Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Chutzpah in Brazil

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Chutzpah in Brazil

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Yesterday’s headlines brought the news that former President Lula told the world that PT has lost its way, lost its faith; in short, lost its “utopia”. According to him, PT members only think about “public positions, sinecures, being elected”. According to him, PT members need to […]

Opinion: Alphabet Soup, a Smidgen

Opinion: Alphabet Soup, a Smidgen

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Often overlooked in the frenzy over corruption is the number of official government entities whose purpose is to see whether state-owned companies and federal bureaucracies are minding their P’s and Q’s. Many are unknown to foreigners so the Curmudgeon here offers a primer, using alphabet soup […]

Opinion: PEC 171 – Age of Criminal Responsibility in Brazil

Opinion: PEC 171 – Age of Criminal Responsibility in Brazil

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon will today focus on Brazilian criminal law. “Boring!” you say, but you are wrong. This disquisition focuses on a proposed Constitutional Amendment (#171) that would lower the age of criminal punishment from 18 to 16. Today, juveniles under the age of eighteen (even just […]

Opinion: Global Foreign Exchange Manipulation Affecting Real

Opinion: Global Foreign Exchange Manipulation Affecting Real

Opinion, by Leonardo Wetzel RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The U.S. Department of Justice recently revealed that several banks, including five of the world’s major banks (Barclays, Citibank, JP Morgan, Bank of America, UBS, Royal Bank of Scotland and more) were involved in the manipulation of global currencies exchange and interest rates including the Brazilian […]

Opinion: Lame Ducks in Brazil, a Smidgen

Opinion: Lame Ducks in Brazil, a Smidgen

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In the United States, where Presidents cannot legislate, people have grown accustomed to the spectacle of Congressional leaders seeking to enact their own personal agendas; particularly is this the case for “lame duck” Presidents who cannot stand for re-election. In Brazil, where re-election is a relatively […]

Opinion: The Anti-Schwag Brazilian Plastic Law

Opinion: The Anti-Schwag Brazilian Plastic Law

Opinion, by Alfonso Stefanini RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – If you thought supermarkets would be giving away schwag forever, you might be a little dazed and confused to find out that the city of São Paulo has implemented a new law that bans the free-giveaway of the traditional petroleum-based, plastic bags in its commercial establishments. […]

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