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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Friday, December 21, 2012
US Military Needs to Leave Afghanistan and Stop Widening Drone Strikes
There is perhaps no time in American history when our leaders have fought a war with so little support. More than 60 percent of Americans want out of Afghanistan. Even at the peak of the anti-Vietnam-war movement, after a majority had turned against the war, there were still a large number of citizens who believed in the war and its official justifications.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Haiti: More Pressure Needed to Get Clean Water
More than two years and nearly 7,800 deaths after UN troops brought the dread disease of cholera to Haiti, a plan has finally been put forward to do something to get rid of it. While we are still a long way from implementation, there are important lessons to be learned from this experience.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
UN Must Cure Haiti of the Cholera Epidemic It Caused
Before Hurricane Sandy slammed into the east coast of the United States , it killed 54 people in Haiti and
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Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Obama's Victory and the Progressive Work To Come
President Obama's re-election was never much in doubt, except perhaps briefly when he took a plunge after the first debate and we didn't know where the bottom was. But by the end of the campaign, Sam Wang of the Princeton Election Consortium was giving Obama a better-than-99% chance of winning.
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Saturday, October 06, 2012
Venezuela Election: Why the Voting is More Trustworthy than the Polling
Polling – or perhaps more importantly, the abuse of polling data – has a checkered history in Venezuela . I will never forget the day of the presidential recall referendum in 2004.
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Thursday, October 04, 2012
Washington Doesn’t Like Democratic Elections in Venezuela, Because of the Result
On 30 May, Dan Rather, one of America's best-known journalists, announced that Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez would die "in a couple of months at most".
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Wednesday, October 03, 2012
On Media Bias in Venezuela
Everywhere you look, there are people who are taking seriously the claim that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has a big media advantage over the opposition in the upcoming elections. The Committee to Protect Journalists, in their latest report [PDF] on Venezuela, states that “a vast state media presence echoes the government’s positions,” and refers to the government as having a “media empire.”
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Thursday, September 13, 2012
Moody's Threat to Downgrade US Debt is Political, Not Fiscal
Moody's threat this week to downgrade the US government's credit rating says a whole lot more about the credit rating agency than it does about the US debt situation. It is really a way of telling the world that Moody's is making a political statement, rather than an assessment of risk for investors who want actual information about US Treasury securities.
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Sunday, September 09, 2012
Assange Case: Sweden's Shame in Violating Human Rights
It was like a scene from a Hollywood movie, where the kidnapper walks up from behind, with a gun protruding from his trench coat pocket. “Keep walking, and don’t say anything,” he warns.
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Friday, August 31, 2012
Raising Minimum Wage Can Yank Millions Out of Poverty and Jump-Start Economy
The federal minimum wage is just $7.25 an hour and hasn't been raised in three years. But a raise is much more overdue than that. If we look at the minimum wage 44 years ago, and simply adjust it for inflation, it would be more than $10 today.
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