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Frei Betto's Hotel Brasil: A Gripping Mystery That Will Keep You Guessing PDF Print E-mail
2014 - April 2014
Written by Ernest Barteldes   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 20:09

Hotel Brasil by Frei BettoFrei Betto (born Carlos Alberto Libânio Christo) is a well-known figure both in literary and political circles in Brazil. As an activist friar in the 1960s, he was a staunch defender of political liberties during the cruel dictatorship that took control of the Brazilian government for two decades, and as a result he was imprisoned by the regime for several years.

A Brazilian Senator Wonders If Regulating Pot Is the Answer PDF Print E-mail
2014 - March 2014
Written by Cristovam Buarque   
Friday, 14 March 2014 16:19

Marijuana in BrazilTwo frightening threats are contaminating the education of our children and young people: domestic drug consumption and drug dealing around the schools. We have ignored these threats for years, however.

Living the Moment in Brazil PDF Print E-mail
2014 - February 2014
Written by Michael Rubin   
Monday, 10 February 2014 15:36

Life on the beachMy Brazilian niece, Luiza, is getting ready for her first semester in university. I imagine she's filled with nervous excitement. Beginning with her first day, her future will be laid out before her.

After a Year of Protests Brazil Enters 2014 Ready to Welcome the World PDF Print E-mail
2014 - January 2014
Written by Arthur Ituassu   
Monday, 13 January 2014 03:59

Street protest in BrazilIt has been quite a year in Brazil. The country experienced huge demonstrations as more than one million people protested in the streets. These were the largest popular eruptions since 1992, when president Fernando Collor de Mello was impeached.

Time Magazine's Hysteria Is Doing Nothing to Prevent Sex Exploitation of Kids in Brazil PDF Print E-mail
2013 - December 2013
Written by Thaddeus Blanchette   
Monday, 16 December 2013 03:38

Time magazine article Time Magazine has now thrown its hat into the ring regarding the sex tourism panic in Brazil. Here's my response. I'm an anthropologist who has been studying prostitution, sexual tourism and trafficking in Brazil for some ten years now. Let me address some of the misconceptions this article raises.

Can El País Bring Journalism Back to the Brazilian Press? PDF Print E-mail
2013 - December 2013
Written by Raphael Tsavkko Garcia   
Monday, 16 December 2013 03:31

El País front page The arrival of the Portuguese version of the daily El País in Brazil, comes at a good time, at least for the Spanish newspaper. El País arrives at a time when the Brazilian media is undergoing a process of mistrust, in other words, the media is discredited on both sides.

Elevator Operator and Other Useless Professions You'll Only Find in Brazil PDF Print E-mail
2013 - November 2013
Written by Janer Cristaldo   
Saturday, 30 November 2013 03:07

Elevator man in BrazilBrazil is full of useless professions. Without going too far, the lift porters (cabineiros de elevador), as they are called by the Brazilian labor legislation, the elevator operators. For decades, poor devils are paid a paltry salary to go up and down on buildings, inside cramped boxes, performing this complex activity, which requires a very personal qualification: pressing numbered buttons.

Bibi Ferreira: Brazil Theater's Grande Dame Sings Piaf in New York, Again PDF Print E-mail
2013 - November 2013
Written by Ernest Barteldes   
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 01:21

Brazilian actress Bibi FerreiraThough heralded as the grand dame of the Brazilian theater, actress, singer and director Bibi Ferreira is probably best known for her highly popular take on the work of tragic French singer Edith Piaf, whose music she has been singing since she staged "Piaf, The Life of A Star of The Song" in 1983 (which was on tour for over six years) and later a CD dedicated to the French legend's music.

Gilberto Freyre Learned in the US How to Craft a New Brazilian Self-image PDF Print E-mail
2013 - November 2013
Written by David Kenneth   
Monday, 04 November 2013 04:08

Gilberto FreyreBrazil, the perennial country of the future, has finally taken its place on the world stage. Yet, as the United States learned after the Second World War, Brazil now realizes that with economic prosperity comes responsibility.

Does Brasília Matter? A Close Look at Rhetoric and Reality in Washington PDF Print E-mail
2013 - November 2013
Written by Chris Cote and Mark S. Langevin   
Monday, 04 November 2013 02:20

Presidents Barack Obama and Dilma RousseffThe revelation that the U.S. National Security Agency has been reading the text messages and e-mails of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and other senior officials and gathering information on the national oil company Petrobras led to a scramble for new Brazilian Internet protocols, a rewiring of the greater part of the continent, and, of most immediate consequence, a postponement of President Rousseff's October State Visit to the United States.

Brazil's Thriving Underground Economy Is the Fruit of One Belief: All Politicians Are Corrupt PDF Print E-mail
2013 - October 2013
Written by B. Michael Rubin   
Monday, 07 October 2013 01:43

Brazil's informal economyAs an American living in Brazil, I'm more attuned to the surprises of daily life here than most Brazilians. Some of my observations are ridiculous, as it's common for foreigners to make inaccurate assessments based on limited information. On the other hand, some things I've noticed are so routine that they create no greater response from Brazilians than, “Why does that seem strange to you?”

