Delves Into Rising Inequality — & Populism — Around The World
March 1, 2017 (Mint Press News)
Our recent interview with Brown University professor of international political economy Mark Blyth, on the economic policies of the new Trump administration in the United States, austerity, Brexit, Grexit, and much more. The Duran’s Alex Christoforou: Treating Russia As The ‘Bogeyman’ Has Failed
February 23, 2017 (Mint Press News)
A combination of Dialogos Radio’s English- and Greek-language interviews with journalist and geopolitical analyst Alex Christoforou, co-founder of TheDuran.com. This interview covers a range of geopolitical topics, including Trump’s foreign policy, Russia, Syria, Iran, Cyprus reunification talks, Brexit and Grexit, and more. Brazil’s Manufactured Coup: The ‘Shock Doctrine’ Returns To Latin America
February 13, 2017 (Mint Press News)
Our article examining political developments in Brazil preceding and following the ouster of democratically-elected president Dilma Rousseff, and the many similarities and parallels which exist between Brazil and the European South, including Greece. How Turkey’s Coup Attempt Spiraled Into A Dangerous Descent Towards Dictatorship
January 25, 2017 (Mint Press News)
Our interview with Duke University professor of political science Bahar Leventoglu on Turkey and political developments in the country. In this interview, Leventoglu analyzes the failed coup attempt of July 2016 and its aftermath, and the Erdogan government’s move towards autocratic rule. Former Reagan Secretary Paul Craig Roberts: Oligarchs Are True Purveyors Of Fake News
December 19, 2016 (Mint Press News)
In this wide-ranging interview, Roberts discusses the election of Donald Trump in the United States, the recent referendums in Britain and Italy, the issue of so-called “fake news,” developments in Syria, and more. The Ongoing ‘Fake News’ Battle Obscures The Truth About Fake Democracies
December 16, 2016 (Mint Press News)
In this piece, we examine the facade of democracy which exists in the European Union today, referencing the Greek referendum result of 2015, the recent British referendum result in favor of Brexit and the danger of it being overturned, the possibility that the Italian referendum result will also be ignored, and we connect these issues to the topic of so-called “fake news” and hysteria over the supposed “Russian menace.” Economist Jack Rasmus: Eurozone Benefits The Strongest Economies At The Expense Of The Weakest
October 31, 2016 (Mint Press News)
An interview with economist and professor Jack Rasmus, author of “Looting Greece.” Rasmus discusses the Greek economic crisis, strategic mistakes committed by the SYRIZA-led Greek government and by previous governments, the legitimacy of Greece’s debt, on the economic realities of Eurozone membership for countries with weaker economies, while also presenting his latest book. Greece’s Neoliberal Wolves In Anti-Austerity Sheep’s Clothing
October 19, 2016 (Mint Press News)
In our analysis, we take a look at Greece’s new purported “saviors,” including Yanis Varoufakis, Zoe Konstantopoulou, and Panagiotis Lafazanis, and at their actual record when they were in positions of power, in contradiction with their supposed “anti-austerity” rhetoric. In A Mess Of Corruption & Neoliberal Austerity, Syriza Sells Greece Out To The Highest Bidders
September 12, 2016 (Mint Press News)
In our analysis, 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. Wall Street Vultures Descend On Debt-Ridden Puerto Rico
August 18, 2016 (Mint Press News)
Our interview with Déborah Berman-Santana, retired professor of geography and ethnic studies at Mills College in Oakland, California, on the ongoing “debt crisis” in Puerto Rico, the island’s recent so-called “bailout” from the U.S. government, and the many similarities which exist between the crises in Puerto Rico and Greece. Before The Brexit: Greek Voters Said ‘No’ To Austerity Measures, Got More Austerity Measures
July 6, 2016 (MintPress News)
Our analysis on the one year anniversary of the Greek austerity referendum. British voters had over a year to come to an informed opinion about a straightforward question on whether to leave the EU. Greek voters had eight days to consider a ‘creatively ambiguous’ referendum on austerity measures amid an atmosphere of tremendous media and government propaganda. Beyond Racism & Xenophobia: Brexit Supporters Reject The EU’s Neoliberal, Anti-Democracy Empire
July 1, 2016 (MintPress News)
