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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 – Brazil’s former Supreme Court Chief Justice, Joaquim Barbosa, announced on Tuesday (May 8th) that he will not be running for the country’s highest seat in October. Barbosa, seen by...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazilian federal judge, Sergio Moro, sentenced on Thursday former PT (Workers) party treasurer, Delúbio Soares, to five years in prison for money laundering in the Lava Jato (Carwash) corruption scandal....
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The evidence against Lula is starting to mount up. This week Antonio Palocci, Lula’s all powerful first term Finance Minister, was arrested and charged with crimes connected to bribes made by...
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 – Just when we all thought Brazilian politics might become boring after Dilma and Cunha were removed from office, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office (MPF) has come to our rescue, with a pyrotechnic...
Editorial, by Stone Korshak RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Watching Brazil in the last year reminds me of the slow, tragic, predictable and inevitable collapse of some child star’s younger sibling that has flown too close to the sun while...
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 - On Sunday March 22, 2015, Datafolha published a survey with some astonishing numbers. Taken right after the protests on the Ides of March, the poll found that 84 percent of those...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After almost three years after being convicted of a vote-buying scandal known as mensalão, Henrique Pizzolato, the former marketing director of Banco do Brasil, is back on Brazilian soil and...
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