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Mark Weisbrot

Trump doubles down on sanctions and regime change for Venezuela

Trump doubles down on sanctions and regime change for Venezuela

Early in November, President Maduro of Venezuela proposed a meeting with creditors to discuss a restructuring of Venezuelan public debt. The Trump administration reacted by warning U.S. bondholders that attending this meeting could put them in violation of U.S. economic sanctions against Venezuela — a violation of the charter of the Organization of American States.

Brazil’s enormously high interest rates cause serious, unnecessary damage to the economy

Brazil’s enormously high interest rates cause serious, unnecessary damage to the economy

The Right in Brazil likes to complain about taxes, but they don’t seem to have any problem with the biggest and most economically destructive tax of all: the exorbitant interest rates that Brazilians pay on their public debt.

Venezuela needs honest mediation, not OAS intervention

Venezuela needs honest mediation, not OAS intervention

The OAS has no positive role to play in resolving the political crisis in Venezuela. By now it should be clear that the organization is currently an instrument of those who simply want to use the current crisis to topple the Venezuelan government.

Curb your enthusiasm: Macron is beginning of new fight for France and Europe

Curb your enthusiasm: Macron is beginning of new fight for France and Europe

Let’s not get carried away. It’s great that Marine Le Pen, whose National Front party with deep racist roots that go back to French collaborators during the Nazi occupation, was defeated by a large margin of the votes cast. On the other hand, her 34% of the vote was about twice that of her father in 2002, who ran against the conservative Jacques Chirac.

Brazil’s political and economic crisis threatens its democracy

Brazil’s political and economic crisis threatens its democracy

Many Brazilians consider the whole process involving the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff a coup d’état — and not just against a president, but against democracy itself.

Kerry’s meeting with Brazilian official shows support for illegitimate government

Kerry’s meeting with Brazilian official shows support for illegitimate government

By meeting with Brazil’s interim foreign minister, and issuing joint statements on a range of issues together after the meeting, Kerry is once again showing support for a government of dubious legitimacy.

Attacking Trump for the few sensible things he says is bad strategy

Attacking Trump for the few sensible things he says is bad strategy

Donald Trump is a buffoon, a narcissist and misogynist. But it is bad politics to discredit him for the few things he says that are arguably true or sensible.

Brazilian prosecutor finds no crime committed by Dilma: Will the law count for anything in Brazil?

Brazilian prosecutor finds no crime committed by Dilma: Will the law count for anything in Brazil?

The current attempt to remove President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil bears many resemblances to the Clinton impeachment episode. It is led by a group of politicians who seek to overturn the results of national elections and steer the nation in a different, right-wing direction.

OAS needs new leadership

OAS needs new leadership

Luis Almagro, the current Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) has abused his position and authority more flagrantly and outrageously than any predecessor in recent years.

A policy of non-intervention in Venezuela would be a welcome change

A policy of non-intervention in Venezuela would be a welcome change

Washington has caused enormous damage to Venezuela in its relentless pursuit of “regime change” for the last 15 years. The best thing that they could do there, regardless of political outcomes, would be to end its intervention there.

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