Opinion: The Rio 2016 Olympics – A Hellish Legacy?

Opinion: The Rio 2016 Olympics – A Hellish Legacy?

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Thousands of tourists have begun to descend upon Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, notwithstanding the police protest sign saying “Welcome to Hell“. The list of Olympic failures is legion: a golf course despoiling a nature preserve; the forcible eviction of long-term […]

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 […]

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