BRAZIL: Joy Train Derailed

To the irreverent citizens of Rio de Janeiro, the city's House of Aldermen is the "Golden Cage" and its pork-packed bills are "joy trains." Last week, the aldermen were happily hooking up a typical joy train—a bill to create 1,541 new jobs for friends of the legislators. But this time, as an announcement was made that the balloting would be secret, the galleries rang with protest. Guards who tried to clear out the demonstrators were outshoved. The aldermen adjourned without voting—an inglorious admission that the joy trains of what is probably Brazil's most corrupt body of lawmakers are...

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