Opinion: Brazil’s Machiavellian Republics – a Minatory Fable

Brazil has created a feud between the “Republic of Curitiba” and the “Republic of Maranhão”.

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Back in Renaissance Days, what is now Italy comprised many local “Republics” (e.g. Genova, Firenze and Venezia) which feuded regularly with each other, occasionally spilling over into bloodshed. Brazil has created a relatively similar situation, so far bloodless, as the “Republic of Curitiba” finds itself besieged by the “Republic of Maranhão”.

The Republic of Curitiba is what critics of Lava-Jato like to call the court where Doge (or is it . . .

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