Opinion: Brazil’s Culture Wars

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The biggest topic for news media these days is the Temer administrative team, and his reduction in status of a dozen or so former Ministries. Most commented about is the demotion of the Ministry of Culture (MinC) into a “mere” Secretariat under the Ministry of Education (MEC). As an American, the Curmudgeon confesses that he is perplexed about this.

For many years, Culture was subsumed into the Ministry of Education; the “C” in the acronym stood for Culture, and the Ministry maintained the MEC acronym even after a separate Ministry of Culture . . .

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