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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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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Thursday, April 09, 2015
Obama Should Put an End to Extreme Austerity in Jamaica
The international media isn’t paying much attention to President Barack Obama’s trip to Jamaica this week, but maybe they should. The country has become a terrible example of what can happen when creditors — led by the International Monetary Fund — are able to impose harsh austerity on a small...
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Friday, March 13, 2015
Breaking News: NYT Reports on What the Rest of the Western Hemisphere Thinks About the Conflict Between the US and Venezuela
In a significant change in reporting at The New York Times , the newspaper yesterday became the first major news outlet in the English language media to report on what the rest of the governments in the Western Hemisphere think of U.S. policy toward Venezuela. This is potentially important because...
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Will Podemos Rescue Spain's Unemployed Youths?
Earlier this year, the electoral victory of Syriza in Greece marked the first government elected within the troubled eurozone to finally say no to European officials who for years have been pressing for less government spending and for sweeping economic reforms to remake Europe. While many thought...
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Sunday, March 01, 2015
The Buck Stops Here – Greece is Fighting to Save Europe
Greece has been dragged through a lot of mud in the media over the past few years because previous governments overborrowed, and that contributed to the initial crisis that -- we should remember -- Spain, Portugal, Italy and almost everyone else in the eurozone had to go through. But the initial...
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Who’s Extorting Whom in Europe? It’s All About Coercion
The Economist ’s February 6 cover displayed the Venus de Milo statue pointing a revolver, with the headline “Go ahead, Angela, make my day.” In the editors’ upside-down world, Greece is threatening Europe, or at least Germany. Really? On Monday, February 16, European officials “handed Athens an...
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Monday, February 09, 2015
Environmental Movement Has Held Back the Keystone XL Pipeline, for Good Reason
Ditching the Keystone XL pipeline should be a no-brainer. The 1,179-mile pipeline extension would carry some of the world’s dirtiest oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas. And it shouldn’t be necessary to repeat this, but since we have a Congress controlled by a party...
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Thursday, February 05, 2015
Greece: ECB Kicks Syriza in the Face; Syriza Turns the Other Cheek
On Wednesday the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that it would no longer accept Greek government bonds and government-guaranteed debt as collateral. Although Greece would still be eligible for other, emergency lending from the Central Bank, the immediate effect of the announcement was to...
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