Brazil Election Unexplained


With the announcement on Sunday, October 12, that Marina Silva, who placed third in the presidential election earlier in the month and is therefore out of the running in the final election, will back Aécio Neves, the presidential race has entered another interesting and unexpected phase. Marina ran for president in 2010 representing the Green Party and this year is with the Socialist Party. (Switching parties is not unusual in Brazil.) However, she’s now chosen to back the party of Aécio 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

Curitiba bus

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...


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 home in Texas across the 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...

Football History in Favela


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

Americans Ponder Football


It’s difficult for Americans to understand how important football is in Brazil. The US has never gotten More...

cellphones Smartphone App Identifies Dirty Politicians in Brazil

With Brazil’s presidential elections coming this week, citizens are beginning to use new computer software apps as tools to express their opinions. The More...

dengue-fever Hopes for Dengue Fever Vaccine

  The results of advanced trials for a promising vaccine have bolstered hopes that it could one day protect people from a crippling and widespread disease. Dengue More...

Vale-dos-Ventos-wind-farm-in-Paraiba-Brazil-pacific-hydro Solar Energy Auction in Brazil

The upcoming national renewable energy auction in Brazil is attracting enormous attention from alternative energy businesses. Brazil’s Energy Research More...

Nature Reserve Saves Golden Lion Tamarin from Extinction

Golden_Lion_Tamarin_Leontopithecus_rosalia An environmental reserve in Brazil has prevented the extinction of the Golden Lion Tamarin, one of...

Deforestation and Tribal Killings

The destruction of Brazil’s rainforest, the world’s largest rainforest, accelerated last year with a 29 percent increase in deforestation, according to..

Fund to Protect Rainforest

In a historic move, the Brazilian government, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and a few other philanthropies have announced the creation..

Key to a Global Economy

bridge-collapse The nations of Latin America need to more than double their current investment in infrastructure to...

Brazil’s Illegal Economy

More than U$400 billion (900 billion reais) flowed illegally out of Brazil between 1960 and 2012, according to a report published..

Brazil Leads World in Reducing Carbon Emissions

  Brazil’s success in slowing rain forest destruction has resulted in enormous reductions in carbon emissions and shows that it’s possible..

Math Award to Brazilian


Artur Avila, a Brazilian, has won the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in the world given in mathematics. The Fields Medal is considered the equivalent 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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Dying Traditions in Brazil

By B. Michael Rubin Every country around the world is steeped in tradition, those formal and informal customs that knit together the fabric of society. More...


Ballet in the Favelas

In a favela surrounded by luxury, high-rise apartment buildings, 8-year-old Gabriela Aparecida fixes her curly hair into a bun as she waits for a ride More...


Brazil’s Most Powerful Women

Recently, the international women’s online magazine Business Feminin selected the five most powerful women in Brazil: Gisele Bundchen For seven More...

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