Our post-Brexit analysis. British voters bravely rejected a profoundly undemocratic, neoliberal EU, which is perceived as placing the interests of the financial elite ahead of the needs of ordinary citizens. Life in a Modern Day Debt Colony: The Truth about Greece
June 27, 2016 (99getsmart.com)
It’s time someone told you the truth. The truth about Greece. Read further and find out what the situation in Greece is really like today. Also published in Off-Guardian. Greg Palast on US Election Fraud and Neoliberalism Gone Amok in Latin America and Greece
June 27, 2016 (Truthout)
Our interview with investigative journalist, bestselling author, economist, and filmmaker Greg Palast, on Greece and why it should immediately abandon the euro, on the neoliberal origins of the European common currency, on political and economic developments in Latin America, his investigation into election fraud in the United States, and his new crowdsourced documentary film project. Growing Movement to Exit EU: An Interview With Antti Pesonen of Finland’s Independence Party
June 19, 2016 (Truthout)
The former head of Finland’s Independence Party, Antti Pesonen, spoke to us about the growing movement in Finland in favor of exiting the European Union and the Eurozone, while describing the many political and economic similarities between Finland and Greece. Economist Dimitris Kazakis: Greece Can and Must Leave the Eurozone and EU
May 21, 2016 (Truthout)
The economist and General Secretary of Greece’s United Popular Front (EPAM) Dimitris Kazakis discusses ongoing economic and political developments in Greece, the refugee and migrant crisis, the impact of austerity on the country, and EPAM’s positions in favor of a Greek departure from the Eurozone and European Union and a unilteral write-off of Greece’s debt. Economist Paul Craig Roberts: Greece Must Leave the Eurozone to Regain Its Sovereignty
May 4, 2016 (Truthout)
Economist, author, and columnist Paul Craig Roberts, former undersecretary of the United States Treasury, speaks about Greece, its debt, the privatizations that are being enforced, and the need to leave the Eurozone, while also analyzing broader geopolitical trends globally and sharing his analysis of the upcoming presidential elections in the United States. Human Rights Lawyer Francis Boyle on US War Crimes, the Refugee Crisis in Europe and More
April 4, 2016 (Truthout)
Our radio interview with renowned international law expert and human rights activist Francis Boyle, on war crimes committed by the United States and NATO on a global basis, on the refugee crisis that is unfolding in Europe, and on the Greek debt and memorandum agreements and their validity under international law. Taking Action Against Austerity, Greek Activists Block Home Foreclosures
March 10, 2016 (Truthout)
Our interview with Mona Amanatidou and Christos Triarchis, two activists with Greece’s “Popular Stoppage of Payments” movement, who spoke about the movement and its efforts to block the foreclosure and auction of homes in Greece, by means of a weekly presence in courthouses all throughout Greece. Why Greece Must Ditch The Euro: An Interview With Economist Dimitris Karousos
February 17, 2016 (Truthout)
Our interview with Greek economist and analyst Dimitris Karousos, who discussed pressing economic issues in Greece, including the recent bank recapitalization, proposed pension cuts, continued privatizations of public assets, the illegal and odious public debt, and his belief that Greece must leave the EU and the Eurozone and return to a national currency. Also available in Greek, via freepen.gr and Teleytaia Exodos. Before You Applaud Varoufakis’ New European “Democracy” Movement, Think Again
February 9, 2016 (99getsmart.com)
Our commentary on Yanis Varoufakis and his true record as Greece’s finance minister and as an economist, contradicting his reputation as an “anti-austerity” and “pro-democracy” crusader. Also available in Greek, via freepen.gr and via Anemos Antistasis. Before You Applaud Varoufakis’ New European “Democracy” Movement, Think Again
February 9, 2016 (99getsmart.com)
Our commentary on Yanis Varoufakis and his true record as Greece’s finance minister and as an economist, contradicting his reputation as an “anti-austerity” and “pro-democracy” crusader. Economist Warren Mosler: If the EU Doesn’t Loosen Its Deficit Limits, Greece Should Leave the Euro
December 25, 2015 (Truthout)
Our radio interview with economist Warren Mosler, discussing debt, money, the economic crisis in Greece and in Europe, and his proposed solutions for Greece and Europe to emerge from the crisis. Also available in Greek, via freepen.gr. Dialogos Radio: Interview with Panagiotis Oikonomidis of Greece’s “No Middlemen Movement”
