Author Archives: Mark Weisbrot

French Protesters Have It Right: No Need to Raise the Retirement Age

THE DEMONSTRATIONS THAT have rocked France this past week highlight some of its differences from the United States. The photo below, for example shows the difference between rioting in baseball- playing versus soccer-playing countries. In the US, we would pick … Continue reading

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Right-wing Upsurge in US: Less than Meets the Eye?

Is America in the grip of a right-wing backlash that will hit the November elections like a hurricane? This narrative is gathering steam. It is fed not only by the minority partisan right-wing media but also its majority “liberal” counterpart, … Continue reading

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Anti-Venezuela Spokespeople Misrepresent Reality Of Press Freedom In Venezuela

This column was published by The Guardian Unlimited on August 4, 2009. Update: It appears that the proposed media law referred to in The Guardian debate below is not going anywhere in the Venezuelan Congress; it is not clear that … Continue reading

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Democracy or Dictatorship in Venezuela

IF WE READ THE NEWSPAPERS and watch TV in the United States, we are told that President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela is a “dictator,” “authoritarian,” “a threat to democracy” in his own country and the region, and “anti- U.S.” But … Continue reading

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The Cruel Prospect of Deep Recession

AS THE ECONOMY SHIFTS INTO REVERSE gear and the Congress and President work out the details of a proposed fiscal stimulus, some are asking whether it will be enough to keep the economy out of a recession. The answer is … Continue reading

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Venezuela and the Media: Fact and Fiction

To read and view the U.S. news media, there is an episode of grand tyranny unfolding, one repugnant to all who cherish democratic freedoms. The Venezuelan government under “strongman” Hugo Chavez refused to renew the 20-year broadcast license for RCTV, … Continue reading

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Media-Generated “Scandal” Undermines Democracy in Ecuador

This column was published on July 26, 2007 by the Guardian.co.uk In his recent book, The Assault on Reason, former Vice- President Al Gore describes how “the potential for manipulating mass opinions and feelings initially discovered by commercial advertisers is … Continue reading

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Twenty Years After Iran-Contra, Washington’s Role in Nicaragua Still a Scandal

Imagine Osama bin Laden visiting the United States ten or 15 years from now, telling Americans who to vote for if they want to avoid getting hurt. It would never happen, but in Nicaragua something very similar happened in the … Continue reading

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Globalization Fails to Deliver the Goods

One of the good things about the stock market coming back down to Earth after a prolonged bubble is that it leads people to question other misconceptions about the economy. When stock prices were soaring we heard all kinds of … Continue reading

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Rubin Shouldn’t Escape Enron Investigation

One of the leading political figures embroiled in the Enron scandal is being handed a “Get Out of Jail Free” card, and he doesn’t deserve it. That is Robert Rubin, President Clinton’s former Treasury Secretary. Rubin seems to have everything … Continue reading

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