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

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 5:18 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 | 10:12 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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Cheney's Campaign for Iraq War 3: Shaping the Narrative

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 5:04 PM

Dick Cheney may not be a very nice person, but he is a pretty smart political operative. And so he has been all over the news for the past few weeks trying to promote the narrative that he and his neoconservative allies need for the long haul. He...

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Who Shot Argentina? A Washington Murder Mystery

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 2:42 PM

When Cristina Kirchner first ran for president of Argentina in 2007, she had a campaign commercial with adorable young children answering the question, "What is the IMF (International Monetary Fund)?" They offered cute little ridiculous answers like "The IMF is a place where there are many animals," and...

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Another US Spying Problem in Latin America: The Drug Enforcement Agency

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 11:13 AM

Relations between the U.S. and Brazil have been in the doghouse since documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden showed that Brazil was one of the biggest targets of NSA spying. The abuses included mass collection of millions of Brazilians' email and phone records, spying...

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For the First Time in Years, Members of Congress Push Back Against Obama Administration's Failed Latin America Policy

(6) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 4:19 PM

In a remarkable eruption of sanity in Washington, there is finally some pushback from Congress against the far-right and "center" on U.S. policy toward Venezuela and Latin America -- something that has not happened under the McCarthyite pall that has prevailed for years. A letter from members of...

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Ukraine's IMF Agreement Could Worsen the Country's Problems

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 11:27 AM

On Sunday May 25, the "Chocolate King" handily won the Ukrainian presidential elections in the first round. Billionaire Petro O. Poroshenko is so named because he made his fortune in the confectionary business. The defeated runner-up, former prime minister Yulia V. Tymoshenko is sometimes referred to as "the Gas Princess,"...

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Miembros del Congreso reaccionan, por primera vez en años, contra la política fallida del gobierno de Obama hacia América Latina

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 11:12 AM

En lo que constituye una impresionante irrupción de cordura en Washington, existe finalmente cierta reacción por parte del Congreso contra la extrema derecha y el "centro" en cuanto a la política de los EEUU hacia Venezuela y América Latina - algo que no había ocurrido bajo la sombra del macartismo...

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Ucrania podría decepcionarse con Europa si sigue las recetas del FMI y de la Unión Europea

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 2:34 PM

Cuando los manifestantes de Euromaidán tomaron las calles de Kiev a comienzos de año, muchos esperaban lograr formar parte de Europa. La Europa a la cual aspiraban era aquella de comodidades materiales y de niveles de vida muy por encima del alcance de la mayoría de los ucranianos, cuyo ingreso...

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China as the World's Largest Economy: What Does It Mean?

(34) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 2:27 PM

The news that China will displace the U.S. as the world's largest economy this year is big news. For economists who follow these measurements, the tectonic shift likely occurred a few years ago. But now the World Bank is making it official, so journalists and others...

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The Story of Venezuela's Protests May Be Different From What You Are Told

(17) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 12:21 PM

In reacting to the protests in Venezuela, the biggest Western media outlets have drafted a charmingly simple narrative of the situation there. According to this story, peaceful protesters have risen up against a government because of shortages, high inflation, and crime. They have taken to the streets and been met...

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SICAD II: un paso importante hacia la solución del problema cambiario en Venezuela

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 12:02 PM

Todas las economías se enfrentan a importantes problemas estructurales y políticos. Sin embargo, ciertos problemas son más importantes y urgentes que otros en determinados momentos. Con relación a Venezuela, desde hace cierto tiempo mantengo que el principal problema económico es el sistema cambiario. Un sistema de tipo de cambio fijo...

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Obama Administration Faces Diplomatic Isolation in Latin America on Venezuela

(31) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 1:25 PM

The Bush administration had a stated policy of trying to isolate Venezuela from its neighbors, and the strategy ended up isolating Washington instead. President Obama, in his first meeting with hemispheric leaders in Trinidad in 2009, promised to turn a new page. But today, his administration...

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Por qué la estrategia de cambio de régimen tiene pocas posibilidades de éxito en Venezuela

(3) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 5:37 PM

La decisión de Henrique Capriles de rechazar la oferta de diálogo por parte del Presidente Maduro, es emblemático de ciertos problemas fundamentales que han aquejado a la oposición venezolana durante los últimos 15 años, y que afloran con intensidad en el contexto actual.

Aunque la oposición haya emprendido la...

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Venezuela's Struggle, Widely Misrepresented, Remains a Classic Conflict Between Right and Left

(5) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 4:36 PM

The current protests in Venezuela are reminiscent of another historical moment when street protests were used by right-wing politicians as a tactic to overthrow the elected government. It was December of 2002, and I was struck by the images on U.S. television of what was reported as a "general strike,"...

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US Indicates Support for Regime Change in Venezuela; Once Again, South America Says No

(2) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 11:03 AM

When is it considered legitimate to try and overthrow a democratically-elected government? In Washington, the answer has always been simple: when the U.S. government says it is. Not surprisingly, that's not the way Latin American governments generally see it.

On Sunday, the Mercosur governments (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Venezuela)...

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China Has Good Reason to Help Stabilize Latin American Economies

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 12:14 PM

In the last week or so, much of the international business press has been focused on the problems of financial stability in developing countries, some of whom have recently become more vulnerable to capital outflows. The main cause is that investors are trying to get the jump on possible moves...

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Economic and Social Policy and the Problems of the Eurozone and European Integration

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 2:13 PM

The latest (February) issue of Harpers' Magazine has an interesting discussion of Europe and the eurozone, "How Germany Reconquered Europe: the Euro and its Discontents." Some of the big questions of European unity, democracy, and national sovereignty are debated in broad and direct terms not often seen in...

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Five Economic Policy Changes for 2014 That Could Boost Employment and Reduce Climate Disruption

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 11:11 AM

The U.S. economy is still weak, with 7 percent unemployment, many millions more underemployed and less people employed in November than there were six years ago. At the same time -- and not unrelated -- we are still devolving along a path toward increasingly ugly inequality, with 95...

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Greece Will Likely Begin Recovery This Year: Is Austerity Working?

(5) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 11:16 AM

It was nearly four years ago that the Greek government negotiated its agreement with the IMF for a harsh austerity program that was ostensibly designed to resolve its budget problems. Many economists, when we saw the plan, knew immediately that Greece was beginning a long journey into darkness...

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