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Opinion, by Michael Royseter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Last Thursday, the two biggest news stories were (1) Russia and Qatar had been chosen to host the World Cup in 2018 and 2022, respectively; and (2) Brazil’s Congress voted to change the rules about the distribution of revenue from oil drilling offshore. There is an obvious link in these items—namely, oil & gas. But there are a few more, so read on.

Russia was no surprise, save to the English, who maintained that the whistle-blowing BBC articles about FIFA officers (including Brazil’s Ricardo Teixeira) would not affect their . . .

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The Curmudgeon moved to Rio over forty years ago, and remained there until late 2018. He's been writing political commentary for The Rio Times for nine years. He once referred to himself as a WASP (look it up) but doesn't any more because it embarrasses him.