The End and the Beginning

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“When I was young,” a grandmother says, “life was much easier.” How many times have we heard this proclamation? Altering Charles Dickens’s famous phrase for Brazil today: “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 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...

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A group of Brazilian journalists and researchers have joined to create an avenue to credibility for journalism. The appropriately titled “Credibility More...

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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...

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 fading, and Brazilians are returning...

Brazil’s Richest Man

For those who study the financial history of Brazil, it would be logical to conclude that the easiest way to get..

Weapons Export

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

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...

Blind Ballerinas in Brazil

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São Paulo, Brazil is home to the world’s only professional ballet company for the blind. The ballet company is operated by the Fernanda Bianchini 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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Relationships

By João Antonio Pagliosa It’s amazing how personal misunderstandings are causing so much pain and suffering these days, so much misery and loneliness, More...

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