The End and the Beginning


“When I was young,” a grandmother says, “life was much easier.” How many times have we heard this proclamation? To paraphrase Charles Dickens: “It was the worst of times and it was the worst of times.” These days, for those of us living in Brazil, it rings true. Social critics and economists, Brazilian and foreign, are declaring the country a disaster, caught in the middle of a “perfect storm” – political upheaval infused by economic instability. In 2016, high unemployment entered 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...

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...

Atlantic Ocean sunset

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...

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...

Badminton Comes to Brazil


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

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 More...

Brazil-Internet-100-million A Reply is Waiting for You

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...

zika-virus 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 from the More...

brazilsmartcity-635x357 Brazil’s First Smart City

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...

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,..

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..

Land Rover Factory Opens

land-rover_discovery-sport_dynamic_01 Jaguar Land Rover opened a new factory near Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on June 14....

Economic Questions for 2016

Brazil’s economy sunk into recession in 2015, and while 2016 may be a bit better, the recession isn’t going away anytime..

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..

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...


Brazil at a Crossroads

By B. Michael Rubin Brazil is at a crossroads: forward or backward. Should Brazil abandon its traditions and enter the 21st century, or maintain its old 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...


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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