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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Monday, March 14, 2016
The Political Economy of Argentina’s Settlement with the Vulture Funds
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...
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Thursday, January 21, 2016
President Obama Should Change US Policy and Normalize Relations with Venezuela
From March to July of last year, the United States had what Reuters reported as its "most extensive dialogue in years" with Venezuela. President Barack Obama even met briefly with President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela at the Summit of the Americas in April. Remarkably, given that Venezuela has...
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Thursday, December 10, 2015
What Next for Venezuela?
Venezuela's opposition has won a large majority of the country's legislature, or National Assembly, for the first time in 16 years. Many observers in Washington see this as a tipping point for Venezuelan politics. What are we to make of this development? First, an endless stream of news articles,...
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Sunday, December 06, 2015
Hillary Clinton and a Venezuelan Murder Mystery: Who Killed Luis Manuel Díaz?
On November 30, Hillary Clinton stated that she was "outraged at the cold blooded assassination of Luis Manuel Díaz on stage at a rally last week." She was referring to the killing of a local opposition leader in Venezuela on November 25. It was clear from her remarks that she was blaming the...
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Friday, December 04, 2015
Brazil Should Stand Firm Against U.S.-Led Campaign to Undermine Venezuelan Elections
Washington has been trying to get rid of the Venezuelan government for more than 13 years, going back to the failed military coup of 2002. The U.S. State Department acknowledged that Washington “provided training, institution building, and other support to individuals and organizations understood...
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
US Political Intervention in Haiti Has Caused Instability and Aid Efforts Have Largely Failed
When a devastating earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, killing more than 200,000 people, former President Bill Clinton said that the reconstruction would provide an opportunity to “build back better.” Some $9.6 billion was pledged by the international community, including the U.S. government...
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Saturday, October 17, 2015
Cuba’s Demands for Reparations and Closing of Guantanamo Are Reasonable
President Obama initiated a historic change when he decided in December to begin normalizing relations with Cuba. It was an acknowledgment that more than half a century of trying to topple the Cuban government through invasion, assassination attempts, economic embargo, and other efforts - mostly...
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Thursday, October 15, 2015
Lessons from NAFTA for the TPP
There are many lessons from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that are relevant to the current debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). First, like the TPP, NAFTA was never mostly about trade and even less about free trade. In 1994, the U.S. already had low tariff barriers to...
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Are European Authorities Trying to Force Regime Change in Greece?
It’s ironic but not surprising that the European Central Bank decided Sunday to limit its credit to Greece by enough to force the Greek banking system to close. This has pushed Greece closer to a more serious financial crisis than the country has had in the past five years of austerity-induced...
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Friday, April 10, 2015
Obama Could Face Disastrous Summit Due to Venezuela Sanctions
The last Summit of the Americas, in Cartagena, Colombia in 2012, was a disaster for President Obama. There were scandals involving Secret Service agents and sex workers, an increasing rebellion from the South against the failed U.S. "War on Drugs," and — most of all — unanimous opposition to the U...
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