Robert Weissman

Robert Weissman

Robert Weissman is the president of Public Citizen. Weissman was formerly director of Essential Action, editor of Multinational Monitor, a magazine that tracks corporate actions worldwide, and a public interest attorney at the Center for Study of Responsive Law. He was a leader in organizing the 2000 IMF and World Bank protests in D.C. and helped make HIV drugs available to the developing world.

 

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Thursday, June 02, 2005
Sell the Gold, Free the Poor
When historians look back over the last 25 years, one of the great crimes they will identify is the Third World debt crisis. Now, finally, the rich countries have agreed to cancel the debts of the poorest countries to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank. But they continue to differ...
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Wednesday, March 16, 2005
The Internal Axis of Evil
We have just returned from a weekend deep in red state territory, where our red state relatives are as you would expect -- still pro-Bush, still pro-Iraq war, still pro guns, for privatization of Social Security, against government regulation, for Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh -- right down the...
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Sunday, November 16, 2003
Howard Clinton?
Howard Dean is a man with strong Clinton-esque tendencies. He's a self-described triangulator. Say good words about the environment. Take some positive action. Schmooze with the environmentalists. But when push comes to shove, don't offend the powers that be. Mark Sinclair is an senior attorney...
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Friday, October 24, 2003
A Dull and Largely Uncritical Recitation of Official Sources
The New York Times reported yesterday that a Columbia University history professor hired by the paper to make an independent assessment of the coverage of one of its correspondents in the Soviet Union during the 1930s said that the Pulitzer Prize the reporter received should be rescinded because of...
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Wednesday, October 15, 2003
US Bullies Europeans on Chemical Testing
Literally tens of thousands of chemicals on the market have never been tested for their impact on human health. The chemical industry thinks this is a good thing. Safety testing is too expensive, the chemical companies say. Chemical manufacturers and users handle chemicals responsibly to make sure...
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Friday, January 31, 2003
Hide & Seek
For corporations, reputation is everything. If they lose it, they stand to lose everything. See Andersen, Worldcom and Enron. If they can keep their dirty laundry out of the public eye, all the better. They do this by destroying incriminating documents, by lying, by covering up. If they are caught...
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Monday, January 13, 2003
Corporate Black Caucus
The Congressional Black Caucus says that it has been "the conscience of the Congress since 1969." If that is in fact the case, why then is the caucus not taking a leadership role on major progressive issues of the day? Because like the vast majority of members of Congress, the caucus has been...
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Thursday, November 14, 2002
Why Newsweek is Bad for Kids
Did you see the cover story of Newsweek magazine last week? The cover story is titled, "Why TV is Good for Kids." What are we to expect from Newsweek next week? Why Soda Pop is Good for Kids. Why Sedentary Living is Good for Kids. Why Obesity is Good for Kids. Some things are good for kids. Reading...
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Thursday, July 04, 2002
Cracking Down on Corporate Crime, Really
Here is one of the most remarkable aspects of the still-unfolding financial scandals swirling around Worldcom, Xerox, Global Crossing, Enron, Arthur Andersen, Tyco and a growing number of other companies: The fraud occurred in the most heavily regulated and monitored area of corporate activity. If...
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Wednesday, May 29, 2002
The Age of Inequality
Here's the latest evidence of the startling growth of income and wealth inequality, in the United States and around the world: The Washington Post's Ceci Connolly reports this week on the development of a new innovation in healthcare delivery: "boutique" or "concierge" coverage for the world's...
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