The End of Impunity?

Eike Batista

   A federal investigation into a kickback scheme at Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, has, so far, ensnared 30 executives. In São Paulo, prosecutors accuse 33 businessmen of running a “cartel” to profit from the city’s subway system. In perhaps the most stunning event, the oil and mining tycoon, Eike Batista, who once was Brazil’s richest man, is on trial for something that, until recently, was not even a crime in Brazil: profiting from inside information. The aggressive More...

New Port Access Road

Truck on freeway

Trucks serving various container terminals on the left bank of the Brazilian port of Santos are expected to see faster deliveries thanks to a new 3 million reais ($1.15 million) More...

The Brazilian Way


The bus system in Curitiba is famous for being the first Rede Integrada de Transporte (RIT) system in Brazil, and it’s still considered the best in the country, with approximately More...

Curitiba First for the Future

Curitiba bus

Autonomous vehicles, levitating trains, and supersonic tubes have all been suggested as radical ways to transport us faster as the 21st century urban age approaches, but it More...


Poland Unbound

  CIE’s travel correspondent, Clifford Hallam, has traveled extensively around the world, along with living in a number of different countries. He describes his two-year More...

Brazil’s Hidden Treasures

Stalagmites and stalactites are common calcium salt formations in caves. But have you ever heard of helictites? Needles of gypsum? Aragonitas? Bolas? All of these underground More...

Is Football Declining?


On May 18, just a few short weeks before the Germans dealt out a 7-1 destruction of the Selecão to bury dreams of a sixth More...

Pelé Goes Home


Soccer legend Pelé isn’t showing signs of the urinary tract infection that prompted his hospitalization More...

lancamento Brazil Partners with China in Space

Brazil and China successfully launched a joint satellite recently, the fifth environmental monitoring equipment of its kind to be launched jointly by More...

Brazil-Internet-100-million Brazil First on Internet

  Thanks to its young population armed with smartphones, Brazil beat nine other Internet-connected countries for its citizens’ frequency of web use, More...

moda-internet Technology Users are Different

Everyone knows that technology use is booming in Brazil – from home computers and the Internet to smartphones. One American company recently decided More...

Environment versus Economy

economy_is_ecology_found_footage Environmentalists on the front lines of climate diplomacy often frame the environmental conflict between the developed...

International Bird Rescue

A legend in the world of saving animals harmed by oil spills, Jay Holcomb, executive director of International Bird Rescue, was..

Greenhouse Gases Rise

Greenhouse gas emissions in Brazil went up 7.8 percent from 2012 to 2013, making it the highest total since 2008, non-governmental..

Optimism for Brazil’s Economy

gisele-bundchen-max-factor Optimism over the Brazilian economy has been in short supply recently, so when a corporation fights...

Petrobras Scandal Grows

In November, Brazil’s comptroller general opened cases against eight engineering conglomerates suspected of bribery and fraud in deals with Petrobras, holding..

Brazil’s Northeast is Booming

The economy of the Northeast, Brazil’s poorest region, has been growing for the past decade at a pace much higher than..

Teaching Future Entrepreneurs in Brazil


FazINOVA is a private business school founded in 2013 by 26-year-old Brazilian entrepreneur Bel Pesce. Ms. Pesce is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute More...

Jair Bolsonaro Isn’t Above the Law


A Brazilian federal congressman (deputado) has been charged with incitement to rape for public comments he made about a female colleague while speaking More...

Kayapo Trust Fund Created

Brazil is Primitive

By B. Michael Rubin Before I’m accused of cultural stereotyping for this article’s title, let me say that I’m an American living in More...


Cruise in Twelve Knots

CIE’s Cultural Intelligence correspondent, Terry Caesar, recently returned from his first cruise ship adventure, which took him from his current More...

Judge Sérgio Moro

Judge Sérgio Moro of Curitiba Fights Corruption

With so much attention from the Petrobras scandal focused on PT, the ruling party, Brazilians are wondering how far the investigation will go in probing More...

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