Brazil: The Unfinished Country


For years the favorite picture of Brazil has been, “Brazil is the country of the future and always will be.” This assessment of Latin America’s largest country comes as no surprise to travelers and expats living here – nothing is ever finished in Brazil. Infrastructure projects are planned, promised, and vanish. A subway here in the southern city of Curitiba has been talked about for the past decade. The bullet train from Rio to São Paulo promised for this year’s World Cup is 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

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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...

Chinese Electric Buses Coming


BYD, the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, has announced that the city of Campinas, in the São Paulo region of Brazil, has been selected as the More...

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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...

Curitiba: Tourist Destination

As many tourists have discovered, Curitiba is a vibrant city full of welcoming attractions and steeped in history. A walk around the old city center, known as the historic district, More...

Rugby Teaches Tolerance in Brazil


Chester Williams, South Africa’s first black rugby star, is teaching rugby to about 50 teenagers from a São Paulo favela. More...

Football History in Favela


Pelé recently took part in the inauguration of a football facility that features a lighting system partly powered More...

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

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Chinese Internet companies are attaching more importance on having a presence in Latin America’s biggest economy. AliExpress, part of China’s More...

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Google will open its first video production center in Brazil this month. The purpose of the production studio is to provide new content creators with More...

Brazil Acts to Protect Amazon

1280px-Amazon_CIAT_(3)   Brazil announced it is placing a massive section of the Amazon under federal protection. The...

Amazon Observatory

Brazil is building a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon to monitor climate change and its impact on..

Technology Defeats Illegal Logging in the Amazon

Secret GPS surveillance of timber trucks by environmentalists has revealed how loggers are defeating attempts to halt deforestation in the world’s..

Al Gore in Brazil

Al_Gore Former US Vice President Al Gore was in Brazil last week, speaking at the Climate Reality...

Brazil Election in Turmoil

With Sunday’s Presidential election over, Brazilians return to work today either relieved or disappointed. From the vote count, we know it..

Petrobras Problems Continue

A public company is defined as one that sells shares on the stock market to the public. Petrobras is one such..

University Graduation Numbers Fall

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The number of students completing higher education in Brazil, university bachelor’s degrees, has fallen for the first time in a decade, figures More...

Brazil and US to develop anti-Ebola serum


Brazil’s Butanta Institute scientific research center is negotiating an agreement with the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a 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...


Delayed Adolescence in Brazil

By B. Michael Rubin Brazilian children grow up within the safety and comfort of their family’s protection. As adults, they know they can always More...


Milk Bank: Brazil Leads World

Relatively rare in much of the world, donating breast milk is common in Brazil, where the network of milk banks works in much the same way as blood banks More...

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