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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Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 1:45pm
Should I Stay or Should I Go? Brexit, Extortion, and the Path to Reform
There is a Mafia-like quality to the threats emanating from EU officials, who are acknowledged to be contemplating how much punishment they can mete out to the U.K. if the people should dare to vote the wrong way. "Vote remain, and nobody gets hurt," so to speak. Or, as The New York Times headline...
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Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 11:00am
Bringing the Troika to Paris
I have argued for years , and in my last post on this blog, that a big part of the story we have seen in Europe over the past eight years is a result of social engineering. This has involved a major offensive by the European authorities, taking advantage of an economic crisis, to transform Europe...
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Friday, May 27, 2016 - 9:45am
The Brazilian Coup and Washington’s “Rollback” in Latin America
It is clear that the executive branch of the U.S. government favors the coup underway in Brazil, even though they have been careful to avoid any explicit endorsement of it. Exhibit A was the meeting between Tom Shannon, the 3 rd ranking U.S. State Department official and the one who is almost...
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Friday, May 20, 2016 - 12:45pm
Political Judiciary in Argentina
The New York Times reported last week that Argentina's former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was indicted “on charges of manipulating the nation’s Central Bank during the final months of her administration.” Reading the article, however, as well as other media coverage, and even the 147-...
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Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:30am
Economic Policy Could Determine the Political Results in Venezuela
The opposition in Venezuela has stepped up its campaign to remove President Nicolás Maduro from office, having announced — in accordance with its numerous divisions — that it would pursue a three-pronged strategy: a constitutional amendment to shorten the president's term of office; a recall...
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Monday, April 4, 2016 - 3:30pm
Attempted Coup in Brazil Seeks to Reverse Election Results
If you are following the news of political turmoil in Brazil, it may be difficult to get a grasp of what is really going on. This often happens when there is an attempted coup in the Western Hemisphere, and especially when the U.S. government has an interest in the outcome. Usually the information...
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Monday, March 14, 2016 - 2:45pm
The Political Economy of Argentina’s Settlement with the Vulture Funds
After 15 years of court battles, injunctions, smear campaigns, lobbying, and other interventions, the vulture funds have finally won a tentative agreement with the new Argentine government. Vulture funds — the name preceded this particular dispute — are so called because they buy up defaulted debt...
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Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 8:00am
President Obama Should Change US Policy and Normalize Relations with Venezuela
From March to July of last year, the United States had what Reuters reported as its "most extensive dialogue in years" with Venezuela. President Barack Obama even met briefly with President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela at the Summit of the Americas in April. Remarkably, given that Venezuela has...
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Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 8:30am
What Next for Venezuela?
Venezuela's opposition has won a large majority of the country's legislature, or National Assembly, for the first time in 16 years. Many observers in Washington see this as a tipping point for Venezuelan politics. What are we to make of this development? First, an endless stream of news articles,...
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Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 9:00am
Hillary Clinton and a Venezuelan Murder Mystery: Who Killed Luis Manuel Díaz?
On November 30, Hillary Clinton stated that she was "outraged at the cold blooded assassination of Luis Manuel Díaz on stage at a rally last week." She was referring to the killing of a local opposition leader in Venezuela on November 25. It was clear from her remarks that she was blaming the...
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