Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Carnival is all but ended; the only thing left on the agenda is the “Parade of Champions” this coming Saturday, when the top six finishers all get to go out again. This year’s winner (for the thirteenth time) was Beija-Flor, the school everybody loves to hate, and vice versa.

This year’s victory was financed, at least in part, by the rulers of Equatorial Guinea, a relatively minuscule state located . . .

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