Brazil: Chaos Compounded

Of all the nations of Latin America, Brazil seems to have the greatest tolerance for chaos. Yet such was the anger and confusion last week that Brazilians on every side despaired for their country. Having just demanded emergency dictatorial powers from Congress as the only hope of preventing civil war "at any moment," President Joāo Goulart was forced to withdraw the demand in the face of opposition by Congress, labor unions, state governors, and general public opinion. Goulart said the withdrawal was made possible "by new circumstances." But the only new circumstance was an abortive plot by the President's...

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