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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 – Seven Sundays from now, Brazilian citizens will go to the polls to elect a new President from among the eleven candidates proposed by Brazil’s myriad political parties. The polling process has now...
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 - At their national conventions last week, Brazil’s political parties nominated candidates for president; simultaneously, state-wide conventions were held, where the parties nominated candidates for governor and senator. In October, 27 states...
Opinion, by Rachel Brabbins RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Making the decision to have a baby outside of your home country is overwhelming, but when that country has the second highest rate of Cesarean sections in the world, the stakes...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – August 6th was the deadline for all political parties to register their slates of candidates (president and vice president, governor, senator and federal and state deputies) chosen at their nominating conventions;...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon’s prior submission pointed out the similarity between today’s Russia and Brazil: both have developed a “Sistema” where “business and the state have merged in a union of total and...
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...
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...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – If, as Karl Marx famously said, “religion is the opiate of the masses”, Rio de Janeiro’s Mayor Crivella must be one of the most devout Marxists ever to govern the Marvelous...
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