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Mark Weisbrot is co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. 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.
SHARE Thursday, October 15, 2020 Possible Recurrence of OAS Electoral Fraud in Bolivia
Bolivia's general elections on Sunday, October 18, could again be threatened by the involvement of the Organization of American States (OAS), Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) Co-Director Mark Weisbrot warns.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Joe Biden Championed the Iraq War: "It's Worth the Price"
Biden did vastly more than just vote for the war. Yet his role in bringing about that war remains mostly unknown or misunderstood by the public. When the war was debated and then authorized by the US Congress in 2002, Democrats controlled the Senate and Biden was chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Biden himself had enormous influence as chair and argued strongly in favor of the 2002 resolution granting Preside
SHARE Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Trump's Trade War With China: Is It About to End?
The latest de-escalation of the trade war with China with exemptions from some tariffs on both sides has left markets uncertain as to whether it will end before there is serious escalation. But if I were managing a hedge fund, I would bet on it.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 22, 2019 Return of the 'Pink Tide' in Argentina?
What are we to make of Argentina's surprise election results on August 11, which jolted pollsters and analysts alike, and roiled the country's financial markets? In the presidential primary for the country's October election, the opposition ticket of Alberto Ferna'ndez trounced President Mauricio Macri by an unexpected margin of 15.6 percent.
SHARE Monday, July 1, 2019 Tariffs Are a Bad Response to an Imaginary Border Crisis
The most up-to-date measure that we have of migrants crossing the border between the U.S. and Mexico without authorization is the Custom and Border Protection's "apprehensions/inadmissibles." Over the past five years (fiscal years 2014 to 2018) this number has actually fallen,
SHARE Friday, November 30, 2018 Congress is finally pushing the US to withdraw from Yemen. It's about time
The resolution is already co-sponsored by the Democratic leadership, including Nancy Pelosi and the incoming Democratic chairs of the most important House committees. Then the Senate can pass a companion concurrent resolution to force the president to withdraw, and follow up through defunding offensive US activities in Yemen.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 15, 2018 When will America stop participating in Yemen's genocidal war?
The 1973 War Powers Resolution is still the law of the land, and the courts have not overturned any part of it. There are officials in the "national security state" who believe that the president can decide without Congress to participate in a war. But that is not the law, or is it consistent with the US Constitution.
SHARE Saturday, November 10, 2018 Trump Was Handed a Major Defeat on Tuesday -- And There Will Be More
The Democrats' victory in the House is important not only in the immediate sense that it will provide a check on Trump but also because it could mark the beginning of the end of this nightmare. Trump's strategy for political survival (which appears to be practically his only concern) is to continuously throw red meat to his supporters.
(14 comments) SHARE Monday, November 13, 2017 Trump Doubles Down on Sanctions and Regime Change for Venezuela
Trump and his allies in the EU and the right-wing governments in Argentina and Brazil, as well as the fanatical Secretary General of the OAS, want to make sure that a recovery never happens. And despite all their blather about human rights and democracy, it is not a peaceful strategy they are promoting as they take measures to increase Venezuelans' suffering in the hopes of provoking the overthrow of the government.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 31, 2017 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 14, 2017 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.
SHARE Wednesday, December 28, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 27, 2016 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.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 25, 2016 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.
(21 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 16, 2016 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."
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 2, 2016 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.