Opinion: Brazil’s Power Vacuum

Opinion: Brazil’s Power Vacuum

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Aristotle is said to have coined the phrase “Nature abhors a vacuum”. Down the years, political scientists have denatured the phrase to define “power vacuum” as a situation where people have lost control of something and no one has replaced them. Dilma has clearly lost control […]

Poll Shows Voters Reject Presidential Candidates in Brazil

Poll Shows Voters Reject Presidential Candidates in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The recent political and economic crisis in Brazil have taken their toll on Brazilians voters, leaving them weary of politicians in general. A poll released on Monday, October 26th, shows a growing rejection by voters of all the current possible presidential candidates for the 2018 […]

Opinion: Brazil’s Un-Real Currency

Opinion: Brazil’s Un-Real Currency

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Around 22 years ago, writing for another Rio publication and using his real name (no pun intended), the Curmudgeon correctly predicted that there would be yet another maxi-devaluation of the currency, and that the new currency would be called the “real”. And so it happened. Brazil […]

Opinion: Brazil’s Dismal Dithering Dilma, Part II

Opinion: Brazil’s Dismal Dithering Dilma, Part II

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL- Those of us who hoped Dilma would quit dithering after S&P’s consigning Brazil to the investment community’s scrap heap have been proven wrong. One prime example is the Congressional vote Tuesday night on whether or not to override her vetoes. Originally, because she thought her coalition did […]

Opinion: Brazil’s (Unofficial) Presidential Campaigns

Opinion: Brazil’s (Unofficial) Presidential Campaigns

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The unofficial Brazilian presidential campaigns have begun. Former President Lula told supporters that, if it were necessary, he’d agree to run for President in 2018—no surprise there. Lula knows he should have jettisoned Dilma and run in 2014, as he’d planned to do in 2010. He […]

Brazil’s PT Worker’s Party Campaigns For Support

Brazil’s PT Worker’s Party Campaigns For Support

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – An all-out campaign was launched by the PT (Workers’ Party) on Thursday, August 27th, to show support for the government of President Dilma Rousseff and the Workers’ Party itself. Officials at the seminar for PT state representatives in São Paulo decided to launch an offensive […]

Margaridas Women’s March Takes Thousands to Streets of Brasília

Margaridas Women’s March Takes Thousands to Streets of Brasília

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – As many as 70,000 women, many wearing the symbol of the movement – a straw hat with flowers on it – descended on Brasília on Tuesday (August 11th) for the fifth March das Margaridas (March of the Daisies). During the event, marchers want to call […]

Worker’s Party Ad Disrupted by Panelaço Protest Sounds in Brazil

Worker’s Party Ad Disrupted by Panelaço Protest Sounds in Brazil

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff made an appearance on TV yesterday night together with several members of her Worker’s Party PT, including ex-President Lula, campaigning for the party and the government’s program. However, in several cities all over the country, people starting banging their pans […]

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