Archive for August, 2016

Brazil after Rousseff

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff reacts during the launching ceremony of the National Pact to Human Rights Violations on the Internet in Brazil, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia April 7, 2015. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino - RTR4WELL

A bit of chat in my work hat about the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff:

Antony Currie and Martin Langfield lay out how new President Michel Temer can help turn around the economy after his predecessor’s impeachment – and how lawmakers could be a big impediment.


The Central Park Obelisk, part trey

This was kind of fun:

Shot last summer, the segment on the Central Park obelisk gave me a chance to talk about one of the more Dan Brownian background elements of “The Malice Box” without sounding like an utter nutter, so thanks, Indigo Productions! That doomy silhouette standing and turning in front of the obelisk in the trailer is yours truly, putting to use years of doomy-silhouette training at last. It aired last week, I learned today. Watch out for re-runs!

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Chile, Brazil, and Monty Python’s “Four Yorkshiremen” sketch.

Breakingviews TV: Chile’s “luxury” woes


Antony Currie and Martin Langfield explain why the country’s political-funding scandal, pension problems and an economic slowdown would feel like a vacation for Brazil’s leaders.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff (L) talks with U.N. Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia December 15, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR2VA7N

Gold medal for hubris

The Olympic Flag flies in front of "Christ the Redeemer" statue during a blessing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS RELIGION) - RTR36YT7

A column of mine from June 30: Once-touted Rio Olympics may leave sour hangover

The Brazilian city won the 2016 Games when ex-President Lula was in his pomp, trying to brand his country as a rising world power. That’s now history. A scramble will get venues ready and visitors will enjoy the hosts’ fabled warmth. But that won’t hide the grim national decline.