Opinion: Who Were Those Guys? a Smidgen

Opinion: Who Were Those Guys? a Smidgen

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Yesterday, December 13th, was the 46th anniversary of the promulgation by the Brazilian military of AI-5. A is for “Ato” and I is for “Institucional”. AI-5 was the Act that Instituted the worst years of the military dictatorship. All basic constitutional guarantees were suspended, including freedom […]

Opinion: A Tale of Two Countries, a Smidgen

Opinion: A Tale of Two Countries, a Smidgen

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Yesterday’s headline news from the U.S. was utterly depressing, if not entirely unexpected. Today’s headline news from Brazil is also utterly depressing, but certainly not unexpected. Both concern official reports showing that torture was an official policy of both governments, routinely used by government officials. The […]

Opinion: Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin, a Smidgen

Opinion: Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin, a Smidgen

Opinion, by The Curmudgeon RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Marina has now come out in favor of Aécio, as have most of the political parties that supported her, and the late Eduardo Campos’s family. Campos’s own party, however, has been split: its President has publicly accused Marina of “betraying” the party’s heritage, which he sees […]

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