Brazil’s Corruption Crackdown Isn’t Just P.R.

Mac Margolis, Bloomberg View, 7/31/2015 

For anyone who thinks the vast corruption case engulfing Brazil will lead to just a wink and a nod, look again.

On Tuesday, Brazilian federal police arrested Othon Luiz Pinheiro da Silva, the former head of a government nuclear energy authority, fingered for taking bribes to rig public works contracts for a nuclear power plant. The arrest kicked off a new phase of the rolling bribe and graft probe that already has snared dozens of oil executives and public officials, hobbled President Dilma Rousseff and, by turns, angered and fascinated this nation of 200 million as much as the primetime telenovela.

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