Opinion: Curmudgeons Day

Opinion: Curmudgeons Day

Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon was surprised yesterday to learn, from a friend, that January 29th was, at least in some quarters unknown to his person, “Curmudgeons Day”. (Please don’t ask where the apostrophe should be placed, or if there even should be an apostrophe, that’s why editors were […]

Opinion: Brazil’s Supreme Court Legislates – Badly

Opinion: Brazil’s Supreme Court Legislates – Badly

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last week Brazil’s Supreme Court spent two days debating the impeachment proceedings initiated in Congress. By Thursday, several different questions had been decided, by differing majorities. Most of the decisions were right; but one is horrendously wrong, as it has virtually emasculated the Chamber of Deputies. […]

Opinion: Brazil’s “Catiline Conspiracy”

Opinion: Brazil’s “Catiline Conspiracy”

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – “O tempora! O mores!” Cicero’s famous phrase, usually translated “Oh the times! Oh the customs!” ended a speech in the Roman Senate where he chastised his brethren for not having condemned a fellow Senator accused of conspiracy. The latest investigation in the Lava Jato scandal has […]

Opinion: Brazil’s Surreal Presidential Politics, Part 2

Opinion: Brazil’s Surreal Presidential Politics, Part 2

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Pity the poor Curmudgeon. Every time he writes that something is surreal, he is obliged to read the news and discover, to his op-ed horror, that (sur)reality has written new chapters in Brazilian politics. First is the intromission of the STF. One of the anti-impeachment crowd […]

Opinion: Brazil’s Surreal Presidential Politics

Opinion: Brazil’s Surreal Presidential Politics

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon writes this as the Chamber of Deputies is still choosing the members of the Impeachment Committee. As the Curmudgeon predicted yesterday, no one can say what PMDB will do. PMDB’s party leader in the Chamber chose only anti-impeachment deputies for the Committee, but the […]

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