Brazil’s not descending into chaos – but obscurantism

ANYONE UNFAMILIAR with the complexities of Brazil is forgiven for not understanding how a nation goes from being seen as an example of democratic progress and a promise of economic inclusion to a bizarre spectacle of chaotic politics, a tropical House of Cards unashamedly exposing its guts to the world, barely months before the Olympic Games – a photo opportunity most countries would love to have.

But it’s not chaos Brazil is descending into; it’s obscurantism.

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Brazil’s ugly democracy

THERE IS ONE THING readers looking for a fair and balanced view of Brazil’s Sunday protests against President Dilma Rousseff won’t find easily in press reports.

And it is how openly right-wing, and how openly sanguine, many of the demonstrators were.

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