Mark Weisbrot

Mark Weisbrot is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), in Washington, DC. He is also president of Just Foreign Policy. He is co-author, with Dean Baker, of Social Security: The Phony Crisis. E-mail Mark: weisbrot@cepr.net

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Sunday, February 12, 2017
NAFTA Has Harmed Mexico a Lot More than Any Wall Could Do
President Trump is unlikely to fulfill his dream of forcing Mexico to pay for his proposed wall along the United States' Southern border. If it is built, though, U.S. taxpayers will almost certainly foot the bill, which some have estimated could be as high as $50 billion. With that said, it's worth...
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Thursday, December 22, 2016
Even Before Taking Office, Trump Has Made a Mess
President-elect Donald Trump's phone call earlier this month with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan sent shock waves throughout China and much of the world. For nearly four decades, it has been Washington's official policy to diplomatically recognize only China and not Taiwan, an island the mainland...
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Honduran Opposition Leaders Being Murdered While US Pours in Money to Repressive Government and Military
Since a 2009 military coup against the democratic government of President Mel Zelaya, Honduras has become the most dangerous country in the world for environmental and human rights activists. On Oct. 17, two more prominent rural organizers, José Ángel Flores and Silmer Dionisio George, were...
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Brazil's Political and Economic Crisis Threatens Its Democracy
On April 17, the Brazilian lower house of Congress voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, who was elected in 2010 and reelected at the end of 2014. It was a garish spectacle, with one right-wing deputy dedicating his vote to the colonel who headed a torture unit during the dictatorship. One of...
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Attacking Trump for the Few Sensible Things He Says is Bad Strategy
Donald Trump is a buffoon, a narcissist and misogynist who has offended large segments of the American population with racist comments. He has so little impulse control that he erupted with a pathetic defense of the size of his penis in the middle of a presidential debate, and retweeted an...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Brazilian Prosecutor Finds No Crime Committed by Dilma: Will the Law Count for Anything in Brazil?
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 by...
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Impeachment Effort May Fail in Brazilian Senate
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 elected president...
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Thursday, July 07, 2016
Democratic Platform Fight over TPP Will Show What Democracy We Really Have
The insurgent candidacies of Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) and real estate mogul Donald Trump in the Democratic and Republican primaries, respectively — one uplifting and the other disturbing — together with the Brexit vote, have brought forth an unusual outpouring of discussion on the weaknesses of...
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Should I Stay or Should I Go? Brexit, Extortion, and the Path to Reform
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 U.K. if the people should dare to vote the wrong way. "Vote remain, and nobody gets hurt," so to speak. Or, as The New York Times headline...
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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Bringing the Troika to Paris
I have argued for years , and in my last post on this 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 European authorities, taking advantage of an economic crisis, to transform Europe...
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