Brazil: Running Things His Way

"Democratic renovation" is what revolutionary President Humberto Castello Branco calls his program for Brazil. To get the job done, in a country plagued by inflation, corruption and ineptitude after years of freewheeling politics, Castello Branco has assumed near-dictatorial powers while maintaining his devotion to constitutional democracy. Inevitably, his efforts have pleased no one —neither the moderates and leftists, who complain about his muffling of politics, nor the military's linha dura (hard line), which scoffs at his loyalty to democracy. In a series of swift . strokes over the past fortnight, Castello Branco struck back—not hard enough to do...

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