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Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This year, as last year, the Rio de Janeiro Carnival kept itself in the headlines, as the rest of the country was kept in the background by everyone except the main...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Why does the Curmudgeon focus on Brazil’s political parties now? First answer: Because, like Mount Everest, they’re there—boy, are they there! There are 35 registered parties, another fifty or so...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon majored in Politics at his university, and had many heated political debates with his two roommates. One of them, after reading the Curmudgeon’s latest column, asked a...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Yesterday a three-judge panel of the Federal Court of Appeals (TRF) in Porto Alegre unanimously confirmed the lower court decision that convicted former President Lula of corruption and money laundering and...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Tomorrow a three-judge panel of the Federal Court of Appeals (TRF) in Porto Alegre will decide whether to confirm, modify or overturn the lower court decision by Judge Sergio Moro that...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – All of Brazil has come to a screeching halt this month. Schools are on holiday, the legislative and judicial branches of government are (again!) in recess; pundits have almost nothing...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As the Curmudgeon mused slightly less than twelve months ago, “O tempora! O mores!” (“Oh the times! Oh the customs!”) was the tag line for a speech by Cicero in the...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Today's Curmudgeon is indebted to Merval Pereira, a commentator on all things political and legal in Brazil, who in 2011 was elected to the Academia Brasileira das Letras (ABL) thus entitling...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This week, the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) is considering the arcane topic of whether a state legislature has the power to veto a court order to jail a member of that...
Opinion, by Reut Shuker RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Recent legislation in Brazilian congress will change the Marco Civil da Internet (Lei 12.965/14) and will provide politicians with the power to control content posted about them online. According to the...
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