Opinion: Brazil’s Culture Wars

Opinion: Brazil’s Culture Wars

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The biggest topic for news media these days is the Temer administrative team, and his reduction in status of a dozen or so former Ministries. Most commented about is the demotion of the Ministry of Culture (MinC) into a “mere” Secretariat under the Ministry of Education […]

Opinion: In Brazil, “Disembark on the Right!” Part II

Opinion: In Brazil, “Disembark on the Right!” Part II

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon reprints below a column published on March 30th. The reason is the announcement yesterday by Interim President Mickey Mick Lulia of his new slimmed-down Cabinet of 23 Ministers, all of whom are over fifty, male, white, upper-class right-wing conservatives. We, who have learned from […]

Opinion: Brazil’s Shameful, Shameless Politicians

Opinion: Brazil’s Shameful, Shameless Politicians

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon’s last op-ed submission accused the STF of having acted without constitutional support by barring Eduardo Cunha from exercising his elected office as a Federal Deputy. But that was the official 1988 Constitution; there is an alternative available. A century ago, Brazilian historian Capistrano de […]

Opinion: Brazil’s Politicized Judiciary

Opinion: Brazil’s Politicized Judiciary

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon opined yesterday that STF Justice Teori’s early morning order excluding Eduardo Cunha from his seat in the Chamber of Deputies was “extraordinary”. Later in the day, as expected, the STF unanimously affirmed that absolutely unprecedented and exotic order. The STF judgment has the same […]

Opinion: Brazil’s Pots and Kettles

Opinion: Brazil’s Pots and Kettles

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One of the recurring themes of Brazil’s impeachment controversy has been the oft-repeated claim by Dilma’s supporters that those who stand in line to succeed her—Vice President Temer, Chamber President Cunha and Senate President Renan, all holders of high governmental office—have also committed “high crimes and […]

Opinion: Brazil’s Institutional Problem

Opinion: Brazil’s Institutional Problem

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s biggest problem is that, institutionally, it’s living a lie. The 1988 Constitution created an essentially parliamentary system with many institutional features that do not belong to a presidential one. For starters, there are now 35 registered political parties, none of which stands for anything other […]

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