Stories by Mark Weisbrot

Mark Weisbrot is Co-Director and co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. He is co-author, with Dean Baker, of Social Security: The Phony Crisis (University of Chicago Press, 2000), and has written numerous research papers on economic policy. He is also president of Just Foreign Policy. subscribe to Mark Weisbrot's feed

Posted on: Oct 30, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The western media call it "Chavez Bank" -- but what are they really afraid of?

Posted on: Oct 18, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The dirty secret is that income growth was stronger before the era of "globalization."

Posted on: Oct 5, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Costa Rica's citizens will soon become the first to vote on a "free trade" agreement, and the corporatocracy is pulling out all the stops to see that they vote its way.

Posted on: Jul 26, 2007, Source: The Guardian

In Latin America, a monopolized corporate media represent a much larger share of the news that people receive and are even more shamelessly manipulated for political purposes.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2007, Source: McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

As President Bush heads south for a seven-day trip to counter the populist political tide in Latin America, he'll discover that Washington's influence has collapsed and is not likely to recover.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2006, Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research

The re-election of Hugo Chavez is the perfect opportunity for the Bush Administration to bury the hatchet with our fourth largest oil supplier and begin a policy of engagement with Venezuela.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Bolvia's Evo Morales is the sixth presidential candidate in the last seven years to win an election while campaigning against economic neoliberalism.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Bush's privatization plan for Social Security is a case where it helps to read the fine print.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Bush is using fuzzy math to claim that in 13 years Social Security will be paying out more than it takes in.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Bush's 'ownership society' means that someone is going to have to pay the taxes that rich people are no longer paying. And that someone is low-wage workers.

Posted on: Sep 5, 2004, Source: AlterNet

This Labor Day, most U.S. workers are worse off than they were at this time last year.

Posted on: Aug 1, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Establishment types are trumpeting America's role as global police force. Too bad the U.S. just can't afford the job.

Posted on: Mar 23, 2004, Source: AlterNet

In the past, the Fed has choked off growth and even triggered recessions in order to fight inflation increases. Is Alan Greenspan's conspicuous lack of concern about inflation all about election-year politics?

Posted on: Dec 8, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Unions, the folks that brought us the weekend, are fighting for their basic right to exist.

Posted on: Dec 3, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Republicans say there's an economic recovery -- but for most people, it still feels like a recession.

Posted on: Aug 27, 2003, Source: AlterNet

While American labor has continued producing more goods and services, the vast majority of employees have barely shared at all in the fruits of their increasing productivity.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The president's rhetoric hides the ugly fact that the U.S. is actually doing more to hurt Africa than help it.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2003, Source: AlterNet

With the Democrats toeing the Bush administration line at home, European nations like France and Germany are the last best hope for peace.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Economists are laughing at Bush's "economic stimulus" package -- but then again, this tax cut isn't really meant to help the economy any more than the last one was.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2002, Source: AlterNet

If history is any guide, overt funding from Washington will turn out to be the tip of the iceberg--as it was in Haiti, Nicaragua and Chile.

Posted on: Nov 20, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The new Homeland Security Bill is a lavish gift-wrapped present to corporations and special interests.

Posted on: Nov 17, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Having succeeded in using Iraq to win the elections, the Bush administration is moving on to phase two of their master plan: making war inevitable.

Posted on: Oct 30, 2002, Source: AlterNet

With the pharmaceutical monopoly spinning out of control while more and more people do without life-saving medication, why not make pharmaceutical research and production a public sector activity?

Posted on: Sep 11, 2002, Source: AlterNet

As the debate over war on Iraq rages on, the facts on who it affects -- economically as well as socially -- are being overlooked.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Global economic growth has taken a hit in the last two decades, endangering the lives and health of hundreds of millions of people in developing countries.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The eroding value of the stock market signals a change for the better. Realistic prices will usher a return to economic and social progress.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2002, Source: AlterNet

G-8 leaders need to pay attention to the plight of less afffluent nations who have experienced devastating economic failure over the past 20 years.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2002, Source: AlterNet

There has never been an accounting of how much of the FBI's resources are devoted to policing the constitutionally protected activities of our citizens. The time is now.

Posted on: May 21, 2002, Source: AlterNet

There are signs that Ari Fleischer's magic and President Bush's teflon coating may finally be fading.

Posted on: May 6, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The latest projections show that the federal budget deficit could be twice as high in the coming year as previously thought. But for an even more glaring example of spending beyond our means, check out the U.S. trade deficit.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Argentina's new president has a plan to revive its collapsed economy. But International Monetary Fund's demand for austerity programs may ruin the nation's chances for recovery.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Of the two world forums that happened this weekend, the Economic one was deemed "practical" and the Social one "idealogical." But a closer look shows the economic elites to be the stubborn ideologues, and the social entreprenuers to be the realistic pragmatists.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Since Vietnam, politicians and generals have been extremely reluctant to risk American casualties. In the war on terrorism, that reluctance is still strong.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2002, Source: AlterNet

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.

Posted on: Jan 9, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Republicans think the best way to stimulate the economy is to grant more and more tax cuts. While Democrats say existing tax cuts have made government powerless against recession.

Posted on: Jan 1, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Argentina's economic meltdown might seem far away from American borders, but our greedy support of short-sighted IMF policies is largely to blame.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Enron's demise leaves us with another huge, ostentatious symbol of the once-vaunted "New Economy" going belly up, and the inevitable year-end question: what lessons will be learned?

Posted on: Nov 15, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Lack of progress at the WTO meeting just concluded in Doha, Qatar can be chalked up to a powerful new force: developing countries are beginning to defend their interests.

Posted on: Oct 25, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Bayer, the German pharmaceutical giant, has finally reached agreement with the U.S. over the price to sell its antibiotic Cipro. That means the U.S. government will protect Bayer's patent and continue to force developing countries to buy drugs at non-generic prices.

Posted on: Oct 3, 2001, Source: AlterNet

By using the tragey of 9-11 to steamroll "fast track" legislation through Congress, the Bush administration is acting like an ambulance-chasing lawyer.

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