Brazil: Camouflaging the Braid

Depite deep misgivings, Brazil's military regime was planning to restore a measure of civilian government this week. It would have been the first relaxation of the harsh measures imposed last December, when the constitution was scrapped, Congress closed and a sweeping purge launched against critics of the military. Last week, the prospect of even a limited return to civilian rule abruptly vanished. President Arthur da Costa e Silva, 66, suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed on his right side and unable to speak. Physicians said his prognosis was "fairly good,"...

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