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Mark Weisbrot is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. He is co-author, with Dean Baker, of Social Security: The Phony Crisis (University of Chicago Press, 2000), and has written numerous research papers on economic policy.

He writes a column on economic and policy issues that is distributed to over 550 newspapers by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. His opinion pieces have appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and most major U.S. newspapers. He appears regularly on national and local television and radio programs. He is also president of Just Foreign Policy.



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Mark Weisbrot es codirector del Centro de Investigación en Economía y Política (Center for Economic and Policy Research - CEPR) en Washington, D.C. Obtuvo su doctorado en economía de la Universidad de Michigan. Es co-autor junto a Dean Baker, del libro titulado, La seguridad social: Una crisis falsa (Social Security: The Phony Crisis) (University of Chicago Press, 2000). También ha escrito numerosos trabajos de investigación sobre temas de política económica.

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The Buck Stops Here: Greece Is Fighting to Save Europe

(18) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 10:01 AM

Greece has been dragged through a lot of mud in the media over the past few years because previous governments overborrowed, and that contributed to the initial crisis that -- we should remember -- Spain, Portugal, Italy and almost everyone else in the eurozone had to go through. But the...

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¿Quién extorsiona a quién?

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 11:50 AM

La portada de The Economist del 6 de febrero mostraba la estatua de Venus de Milo apuntando un revolver, con el titular "Anda, Ángela, haz que sea mi día". En el mundo al revés en el que viven los editores del semanal íngles, Grecia es la que amenaza...

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Who's Extorting Whom? It's All About Coercion

(12) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 11:25 AM

The Economist's Feb. 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, Feb. 16, European officials "handed Athens an ultimatum: Agree...

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Environmental Movement Has Held Back the Keystone XL Pipeline -- For Good Reason

(18) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 12:41 PM

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...

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Greece: ECB Kicks Syriza in the Face; Syriza Turns the Other Cheek

(28) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 10:25 AM

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 raise Greek borrowing costs...

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Grecia puede cambiar el futuro de Europa

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 2:59 PM

Todo el mundo parece coincidir en que la gran victoria de Syriza en Grecia representa un hito para Europa, la cual se ha visto azotada por el desempleo a gran escala y una falta de recuperación real de la crisis financiera y recesión mundial del 2008-2009.

El...

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Bias Creates Investment Opportunities in South American Bonds

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 12:44 PM

There have been numerous reports in the business press in the past couple of weeks that Venezuela will default on its bonds. A Bloomberg News reporter stated on December 9 that "it is not a question of if, but when" the government will default. Another Bloomberg...

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Prejuicio abre oportunidades en bonos suramericanos

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 12:43 PM

En las pasadas dos semanas, ha habido una serie de reportajes en la prensa de negocios que apuntan a un incumplimiento por parte de Venezuela en cuanto al pago de sus bonos. Un periodista de Bloomberg News anunció el 9 de diciembre que "ya no es cuestión de...

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President Obama's New Policy on Cuba Could Be a Good Start

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 12:37 PM

In 1992 Miami Herald commentator Andrés Oppenheimer won a Pulitzer Prize for his book Castro's Final Hour, thus giving "new meaning to the words final and hour," as the late filmmaker and writer Saul Landau would wryly remark many years later. Fidel Castro would survive 11 U.S. presidents,...

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Fed Shouldn't Be Raising Interest Rates Any Time Soon

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 1:43 PM

A lot has changed in the last 20 years since then-Federal Reserve Vice-Chairman Alan Blinder had the audacity to suggest, in a speech, that the Fed could use interest-rate policy to help reduce unemployment in the short term. It was real blasphemy back then, and despite the fact that the...

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In Ferguson, a Prosecutor Manipulates the Justice System to Prevent Indictment

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 12:10 PM

Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson never went to trial for killing Mike Brown, but he had one of the best attorneys anyone in his situation could have had. St. Louis prosecutor Robert McCulloch not only helped Wilson in the legal proceedings but proved himself a skilled manager of public relations,...

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Hillary Clinton admite su papel en el golpe de Honduras

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 2:13 PM

En un reciente artículo de opinión en el Washington Post, la ex-secretaria de Estado Hillary Clinton utilizó una reseña del último libro de Henry Kissinger, "Orden Mundial," para dar a conocer su visión de "mantener el liderazgo de Estados Unidos en el mundo".

En medio de numerosas...

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Un nuevo sistema cambiario para Venezuela

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 2:31 PM

Cuando se trata de política económica, lo que piensa el público puede pesar bastante. Los gobiernos electos tienen que preocuparse de ser reelectos; esto sin duda aplica en Venezuela, donde los votantes están polarizados y la última elección presidencial fue reñida.

Venezuela se enfrenta actualmente a una serie de problemas...

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Economic Issues Could Be Decisive in Brazilian Presidential Election

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 3:33 PM

With Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff now facing Aécio Neves (of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party, PSDB) in the second round of elections on October 26, much of the discussion is focusing on economic issues. These are often badly reported and widely misunderstood, so a review of some of the major...

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Por qué Dilma Rousseff Puede Volver a Ganar La Presidencia en Brasil

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 10:49 AM

Cuando, hace pocas semanas, la contrincante Marina Silva tomó la delantera en las encuestas frente a la presidenta Dilma Rousseff, hubo mucha emoción acá en Washington, tanto en la prensa financiera como en los mercados financieros. El Partido de los Trabajadores de Rousseff ha estado en el poder durante 12...

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Why Dilma Rousseff May Win Brazil's Presidential Election

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 12:34 PM

When challenger Marina Silva pulled ahead of incumbent Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in the polls a few weeks ago there was a lot of excitement here in Washington, in the business press, and Brazilian financial markets. Rousseff's Workers' Party (PT) has been in power for 12 years, and a lot...

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La guerra con ISIS debe debatirse, tanto en el Congreso de EEUU como en el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 12:38 PM

El "Estado Islámico", o ISIS como otros lo llaman, se presenta ante el mundo como un enemigo que casi nadie puede soportar. Como los villanos en una película de Batman, anuncian amenazas al mundo entero, difundiendo videos grotescos de sus matanzas para demostrar que hablan en serio y no tienen...

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ISIS War Needs to Be Debated, in US Congress and in UN Security Council

(3) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 12:31 PM

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...

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Carvajal Case Reveals Splits Within Obama Administration on Latin America Policy, Once Again

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 6:18 PM

If all the crises in Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan weren't enough, the Obama administration last week embarked on a path to break diplomatic relations with Venezuela. But the drama was cut short last night when the Dutch government announced that it would not allow the extradition...

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How to Fix Venezuela's Troubled Exchange Rate

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 11:12 AM

Most people think that the Venezuelan economy is a basket case on the verge of collapse, and that has been a widespread belief for most of the last decade. But the South American nation has only run into serious trouble in the past two years. Starting in 2004, after the...

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