• Mayor of Rio pretty much bribing Woody Allen to shoot his next film in Brazil

    Bribery isn’t just for slimy corporate executives or parents trying to lure their children into the dentist’s chair. No, it can also be used by the mayor of Rio to get Woody Allen to shoot his next film in Brazil. In an article published yesterday in O Globo, one of Brazil’s leading newspapers, Mayor Eduardo Paes said that he will hand over however much is needed to convince Allen. Vowing

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    Comedians not allowed to perform political satire

    Reuters reports that several hundred Brazilian comedians took part in a protest recently against the country’s censorship of political satire. The comics are members of the “right to ridicule” campaign, a group formed in response to a new amendment passed by The Supreme Electoral Tribunal which outlaws “any use of audio or video that in any way degrades or ridicules candidates (or) political parties.” The amendment calls for punishments such

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