November 17, 2015 (99getsmart.com)
Our radio interview with Panagiotis Oikonomidis of the “No Middlemen Movement” in Greece, who discusses the movement, its history and actions, the ways in which it helps households in need, the challenges it is facing, and on how the social economy can transform Greece. Also featured in GreekTV.com. Also available in Greek, via Anemos Antistasis. Aviation Industry Expert Bill Kalivas Discusses His Campaign to Bring More Nonstop Flights from the U.S. to Greece
November 13, 2015 (GreekTV.com)
In this interview, aviation industry expert Bill Kalivas discusses his online campaign to bring more direct flights from the United States to Greece while also commenting on aviation and tourism prospects in Greece. Terrorism and Crackdowns in Turkey: An Interview With Gürkan Ozturan
November 2, 2015 (Truthout)
Our radio interview with Turkish journalist, academic, and activist Gürkan Ozturan in the lead-up to the Turkish elections. Ozturan spoke to us about the recent terrorist attacks in Ankara, the government crackdown on democracy and free speech in Turkey, the ongoing war and conflict in Syria and with the Kurds, and the growing refugee crisis. Also available in Greek via freepen.gr. Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis: Greece Isn’t Alone in Struggling Against Austerity
October 19, 2015 (Truthout)
Our radio interview with Déborah Berman-Santana, retired professor of ethnic studies and geography at Mills College in Oakland, California, who spoke about the ongoing economic crisis and long history of colonial subjugation in Puerto Rico and the many similarities which exist with the situation in Greece. Also available in Greek via freepen.gr. Q&A with Michael Nevradakis
October 11, 2015 (GreekTV.com)
A feature by GreekTV.com on Dialogos Radio and its producer/host Michael Nevradakis. In this feature, Nevradakis discusses the history of Dialogos Radio and what inspired him to launch the program in 2010, the philosophy which guides Dialogos Radio’s programming, the use of new media and technological tools to expand the range of our broadcasts, and interesting moments from the show’s history. “Democracy No Longer Matters In The EU”: An Analysis Of The Greek Election
October 6, 2015 (Truthout)
Our recent radio interview with journalist and political analyst Dimitri Lascaris of The Real News Network, analyzing the results of the snap parliamentary elections held in Greece on September 20, the implications of these results for Greece. Lascaris also discusses his own candidacy in the upcoming Canadian parliamentary elections. Living as an “Ellinida” in the Diaspora: An Interview with Irene Archos of “Greek-American Girl”
September 24, 2015 (GreekTV.com)
Our recent radio interview with Greek-American professor, journalist, and blogger Irene Archos, founder of GreekAmericanGirl.com, who spoke to us about her website, about life as a woman of the Greek diaspora, and about her upcoming initiative to bring together women from the global Greek community. As Greek Elections Near, Expecting More of the Same From Syriza Spinoff Party
September 17, 2015 (Truthout)
Our interview with scholar and analyst James Petras on the September 20, 2015 snap parliamentary elections in Greece, the political developments of the previous summer in Greece, including the July 5 referendum and the rejection of its result by the SYRIZA-led coalition government, and discussions on the role of the European Union in Greece’s crisis. Also available in Greek from freepen.gr. GREECE’D: We Voted ‘No’ to Slavery, But ‘Yes’ to Our Chains
July 6, 2015 (gregpalast.com, opednews.com)
Our joint analysis, along with renowned investigative journalist and bestselling author Greg Palast, on the “no” result in Greece’s referendum on July 5, the SYRIZA government’s continued insistence on keeping Greece within the Eurozone, an explanation as to the true origin and goals of the European common currency, and arguments as to why it is in Greece’s best interest to leave the euro immediately. Also published on opednews.com and on our website. Greece Referendum: Syriza Didn’t Get The Message
July 6, 2015 (99getsmart.com)
Our analysis of the Greek government’s initial actions in light of the resounding “no” vote in the referendum of July 5. Includes an analysis of Yanis Varoufakis’ following his resignation and arguments as to why his “hero” status is unwarranted, while warning of SYRIZA’s potential capitulation to new austerity demands. Also published on our website. Greece’s True Referendum Begins Now
July 5, 2015 (99getsmart.com)