Reality Check: Life in Brazil Through the Eyes of a Foreigner - An Excerpt PDF Print E-mail
2013 - October 2013
Written by Mark Hillary   
Friday, 04 October 2013 14:47

Reality Check: Life in Brazil Through the Eyes of a Foreigner'Reality Check: Life in Brazil through the eyes of a foreigner' was published last month by Mark Hillary, a British writer who has been based in São Paulo since the end of 2010. The book is a personal exploration of some of the benefits – and drawbacks – of living in Brazil drawing on Mark's own experience of marrying a Brazilian, starting a company, hiring people, and buying a house.

They Don't Speak Spanish in Brazil (Excerpts) PDF Print E-mail
2013 - September 2013
Written by Joseph and Claudia Brito Low   
Monday, 16 September 2013 15:15

They Don't Speak Spanish in BrazilThe ignorance level regarding Brazil is higher than you might presume. I once spoke with a retired Federal Reserve banker, a quite knowledgeable gentleman who had traveled around the world. I made a remark about the Spanish-Portuguese language gap, to which he replied, "Oh, they don't speak Spanish in Brazil?"

In Brazil, We Also Have a Dream PDF Print E-mail
2013 - September 2013
Written by Cristovam Buarque   
Monday, 16 September 2013 00:02

Martin Luther King, JrAlmost all political speeches are irrelevant and soon forgotten. But, a couple weeks ago, the entire world commemorated the speech given 50 years ago by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in which he said that he had a dream that his four children would not suffer from prejudice because of the color of their skin, and that the children of ex-slaves and the children of ex-slave owners would be capable of sitting together at the same table as brothers and sisters.

Can't We All Get Along in Brazil? Otherwise We Will All Sink Together PDF Print E-mail
2013 - September 2013
Written by Fernando Henrique Cardoso   
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 15:34

Fernando Henrique CardosoIt does not take a lot of imagination, and you won't need to get into details, in order to realize that we are experiencing a difficult phase in Brazil. Let's start, however, by the international situation.

The Arrival of Cuban Doctors Is Revealing the Cruel Face of Brazil's Medical Class PDF Print E-mail
2013 - August 2013
Written by Luciano Martins Costa   
Monday, 26 August 2013 14:05

Cuban doctors arriving in BrazilBrazil's newspapers were surprised by the Brazilian government's decision to import 4000 doctors from Cuba to fill critical positions in places where there is no public or private health care. The first 400 should arrive next week and will be sent to cities or neighborhoods for which Brazilian or foreign doctors didn't show any interest in the first phase of the More Doctors program enrollment.

Recife's Teatro de Santa Isabel Fans Festival Fervor PDF Print E-mail
2013 - August 2013
Written by Bruce Gilman   
Sunday, 11 August 2013 01:43

Moacir SantosOne of the most noteworthy examples of neoclassical architecture in Brazil, the Teatro de Santa Isabel (1850), extended a very large welcome mat to musicians from both Brazil and the United States last week for the first Festival Moacir Santos, a celebration of the Maestro's work and a perspective of its impact in the United States.

Rape and the Basic Unfairness of Brazil's Society PDF Print E-mail
2013 - July 2013
Written by Jennifer Bisgaier   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 15:43

Protesting against rape in BrazilIn late March, the brutal gang rape of an American tourist in a transit van in Rio de Janeiro garnered worldwide attention. Brazilian authorities responded by quickly arresting three suspects as well as banning vans being driven through the South Zone of the city. However, just two weeks earlier a Brazilian woman from the North Zone of Rio, which consists largely of a favela district, was raped by the same men in the same van, and the Brazilian government took no action.

What's Wrong with Brazil's Once-Thought-Indestructible Petrobras PDF Print E-mail
2013 - July 2013
Written by B. Michael Rubin   
Monday, 22 July 2013 15:28

Brazil's Petrobras rigIt is widely believed that the countries which best manage their energy needs today will have the most productive economic futures. Until now, Brazil has been among an elite group of countries facing an optimistic energy future. For most of the past decade, Brazil has been "energy independent", limiting its total consumption of energy to what it could produce. (In fact, Brazil has imported some oil and gas, but at approximately the same levels it was exporting.)

Brazil's Left Parties Are Old and Bureaucratized, Warns MST's Leader PDF Print E-mail
2013 - July 2013
Written by Nilton Viana   
Monday, 08 July 2013 15:53

Protesters in the streets of Brazil"It is time for the government to ally with the people or pay the bill in the future." This is one of the evaluations of João Pedro Stédile, from the national coordination of the MST (Landless Movement) on demonstrations across the country. According to him, there is an urban crisis installed in Brazilian cities, provoked by this stage of finance capitalism.

The Speech the President of Brazil Should Have Made PDF Print E-mail
2013 - July 2013
Written by Cristovam Buarque   
Monday, 08 July 2013 15:47

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff"Young people of Brazil, young men and women:

"We were wrong. Forgetting your dreams, we all made mistakes, all of us who received your mandate to govern Brazil well. All of us, we politicians and our parties, made mistakes. But, I must admit that those who erred the most were those of us who have been governing Brazil for the last 10 years. As your president, I myself was even more in error.

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