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Mark Weisbrot

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.

‘Brexit’ might be the wake-up call Europe needs

‘Brexit’ might be the wake-up call Europe needs

There is a Mafia-like quality to the threats emanating from European Union officials who are demonstrating once again not only their contempt for democracy, but their shamelessness as extortionists.

Washington’s dog-whistle diplomacy supports attempted coup in Brazil

Washington’s dog-whistle diplomacy supports attempted coup in Brazil

Thomas Shannon’s willingness to meet with Brazilian Senator Aloysio Nunes just days after the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff sends a powerful signal that Washington is on board with the opposition in this venture.

Brazilian coup threatens democracy and national sovereignty

Brazilian coup threatens democracy and national sovereignty

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment campaign — which the government has correctly labelled a coup — is an effort by Brazil’s traditional elite to obtain by other means what they have not been able to win at the ballot box for the past 12 years.

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