Home Brazzil Magazine - Since 1989 trying to understand Brazil http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/frontpage.html Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:16:36 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Frei Betto's Hotel Brasil: A Gripping Mystery That Will Keep You Guessing http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/269-april-2014/10650-frei-bettos-hotel-brasil-a-gripping-mystery-that-will-keep-you-guessing.html http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/269-april-2014/10650-frei-bettos-hotel-brasil-a-gripping-mystery-that-will-keep-you-guessing.html 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.

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rodney@brazzil.com (Ernest Barteldes) frontpage Tue, 01 Apr 2014 23:09:09 +0000
A Brazilian Senator Wonders If Regulating Pot Is the Answer http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/268-march-2014/10649-a-brazilian-senator-wonders-if-regulating-pot-is-the-answer.html http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/268-march-2014/10649-a-brazilian-senator-wonders-if-regulating-pot-is-the-answer.html 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.

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rodney@brazzil.com (Cristovam Buarque) frontpage Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:19:49 +0000
Living the Moment in Brazil http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/267-february-2014/10648-living-the-moment-in-brazil.html http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/267-february-2014/10648-living-the-moment-in-brazil.html 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.

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rodney@brazzil.com (Michael Rubin) frontpage Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:36:40 +0000
After a Year of Protests Brazil Enters 2014 Ready to Welcome the World http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/266-january-2014/10647-after-a-year-of-protests-brazil-enters-2014-ready-to-welcome-the-world.html http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/266-january-2014/10647-after-a-year-of-protests-brazil-enters-2014-ready-to-welcome-the-world.html 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.

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rodney@brazzil.com (Arthur Ituassu) frontpage Mon, 13 Jan 2014 06:59:15 +0000
Time Magazine's Hysteria Is Doing Nothing to Prevent Sex Exploitation of Kids in Brazil http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/265-december-2013/10646-time-magazines-hysteria-is-doing-nothing-to-prevent-sex-exploitation-of-kids-in-brazil.html http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/265-december-2013/10646-time-magazines-hysteria-is-doing-nothing-to-prevent-sex-exploitation-of-kids-in-brazil.html 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.

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rodney@brazzil.com (Thaddeus Blanchette) frontpage Mon, 16 Dec 2013 06:38:40 +0000
Can El País Bring Journalism Back to the Brazilian Press? http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/265-december-2013/10645-can-el-pais-bring-journalism-back-to-the-brazilian-press.html http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/265-december-2013/10645-can-el-pais-bring-journalism-back-to-the-brazilian-press.html 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.

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rodney@brazzil.com (Raphael Tsavkko Garcia) frontpage Mon, 16 Dec 2013 06:31:19 +0000
Elevator Operator and Other Useless Professions You'll Only Find in Brazil http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/264-november-2013/10644-elevator-operator-and-other-useless-professions-youll-only-find-in-brazil.html http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/264-november-2013/10644-elevator-operator-and-other-useless-professions-youll-only-find-in-brazil.html 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.

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rodney@brazzil.com (Janer Cristaldo) frontpage Sat, 30 Nov 2013 06:07:49 +0000
Bibi Ferreira: Brazil Theater's Grande Dame Sings Piaf in New York, Again http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/264-november-2013/10643-bibi-ferreira-brazil-theaters-grande-dame-sings-piaf-in-new-york-again.html http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/264-november-2013/10643-bibi-ferreira-brazil-theaters-grande-dame-sings-piaf-in-new-york-again.html 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.

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rodney@brazzil.com (Ernest Barteldes) frontpage Tue, 12 Nov 2013 04:21:30 +0000
Gilberto Freyre Learned in the US How to Craft a New Brazilian Self-image http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/264-november-2013/10642-gilberto-freyre-learned-in-the-us-how-to-craft-a-new-brazilian-self-image.html http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/264-november-2013/10642-gilberto-freyre-learned-in-the-us-how-to-craft-a-new-brazilian-self-image.html 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.

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rodney@brazzil.com (David Kenneth) frontpage Mon, 04 Nov 2013 07:08:55 +0000
Does Brasília Matter? A Close Look at Rhetoric and Reality in Washington http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/264-november-2013/10641-does-brasilia-matter-a-close-look-at-rhetoric-and-reality-in-washington.html http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/264-november-2013/10641-does-brasilia-matter-a-close-look-at-rhetoric-and-reality-in-washington.html 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.

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rodney@brazzil.com (Chris Cote and Mark S. Langevin) frontpage Mon, 04 Nov 2013 05:20:49 +0000