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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.

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From ImagesAttr
(28 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 19, 2013
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.
From Images
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 8, 2012
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.
A protestor demonstrates agains the Trans-Pacific Partnership in New York City.  , From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty is the complete opposite of "free trade" The worse news is that, taking into account some of the unequalizing effects of the agreement -- these treaties tend to redistribute income upwards -- a Centre for Economic and Policy Research study showed that most Americans will actually lose because of the TPP.
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 21, 2012
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.
Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Bernie is Not a Radical - He is a Pragmatist Bernie Sanders understands that politics is about compromise, getting the best deal you can while keeping your eye on the ultimate goal.
A Venezuelan protester poses for a portrait at Altamira square in Caracas., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 23, 2014
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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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
The China Center, which assists Chinese investors and companies in the US, will be one of the biggest tenants in One World Trade Center, taking up six floors and 190,000 square feet of office space., From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 5, 2014
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.
Cristina Kirchner, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Maduro officially lodges candidacy for Venezuela re-election, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 4, 2018
Trump Administration Tries to Torpedo Venezuelan Elections as It Intensifies "Regime Change" Efforts In recent weeks, the Trump administration has stepped up its efforts at "regime change" in Venezuela. In the past, Trump himself has even mentioned military action as a possible option, but the most recent moves appear more likely to be implemented, and some are already operational.
Trade War, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Hillary Clinton, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 7, 2015
Hillary Clinton and a Venezuelan Murder Mystery: Who Killed Luis Manuel Diaz? On Thursday, Venezuela's attorney general released a statement that one of the arrested suspects, Ronald Hernandez, had confessed to having fired the bullets that killed Diaz. As of this writing, no major English language news outlet has reported this news.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, From WikimediaPhotos
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Snowden, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 10, 2014
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.
Honduran refugee caravan, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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,
Donald Trump, From GoogleImages
(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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."
From Democratic Donkey, From Images
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Hillary Clinton., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Hard choices: Hillary Clinton admits role in Honduran coup aftermath Clinton's embrace of far-right narrative on Latin America is part of electoral strategy. Clinton's position on Latin America in her bid for the presidency is another example of how the far right exerts disproportionate influence on US foreign policy in the hemisphere.
Mexican tractor drivers burn a tyre of one of their vehicles in Mexico City on 31 January 2008 prior to a rally against the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 4, 2014
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.
Republicans, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
From Barack Obama - TPP Legacy, From Images
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
From, From Images
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Intel agencies ask Americans to "trust, don't verify" in new Cold War The media has become so distracted with the festivities at America's new 1950s theme party, hating on Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia like there's no tomorrow, that the lack of evidence has become almost irrelevant to the big media conversation.
Evo Morales, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 6, 2020
What Does the Future Hold for US-Bolivia Ties? One hundred and thirty-six economists and statisticians said the OAS charges were false. Members of the US Congress demanded answers from the OAS for their false accusations.
A demonstrator throws an incendiary device during clashes with Venezuelan National Bolivarian Guard (GNB) during a protest against president Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela on 28 February 2014., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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.
DEA agents use NSA intercepts to investigate Americans, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 20, 2014
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.
From Donald Trump, From Images
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Genocide In Yemen: US-Saudi War Crimes, From GoogleImages
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Democrats in Washington State celebrate on Election Night., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Trump Taunts China, From GoogleImages
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Eva Morales deposed by a U.S. and OAS backed coup in 2019., From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
From Images
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 18, 2013
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.
Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
General Hugo Carvajal former director of Venezuela's Military Intelligence., From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 31, 2014
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.
From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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.
John Kerry, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 22, 2013
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.
How Corrupt Is Brazil? Why Does Brazil Hate Its President?, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 25, 2016
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.
IMF Trying To Start WW3 in Ukraine, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 8, 2014
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.
Senate Budget Committee chairman Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), right, and House Budget Committee chairman Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) announce The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 on 10 December 2013. , From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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.
From Images
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 30, 2013
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.
NAFTA/TPP, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 15, 2015
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.
Venezuela Protest, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 10, 2015
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.
From Images
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 7, 2013
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.
From Images
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 28, 2013
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.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
From Images
SHARE More Sharing        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.

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