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Opinion, By Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Thirty years ago, the reigning Junta in Brazil’s largest neighbor to the south, feeling in need of a little popular succor, decided upon a course to divert public opinion away from the evil it had been perpetrating over the past couple of decades.

In the time-honored fashion of governments everywhere, democratic or not, when faced with domestic problems that seem insuperable, the Argentine Junta did what they all do — it shouldered arms and looked abroad.

Not far abroad, off the Patagonian coast, lies a cluster of islands: rocky, windblown, almost . . .

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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.