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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Curmudgeon begs leave of readers under the age of forty (there must be a few of you) to report that history may be repeating itself. We refer to the wave of public street protests now sweeping through Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen.

Well, that’s historical, you will admit, but you may ask “what’s repetitious about it?” because in the Arab world, mass spontaneous street demonstrations against autocratic regimes have been almost non-existent in the past 1,000 years.

Lest we forget, from 1964 to 1985 Brazil was run by . . .

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The Curmudgeon moved to Rio over forty years ago, and remained there until late 2018. He's been writing political commentary for The Rio Times for nine years. He once referred to himself as a WASP (look it up) but doesn't any more because it embarrasses him.