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Mark Weisbrot is co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C., and the President of Just Foreign Policy. He is also the author of "Failed: What the 'Experts' Got Wrong About the Global Economy (Oxford University Press, 2015)."
He writes a weekly column for The Guardian Unlimited (U.K.), and a regular column on economic and policy issues that is distributed to over 550 newspapers by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. He also writes a bi-weekly column for Brazil's largest newspaper, Folha de Sao Paulo. His opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and almost every major U.S. newspaper. He appears regularly on national and local television and radio programs. He is also president of Just Foreign Policy.
Trump Sanctions on Venezuela Will Cause More Harm
The Trump administration announced new, unprecedented sanctions against Venezuela on Friday that are designed to cut off financing to Venezuela. The Trump team pretends that the sanctions are only directed at the government. But as any economist knows, this is clearly false. By starving the economy of foreign exchange, this action will harm the private sector, most Venezuelans, the poor, and the vulnerable.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017(3 comments)
NAFTA has Harmed Mexico Much More Than a Wall Will Ever Do
The wall would cause significant environmental as well as economic damage, if it is ever built. But it is the long-term damage that Washington has helped visit upon the Mexican economy that has brought us to the point where a US president could even propose such a monstrosity.
Trump's China Policy is Already a Disaster
We will soon see if the new US presidential administration actually wants to do anything to preserve US manufacturing jobs. In the meantime, picking a fight with China over Taiwan is about the worst way it could start out, short of actual warfare.
Sunday, November 27, 2016(1 comments)
Breaking From Neoliberalism: Why the Democrats Need New Leadership
Partly because of Bernie Sanders' campaign, the Democratic Party produced its most progressive platform ever this year. But this was not enough to convince swing voters that Hillary, given her record, would implement it. All this is not to ignore the fact that Republicans are reliant on voter suppression, and gerrymandering for the House of Representatives in order to get the power they now have.
Thursday, August 25, 2016(6 comments)
Obama's Campaign for TPP Could Drag Down the Democrats
Obama has most likely gotten the message that a failure to go all out for the TPP would cause some big money to shift from the Democratic to the Republican party. The most powerful corporations in the country, as well as many actors in the "national security state" want this agreement very badly. It is a coalition of everybody who is anybody. Except for the people.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016(21 comments)
The End of Trump
Sanders has announced the formation of Our Revolution, which plans to continue organizing around the issues that he raised in his presidential campaign, as well as recruit political candidates "from school board to the US Senate." This will be the legacy of the 2016 presidential race, long after Trump has taken his "very nice, long vacation."
Tuesday, August 2, 2016(1 comments)
Is the Republican Party a Legitimate Party?
It is pretty clear that voter disenfranchisement is the bedrock of Republican power. As such, the legitimacy of the Republican Party is questionable. More broadly, this country needs voting reform that can put an end to this form of "American exceptionalism," just as the civil rights legislation of the 1960s put an end to the disgraceful era of African-American disenfranchisement.
Monday, April 25, 2016(1 comments)
Washington's Dog-Whistle Diplomacy Supports Attempted Coup in Brazil
Washington's strategy in response to the left governments that have governed most of the region in the 21st century is obvious. They have rarely missed an opportunity to undermine or get rid of any of them, and their desire to replace the governing Workers' Party in Brazil with a more compliant, right-wing government is fairly obvious.
Thursday, December 10, 2015(4 comments)
What next for Venezuela?
the Venezuelan political system, with all its flaws, is much more democratic than the conventional wisdom has maintained. Now, what about the future? If the opposition gets a two-thirds majority of seats (112 or more), it would have important powers, such as the ability to remove Supreme Court judges, censure the vice president and call an assembly to propose changes to the constitution.
Lessons for the Trans-Pacific Partnership
There are many lessons from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that are relevant to the current debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). First, like the TPP, NAFTA was never mostly about trade and even less about free trade. The lessons from NAFTA are a big part of the reason that the Obama administration is having so much trouble getting the TPP past Congress.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015(3 comments)
Who's Extorting Whom? It's All About Coercion
On Monday, February 16, European officials "handed Athens an ultimatum: Agree by Friday to continue with a bailout program or risk the funding that the country needs to avoid a default," the New York Times reported.
Administration split on Venezuela
Not only is there no talk of sanctions against Israel or Egypt, there is not even talk of reducing or even conditioning the billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars, including military aid, that flow annually to these two countries. By comparison, 43 Venezuelans died in more than two months of violent protests seeking to topple a democratically-elected government, about half of them at the hands of the protesters themselves.
Friday, June 20, 2014(1 comments)
Another US spying problem in Latin America: The DEA
thanks to additional leaked documents described by Ryan Devereaux, Glenn Greenwald, and Laura Poitras in The Intercept, we find there is another U.S. agency working with the NSA that poses similar threats: the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The DEA is helping NSA with its non-drug-related spying programs.
Thursday, May 8, 2014(1 comments)
With Friends Like The IMF And EU, Ukraine Doesn't Need Enemies
You can't destroy an economy in order to save it. The whole purpose of European lending should be to cushion any adjustments and allow Ukraine's economy and employment to grow and avoid a downward spiral. Unfortunately, EU and IMF leaders all too often see crisis as an opportunity to remake the economy in the divine image that they worship, regardless of costs and consequences.
Monday, May 5, 2014(3 comments)
The world has nothing to fear from the US losing power
our foreign policy establishment cannot imagine a multipolar world where the US and its allies must negotiate more and give orders less often. Whatever the political systems of the countries whose representation in the international arena will increase, the end result is likely to be more democratic governance at the international level, with greater of international law, fewer wars, and more social and economic progress.
