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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

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

(1) 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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Brazilian Coup Threatens Democracy and National Sovereignty

(17) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 3:14 PM

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is now threatened with impeachment, but there is no evidence that she is linked to the "Lava Jato" scandal, or any other corruption. Rather, she is accused of an accounting manipulation that somewhat misrepresented the fiscal position of the government -- something that prior...

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Hillary Clinton Needs to Answer for 'Regime Change' in Honduras

(218) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 10:39 AM

The past week has not been a good one for the Clintons, in terms of foot-in-mouth disease. First Bill Clinton accused Black Lives Matter protesters of supporting murderers. This is something you might expect to erupt from the foul mouth of a Donald Trump or a Rush Limbaugh. Did Bill...

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The Great Divide in the Democratic Primary

(522) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 10:55 AM

The generational divide in the Democratic primary is phenomenal. If it weren't for voters over 49, and their higher participation rates, Hillary Clinton wouldn't have much of a chance. "Age seems to be the most significant factor," said Lee Miringoff, director of the

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Attempted Coup in Brazil Seeks to Reverse Election Results

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 2:26 PM

If you are following the news of political turmoil in Brazil, it may be difficult to get a grasp of what is really going on. This often happens when there is an attempted coup in the Western Hemisphere, and especially when the U.S. government has an interest in the outcome....

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Venezuela: Dismantling a Weapon of Mass Destruction

(5) Comments | Posted March 17, 2016 | 1:17 PM

The government of Venezuela has often denounced an "economic war" against it, and of course this is part of the current situation. The primary weapon of mass destruction in this war is the black market for the dollar. It is no coincidence that the main source of information for this...

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The Political Economy of Argentina's Settlement With the Vulture Funds

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 6:40 PM

After 15 years of court battles, injunctions, smear campaigns, lobbying, and other interventions, the vulture funds have finally won a tentative agreement with the new Argentine government. Vulture funds -- the name preceded this particular dispute -- are so-called because they buy up defaulted debt for a very small fraction...

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European Authorities' Failed Economic Policies Hit Resistance in Spain

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 2:55 PM

The Spanish elections in December provided proof, if anyone needed it, that the fight over the economic and social future of Europe is far from over.

For the first time in three decades, each of two major parties that had ruled Spain since its incomplete transition to democracy was...

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Fixing the Venezuelan Economy

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 1:12 PM

Venezuela this week announced it would significantly raise fuel prices and devalue its currency as part of a series of measures to help shore up its flailing economy. Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro also named a new economy czar: Miguel Pérez, the former head of an industry association. Reuters

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Recomponer la economía venezolana

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 11:59 PM

¿Qué se puede hacer para recomponer la economía venezolana? Para la mayoría de los comentaristas, la pregunta no cabe. Esto incluye a la oposición venezolana, que por razones obvias, no está interesada en una recuperación económica mientras no logre llegar al poder. La mayor parte de los medios de comunicación...

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Sanders' Surge Marks Public Outrage With Rigged System

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 2:41 PM

His successful grassroots insurgency demonstrates popular revulsion with corrupt U.S. political establishment

Bernie Sanders' campaign is something that we have never seen: a candidate for president who is relying on small contributions from millions of supporters rather than corporate money, and successfully challenging someone who has all the power and...

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Paul Krugman Misunderstands Bernie Sanders

(88) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 4:59 PM

I have to say it is puzzling to see Paul Krugman supporting Hillary Clinton against Bernie Sanders, at least to people who read his writings. Krugman has repeatedly expressed more actual contempt for what Sanders calls "the billionaire class" than Sanders himself has, citing research showing that rich...

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