Category Archives: Brazil

House of Cards in Rio: day three

Is this for real? State legislature president Jorge Picciani made his involuntary deposition Wednesday at the Federal Police offices and went home a free man. The arrests that same day of five state accounting court (TCE) councillors are preventive; unless … Continue reading

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Today’s arrests reveal web of interests, vacuum

The recent news that earthquakes may be caused by a large number of seemingly unconnected faults, is a wonderful metaphor for Brazilian politics right now. Clique aqui para português.  Today’s arrest of five Rio de Janeiro state accounting court councillors, together … Continue reading

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Rio may be “melted” but it’s still cooking

Anti-corruption demonstrations are taking place in Brazil today. There’s not much enthusiasm for them in Rio, where by now there’s widespread déjà vu even though the Car Wash investigations are being targeted by the very politicians under scrutiny. Clique aqui para … Continue reading

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Headless Rio? Electoral court annuls 2014 election result

Rio’s Governor Luiz Fernando “Pezão” de Souza is likely to hang onto his post, according to Globo columnist Ricardo Noblat. He reported today that Brasília jurists believe Pezão’s planned appeal (presumably along with that of his vice governor) is likely to … Continue reading

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Can Rio get out of the red?

This blogger’s book about how Rio de Janeiro works is almost finished, and one of the most interesting bits learned along the way came at the very end, from an article in this month’s Piauí magazine (paywall– but a subscription is worthwhile, … Continue reading

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Is there any sense to be made, in Rio?

Or anywhere at all? “Vem, meteoro!” Rio Facebook users spent a day last week invoking a meteor: not clear if they wanted it to fall on the Marvelous City or its successor as capital, Brasília. Of course there are space … Continue reading

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Cleaning house in Rio

Two former governors arrested and sent to Bangu prison in less than two days. Anthony Garotinho and Sérgio Cabral. So many questions: How long will they be staying? Will they get away with their crimes, as many Cariocas suspect will … Continue reading

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