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Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In 2015, Brazil’s Supreme Court (STF) declared unconstitutional the statute permitting companies to contribute to Brazilian election campaigns. In 2017 Congress created a “Fundo Eleitoral” (Campaign Fund) designed to finance the...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Today's Curmudgeon is indebted to Merval Pereira, a commentator on all things political and legal in Brazil, who in 2011 was elected to the Academia Brasileira das Letras (ABL) thus entitling...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Quite a bit of backlash has arisen since the spokesperson for the federal prosecutor’s office accused former President Lula of being the mastermind and supreme leader of the Mensalão and Petrolão...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon, together with almost everyone else in Brazil, is on tenterhooks today. The question on everyone’s mind is “Will he or won’t he?” The “he” is Brazil’s former President Lula,...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Curmudgeon, who for years has deemed politics his favorite spectator sport, has been watching the demonstrations, and has paid particular attention to several slogans that are now brandished by protesters. Following...
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