Order and Progress

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In the book “The Accidental President,” a memoir by Brazil’s former president, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, there is a story about one of Brazil’s many mysteries. At least it’s always been a mystery to me – the origin of the country’s national motto, “Order and Progress” (Ordem e Progresso). Before solving this mystery, I want to mention that I have no idea what the US national motto is, or even if there is one. The only way I know Brazil has a national motto is because More...

Volvo Launches World’s Largest Bus

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Volvo has launched its newest vehicles, two buses that will add to Volvo’s high-passenger capacity transport system. Volvo introduced its two new buses at the FetransRio 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...

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Stonehenge in Brazil

As the foreman for a cattle ranch in the far reaches of northern Brazil, a city called Calçoene in the state of Amapá, Lailson Camelo da Silva was cutting trees to convert forest More...

Swimming with Sharks

South America’s largest aquarium has opened in Rio de Janeiro, giving visitors an opportunity to explore the sea in a transparent tunnel and swim with sharks. AquaRio, constructed More...

Baseball Grows in Brazil

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Eric Pardinho, a 16-year-old Brazilian, is ready to play professional baseball in the US. It could possibly happen as soon More...

Cowboys in Brazil’s Interior

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“We dress like cowboys in these parts,” said Cuiabanno Lima, explaining his clothes as he was eating a big More...

b86aca114fe3fbe2caeed3cca2ee2be1 When Blimps Ruled the Air

A dirigible balloon is a lighter-than-air floating airship, also known as a blimp. Balloons filled with hot air large enough to carry humans have been 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...

Time for a Hike

Pedra do Baú Brazil is well-known for Carnival, football, and the Amazon, but many people are not aware of...

Latin America’s Largest Primate Sanctuary

Far away from their days in the circus, some 50 chimpanzees live together in Sorocaba, a city in the interior of..

New Weapon in the Fight Against Illegal Logging

Brazil’s federal environmental agency, Ibama, launched this month the latest attack in its meagre arsenal of weapons to protect the environment. Ibama has..

Brazil Returns to Normalcy, Sort Of

amy-purdy The awe and majesty of the Rio 2016 Olympic games are beginning to fade, and Brazilians...

Weapons Export

With the world’s largest economy, the US is often the envy of other nations. Brazil is no exception in this case,..

Why Beans are so Expensive

It’s no surprise that the economy of China has become a concern to Curitibanos. After all, China is Brazil’s largest trading..

The Joys of English

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Leonardo Silva Brito is from Rondônia and grew-up with a deep love of reading. His parents, both teachers, made bedtime story time so enticing that by 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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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...

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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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Still on Top

“My career was never based on pretty,” Gisele Caroline Bündchen declares, with no hint of irony or sarcasm. Next month, Gisele turns 36 years old, More...

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