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 Association, a non-profit organization. The organization was founded by Fernanda Bianchini, a ballet instructor who for more than two decades has volunteered to teach people with sight deficiencies to dance and gain greater self-esteem. Fernanda first took on this challenge while volunteering at the age of 15 with her parents at São Paulo’s Father 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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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...

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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...

Riverboat Justice

delfin-9 The court clerk rose from his hammock onboard the riverboat in Itamatatuba, Brazil. The town sits...

Language of the Amazon

In the 1950s and 1960s, Brazil created the Xingu Indigenous Park, a roughly 2.64 million-hectare preserve that contains the Wauja tribe,..

Elephant Sanctuary in Brazil

A group of international NGOs has announced it is opening the first elephant sanctuary in Latin America. The facility is located..

Brazil Returns to Normalcy, Sort Of

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

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..

Can Brazilians Afford to Retire?

An exploding pension crisis here in Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy, is wreaking havoc on its public finances and intensifying a..

Einstein Letter in Brazil

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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

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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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