Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - All of the Curmudgeon’s dedicated readers are wondering how he was so prescient as to preview the échafaud for Palocci, but, somehow, did not foresee that President Dilma was about to tell the Minister of Institutional Articulation that “he” should swap titles with the Ministress of Fishing (yes, Virginia, Brazil has sunk to the level of the Faroe Islands and has, amongst its 38 redundant “ministries” and “secretariats equivalent to ministries”, a Ministry of Fishing, until recently occupied by a politician whose principal qualification for the job was coming in 3rd . . .

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