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Eric Ehrmann

Blogs on sports and politics. Member of PEN

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.
Fifa's Blatter Could Untrack Brazil's Football

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

In an attempt to have big government control the future of <em>futebol</em> president Dilma Rousseff is submitting legislation to "modernize" the national pastime to a fractious Federal Congress for review and approval.
23/03/2015 09:48 GMT
Corruption Probe Taints Rio's Olympic

Corruption Probe Taints Rio's Olympic Image

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.
13/02/2015 11:41 GMT
Brazil's Futebol Santa Plays Christmas

Brazil's Futebol Santa Plays Christmas Scrooge

As Brazil's top sides count the coals in their stockings and sell their best players to the Premier League and Europe Pele's lust for life can remind them it's time to make the game he made beautiful beautiful again.
19/12/2014 13:25 GMT
World Cup... Prime Time for

World Cup... Prime Time for Cybercrime

With World Cup mania underway fans everwhere need to keep track of their smartphone. Cybercrime has become a pandemic and smartphone theft is where it all begins.
13/06/2014 10:21 BST
Will Dortmund Spoil Heynckes' Last

Will Dortmund Spoil Heynckes' Last Hurrah?

Saturday's game is more than a battle to be the best in Europe. It's a clash between two different faces of Germany - working class Dortmund and upscale Munich- and managers whose attitudes toward the game are generations apart.
24/05/2013 16:03 BST
FIFA Cam Scam At Risk For Cyber

FIFA Cam Scam At Risk For Cyber Attack

After half a century of controvery over goals and no-goals based on muffed calls by referees the International Federation of Association Football has agreed to use goal line technology at the FIFA 2014 Brazil World Cup, when it's needed.
22/02/2013 15:37 GMT
Wembley Wrapup- Brazil Gets a Lesson In Team

Wembley Wrapup- Brazil Gets a Lesson In Team Building

Running the good cop-bad cop on the fractious Brazilian sports press technical director Carlos Parreira amped up the positive, offering the textured spin that his Samba Boys were "evolving" after slipping and sliding their way to a 2-1 loss against a stronger England team.
08/02/2013 15:41 GMT
What's It All About

What's It All About Kaka?

Another transfer deadline has passed and another wave of stories predicting that waning superstar Ricardo 'Kaka' Izecson will be moved from Real Madrid to another club washed ashore like the frothy gossip that it was.
04/02/2013 14:10 GMT
Brazil Chides Abramovich Capping Chelski Trio For Wembley

Brazil Chides Abramovich Capping Chelski Trio For Wembley Clash

Chiding his former boss Roman Abramovich, "Big Phil" has capped Chelsea midfielders Ramires and Oscar and defender David Luiz, who will shift their loyalties from Team Abramovich to Team Brazil wearing the canary yellow and blue kit for the big FIFA outing against England.
25/01/2013 14:51 GMT
On The Road Hits the

On The Road Hits the Wall

For over half a century the American movie industry has been reluctant to fund the quintessentially red white and blue road trip with conventional wisdom claiming the project was unfilmable.
03/01/2013 15:23 GMT
FIFA's Football Grinch Steals Brazil's

FIFA's Football Grinch Steals Brazil's Christmas

The FIFA Coca Cola ranking is another reminder that the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) needs to address management and competition issues that impact on the reputation of the national team.
24/12/2012 10:57 GMT
Brazil Rehires Coach But Not For World

Brazil Rehires Coach But Not For World Cup

With fan discontent heating up the feud between president Dilma Rousseff's sports minister Aldo Rebelo and the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) the CBF has put leadership of the national team in play by renewing the contract of coach Mano Manezes into calendar year 2014 but not to coach the Samba Boys for the FIFA Brazil 2014 World Cup.
02/10/2012 10:31 BST