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Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - One week ago today, December 14th, the Curmudgeon wished “many happy returns” to Dilma Roussef, President-elect of the Federative Republic of Brazil, who turned 63. She desperately needs well-wishers, for she faces a most difficult four years, starting with her inauguration on January 1st. The principal reason for her future difficulties, predictably, is the “once and future” (?) President Lula.

After her election, there were a few signs that Dilma would not be . . .

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