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Eric Ehrmann
Eric's independent blogs appear on Brasil Poat-Editora Abril, AOL HuffPo, HuffPo UK, El HuffPo in Madrid, HuffPo-LeMonde in Paris, HuffPo Canada and Al Huffington Post Maghreb (North Africa).

His "Institutions and Competition" blog is featured at the Russian International Affairs Council, an adjunct organization of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He also does predictive analytics with the Intelligence Advanced Research Project (IARPA). Eric holds permanent residence in Brazil, where he is credentialed by Itamaraty, the ministry of foreign affairs and is a member of the Portal dos Jornalistas. He is a third generation American citizen and travels sometimes on his US passport.

A voting member of PEN since 1995, Eric was an early contributor to Rolling Stone, working under co-founder Jann S. Wenner from 1968-70, helping propel RS from underground tabloid to a mainstream publication. His work is anthologized by Doubleday and Hyperion. He covered the funeral of Beat icon Jack Kerouac in 1969. After a split with Wenner over editorial philosophy he lived in Europe, attended the Sorbonne during the Cold War and and wrote on politics and cultural freedom. During his tenure in Europe he spent a few years as a member of the U.S. intelligence community, holding top secret and special intelligence clearances (single scope). He is fluent in several languages.

During Argentina's transition from Dirty War to democracy his columns on politics and proliferation issues were featured in the Buenos Aires Herald and US publications including the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Journal of Commerce, National Review, New York Times and USA Today.

Entries by Eric Ehrmann

The smog of war

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 10:30 PM

President Barack Obama, seeking to shape his legacy, said that COP 21 makes the United States, which did not ratify the earlier Kyoto Protocol, "the world leader in fighting climate change."

But Obama will not be around to lead the COP 21 fight, which is not scheduled...

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Trouble in Paradise. After Props From Obama Brazil's Dilma Faces Power Struggle at Home

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 9:32 AM

Having reset relations with Washington and wooed business and high tech leaders in New York and Silicon Valley president Dilma Rousseff of Brazil came home to a 9 percent approval rating and opponents demanding her impeachment.

President Obama anointing Brazil as a "major world power," meetings with global economy...

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Brazil's Fans Turn to Violent Crime as Economy Sputters

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 5:29 AM

In São Paulo recently, gunmen raided the fan club of popular first division soccer team Corinthians called Pavilion 9 during a party, forced eight members to the floor and murdered them in cold blood.

The mob-style rubout killed more people than the infamous St. Valentines Day Massacre orchestrated by Chicago...

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Fifa's Blatter Could Untrack Brazil's Football "Reforms"

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 12:38 AM

In an attempt to have big government control the future of futebol president Dilma Rousseff is submitting legislation to "modernize" the national pastime to a fractious Federal Congress for review and approval.

The legislation seeks to improve the quality of football programs for men and women starting at the youth...

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Browns Owner Haslam Mixes Republican Politics With Football

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 4:54 PM

Last July, when Dawg Pound fans thought Johnny Football was their ticket to the Super Bowl, Cleveland topped Dallas in the political arena, winning the right to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Beating Dallas, where Cowboy owner Jerry Jones invites Republicans like Chris Christie to his private...

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Recession, Falklands Complicate Business Ties With Brazil

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 4:51 AM

Hoping to improve its flagging reputation in major financial markets Brazil is putting a business-to-business spin on this week's Brazil-UK strategic dialogue in London.

But the most strategic issue facing foreign secretary Phillip Hammond and Brazil's new Minister for external relations Mauro Vieira is the business of war....

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Corruption Probe Taints Rio's Olympic Image

(3) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 7:48 PM

With Rio agog over Carnival Federal Police in Brazil are investigating whether politically influential companies used corrupt practices to win contracts for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games.

International Olympic Comittee officials and the sustainability officer of the local organizing commitee say that everything is above board and things are...

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Soccer Santa Plays Scrooge In Brazil

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 3:54 AM

Inflation, poor attendance, lackluster play and massive debts are causing Brazil's football clubs to count their pennies this Christmas.

Players are griping because teams delay paychecks. Managers balk at signing for less money. Third party syndicates continue to hold shares of players like slices of churrasco, dribbling around FIFA rules....

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Brazil's Futebol Santa Plays Christmas Scrooge

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 1:55 AM

Inflation, poor attendance, lackluster play and massive debts are causing Brazil's football clubs to count their pennies this Christmas.