Our follow-up analysis in the aftermath of the result of the Greek referendum of July 5, where we discuss the true significance of the vote, the media and political manipulation that the people of Greece overcame, and the true referendum which began immediately following the announcement of the results. Also published on our website. The Truth About Greece: Syriza’s Creatively Ambiguous Referendum
July 4, 2015 (99getsmart.com)
Our extensive analysis on the situation on the ground in Greece in the days leading up to the July 5 referendum. The truth about SYRIZA and the referendum, SYRIZA’s own proposals for further austerity, the EU’s undemocratic nature, the manipulation and sensationalism of the media coverage out of Greece, and the true alternatives which exist. Also published in the Daily Kos and on our website. Tariq Ali: Syriza Is Not Doing Enough for Greece
July 2, 2015 (Truthout)
Our radio interview with world-renowned author and analyst Tariq Ali, on the political and economic developments in Greece and Europe, the failures of austerity and the policies of the European Union and the IMF, and his upcoming visits to Greece. Thanasis Gounaris of the Pirate Party of Greece Discusses Politics and the Crisis in Greek Schools
June 8, 2015 (GreekTV.com)
Our radio interview with Thanasis Gounaris of the Pirate Party of Greece, who spoke to us about the party, its history and positions, current political and economic developments in Greece, and the humanitarian crisis seen in Greek schools. Mark Crispin Miller: Neoliberalism And Its Impacts On Free Speech, Education And Democracy
May 30, 2015 (Truthout)
Our radio interview with renowned scholar and author Mark Crispin Miller of New York University, editor of the “Forbidden Bookshelf” series of e-books, on neoliberalism and its adverse global impact on democracy, elections, media and journalism, free speech, and education. The Life of a Greek-American Comedian: Interview with Yannis Pappas
May 10, 2015 (Truthout)
Our radio interview with up-and-coming Greek-American comedian Yannis Pappas, the man behind the famous Mr. Panos character, who spoke to us about his comedy career, his endeavors in the world of television, about Mr. Panos, and about how his Greek roots influence his material as a comedian. Syriza: Lies, Broken Promises And Prolonged Austerity
May 4, 2015 (Truthout)
Our article analyzing the first three months of the SYRIZA-led coalition government in Greece, including its many shattered pre-election promises and campaign pledges, as well as its continuation of economic austerity measures and the previous governments’ privatization program. James Petras: Syriza’s Deception Must Stop
April 22, 2015 (Truthout)
Our radio interview with scholar, analyst, and author James Petras, professor emeritus of sociology at Binghamton University in New York, on his years advising former Greek prime minister Andreas Papandreou, the reasons why he believes that the Papandreou family has destroyed Greece, and his analysis of Greece’s SYRIZA-led coalition government, which he believes is a continuation of PASOK, through its utilization of leftist rhetoric to justify right-wing policies In Greece, New Commission Will Audit All National Debt
April 3, 2015 (Truthout)
Our radio interview with political scientist and historian Eric Toussaint of the Committee for the Abolition of Third-World Debt, who discussed his recent meetings with members of the Greek government and the formation of a parliamentary commission to audit Greece’s public debt, which Toussaint will be a part The First Casualty of the Cold War: Journalist Kati Marton on the Polk Conspiracy
March 28, 2015 (Truthout)
Our radio interview with journalist and author Kati Marton, author of the bestselling book “The Polk Conspiracy: Murder and Cover-Up in the Case of CBS News Correspondent George Polk.” In this interview, Marton talks about Polk, his murder during the Greek civil war, and the conspiracy which followed at the hands of the right-wing Greek government and the U.S. and British secret services. She also talks about the difficulties she faced in publishing this book, including its censorship in Greece. John Hilary: Proposed TTIP Agreement Is Profoundly Undemocratic
March 18, 2015 (Truthout)
Our radio interview with John Hilary, executive director of London-based organization “War on Want,” who spoke to us about the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States, and its potential adverse impacts on democracy, the economy, the environment, and society in both Europe and the U.S. Greece’s Syriza Government: Meet the New Sheriff – Same as the Old Sheriff
