It Can’t Happen Here

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO - Rio’s major newspaper this week ran a front page picture featuring a Greenpeace activist wearing an oil-sludge-begrimed cape standing on Copacabana Beach, showing a sign saying “BP -- Risky Business” to pensive poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade—or rather to the bronze statue of him, seated on a bench placed there in 2002, long after he passed away in August 1987. In the picture, Brazil’s premier 20th Century poet seems to be paying attention . . .

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