Sunday, March 23, 2014(2 comments)
The truth about Venezuela: a revolt of the well-off, not a "terror campaign"
Polling data finds the protests to be deeply unpopular in Venezuela, although they do much better abroad when they are promoted as "peaceful protests" by people like Kerry. The data also suggest that a majority of Venezuelans see these disturbances for what they are: an attempt to remove the elected government from power.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014(1 comments)
Venezuela is not Ukraine
Washington has been more committed to "regime change" in Venezuela than anywhere else in South America -- not surprisingly, given that it is sitting on the largest oil reserves in the world. And that has always given opposition politicians a strong incentive to not work within the democratic system.
Friday, January 10, 2014(2 comments)
Snowden's courageous action protected both our privacy and our democracy
The surveillance state is also making the U.S. into a banana republic, as the burgeoning military-intelligence apparatus becomes more powerful relative to our elected officials, including the President. It's not just our privacy that is disappearing because of the abuses that Snowden exposed -- it's the foundations of a democratic society.
Saturday, January 4, 2014(1 comments)
NAFTA: 20 years of regret for Mexico
It's tough to imagine Mexico doing worse without NAFTA. Perhaps this is part of the reason why Washington's proposed "Free Trade Area of the Americas" was roundly rejected by the region in 2005 and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership is running into trouble.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013(1 comments)
US budget deal: the good, bad and stupid
The fact that our government is still trying to reduce economic growth and employment while we have more than 20 million people unemployed or underemployed is testimony to the unbridled power of the special interests that dominate debate over economic policy in the United States. It's encouraging that we have some sort of budget, but the economic ignorance continues in Congress.
Shutdown Takeaway: The US Wants A Fair Society, Not "Defund Obamacare" Crazy
The Tea Party and its allies have been funded by the billionaire Koch brothers, and right-wing money has expanded a formidable conservative media empire -- from Fox News to the Wall Street Journal, and talk radio with tens of millions of followers. Still, the majority is holding its own for now, despite its under-representation in the public debate.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Syria: thank Congress's resistance to war for the chance of a diplomatic deal
Obama said Monday that he was "not confident" that he would win this vote in Congress -- a stark admission of the new reality. But by leading a "full-court press" for the war, he has insulated himself from pro-war establishment backlash if the Congress votes no. He can say that he tried, but that Congress would not support him.
Friday, August 30, 2013(4 comments)
President Obama should listen to US and UK public: don't strike Syria
No one had put forth any military or security reason for the rush to attack; no one claimed that speed was essential or even relevant to saving any lives. Rather, it now seems, the urge to shoot first and ask questions later was driven by the need to carry out this illegal attack before the public, and their representatives in national and international bodies, could weigh in.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Miranda's rights: how Europe can learn from Latin America's independence
It is clear that Miranda was not suspected of any connection to terrorism. To detain and rob Miranda on this pretext is no more legal than to have done so on trumped-up allegations that he was transporting cocaine. The White House has admitted that Washington had advance knowledge of the crime, and so we can infer approval -- if not active collaboration.
Monday, August 19, 2013(28 comments)
Snowden, Greenwald and Wikileaks are winning
The main target of the NSA's massive spying is not terrorism but the American people themselves (and other non-terrorist populations throughout the world). Pew Research finds for the first time since 2004 there are more Americans concerned that government "anti-terror" programs have "gone too far in restricting civil liberties" than those who think not enough has been done to protect people from terrorism.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013(1 comments)
The US and the Euro-crisis: Lessons from a comparison
An important lesson for any country: don't give away your economic sovereignty, on the most important macroeconomic policies that most of your nation's livelihood depends upon -- unless it is transferred to a set of institutions that you can really trust.
Monday, April 22, 2013(3 comments)
The United States Shows Its Contempt For Venezuelan Democracy
Washington's efforts to delegitimize the election mark a significant escalation of US efforts at regime change in Venezuela. Not since its involvement in the 2002 military coup has the US government done this much to promote open conflict in Venezuela.
Monday, January 7, 2013(3 comments)
Why Paul Krugman should be President Obama's pick for US treasury secretary
Since most of Wall Street's money went to Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the run-up to the November election, Obama doesn't owe anything to the people who crashed our economy and are now fighting to make senior citizens, working and poor people reduce their living standards. Actor and human rights activist Danny Glover has launched a petition to the president to nominate Krugman for treasury secretary. It's worth signing.
Saturday, September 8, 2012(6 comments)
Assange case: Sweden's shame in violating human rights
Sweden is a highly developed social democracy that has many guarantees of civil rights and liberties to its citizens. The people of Sweden should not allow their government to continue to disgrace itself in another international governmental crime -- this one a pernicious attack on freedom of expression -- simply because Washington wants them to do so.
Saturday, April 21, 2012(13 comments)
GOP's assault on women bogs down in the quicksand of free contraception
Republican strategy for four decades has been focused on creating a false populist appeal to white swing voters --who are mostly working class--based on appeals to racism, religious extremism, anti-immigrant sentiment, anti-gay attitudes and other "cultural" issues. The current "war on women" is just another one of the ugly locations to which this strategy has taken them, as they build their bridge to the 17th century.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
"The Audacity Of Hope" waits to sail for Gaza
Greece should let the flotilla go and deliver its letters of support to the people of Gaza, which is perfectly legal and threatens no citizen anywhere. And the US government should declare its concern for the safety of these brave peacemakers, who like Martin Luther King Jr and his fellow civil rights activists are putting their bodies on the line for justice and humanity.