Opinion: Brazil’s Good News Day

Opinion: Brazil’s Good News Day

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – June 23rd was a historical news day—Britons voted to leave the EU. Here in Brazil, it was also an important news day—one of Dilma’s former ministers was arrested for having skimmed money off a government-subsidized payroll deduction plan. That’s right, a government plan to make borrowing […]

Opinion: Brazil’s Zikalympics?

Opinion: Brazil’s Zikalympics?

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Residents of Rio, relax! The Olympic and Paralympic Games are safe, and there is no need whatsoever to worry about them becoming the Zikalympics. At least, that’s what Brazil’s Ministry of Health, the International Olympic Committee and Rio’s Municipal Government are now telling people. Skeptics and […]

Opinion: Brazilian Pizza, Carioca Style

Opinion: Brazilian Pizza, Carioca Style

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Residents of Rio, rejoice! After years of spending more than you earn, the government of the Federative Republic of Brazil is about to solve your problem, thanks to the 2016 Olympic Games. Your well-nigh mummified “Interim” Governor, Francisco Dornelles, has managed to move his paper-thin lips […]

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 […]

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