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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Justice and Public Security Minister, Sergio Moro, meets on Monday in Brasília with governors and public security secretaries to present the anticrime bill that will be sent National...
By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Almost R$400 million of public money was spent by local authorities in 2018 to maintain stadiums throughout Brazil that were originally built for the World Cup in 2014, a new...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter   RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The candidate defeated in the race for the Presidency of Brazil from the PT (Workers' Party) and ex-mayor of São Paulo, Fernando Haddad, became a defendant yesterday (November 19th) against...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As the weeks pass since Jair Bolsonaro won election as President, he’s been taking steps to define his policies and practices after his inauguration on January 1st. These steps include reorganizing...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Former meatpacking tycoon Joesley Batista and former Agriculture Minister Antonio Andrade were arrested on Friday, charged with payment of bribes to federal employees of the Ministry of Agriculture and...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In his first press conference after accepting the position of Justice Minister in the new Bolsonaro Administration, federal judge Sergio Moro said the invitation had nothing to do with...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Aiming to keep the campaign promise that he would not make political appointments and would not appoint anyone who was corrupt, Brazil’s newly-elected president, Jair Bolsonaro, has invited the...
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...
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