The Vanity of Ambition

adrina lima

  Brazilians are famous for their vanity. Let’s forget for the moment the North American view of vanity as egotistical because I live in Brazil, and I delight in this gorgeous country where kissing women when meeting them for the first time is considered polite. Where women spend hours trying to look their best, so that in the supermarket in high heels and full make-up, I can observe them carefully caressing mountains of voluptuous tropical fruits until they find one in perfect ripeness. They 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...


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...

Pelé Goes Home


Soccer legend Pelé isn’t showing signs of the urinary tract infection that prompted his hospitalization last month 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 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...

moda-internet Technology Users are Different

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

aliexpress_fb_ogp Chinese E-Commerce Website Dominates Brazil

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

International Bird Rescue

Magellanic Penguin A legend in the world of saving animals harmed by oil spills, Jay Holcomb, executive director...

Greenhouse Gases Rise

Greenhouse gas emissions in Brazil went up 7.8 percent from 2012 to 2013, making it the highest total since 2008, non-governmental..

Brazil Acts to Protect Amazon

  Brazil announced it is placing a massive section of the Amazon under federal protection. The area, called the Alto Maues..

Optimism for Brazil’s Economy

gisele-bundchen-max-factor Optimism over the Brazilian economy has been in short supply recently, so when a corporation fights...

Petrobras Dominates the News

  Petrobras is unable to stay out of the headlines, and none of it is good news. On November 20, the..

New Petrobras Arrests and New Street Protests

This week another protest was organized on the streets of São Paulo. This one attracted about 15,000 protestors, who came out..

Teaching Future Entrepreneurs in Brazil


FazINOVA is a private business school founded in 2013 by 26-year-old Brazilian entrepreneur Bel Pesce. Ms. Pesce is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute More...

Judge Sérgio Moro of Curitiba Fights Corruption

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...


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...


Facial Hair Comes to Curitiba

  By B. Michael Rubin Men’s appearances, like women’s, are subject to the whims of fashion. Styles fluctuate with the winds of whimsy. The More...


Mass Weddings in Rio de Janeiro

Nearly 2,000 Brazilian couples were married at an indoors sports venue in Rio de Janeiro, in the biggest mass wedding in the city’s history. The More...

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