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The good old days of Pornochanchada are over
The good old days of Pornochanchada are over
Graziele Dalbó

SÃO PAULO - In the 1970s in Brazil, there was an explosion of a very particular cinematographic genre: Pornochanchada, a type of soft porn.

In the middle of a military dictatorship, these erotic movies without explicit sex and with naughty humor were phenomenal successes at the box office. For example, O Bem Dotado - o Homem de Itu (The Well Endowed Man From Itu), one such film, was seen by 2.4 million cinema-goers in 1978.

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AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico votes

Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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