Author Archives: Mark Weisbrot

Anti-Austerity Protesters in Ecuador Win Some Concessions, But Unlikely to Prevent Further Unrest or Repression

The government of Ecuador reached an agreement on October 13 with leaders of the protests that had rocked the country for the previous two weeks. The deal, which included the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), is a retreat … Continue reading

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The US 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 … Continue reading

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Congress must end American support for Saudi war in Yemen

By Mark Weisbrot The New York Times editorial board recently took an unusual position of denouncing what it called “war crimes” by a U.S. ally, in a war in which the United States is actively participating militarily. “Saudis try to starve … Continue reading

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U.S. Seeks to Get Rid of Left Governments in Latin America

  By Mark Weisbrot This article was published in Folha de São Paulo, Brazil’s largest circulation newspaper, on April 20, 2013. Recent events indicate that the Obama administration has stepped up its strategy of “regime change” against the left-of-center governments in Latin America, … Continue reading

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Chávez’s Death, Like His Life, Shows the World’s Divisions

By Mark Weisbrot This article was published by Al Jazeera English on March 17, 2013. The unprecedented worldwide response to the death of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, and especially in the Western Hemisphere, has brought into stark relief the … Continue reading

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Media Hate Fiesta for Venezuela Keeps on Keepen’ On

By Mark Weisbrot (This article was first published in Al Jazeera English on January 29, 2013) Last week there was a real media hate-fest for Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, with some of the more influential publications on both sides of … Continue reading

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Obama’s Victory Never Much in Doubt

By Mark Weisbrot This article was published in The Guardian (UK) on November 7, 2012. 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 … Continue reading

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Moody’s Shows It Has Political Agenda for U.S. Fiscal Policy

By Mark Weisbrot This article was first published in The Guardian (UK) on September 13, 2012, www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/sept/13/moodys. If anyone wants to reprint it, please include a link to the original. Moody’s threat Wednesday to downgrade the U.S. government’s credit rating … Continue reading

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Argentina’s Critics Get It Wrong Again

Mark Weisbrot This article was published in The Guardian (UK) on April 18, 2012 (www.guardian.co.uk./commentsfree/cifamerica/2012/april/18/argentina-critics-0il-nationalize)   The Argentine government’s decision to re-nationalize its formerly state-owned oil and gas company, YPF, has been greeted with howls of outrage, threats, forecasts of rage … Continue reading

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The US Today: Economic Stagnation, Political Paralysis

Mark Weisbrot   First published in the Guardian guardian.co.uk, Friday 7 October 2011   Given mass unemployment and stimulus spending blocked in Washington, no wonder people are taking to the streets The monthly employment report for September, released Friday, shows … Continue reading

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