Opinion: Lame Ducks in Brazil, a Smidgen

Opinion: Lame Ducks in Brazil, a Smidgen

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In the United States, where Presidents cannot legislate, people have grown accustomed to the spectacle of Congressional leaders seeking to enact their own personal agendas; particularly is this the case for “lame duck” Presidents who cannot stand for re-election. In Brazil, where re-election is a relatively […]

Opinion: The Anti-Schwag Brazilian Plastic Law

Opinion: The Anti-Schwag Brazilian Plastic Law

Opinion, by Alfonso Stefanini RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – If you thought supermarkets would be giving away schwag forever, you might be a little dazed and confused to find out that the city of São Paulo has implemented a new law that bans the free-giveaway of the traditional petroleum-based, plastic bags in its commercial establishments. […]

Opinion: Packing the Court, Chapter 2

Opinion: Packing the Court, Chapter 2

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This week or next, the Federal Senate will begin hearings to decide whether or not to confirm the appointment to the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) of one Luiz Edson Fachin, replacing retired Justice Barbosa, the hero of the Mensalão cases. The nominee, a law professor in […]

Opinion: Movers and Shakers, a Smidgen

Opinion: Movers and Shakers, a Smidgen

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One of the collateral effects of the Lava Jato investigation and the Petrolão scandal is that it has introduced arcane technical terms into our quotidian lives. Consider “delação premiada” and “ilação”, terms upon which the Curmudgeon expounded last September. The latest entrant into the attention-grabbing headline […]

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