Players are griping because teams delay paychecks. Managers balk at signing for less money. Third party syndicates continue to hold shares of players like slices of churrasco, dribbling around FIFA rules....

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Old Browns Karma Could Haunt Team Against Colts

(3) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 12:08 PM

While NFL insiders analyze Mike Pettine's no brainer decision to start Brian Hoyer over Johnny Football Hoyer's former coach and current Colts assistant Rob Chudzinski is bringing the bad karma of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's old front office into Sunday's clash at the Lakefront.

Fired and scapegoated...

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Ebola excluído do G-20

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 2:30 PM

Com uma nova cepa do Ebola descoberta na República Democrática do Congo e novos casos aparecendo em Mali, a propagação do vírus apresenta novos riscos que podem ameaçar a recuperação da economia global.

Infelizmente, o primeiro-ministro Tony Abbott, da Austrália, que está hospedando a cúpula do G-20...

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Segurança pública subestima o PGC

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 2:33 PM

No Americas Society, em Nova York, recentemente o presidente Ollanta Humala do Peru deu seu maior prêmio para a promoção dos valores democráticos na América Latina. O que eles não dizem é que, durante a presidência de Humala, o Primeiro Grupo Catarinense (PGC) tornou-se um dos mais importantes

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Marina e os gays... Perguntas sem respostas

(6) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 9:55 PM

Enquanto jornalistas brigaram com Marina, e pastor Evaraldo sobre preconceitos e transparência, ao lado da porta na Colômbia, "Le Figaro" e "AFP" estão relatando que uma mulher - que é uma ministra do gabinete do presidente Juan Manuel Santos - anunciou que é abertamente gay, e que ela...

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Memo to Browns: Start Connor Shaw on Saturday

(17) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 12:33 PM

Facing a divided locker room the Cleveland Browns need to look beyond the bruised egos of uninspired signal callers Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel and give Connor Shaw the home field start against the St. Louis Rams on Saturday.

Although coach Mike Pettine has named Hoyer as the opening...

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O samba de drones e anões

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 5:28 PM

O pedido de desculpas feito pelo presidente de Israel Reuben Rivlin sobre o episódio do "anão diplomático", que foi aceito pela presidenta Dilma Rousseff e pelo Itamaraty, pode ter mais a ver com a transferência de tecnologia de espionagem sofisticada do que com o uso excessivo da força na Faixa...

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Novo reality show? Dilma e Obama no "jogo de sanções"

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 11:17 AM

A Presidenta Dilma Rousseff quer que a ordem econômica mundial perdoe a dívida externa da Argentina. Alguns especialistas dizem que isso vai custar cerca de US$ 30 bilhões.

O presidente Barack Obama está chamando os US$ 30 bilhões que ele autorizou para salvar a General Motors de "responsabilidade compartilhada".


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Will the Return of Coach Dunga Take Brazilian Football Back to the Future?

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 10:33 AM

With a congressional investigation hanging over its head, the powerful Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) on Tuesday gave Carlos Dunga a second chance to manage the fading fortunes of the psychologically devastated national team (la seleçao).

Although the arrogant Dunga has a reputation for imparting a sense of mental toughness...

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Em breve, um embaixador americano gay na América Latina?

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 12:28 PM

Já que os direitos universais são parte importante da agenda do presidente Barack Obama, a Casa Branca tem a oportunidade de fazer história ao nomear um embaixador declaradamente gay para trabalhar em um dos países latino-americanos.

Os Estados Unidos não têm embaixadores para a Argentina, Bolívia e Venezuela neste momento,...

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Copa... Hacktivistas na área!

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 10:53 AM

Enquanto a seleção não consegue fazer gols, hacktivistas internacionais estão bloqueando acesso a sites de empresas que patrocinam a FIFA e sua Copa do Mundo.

A Symantec, respeitada fabricante de softwares de segurança, está oferecendo aos usuários de internet uma descrição dos tipos de ataques e...

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Memo to World Cup Fans... Protect Those Smartphones

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 9:45 AM

With three billion people on the planet agog over the FIFA Brazil World Cup, smartphone theft has become a pandemic that law enforcement can't handle.

It's as if some of the young and restless who can't afford the mobile lifestyle are not only wearing Che Guevara t-shirts, they're following the...

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