Opinion: Brazil’s “Criminal Mastermind” — A Curmudgeonly Explanation

Opinion: Brazil’s “Criminal Mastermind” — A Curmudgeonly Explanation

Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Quite a bit of backlash has arisen since the spokesperson for the federal prosecutor’s office accused former President Lula of being the mastermind and supreme leader of the Mensalão and Petrolão schemes. The problem seems to be that the prosecutors are only charging Lula with crimes […]

Opinion: Lula as Brazil’s “Criminal Mastermind”?

Opinion: Lula as Brazil’s “Criminal Mastermind”?

Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Just when we all thought Brazilian politics might become boring after Dilma and Cunha were removed from office, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office (MPF) has come to our rescue, with a pyrotechnic pronouncement that Lula, the self-styled “most honest person in Brazil”, was in fact the “commander […]

Opinion: Brazil’s “Fora Cunha!” Movement

Opinion: Brazil’s “Fora Cunha!” Movement

Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The most popular chant around Brazil today will not be “Fora Temer!” but rather “Fora Cunha!” The reason is that, starting (probably) at 7PM and stretching (surely) well into the wee small hours of Tuesday September 13th, Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies will be voting on whether […]

Opinion: Brazil’s Im-pizza-ment, Part 2

Opinion: Brazil’s Im-pizza-ment, Part 2

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – For most spectators, the most surprising event of the entire impeachment proceeding was the abrupt division of the vote on impeachment (guilt or innocence) from the vote on punishment (loss of political rights). The split vote seemed analogous to a football (soccer) match, where one team […]

Opinion: A Victory for Democracy

Opinion: A Victory for Democracy

Opinion, by Gregory Cufaro RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The decision to impeach President Dilma Rousseff today is a victory for democracy and for the people of Brazil. Any other result would have added to the ongoing political confusion and associated embarrassment and ridicule by her opponents and critics. However, there is still much to […]

Opinion: Rio’s Olympic Palm and Pole Legacy

Opinion: Rio’s Olympic Palm and Pole Legacy

Opinion, by Alfonso Stefanini RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The open ceremony for the Olympics was beautifully choreographed: athletes placing tree seeds for their respective countries in black receptacles that eventually transformed themselves into various halos of palm plastic tree wreaths representing the emblematic Olympic registered logo. These seeds will be sowed in the suburban […]

Opinion: Brazil’s Impeachment – The Final Lap

Opinion: Brazil’s Impeachment – The Final Lap

Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon has spent the past few weeks thinking about the truly important things in life (booing French pole vaulters, yelling “Zika” at Hope Solo, trashing service stations, etc.) rather than waste his time on such mundane affairs as the impending impeachment. But, all good things […]

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