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:
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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