Opinion: Brazil’s Continuing Institutional Problem

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIBEIRÃO PRETO, BRAZIL – Three years ago, the Curmudgeon published a comment describing Brazil’s biggest problem–the 1988 Constitution created an essentially parliamentary system with institutional features that hinder governance under a presidential system. That continues to be the case, as President Bolsonaro is now, to his chagrin, discovering. For starters, there […]

Brazil Backs Down And Announces Participation in UN Climate Event

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Seven days after announcing that it was canceling its participation, Brazil’s Ministry of Environment backed down and announced on Sunday that it would send representatives to the Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week, to be held from August 19th to 23rd in Salvador, Bahia. The […]

Rio Nightlife Guide for Monday, May 20, 2019

We have the top three picks for this Monday, and below there is a list of bars and lounges that are always a good option. LIVE: Tuca Mei @ Audio Rebel (Botafogo) – Come see carioca singer-songwriter Tuca Mei perform from her new EP “Olhos Atentos” at the intimate yet illustrious venue Audio Rebel. Fans […]

11 People Killed in Reported Gun Attack at Bar in Belém

By Newsfeed/AP RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A gang of gunmen roared up to a bar late Sunday in Belém city in Brazil’s northern Pará state and opened fire, killing six women and five men, media reports said. State officials would confirm only that “a massacre” occurred but gave no details. The G1 news website […]

São Paulo Nightlife Guide for Monday, May 20, 2019

We have the top three picks for this Monday, and below there is a list of bars and lounges that are always a good option. MÚSICA BRASILEIRA: Belo (Mooca) – A legend of Pagode music, singer Belo will perform at Bar Templo tonight. Everyone will sing along to the involving sound of Belo’s most touching […]

São Paulo Nightlife Guide for Sunday, May 19, 2019

We have the top three picks for this Sunday, and below there is a list of bars and lounges that are always a good option. MUSIC FESTIVAL: Emicida and Mayra Andrade at Virada Cultural (Centro) – The best from Brazil’s contemporary rap and Cape-Verde’s cosmopolitan music gather this Sunday at Virada Cultural. The great Emicida […]

Rio Really is a Marvelous City. Are we Taking That for Granted?

By Scott Salmon RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rio de Janeiro is undeniably one of the world’s most naturally gifted places. Like just a few cities in the new world, Cape Town, Sydney, Vancouver and Wellington, for example, it has an international reputation based on its truly stunning natural topography. Unlike those places, however, Rio […]

Brazil is Losing its Power of Persuasion

By DW – Deutsche Welle (Germany’s public international broadcaster) BONN, GERMANY – What was supposed to be an award ceremony for the Brazilian president as “Personality of the Year” in the U.S. turned out to be political mudslinging. The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, along with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, wanted to honor Jair […]

Former Mayor of New York Calls Bolsonaro to ‘Apologize’

By Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – President Jair Bolsonaro received a call from former New York City mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, who is an opponent of De Blasio, during a public barrel exchange with the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, on Friday. According to the spokesman for the presidency, Otávio Rêgo Barros, […]