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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The president of the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), Judge Laurita Vaz, denied on Wednesday (July 11th), in a single swoop of the pen, 143 habeas corpus asking for...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last weekend, after Brazil’s “Seleção” crashed out of the World Cup, its judiciary staged an embarrassing demonstration of how politics has usurped the Judicial Branch of government.  Worse, it is another...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With the World Cup behind them, Brazilians watched a judicial battle unfold on Sunday, as a designated, on-duty weekend federal judge, Rogerio Favreto, agreed to a habeas corpus request...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The most sacred cow in Brazil is Petrobras. When calved in 1953, its birthright included a monopoly over the exploration, production, development, refining and distribution of oil and gas. It lost...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Curmudgeon, having paused for refreshment, will now deliver on his promise, contained at the end of his last post, to salute the other “Rose among thorns”, STF Presiding Justice Cármen...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After several days of widespread rumors, Brazil’s Central Bank stated last week that bills stamped with the image of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the words...
By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On March 23, 2018, the online streaming platform, Netflix, launched "O Mecanismo" (The Mechanism), a series based on the "Operação Lava Jato" (Operation Car Wash), the investigation against the biggest...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With only six months to go before this year's presidential election, at least sixteen candidates have publicly announced they are in the race. Among those vying for the top...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Supporters of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva are taking to heart one of the last requests made by the two-term president hours before he turned himself in...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After almost 24 hours after the deadline to surrender to authorities, Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva finally left the Metalworker Union building in São Bernardo do Campo,...
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