Crime Catalogue for Brazil


In the US, time is measured in seasons. People speak of time passing with the expression, “Seasons come and seasons go.” In Brazil this might be translated into, “Scandals come and scandals go.” Brazilians have long been accustomed to political corruption and scandals. Such failings of politicians and the greed of human nature are tolerated by Brazilians because they seem to be as inevitable as the burdensome bureaucracy or long lines at the bank. However, while some aspects of daily life More...

New Port Access Road

Truck on freeway

Trucks serving various container terminals on the left bank of the Brazilian port of Santos are expected to see faster deliveries thanks to a new 3 million reais ($1.15 million) 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...


Poland Unbound

  CIE’s travel correspondent, Clifford Hallam, has traveled extensively around the world, along with living in a number of different countries. He describes his two-year More...

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...

Brazil Football in Trouble


Less than a year after its humiliating elimination from the World Cup, Brazilian football has a new crisis on its hands. More...

FIFA Fails, Again


Michael J. Garcia, a former federal prosecutor, had never been a football fan. He had never seen a professional More...

Dilma & Zuckerberg Facebook Brings Free Wi-Fi to Brazil

The Brazilian government has agreed to a partnership with Facebook. The partnership is actually with Facebook’s non-profit organization known as More...

lancamento Brazil Partners with China in Space

Brazil and China successfully launched a joint satellite recently, the fifth environmental monitoring equipment of its kind to be launched jointly by More...

Brazil-Internet-100-million Brazil First on Internet

  Thanks to its young population armed with smartphones, Brazil beat nine other Internet-connected countries for its citizens’ frequency of web use, More...

Amazon’s Biggest Destroyer Arrested

Ezequiel Antônio Castanha_Reuters   Brazilian police have arrested the “biggest deforester” of the Amazon jungle, identified as Ezequiel Antônio...

Illegal Lumber from Brazil Seized in Europe

Authorities in Belgium seized two containers of Brazilian lumber in Antwerp following a demonstration by Greenpeace, which alleged that the timber..

Drought in Brazil – the Future Has Arrived

The role of tropical deforestation in global climate change has been the subject of much international discussion and debate in the..

Labor Unions Force Fines Against McDonald’s and Walmart

Mcdonalds_in_Machida_at_night Brazilian unions filed another lawsuit against the largest operator of McDonald’s restaurants in Latin America, alleging...

Higher Taxes Take their Toll

Not surprisingly, 2015 has only just begun and already Brazilians are feeling serious economic aches and pains. Already worried about the..

Drug Trade Invades Manaus

With Brazil emerging as the world’s second-largest consumer of cocaine after the United States, the Amazon region is gaining importance as..

Brazilian Study Proves Importance of Breastfeeding

Gisele breastfeeding

Here’s good news for Gisele Bündchen’s children: Researchers in Brazil have followed nearly 6,000 babies from birth for the past three decades, More...

Judge Sérgio Moro of Curitiba is not Intimidated

Judge Sérgio Moro

With so much attention from the Petrobras scandal focused on PT, the ruling party, Brazilians are wondering how far the investigation will go in probing More...

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Brazil is Primitive

By B. Michael Rubin Before I’m accused of cultural stereotyping for this article’s title, let me say that I’m an American living in 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...


Brazilian Owns All the World’s Music

In an office near the back of his 2500-square-meter warehouse in São Paulo, Zero Freitas is studying the song list of an old album. While his close examination More...

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