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Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The effectiveness of the Big Lie has been recognized by politicians ever since WWII. The Big Lie theory holds that if a big lie is repeated often enough, people will come...
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 - A friend sent the Curmudgeon an article by Adam Davidson from the New Yorker about “kompromat”, the Russian word for compromising material. The article theorized why Trump never criticized Putin. The...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A legal cooperation agreement signed between Brazil and Argentina allows the courts of the neighboring country to use information from plea agreements signed by Odebrecht executives in the widespread...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last weekend, after Brazil’s “Seleção” crashed out of the World Cup, its judiciary staged an embarrassing demonstration of how politics has usurped the Judicial Branch of government.  Worse, it is another...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Once Brazil’s wealthiest man, businessman Eike Batista was sentenced to thirty years in prison in Rio de Janeiro this week for corruption and money laundering. Batista was found guilty...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Oil giant of Brazil, Petrobras, will have to pay Cayman Island based Vantage Drilling International, US$622.02 million after the Brazilian company rescinded the drilling contract between the two companies,...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Second Panel of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) voted yesterday (Tuesday, June 19th) for the acquittal of Senator Gleisi Hoffmann (PT-PR) and her husband, the former Planning Minister Paulo...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Federal Public Prosecutor's Office in the state of Paraná (MPF-PR), launched today the 51st phase of Operação Lava Jato (Car Wash Operation), focusing on corruption and money laundering...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court (STF) decided on Thursday to restrict privileged forum for federal representatives and senators. By seven votes to four, the Justices decided that federal lawmakers can...
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