BRAZIL: Dictator at Home

Onetime President Getulio Vargas has been on leave from the Brazilian Senate for more than a year. But to his tiny, yellow stucco ranch house in remote southwest Rio Grande do Sul comes an endless stream of well-wishers, politicos, favor-seekers and givers of advice. Three and a half years after the revolution that broke his 15-year rule, the wily ex-dictator is again the political personage of the hour.

In Brazilian cities, posters proclaim: "He will return." Below the legend is a price list showing that rice, beans and other basic necessities of Brazilian life now cost twice what they did...

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