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Mark Weisbrot

Mark Weisbrot is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. and President of Just Foreign Policy. He is also the author of the new book Failed: What the 'Experts' Got Wrong about the Global Economy (Oxford University Press, 2015).

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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. y presidente de Just Foreign Policy. Obtuvo su doctorado en economía de la Universidad de Michigan. Es autor del libro nuevo "Fracaso. Lo que los ‘expertos’ no entendieron de la economía global" (Akal, 2016), y 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.

Entries by Mark Weisbrot

Confidence and the Degradation of Brazil

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 11:27 AM

For the first time in more than two decades, since the dictatorship, Brazil has a government that is widely seen as illegitimate. It is seen this way, not only by its citizens, but in much of the world. Its image is sullied, deteriorating by the week, with mounting scandals engulfing...

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Brazilian Prosecutor Finds No Crime Committed By Dilma: Will The Law Count For Anything In Brazil?

(5) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 5:31 PM

An immense effort was made to remove Bill Clinton from the presidency in the late 1990s, culminating in the first impeachment trial of a US president in 131 years. Intimate details of his affair with Monica Lewinsky, about which Clinton was accused of lying under oath, were probed and published...

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Impeachment Effort May Fail in Brazilian Senate

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 1:05 PM

Some press reports on the crisis in Brazil seem to imply that the removal of President Dilma Rousseff, re-elected in 2014 for a four-year term, is a done deal. Of course the interim government is acting as though they are the product of some huge electoral victory, even though the...

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OAS Needs New Leadership

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 11:36 AM

Luis Almagro, the current Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) has abused his position and authority more flagrantly and outrageously than any predecessor in recent years. In his lack of judgment and disregard for political and diplomatic norms he resembles Donald Trump. And like Trump, he is...

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Una política de no intervención en Venezuela sería un cambio bienvenido

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 1:28 AM

Lo mejor que el gobierno de Estados Unidos podría hacer con respecto a Venezuela, independientemente de lo que ahí suceda políticamente, sería poner fin a su intervención allí.

Durante los últimos 15 años, Washington ha causado un daño enorme a Venezuela en su incesante búsqueda por un "cambio de régimen"....

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Democratic Delegates Should Help Save Obama's Legacy By Blocking The TPP

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2016 | 6:08 PM

A struggle over the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is taking place within the 187-member Democratic Party platform committee as they gather in Orlando to hammer out the details of the previously approved draft. As I wrote yesterday here, the fight has potential implications for the presidential race,...

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This Is A Test: What Kind Of Democracy Do We Have In The United States?

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 11:34 AM

The insurgent candidacies of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump -- one uplifting and the other disturbing -- together with the Brexit vote, have brought forth an unusual outpouring of discussion on the weaknesses of democratic governance in the high-income countries. There seems to be considerable agreement that all three of...

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Brexit, Extortion And The Path To Reform

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 11:28 AM

There is a Mafia-like quality to the threats emanating from EU officials, who are acknowledged to be contemplating how much punishment they can mete out to the UK if the people should dare to vote the wrong way. "Vote Remain, and nobody gets hurt." Or, as the New York Times...

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Bringing the Troika to Paris

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 10:47 AM

I have argued for years, and in my last post on my blog, that a big part of the story we have seen in Europe over the past eight years is a result of social engineering. This has involved a major offensive by the...

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The High Cost of Transforming Europe: Why Europe Stumbled

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 1:27 PM

Paul Krugman posted an interesting note a few weeks ago that deserves a lot more attention. He shows this graph of real GDP per working age adult for the U.S. and Europe, and notes that the U.S. and European recoveries from the great recession were similar at first...

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Anti-Venezuela Initiative Defeated at OAS

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2016 | 10:30 PM

The U.S. and one of its principal allies, OAS (Organization of American States) Secretary General Luís Almagro, suffered an unambiguous defeat this week at the OAS, when Almagro's attempt to use the hemispheric organization against Venezuela was rejected unanimously by the hemisphere. Almagro had used -- a number of governments...

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IMF Economists Discover Some of the Big Failures of Neoliberalism: About Time

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 4:01 PM

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has gotten some attention in the past week for the publication of an unusual article in its quarterly magazine, Finance and Development. The article's title, "Neoliberalism: Oversold?" itself is a shocker, since the institution has been the most influential proponent of neoliberalism in...

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The Brazilian Coup and Washington's "Rollback" in Latin America

(10) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 6:51 PM

It is clear that the executive branch of the U.S. government favors the coup underway in Brazil, even though they have been careful to avoid any explicit endorsement of it. Exhibit A was the meeting between Tom Shannon, the 3rd ranking U.S. State Department official and the one who is...

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Leaked Conversation Confirms Major Players in Brazil Coup: What Impact Will It Have?

(2) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 5:34 PM

Transcripts of a recorded conversation between then Senator Romero Jucá, and former oil industry executive Sergio Machado, indicate that what many people suspected about the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is true: some of the most corrupt and powerful politicians in Brazil are using impeachment as a means of...

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Political Judiciary in Argentina

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 4:43 PM

The New York Times reported last week that Argentina's former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was indicted "on charges of manipulating the nation's Central Bank during the final months of her administration." Reading the article, however, as well as other media coverage, and even the 147-page court

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Has the Left Run its Course in Latin America?

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 1:58 PM

Hardly. Despite recent setbacks, it has led the region's "second independence," benefiting hundreds of millions.

There is a popular narrative here in Washington and media circles that Latin America's left-populist turn has finally run its course. It goes something like this: A commodities boom, led by demand from China...

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'When I Was a Young Boy Growing up in Brooklyn...'

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 11:02 AM

One of the great accomplishments of Bernie Sanders' campaign has been getting his opponent, Hillary Clinton, to adopt his positions on so many important issues. Hillary Clinton recently had this to say:

Because whether you support Senator Sanders or you support me, there is much more that unites us than...
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Economic Policy Could Determine the Political Results in Venezuela

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 3:29 PM

The opposition in Venezuela has stepped up its campaign to remove President Maduro from office, having announced -- in accordance with its numerous divisions -- that it would pursue a three-pronged strategy: a constitutional amendment to shorten the president's term of office; a recall referendum, as permitted under the constitution;...

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Washington's Dog-Whistle Diplomacy Supports Attempted Coup in Brazil

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 10:44 AM

The day after the impeachment vote in the lower house of Brazil's congress, one of the leaders of the effort, Senator Aloysio Nunes, traveled to Washington, D.C. He had scheduled meetings with a number of U.S. officials, including Thomas Shannon at the State Department.

Shannon has...

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Un golpe de Estado en Brasil amenaza a la democracia y a la soberanía nacional

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 1:20 AM

Foto: EFE

La presidenta Dilma Rousseff ahora corre peligro de enfrentarse a un juicio político, aunque no existe evidencia de que ella esté vinculada con el escándalo Lava Jato u otro tipo de corrupción. Al contrario, se le acusa de haber...

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