With Greece potentially pulling out of the Euro and Israel threatening to attack Iran, the Mediterranean is looking as unstable as ever. We shed some light on these issues with our guests Costas Panayotakis and Ray McGovern.
Costas Panayotakis is associate professor of sociology at the New York City College of Technology at CUNY and author of the book “Remaking Scarcity: From Capitalist Inefficiency to Economic Democracy.”
Quote: “Far from ending the Greek and eurozone crisis, the announcement of a new coalition government in Greece will signal the continuation of the harsh austerity policies that have thrown the country and large parts of Europe into a deepening depression. To add insult to injury, media reports indicate that Greece’s new prime minister is likely to be a banker, Lucas Papademos, who enjoys the trust of European political and economic elites much more than elected politicians who might on occasion feel compelled to pay attention to what Greek citizens feel about the destructive impact of the harsh austerity measures that the latest European agreement requires of Greece.”
Panayotakis recently wrote the piece “Change the World, Occupy that Square.” and the piece “Greeks on the Move: Capitalism’s Wreckage and the Demand for Real Democracy.”
Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. He served a total of 30 years as a U.S. Army officer and then a CIA analyst, and is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. He was a passenger on the U.S. Boat to Gaza the Audacity of Hope that was blocked in July.
McGovern recently wrote “Israel’s Window to Bomb Iran,” which examines Israeli policy in light of its actions against peaceful flotillas.