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Opinion: Brazil’s Order of Rio Branco: Beknighted or Benighted?

Opinion, by Michael Royster

Ribeirão Preto, SP – On the eve of the May Day holiday, when no one was paying attention, President Bolsonaro officially honored numerous public figures by making them members of the Order of Rio Branco. This honorific has as its official objective “distinguishing the meritorious service and civic virtues, stimulating the practice of actions and deeds worthy of honorable mention.”

The Order of Rio Branco comprises five classes: Grand Cross, Grand Officer, Commander, Officer and Knight. Thus, it superficially resembles the Queen’s Honours Lists in the UK, but without the appendices of noble . . .

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