Mark Weisbrot

Mark Weisbrot is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), in Washington, DC. He is also president of Just Foreign Policy. He is co-author, with Dean Baker, of Social Security: The Phony Crisis. E-mail Mark: weisbrot@cepr.net

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 12:30pm
Who’s Extorting Whom in Europe? It’s All About Coercion
The Economist ’s February 6 cover displayed the Venus de Milo statue pointing a revolver, with the headline “Go ahead, Angela, make my day.” In the editors’ upside-down world, Greece is threatening Europe, or at least Germany. Really? On Monday, February 16, European officials “handed Athens an...
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Monday, February 9, 2015 - 11:45am
Environmental Movement Has Held Back the Keystone XL Pipeline, for Good Reason
Ditching the Keystone XL pipeline should be a no-brainer. The 1,179-mile pipeline extension would carry some of the world’s dirtiest oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas. And it shouldn’t be necessary to repeat this, but since we have a Congress controlled by a party...
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Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 12:45pm
Greece: ECB Kicks Syriza in the Face; Syriza Turns the Other Cheek
On Wednesday the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that it would no longer accept Greek government bonds and government-guaranteed debt as collateral. Although Greece would still be eligible for other, emergency lending from the Central Bank, the immediate effect of the announcement was to...
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 3:45pm
Syriza’s Win is the Beginning of the End for the Eurozone’s Long Nightmare
The Syriza party's big win in Greece's legislative election last weekend is a turning point in the long political fight over Europe's botched recovery from the financial crisis and world recession of 2008-2009. The occasion presents a milestone for the eurozone, which has been plagued by mass...
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Friday, January 23, 2015 - 7:30am
In Syriza, Greece Has a Real Choice
Here we go again. There is talk of Greece exiting the euro, and the German government has tried to say that it would be no big deal for Europe, then apparently walked back from that position. At the same time, the German government appears to be trying to influence the Greek election scheduled for...
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 1:30pm
Hard Choices: Hillary Clinton Admits Role in Honduran Coup Aftermath
In a recent op-ed in The Washington Post, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a review of Henry Kissinger’s latest book, “World Order,” to lay out her vision for “sustaining America’s leadership in the world.” In the midst of numerous global crises, she called for return to a foreign...
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 1:30pm
ISIS War Needs to Be Debated, in US Congress and in UN Security Council
The “Islamic State,” or ISIS as others refer to them, present themselves to the world as an enemy that hardly anyone can stomach. Like villains in a Batman movie, they announce threats to the entire world, releasing gruesome videos of their killings to show that they are serious and without mercy...
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Friday, August 22, 2014 - 1:15pm
Krugman Should Be More Skeptical about the New Cold War
Paul Krugman has been an important voice for sanity for many years, and so there was some disappointment with his Monday column on war among those who would like to see less insanity in U.S. foreign policy. Krugman is also one of the few columnists (or economists for that matter) who has, on...
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The Obama administration's attitude towards Latin America has done little to improve relations and overall U.S. policy in the region looks much like it did under George W. Bush. (Photo: Andes) Views
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 3:30pm
Lawmakers Push Back Against Administration’s Failed Latin America Policy
In a remarkable eruption of sanity in Washington, there is finally some pushback from Congress against the far-right and “center” on U.S. policy toward Venezuela and Latin America -- something that has not happened under the McCarthyite pall that has prevailed for years. A letter from members of...
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Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk in Kiev on April 3, 2014. Yatseniuk has repeatedly said that "painful" economic measures demanded by the IMF in exchange for billions in loans are necessary for Ukraine. (Credit: Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko) Views
Friday, May 30, 2014 - 11:00am
IMF's Insistence on Economic Austerity Could Derail Ukraine's Chance of Survival
On May 25, the "Chocolate King" handily won the Ukrainian presidential elections in the first round. Billionaire Petro O. Poroshenko is so named because he made his fortune in the confectionary business. The defeated runner-up, former prime minister Yulia V. Tymoshenko is sometimes referred to as "...
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