BRAZIL: Decisive Phase

Brazil's Communists last week nominated a presidential candidate who is not (he says) a Communist. Obscure, 52-year-old Yeddo Fiuza, mayor of Petropolis, was as surprised as everyone else when Communist Leader Luis Carlos Prestes put the finger on him.

The Communist slate for the Dec. 2 national elections already included a banker, lawyers, and professional men. A notable candidate for the Chamber of Deputies was small, shy artist Candido Portinari, famed portrayer of undernourished coffee workers and slick society matrons. Said Portinari, explaining his conversion to politics: "We must all take our posts in this decisive phase of history, whose...