Opinion: The Curmudgeon Among the Believers

Opinion: The Curmudgeon Among the Believers

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Wednesday, March 12th, 2014, the Curmudgeon was invited to attend the inauguration of a photographic exhibition entitled “Chávez: seeding the fatherland, harvesting the revolution”. This event is part of the Worldwide Journey “Chávez Passed by Here” (“Por aquí pasó Chávez”). In Brazil, the Journey’s kick-off was […]

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on “Rolezinhos”

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on “Rolezinhos”

Opinion, By Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – “Rolezinhos” (“flash mobs”) have sprung up like mushrooms around urban centers in Brazil during the past few weeks. Shopping malls have seen hundreds or even thousands of youths assemble and ramble and rumble through the corridors, rarely entering a shop. Scary? Probably so. Dangerous? Probably not. […]

Environmental Currency: Carbon Crypto Coins?

Environmental Currency: Carbon Crypto Coins?

Opinion, by Alfonso Stefanini RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – We live in the anthropocene era and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are our Achilles heal, carbon dioxide or “carbon” being enemy number one on the list. 2014 will be the year of the horse, which represents forward movement, so lets hope we trot in the right […]

The Curmudgeon on “Pork Barrel”

The Curmudgeon on “Pork Barrel”

Opinion, By Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – “Orçamento impositivo” is the sesquipedalian rendering in Portuguese of “pork barrel” — American English for adding provisions to legislation that force the government to spend money on something it doesn’t want to. In Brazil, the barrel has gone ballistic and the pork has gone postal. No […]

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