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:

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Supporters of Evo Morales demonstrate in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on Monday. (Photo: RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
The OAS Lied to the Public About the Bolivian Election and Coup
What is the difference between an outright lie—stating something as a fact while knowing that it is false—and a deliberate material representation that accomplishes the same end? Here is an example that really pushes the boundary between the two, to the point where the distinction practically...
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Washington’s nefarious War on Drugs, meanwhile, remains a cesspit of violence and U.S.-sponsored militarization that brings misery to those countries unfortunate enough to be located between the Colombian and Pervuian cocaine producers and U.S. consumers. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Friday, June 07, 2019
Tariffs Are a Bad Response to an Imaginary Border Crisis
Donald Trump won the presidency–despite losing the popular vote by 2.8 million—with a campaign that careened wildly from one distraction to another. He has clung to this as a Twitter and governing strategy ever since. As there are 190 countries in the world, and the United States trades with most...
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President Donald Trump throwing paper towels to hurricane victims during a visit to the island in October 2018. Views
Saturday, June 01, 2019
Puerto Rico’s Botched Disaster Relief, Unsustainable Debt, and Economic Failure Linked to its Colonial Status
Here is a scandal: Puerto Rico has a Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB), created by the US Congress and appointed by the president of the United States, in charge of its finances. Its budget, financed by Puerto Rico's taxpayers, is $1.5 billion over five years, or $300 million a year...
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Venezuela’s National Assembly president Juan Guaidó speaks before a crowd of opposition supporters during an open meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, on Jan. 16, 2019. (Photo: Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
The U.S. Helped Push Venezuela Into Chaos — and Trump’s Regime Change Policy Will Make Sure It Stays That Way
Washington has been trying to topple Venezuela’s government for at least 17 years, but the Trump administration has taken a more openly aggressive tack than its predecessors. Last week, administration officials kicked their efforts into high gear by anointing their chosen successor to Venezuelan...
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Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic would join NATO, hauling in billions of dollars of arms sales. Ten more countries would join over the next nine years, bringing NATO’s military to Russia’s doorstep. (Image: Lockheed Martin) Views
Friday, December 21, 2018
“Fort Trump” in Poland Is Another Dangerous, Delusional Idea
Should the United States build a permanent military base in Poland? Dangle a couple billion dollars in front of Donald Trump ― who seems to see himself as America’s premier arms merchant, when he’s not using the presidency to make money for himself and his family ― and you can see his eyes light up...
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 ‘Most Americans have heard nothing of this ongoing clash in Congress, which has lasted for more than a year.’ (Photo: Hani Mohammed/AP) Views
Friday, November 16, 2018
When Will America Stop Participating in Yemen's Genocidal War?
On Wednesday the Republican leadership briefly transformed the US House of Representatives into a theater of the absurd in order to block a debate and vote on US military participation in a genocidal war. In an odd spectacle, representatives went back and forth between speaking about wolves, who...
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Saturday, November 10, 2018
Trump Was Handed a Major Defeat on Tuesday—And There Will Be More
With the Democrats having won the House of Representatives, and forecast to gain 37 seats (there are currently 14 uncalled races), there is some confusion about what this means. And there is also some debate over what it might indicate for the future of Trump and his party. Many have pointed to the...
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In the coming months, tens of thousands of people across the country will be contacting their representatives and senators to persuade them to vote to end this war that has nothing to do with U.S. national security. (Photo: Views
Friday, October 26, 2018
Congress Should End US Military Participation in the Saudis’ War in Yemen
Each day since Oct. 2, new evidence has emerged that the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a resident of Virginia, was a premeditated murder. At the same time, it is also increasingly clear that the murder was approved at the highest levels of the Saudi Arabian government, most...
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Protesters gather against the far-right’s presidential candidate on September 29, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Views
Saturday, October 06, 2018
Presidential Election Is About a Fight for Democracy in Brazil
The original Portuguese version of this was published by the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo on Friday . What follows is the English translation. The world is watching Brazil’s elections, probably as never before. “Latin America’s latest menace: Bolsonaro Presidente,” screams the headline on...
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Blood-stained backpacks at the site of a Saudi airstrike that killed fifty-one people, including forty children, Saada, Yemen, August 10, 2018. (Photo: AP Photo/ Kareem al-Mrrany) Views
Thursday, September 20, 2018
How Congress Can End the War in Yemen
On July 3, PBS News Hour reporter Jane Ferguson was in Yemen covering the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe . She spoke with Dr. Ali Al Motaa, a Yemeni professor, who told her: “The missiles that kill us, American-made. The planes that kill us, American-made. The tanks, Abrams, American-made...
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