FPIF Senior Analyst, Mark Engler, is a writer based in New York City and senior analyst with Foreign Policy In Focus. He is author of How to Rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy (Nation Books, 2008).

An activist originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Mark also serves as a commentator for the Institute for Public Accuracy and for the Mainstream Media Project.


Pope Francis Has an Opportunity to Redeem Himself for His Sins of Omission During the Dirty War

Jorge Bergoglio may have acted cowardly during Argentina’s Dirty War, but at least he addresses the growing gap between the rich and poor.

Will the Next Pope Embrace Liberation Theology?

How can a candidate, such as Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana or Cardinal Claudio Hummes of Brazil, be considered conservative but still produce statements critical of neoliberal capitalism?

Why Couldn’t the Left Prevail in Mexico?

Why hasn’t Mexico joined much of the rest of Latin America and elected a left-leaning leader?

President Obama Takes Globalization to New Heights

President Obama has surpassed George W. Bush as a champion of globalization.

Quebec’s Student Revolt Goes Viral

Massive demonstrations in Quebec against rising tuition fees and student debt are finally receiving the attention they deserve.

A World Bank President Who’s Not a Crony or a War Criminal?

The nomination of Jim Yong Kim to lead the World Bank meets with the approval of many opposed to globalization.

Honduras: While Corruption and Repression Mushroom, Justice Rots on the Vine

Honduras has become a human rights disaster.

Apple’s iEconomy a Veritable Labor Dystopia

Mike Daisey’s appearance on “This American Life” has made it impossible to ignore Apple’s labor abuses.

War: The Wrong Jobs Program

Can we run our economy on military spending?

Elbowed Out of Spotlight by 9/11, Anti-Globalization Movement Endures

Rumors of the anti-globalization movement’s death have been greatly exaggerated.

Will Obama Sabotage His Jobs Plan With Job-Killing Free-Trade Agreements?

The man who called NAFTA “devastating” and “a big mistake” on the campaign trail is promoting free-trade agreements.

Don’t Believe Defense Cuts Until You See Them

The Nation’s Robert Dreyfuss has been a little too optimistic about the imminence of defense cuts.

The Healthy Wage War

Public sector unions are among the only institutions that still stand against the unchecked influence of corporations. And they are under attack.

Can Economists Back Us Out From the Corner of Poverty They Helped Paint Us Into?

Free-market economists have brought immeasurable harm to the global economy. Can their talents now be turned to repairing the damage?

Microcredit on Trial: The Sacking of Muhammad Yunus

Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus lost his appeal to continue as chief of the pioneering microcredit institution he founded.

Taboo Economics

Let’s double US government funds devoted to promoting renewable energy.

The Internet: Tool of Revolution — or Repression?

The Internet and social networks are less responsible for the Arab Spring than old-fashioned activism.

The Luddites Revisited

Since it is the 200th anniversary of the British Luddite protests this month, that movement has been getting some attention.

U.S. Military Spending Marches On

How on earth do you get a bipartisan consensus against cuts and for stimulus? Call it the defense budget.

The Egyptian Protests Are a Many Constituencied Thing

Organizing protests and institutionalizing their gains require two different skill sets.

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