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Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As the Curmudgeon mused slightly less than twelve months ago, “O tempora! O mores!” (“Oh the times! Oh the customs!”) was the tag line for a speech by Cicero in the...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This week, the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) is considering the arcane topic of whether a state legislature has the power to veto a court order to jail a member of that...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last week, Rio State Assembly (“ALERJ”) voted, 39 to 19, to release three of its officers from jail, where they had been sent by a unanimous vote of the Federal Appeals...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Wednesday, August 2nd, the Chamber of Deputies will take a roll call vote of its members to determine whether the STF should be allowed to try President Temer while he...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Congress in Brazil signed into effect on Tuesday, Constitutional Amendment 96, which authorizes the practice of vaquejada and rodeos in the country, determining that sporting practices and cultural manifestations with...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One of the main reasons President Trump won the U.S. Presidential election was his constant proclamation during his campaign that he would “drain the swamp”. The swamp in question was Washington...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last week, by 3-2 decisions, the 2nd Panel of the STF granted habeas corpus petitions and released from prison three prominent defendants in Lava Jato cases; all of them were closely...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Among those authorized to be investigated for corruption by Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin, are eight of President Michel Temer’s cabinet members. The main accusations against them are corruption and...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Although it’s difficult to put aside the continual leakage of prominent political names appearing on Janot’s List of alleged malfeasants, the Curmudgeon will do so because there is an even more...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Supreme Court (STF) in Brazil has recently been doing a lot of thinking outside the box (“caixa” can mean box in Portuguese), taking a very activist stance against Brazilian corporate...
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