Tag: Opinion

By Peter Rosenwald RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - “The rich get richer, and the poor get babies” is an old saw always underpinned by an unfortunate amount of truth. Just look at the cascade of anti-abortion legislation which followed the...
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) You remember critically important moments from your childhood even if you didn't fully understand what was going on at the time. I was only seven years old on the evening of December 7, 1941,...
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - How is it that this year, for the first time that I can remember, the annual international 'Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day' seems to be so front and center, to take on added meaning...
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,...

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