Olympic Torch Arrives in Brazil

Fabiana Claudino in Brasília

While preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics have been ongoing for years, for many the official start of “Olympic fever” begins with the Olympic Torch. The Torch travels every four years from Greece, the site of the first Olympics, to the Olympic host country. Once the Torch arrives, it is customarily taken around the country in a months-long celebration known as the Olympic Torch Relay. The relay continues until the opening ceremony of the games, when the Torch is brought to the host stadium More...

São Paulo Battles its Traffic


For decades, mega-city São Paulo has been transforming into endless urban sprawl, razing tree-lined plazas, demolishing architectural gems, under-investing in public transportation, 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...

Rio Fireworks

Réveillon in Rio

Millions of people have taken cruises all around the world, but I am not one of them. I’m not sure exactly why I’ve avoided them all these years. Is it the fear More...

Jericoacoara: Brazil’s Paradise

Brazil is famous for its alluring attractions – friendly people frolicking in tropical waters. Not only are there no hurricanes, earthquakes, or tornadoes to worry about, More...

FIFA Ethics Committee


When they checked into their rooms at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in São Paulo, just before Brazil’s 2014 World Cup, global More...

Brazil Loses Its Biggest Football Fan


Legendary Brazilian football fan, Clovis Acosta Fernandes, has died in Porto Alegre. Clovis was not just another More...

EXPO_20072011095904 Smart City Exposition in Curitiba

On March 28, 29, and 30 the Smart City Business America Congress & Exposition came to Curitiba at the Unimed Conference Center on the Positivo University More...

104-Surf_S.Toews_ Computer Servers Under Water

Taking a page from a science fiction story, researchers at Microsoft believe the future of data centers may be under the sea. Microsoft has tested a More...

TeenageGirlsonPhones-660x439 Cellphones are Hurting Us

There are plenty of reasons to put our cellphones down once in a while. For example, it’s rude to bring phones to the table while eating with your More...

Brazil in the Zika Zone

Rosana Vieira Alves bathes her 4-month-old daughter Luana Vieira, who was born with microcephaly, at their home in Olinda Nothing is spreading faster than the Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean except perhaps...

US Rock Band Helps Dam Disaster Victims

US rock group Pearl Jam performed in an outdoor concert in Brazil and made a surprising announcement during the show. The..

“Rio” Hero Will Really Return to Brazil

The government has announced a plan to breed and raise as many as 150 Spix macaws, a bright blue bird that..

Economic Questions for 2016

woman-looking-for-work-pic-getty-images-602325046 Brazil’s economy sunk into recession in 2015, and while 2016 may be a bit better, the...

Brazilians are Angry

In 1969, when the British rock band The Who titled a song “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” an entire generation of..

It’s Hard Keeping Up with the News

Every day seems to bring another surprise. We check the news in the evening, but by the next day, everything has..

Einstein Letter in Brazil


A letter from Albert Einstein written almost 65 years ago has been discovered in a safe at a Brazilian school, according to reports. A typed message with More...

The Clash of the Century


If this sounds like a superhero battle, Batman vs. Superman, don’t be surprised. Brazil has just weathered its most tumultuous week in politics More...

children talking

Who’s Listening?

By B. Michael Rubin Brazilians are so polite that they say hello to strangers when they enter an elevator. My wife and I were spending a week at the beach More...

Coffee harvest

Brazilian Slave Memoir Translated into Portuguese

Mahommah Baquaqua’s story of being kidnapped in Africa and sold into slavery in Brazil in 1845 isn’t unique. However, eventually, he escaped More...


Cruise in Twelve Knots

CIE’s Culture correspondent, Terry Caesar, recently returned from his first cruise ship adventure, which took him from his current home in Texas More...

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