March 15, 2015 (Truthout)
Our analysis on the first two months of the SYRIZA-Independent Greeks coalition government in Greece, its many broken campaign promises and pledges, its continuation of economic austerity measures, and its dubious sincerity. Economist Roger Bootle: “Grexit” Is The Only Solution For Greece
March 10, 2015 (Truthout)
Our radio interview with renowned economist Roger Bootle of Capital Economics in London, winner of the Wolfson Prize in Economics for his proposal as to how a Eurozone member-state could manage an orderly exit from the euro. Bootle talks about the case of Greece, how Greece could exit, and why he believes it is the best and only option for the country. Economist Mark Blyth: Continued Austerity Will Be Catastrophic for Greece and Europe
February 28, 2015 (Truthout)
Our radio interview with political economist, professor, and author Mark Blyth, on the economic proposals put forth by Greece’s new government, on Europe’s potential upcoming moves, on the pros and cons of a “grexit,” and on Blyth’s thoughts regarding the catastrophic consequences of austerity for Greece and for Europe. Blyth also discusses the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Palast to Syriza: Don’t Lie, It’s Impossible to End Austerity Within the Eurozone
February 26, 2015 (Truthout)
Our radio interview with investigative journalist and bestselling author Greg Palast, on SYRIZA’s economic proposals, the history of the euro, Palast’s belief that Greece should depart from the Eurozone, on how Goldman Sachs helped perpetuate the Greek economic crisis, and on the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). From the Greek Resistance to Onassis’ Boardroom
February 17, 2015 (GreekTV.com)
An article on the fascinating life story of Paul Ioannidis, the honorary vice-president of the Onassis Foundation and author of the riveting autobiography “Destiny Prevails,” recounting his role as part of the Greek resistance against the Nazis during World War II and his longstanding friendship and business relationship with Aristotle Onassis and his family. Syriza’s Victory: Hold the Champagne
January 28, 2015 (Truthout)
A post-election analysis which questions the positive and enthusiastic rhetoric surrounding SYRIZA’s January 25 electoral victory and calling into question the sincerity of its promises of hope and change for Greece. Syriza and the Greek Elections: The Tough Questions That Must Be Asked
January 24, 2015 (Truthout)
An analysis of the promises being made by the SYRIZA political party in the leadup to the January 25 parliamentary elections in Greece, and a series of questions posed to SYRIZA on issues that it has not addressed, and on issues in which it has watered down its position. Economist Leonidas Vatikiotis: Syriza’s Proposals Don’t Go Far Enough for Greece
January 22, 2015 (Truthout)
Our radio interview with economist and analyst Leonidas Vatikiotis, on the economic proposals presented by SYRIZA leading up to the Greek elections, on his belief that a “grexit” is necessary, and on the economic and political state of the country. Interview with Chef, Author, and Greek Food Guru Diane Kochilas
January 20, 2015 (GreekTV.com)
An interview with renowned chef, author, and “Greek food guru” Diane Kochilas on her latest book, her Greek cooking show on television, on the growth in popularity of Greek culinary products in the global marketplace, on her new projects, and on the cooking classes she offers each year in the island of Ikaria. Richard Wolff on the Greek Crisis, Austerity and a Post-Capitalist Future
January 15, 2015 (Truthout)
Our radio interview with economist, professor, and author Richard Wolff, on the economic crisis in Greece, on the failures of austerity policies, and on Wolff’s proposals for a transition to a post-capitalist economic model in Grece and worldwide. Social Media and the Greek Crisis: Its Impact on the Greek Public Sphere
January 15, 2015 (The Cultural Politics of the Greek Crisis)
Special article on how social and new media have impacted Greek politics, journalism, and civil society during a time of economic, political, and social crisis. Greg Palast: Greece Is a Crime Scene, and Vulture Funds Are to Blame
January 9, 2015 (Truthout)
Our radio interview with investigative journalist and bestselling author Greg Palast, on the Greek economic situation and how vulture funds played a significant role in the Greek crisis. Palast also shares his thoughts on whether Greece should depart from the Eurozone, and on economic examples the country could follow.
