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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 R Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In the USA, the word “teamster” used to mean a mule driver, since mules hauled freight in teams rather than singly. With the onset of the horseless carriage, the word...
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...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Monday night, Judge Sergio Moro was interviewed on TV Cultura, and explained why he fears the upcoming STF decision on the constitutionality of sentencing after convictions have been affirmed by a...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO - Previous segments of this abstruse essay have dealt with the unusual nature of Brazil’s constitutional provision on presumption of innocence, and history of the decisions by STF, Brazil’s Supreme Court. Today’s essay...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon was blithely finishing the third part of his desultory philippic on Brazil’s confusing “presumption of innocence” — admittedly an abstruse topic — when Rio’s reality intervened. City councillor Marielle...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In Part I of this piece, the Curmudgeon explained the historical context of Article 5-LVII of the Constitution. In Part II, he asks the following question: “At what point in criminal...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Today’s column is likely to be considered “wonky” by many, but the Curmudgeon feels that he ought to explain what is causing the nationwide debate over whether former President Lula should...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Like most Carioca residents, the Curmudgeon is unsure about exactly what will happen as a result of Brazil’s military assuming the role of Rio’s primary law enforcement agency. Today, the Curmudgeon...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One prominent Rio political commentator closes all his regular columns with the phrase “A cidade está abandonada” (the city has been abandoned). He’s criticizing the traveling preacher disguised as Rio’s Mayor,...
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