Olympic Endings

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The Olympics are over. Now it’s time to reflect and celebrate. Brazilians were hoping for a higher total medal count as the host country, which placed Brazil among the top 14 nations. However, it was the best Olympic showing ever for Brazil. It’s worth noting that athletes from 120 countries went home with no medals at all. Certainly there were more than enough heroes, like Neymar, or the men’s volleyball gold, or Robson Conceição, who won Brazil’s first ever Olympic boxing More...

The Brazilian Way

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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...

São Paulo Battles its Traffic

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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

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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...

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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, but More...

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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...

Olympic-Size Contradictions

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About 150 years ago, Charles Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . . . ” Today his More...

Badminton Comes to Brazil

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Brazilian teenager Ygor Coelho knows that Olympic medals are practically out of reach, but he smiles from ear More...

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With the world economy in turmoil, both investors and university students are currently assessing the best route for success. Economies once considered More...

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Selfies and Facebook and Instagram and Twitter and Snapchat and WhatsApp fit perfectly in Brazil. This is a country steeped in the oral tradition, where More...

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Three Israeli companies won an international competition to help create a new Smart City in Brazil. The announcement was made by the Brazilian Israelite More...

Nuclear Bomb Survivors in Brazil

Hiroshima Seventy years ago, in August 1945, the United States used atomic weapons against Japan. On August...

Hope in the Fight Against Zika

Ever since the Zika outbreak began in Brazil last year, scientists have suspected that the bacteria called Wolbachia might protect mosquitoes..

Brazil in the Zika Zone

Nothing is spreading faster than the Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean except perhaps the stories about it. Sadly,..

Can Brazilians Afford to Retire?

Ruth-Weinberg-Abell-at-desk An exploding pension crisis here in Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy, is wreaking havoc on its...

A Time for Optimism?

Neymar, Brazil’s star footballer, is enjoying the Copa América tournament at the Rose Bowl stadium in California from the box seats...

Land Rover Factory Opens

Jaguar Land Rover opened a new factory near Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on June 14. The manufacturing plant is its..

Einstein Letter in Brazil

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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

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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...

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Brazil: The Unfinished Country

By B. Michael Rubin For years the favorite picture of Brazil has been, “Brazil is the country of the future and always will be.” This assessment More...

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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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Brazilian Owns All the Music

In an office near the back of his 2500-square-meter warehouse in São Paulo, Zero Freitas is studying the song list of an old album. While his close examination More...

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