What They Haven’t Told Us About the European Financial Crisis
December 11, 2014
Our radio interview with economist and professor Ha-Joon Chang of the University of Cambridge, on the ongoing financial crisis in Europe, the economic situation in Greece, the myths surrounding the crisis and the new economic bubble, which he argues is about to burst.
The History of a Dangerous Idea: Mark Blyth Talks Austerity, Greece and the Global Economic Crisis
November 22, 2014
Our radio interview with economist and professor Mark Blyth of Brown University, on the historical and catastrophic failures of economic austerity policies, and why such policies are wrong for Greece and Europe at this time.
Germany’s Unpaid Debt to Greece: Economist Albrecht Ritschl on WWII Reparations That Never Were
November 7, 2014
Our radio interview with economist and professor Albrecht Ritschl of the London School of Economics, on the issue of Germany’s unpaid World War II debts and reparations towards Greece, published in Truthout.
An Economic Hit Man Speaks Out: John Perkins on How Greece Has Fallen Victim to “Economic Hit Men”
September 11, 2014
Our radio interview with John Perkins, author of such books as “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” published in Truthout. For Greek translation, click here. For French translation, click here. For Italian translation, click here.
A victory of the Greek left? Not so fast!
May 26, 2014
A commentary based on the results of the 2014 European Parliamentary elections and local/municipal elections in Greece.
Community: Q&A with Atenistas
May 18, 2014 (Portes Magazine)
Our interview with Nantia Papadimitriou of the atenistas citizens’ movement in Athens, Greece, on the movement and its initiatives to improve the quality of life in the city of Athens.
Greek government sends riot police on overnight raid of ERT
November 6, 2013
An article and live blog which chronicled the overnight raid of ERT’s Athens headquarters by riot police, after several months of occupation by its laid-off employees and journalists.
The Shutdown of ERT and Greece’s Media Landscape: A Modern-Day Wild Wild West
August 24, 2013
A detailed article chronicling the long history of collusion between successive Greek governments and major media and business moguls in Greece. The article highlights past precedents where laws pertaining to media and broadcasting were selectively enforced, and where small, independent, or unpopular media voices were often forcefully shut down while the lawlessness of major media outlets was tolerated. This precedent provides the context in which ERT, Greece’s public broadcaster, was forced off the air by the Greek government.
European Broadcasting Union Sells Out Greece’s Public Broadcaster
August 20, 2013
In a recent announcement, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced that it would cease retransmitting the employee-run protest broadcasts of ERT, Greece’s national public broadcaster, on Wednesday. ERT was officially shut down by the Greek government on June 11 but has remained on the air since then with the help of the EBU. In its statement, the EBU claimed that the new “interim” public broadcaster launched by the Greek government will fulfill public service obligations.
Greg Palast: Why are the Greek People Agreeing to their Own Destruction?
August 9, 2013
Based on a recent Dialogos Radio interview with Greg Palast, who questions the inaction against the policies of austerity that are being enforced in Greece by the Greek government, the European Union, and the International Monetary Fund.
Chronicling the Greek Government’s Shutdown of ERT
June 17, 2013
The sudden announcement by the Greek government last Tuesday that it was shutting down national public broadcaster ERT set off a new wave of protests and stirred a new political crisis in Greece. This detailed article chronicles the shutdown of ERT, the protests which have followed, the unprecedented discussion of social and political issues that the shutdown of ERT has spurred, and the actions of an increasingly authoritarian political regime in Greece.
New Eurogroup Agreement On Cyprus Proves that Democracy Doesn’t Matter
March 25, 2013
Today, March 25th, is Greek Independence Day, but in Athens, just as in Nicosia, there is little reason to celebrate. In the wee hours of Monday morning, the Eurogroup and Cypriot government representatives reached an agreement in principle on a new deal that would “bail out” Cyprus and its suffering economy. According to reports coming out of Brussels, the new plan proposes a 30% “haircut” on deposits of over €100,000 in the Bank of Cyprus, which will, as a result, be …
The Historic “No” of Cyprus: History Repeats Itself
March 20, 2013
The historic “no” of the Cypriot parliament to the “bailout” and “haircut” of bank deposits prescribed by the EU has a historical precedent: Cyprus’ rejection of the Annan Plan for “reunification” of the island in 2004. Then, just as now, the pressure from the international community was intense, and the consequences of a rejection were said to be dire. Then, just as now, Cyprus withstood the pressure and said “no.”
