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Opinion, by Michael Royster São Paulo, Brazil – President Jair Bolsonaro has made it clear—he is NOT going to go back to the "old politics," commonly dubbed "toma lá dá cá," meaning "you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours."  The...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s President Bolsonaro has, one reads, a cultural guru, whose influence extends to the ability to control certain key ministries.  He is Olavo de Carvalho, an octogenarian astrologist cum philosopher long...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brumadinho is a municipality south of Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais, where some 12 million cubic meters of iron ore tailings were impounded — until late last month when...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Today, February 21st, Brazil’s Supreme Court (STF) will continue discussing and (possibly) voting on an extremely political question: Should “homophobia” and “transphobia” become crimes deemed equivalent to racism under Brazil’s Penal...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Seven dead in favela mudslides: cause, torrential rain. Ten dead in dormitory fire: cause, flamingo vultures. Thirteen dead in Santa Teresa: cause, band-of-brotherly vigilantes. Last week, in fewer than 48 hours,...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Fear not, gentle reader — the BBB in the headline is NOT about Brazilian broadcasting’s bowdlerized debauchery.  Rather, it stands for Bancada do Boi, da Bala e da Biblia. The term,...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After reading Ernesto Araújo’s public address upon his installation as Brazil’s Foreign Minister the Curmudgeon is worried that the Bolsonaro administration is mired in the past. What prompted this concern was an...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Immediately after his formal swearing-in as Brazil’s President, Jair Messias Bolsonaro  gave two speeches.  The first was to the assembled Legislative branch and was full of the usual bla-bla-bla about unity...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil’s last quarter 2018 saw the election of Jair Bolsonaro, who began immediately to act as if he were already President. Lame duck Michel Temer, the least popular President in Brazil’s...

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