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Mark Weisbrot

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.


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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¿Tomar a Obama en Serio?

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 3:19 PM

La Cumbre de las Américas ya paso pero los próximos meses nos dirán si de veras fue un punto decisivo en las relaciones hemisféricas, o si las señales de un deshielo fueron apenas un toque de primavera prematuramente cálida. Los medios internacionales destacaron el encuentro histórico entre los presidentes de...

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Are European Officials Pushing for Regime Change in Greece?

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 1:59 PM

There are various narratives for what is happening to Greece as another deadline looms -- the April 24 gathering of finance ministers in Riga -- and European officials show no sign of compromise. The most common is that this is a game of brinkmanship, with the Germans and their allies...

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Obama Could Face Another Disastrous Summit Due to Sanctions Against Venezuela

(1) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 12:06 PM

The last Summit of the Americas, in Cartagena, Colombia, in 2012, was a disaster for President Obama. There were scandals involving Secret Service agents and sex workers, an increasing rebellion from the South against the failed U.S. "War on Drugs," and -- most of all -- unanimous opposition to the...

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Are the European Authorities Destroying the Greek Economy in Order to 'Save' It?

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 3:27 PM

There is a tense standoff right now between the Greek government and the European authorities -- sometimes known as the Troika because it includes the European Commission, the European Central Bank (ECB), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). ECB President Mario Draghi denied this week that his institution...

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¿Otra cumbre desastrosa para Obama?

(15) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 2:05 PM

La última Cumbre de las Américas (2012) en Cartagena, Colombia, fue un desastre para el presidente Obama. Hubo escándalos que involucraban a agentes del Servicio Secreto con trabajadoras sexuales, una rebelión creciente desde el Sur contra la fallida "Guerra contra el narcotráfico" de EE.UU. y -por encima de todo- una...

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Behind the White House's Sanctions Against Venezuela

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 1:56 PM

Since the Obama administration decided last week to impose new sanctions on Venezuela, many people, including journalists, have inquired as to what motivated them to do this. Some are curious as to the apparent incongruity between this move and the White House decision in...

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President Obama Visits Jamaica, But What Is His Government Doing to Jamaica's Economy?

(49) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 1:54 PM

The international media isn't paying much attention to President Obama's trip to Jamaica this week, but maybe they should. The country has become a terrible example of what can happen when creditors, led by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), are able to impose harsh austerity on a trapped nation in...

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Detrás de las sanciones de la Casa Blanca contra Venezuela

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 2:07 PM

Desde que la administración de Obama decidió la semana pasada la imposición de nuevas sanciones a Venezuela, muchas personas, incluyendo a periodistas, han cuestionado la motivación detrás de tal determinación. A algunos les genera curiosidad la aparente incongruencia entre esta acción y la decisión...

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No Excuse for Fed to Increase Unemployment by Raising Interest Rates: Movement to Hold Fed Accountable Gathers Steam

(7) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 5:01 PM

Should the Federal Reserve raise interest rates in order to create more unemployment and thereby keep wages from rising? If the question were asked that way, the vast majority of Americans would say, "No!" It is not posed in this manner, even though all economists -- including Fed economists --...

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Obama se sintoniza con Ronald Reagan: cómo crear una "amenaza extraordinaria a la seguridad nacional"

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 11:06 AM

Ayer la Casa Blanca dio un nuevo paso hacia el teatro de lo absurdo al "anunciar una emergencia nacional, en vista de la amenaza inusual y extraordinaria a la seguridad nacional y a la política exterior de los Estados Unidos que plantea la situación en Venezuela", como lo...

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A continuación, Podemos en España: los líderes europeos tendrán que cambiar el rumbo

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 10:56 AM

La victoria electoral de Syriza en Grecia el 25 de enero marcó la entrada del primer gobierno elegido con un mandato fuerte para decir no a los líderes europeos que llevan intentando rehacer Europa al menos desde el 2010. Aunque muchos pensaban que era imposible que un país...

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Next Up, Podemos in Spain: European Officials Will Have to Change Course

(8) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 3:05 PM

The electoral victory of Syriza in Greece on January 25 marked the first government that was elected with a strong mandate to finally say no to European officials who have been trying to remake Europe since at least 2010. While many thought it was impossible for a small...

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The Buck Stops Here: Greece Is Fighting to Save Europe

(18) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 9:01 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 | 10:50 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 | 10:25 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 | 11:41 AM

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 | 9:25 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 | 1:59 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.


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Bias Creates Investment Opportunities in South American Bonds

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 11:44 AM

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 | 11:43 AM

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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