Forced Privatization of The Greek Port of Piraeus, One Year Later

For The Real News, I speak with with Giorgos Gogos, general Secretary of the Dockworkers Union at the Port of Piraeus in Greece.

As Giorgos explains, the Troika of Greece’s creditors forced the privatization of 67% of the massive Port of Piraeus. The purchase price amounted to a pittance.

As a result, the most secure and lucrative state asset in Greece, which could have generated ongoing revenue to ease Greece’s crushing debt load, is now under the control of Chinese shipping company Cosco.

My interview of Mr. Gogos can be seen here:

For Ordinary Greeks, Has Greece’s Battered Economy Turned the Corner?

This is my first report for The Real News on my current trip to Greece. At the gates of the Athens Polytechnic, site of the November 1973 uprising against a U.S.-backed military junta, we ask people living in Athens to respond to Greek government suggestions that Greece’s austerity-battered economy is improving.

Quote of note: “What the government is talking about is that people got used to the idea of being poor. That’s very different from saying that things are getting better. The thing is that this whole thing happened obviously for them to manage to keep wages as low as possible. And they’ve obviously managed to do that. The minimum wage now is, I think, 540 euros a month, and there’s no way someone could live in Athens with this amount of money in his pocket. And this is especially hard on young people and older people. These are the people who’ve been hit more than anybody else from this situation.”

My report can be seen here:

G20 Protestors Call for An Alternative To the Neoliberal Order

On the Real News, I speak to Professor Patrick Bond about the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. Professor Bond was in Hamburg throughout the summit and discusses the suppression of peaceful protest by German authorities and the complete absence of any concrete agreements at the G20 summit to address the climate crisis or grotesque inequalities around the world. My interview of Professor Bond can be watched here:

Trump’s Corporate Funded Climate Study Gets it Wrong

In explaining his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, Donald Trump cited highly dubious economic predictions from National Economic Research Associates (NERA), a U.S.-based consulting firm with a long history of pandering to right-wing causes. In this report for The Real News, I discuss NERA and Trump’s rationale for withdrawing from the Paris accord with Steve Horn of DeSmogBlog:

As Tensions Rise Between Greece and its Creditors, Is Grexit Back on the Table? (3/3)

This is the third and final part of Dimitri’s interview of Costas Lapavitsas, a Professor of Economics and former member of Greece’s Parliament who defected from the governing Syriza party when its leader decided to ignore an anti-austerity referendum and to impose upon the Greek people even harsher austerity than his right-wing predecessors had imposed. In this part, Costas responds to arguments that the costs of Greece’s exit from the Eurozone would be unmanageable: