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Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After the June protests the favorite to become the next President of Brazil (among protesters) was Marina Silva. Both a former Senator and presidential candidate, she garnered some forty percent of...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In American politics, it is common for appointees to the Supreme Court to be asked about their position on certain divisive issues, such as abortion, affirmative action, “strict construction” etc. The...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Readers of The Rio Times will be pardoned if, even though they have a good grasp of Portuguese, they cannot quite figure out what has been going on at the Brazilian...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Brazilian press has lately been replete with references to the leaked documents showing that NSA has been spying on Brazil, its leaders and its oil company. All this has potentially...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Eric Clapton wrote a famous song entitled “I shot the sheriff” where he continues “but I did not shoot the deputy.” STF Presiding Justice Joaquim Barbosa may be singing this song...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - This past week, protests about buses have broken out anew, with the Rio Municipal Assembly building taken over by demonstrators. Why all this tumult again? The reason is simple. Arrangements between the...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Capistrano de Abreu was a Brazilian historian who died 86 years ago on August 13, 1927. His fifteen minutes of fame arose from his having proposed a most concise Constitution: “Article...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Based on her reactions after the nationwide protests in June, the Curmudgeon has come to the conclusion that Dilma is truly clueless about politics. In her first speech, she proposed three...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Having already opined that “it’s not about the R$0,20” the Curmudgeon now realizes it’s mostly about getting “half price” on everything. Half price entry to cultural and sporting events is...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - You may well ask: “Who are the ‘PEC 37’ we see on protesters’ signs and placards?” And you may well also ask: “Why are the protesters against them?” The Curmudgeon knew...
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