Opinion: Brazil Crosses the Rubicon

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In the year 49 BC, Julius Caesar, upon crossing the Rubicon river in northern Italy, famously stated “alea iacta est” or “the die is cast”. At 6:20 this morning, Brazil’s Senate crossed the impeachment Rubicon by voting, 55 to 22, to begin the trial of Brazil’s President for “crimes of accountability”—the equivalent to the US concept of “high crimes and misdemeanors”.

This decision means that, starting . . .

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