BREAKING NEWS: Parliament of Cyprus Rejects “Bailout,” Bank “Haircut”
March 19, 2013
In a vote that already has the makings of being enshrined in history, the parliament of Cyprus voted on Tuesday evening to reject the EU-sponsored “bailout” of the country’s economy. This “bailout” included the extremely controversial “haircut” of all bank deposits in Cypriot banks, which made worldwide headlines this past week and which was wholeheartedly supported by the European Union, and in particular, countries such as Germany. In total, 36 members of p …
A Tale of Two European Unions
March 19, 2013
A tale of two European Unions: austerity-choked Greece on the one hand, where tens of thousands of households kept warm by burning firewood and whatever else they could find this past winter; and the sparkling, imposing EU buildings in Brussels, full of exhibits about the “European dream” and the EU’s vaunted social justice and solidarity. Which EU is the real one? Follow the trail of smoke and find out.
Beware of Europeans Bearing Bailouts
March 18, 2013
Some may speak of a “European dream,” but when the EU’s supposed welfare and social justice is apparently just a flimsy facade for corporate welfare and bailouts of irresponsible bankers, it seems that this “dream” is, in fact, a nightmare.
A Conversation With Kostas Vaxevanis, the Greek Journalist Arrested for Publishing the ‘Lagarde List’
November 19, 2012
“How could I regret doing something that has united all of Greece?” said Vaxevanis. “This is one of the few instances when all Greeks have united, demanding change and an end to corruption.”
Are Greece’s Loan Agreements and Austerity Measures Illegal? Greek Constitutional Law Scholar Says ‘Yes’
November 1, 2012
While the Greek Parliament is preparing to vote on a third round of austerity measures this week, Giorgos Kasimatis, one of Greece’s foremost constitutional scholars, argues that these measures are not only destructive but illegal.
Arrest Warrant Issued Against Greek Journalist for Publishing ‘Lagarde List’
October 30, 2012
In a shocking affront to democracy and freedom of speech, Greek prosecutors have ordered the immediate arrest of journalist Kostas Vaxevanis. This comes after the publication of the so-called “Lagarde List,” containing the names of 1,991 Greeks with Swiss bank accounts.
Arrest Warrant Issued Against Greek Journalist for Publishing “Lagarde List”
October 27, 2012
In a shocking affront to democracy and freedom of speech, Greek prosecutors have ordered the immediate arrest of journalist Kostas Vaxevanis, according to reports by various media outlets and blogs in Greece. This comes after the publication of the so-called “Lagarde List,” containing the names of 2,059 Greeks with Swiss bank accounts, in Hot Doc, a weekly newsmagazine published by Vaxenis.
A Conversation With Noam Chomsky
October 22, 2012
Noam Chomsky, who in six decades of teaching, writing, and activism, has not hesitated to express his opinion on such matters, takes a different view than others towards Greece.
When Both Sides Are Wrong…
September 25, 2012
At a time where most news coming out of Greece is negative, the arrest of “Geron Pastitsios” has added fuel to the fire and has resulted in more bad publicity.
The True Olympic Legacy of Athens: Refuting the Mythology
August 7, 2012
tarting with the period prior to the 2004 Games in Athens, media outlets across the world have made a habit of putting Greece down, doubting its ability to host the games prior to 2004, and since 2004, questioning whether the Games should have been held in Athens.
Chaos, Hypocrisy and the Greek Elections
June 17, 2012
Greek voters are tired of the scaremongering, tired of being portrayed as the poster-child for the ills of Europe and tired of the broken promises made by the “major” parties.
When mythology becomes fact: the 1.2 million people who “left” Greece in 2010
January 23, 2012
Did 1.2 million people really move out of Greece in just one year, 2010? This article is a case study as to how quickly sensational “news” with no basis in reality can spread across the Internet, from one “reputable” news outlet to another, without any fact-checking or verification, turning a falsehood into a “fact” in the process.