Last Update: June 27, 2003


If Only I Knew a Little Portuguese!
I was starting to get really frustrated. I needed someone who spoke English. My five or six words of Spanish were getting me nowhere fast. I began to feel delirious. They swirled around me, these hordes of non-English speakers. I was a lonely ant lost in a sea of Cariocas.
by John Daniel

Pow! Wow! The Spirit of Brazil.
Brazilian Spirit of the Amazon is very similar to modern American comics. Its content, however, is highly charged with political substance, which gives it a dimension that is unique. Also, the book offers readers a chance to be immediately involved in real-life social action by helping S.O.S. Amazônia.
by Michael Dobran

Meeting Brazil's Female Authors
Fortunately, Fourteen Female Voices from Brazil does not push a hard feminist agenda that could alienate male readers. While the concept behind the book has much to recommend it, the execution is far from successful. Preface and introduction could have used some editing.
by Bondo Wyszpolski

Brazil: Which Part of Poor You Didn't Understand?
The current minimum salary in Brazil is R$ 240 (US$ 80). Official unemployment is 12 percent and nobody knows the real numbers. In Rio, 30,000 people queued up for two days to apply for 1,500 positions as municipal street cleaners. To help, Lula has announced a people's bank.
by John Fitzpatrick

Cutting Brazil to the Bone
A Brazilian senator wants to drastically reduce the number of Brazil's congressmen, both senators and representatives. He also wants to create new states and eliminate ministries and departments. The purpose is undoing the strategy of the neo-liberals, who for eight years have been trying to demoralize the state by swelling it.
by Carlos Chagas

Brazil and Their Civilized Neighbors to the North
While geographically located in the "western" hemisphere, Brazil does not fully qualify as a western nation. The terms "west" or "westernized" have become euphemisms for "civilized", "white" and "English-speaking." It is time the world learns that America is not a country, but an entire continent.
by Alan P. Marcus

How I Taught English in Brazil
And Survived to Tell the Story:
Lesson 2

More often than not, the sharp-eyed professor is forced to improvise a tailor-made solution by employing something Brazilians call jogo de cintura, which is best translated as the ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds by "thinking outside the box."
by Joe Lopes

Sunny Sounds of Brazil's Daniela
Singing at Central Park's Summerstage in New York, Daniela Mercury kept the energy level high at all times, not letting the rain-soaked audience take a single breath. She was wildly cheered when she told Brazilians in the audience: "Brazil loves you and we want you all back."
by Ernest Barteldes

Brazil Autoracing: Speed Is in The Blood
Decades of success in Formula One, and now, Formula Indy, supported by winning personalities, are redefining Brazil's national character through its love affair with racing. The last three years have changed the face of Brazilian racing history. In Indianapolis, Brazilians have accounted for 11 top-ten finishes in that period.
by Phillip Wagner

Brazil and the Angolan Connection
Angola has a strong connection to Brazil and to the United States because these countries were the main places were Angolan slaves landed in the New World. Brazil was the largest recipient of these slaves. It is time for Brazil to help Angola and try to repair some of the injustices done to the Angolan people.
by Ricardo C. Amaral

What's Eating Brazil
I have an offer from the bureaucrats in the port of Santos, Customs and Revenue Service to pay for six persons an all told sum of US$ 12,000 so that they can "release" my belongings! I am expected to pay six corrupt civil servants of the Brazilian government to come into possession of the photographs of my mother!?
by Roman Latkovic

Brazil and US: A Pledge of Allegiance
"Reaffirming our commitment to advance common values, we will continue to work together to protect and advance democracy, human rights, tolerance, religious freedom, free speech and independent media, economic opportunity, and the rule of law."

Safety in Rio: Don't Trust the Statistics
Rio de Janeiro is a big city with a big crime problem. How bad or not that problem is a matter of individual opinion. If you go looking for sleaze, expect to find it. And don't assume that just because things work one way in your hometown that they work the same way in a foreign city.
by Thaddeus Blanchette


Paulistas and Caiçaras: Parallel Lives in Brazil
Violence and physical confrontation was a way-of-life for the average youngster spending time in Guarujá. The threat of a violent confrontation was always seemingly about to happen at any given moment. It could be triggered by anything from an unsolicited "look", a "stare" or an accidental "bump."
by Allan P. Marcus

Brazil: Here, Vice-Presidents Count
The vice-presidency has helped shape Brazil's history. In 1992, Vice-President Itamar Franco rose to the top in place of Fernando Collor de Mello, who was forced to step down. In 1985, Vice-President José Sarney took over when President Tancredo Neves, became ill and died before being inaugurated.
by John Fitzpatrick

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