Opinion: Brazil’s Presidents under Investigation

Opinion: Brazil’s Presidents under Investigation

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – It’s been a bad week for Presidents in Brazil, with almost daily headlines containing denunciations of corrupt behavior. The best known “President” is former President Lula. This week it was announced that the Public Ministry in Brasília is investigating him for alleged international “influence peddling” which […]

Opinion: Courting Brazil’s Supreme Court

Opinion: Courting Brazil’s Supreme Court

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Recently, the current STF Presiding Justice, Ricardo Lewandowski, had a secret meeting with President Dilma Rousseff and her Justice Minister to discuss impeachment. Yesterday, another STF Justice discussed impeachment with the President of the House. Why this sudden interest in the STF? Because there are now […]

Opinion: Has PMDB Taken Over Power in Brazil?

Opinion: Has PMDB Taken Over Power in Brazil?

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – PMDB was the successor to MDB, the official opposition party created by the military dictatorship, whose initials stood for Movimento Democrático Brasileiro. PMDB was the party of President Tancredo Neves and José Sarney, Tancredo’s VP who succeeded him as President in 1985, and Itamar Franco, Fernando […]

Opinion: Dilma’s Dismal Disconnects in Brazil, a Smidgen

Opinion: Dilma’s Dismal Disconnects in Brazil, a Smidgen

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Dilma has been visiting the U.S., making nice with POTUS the SuperSnoop, visiting the MLK monument, and incidentally signing or approving a bunch of totally innocuous and futile pie-in-the-sky agreements that neither side will ever keep. For instance, she’s promised to eradicate all illegal Brazilian deforestation […]

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 […]

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