Réveillon in Rio

Rio Fireworks

Millions of people have taken cruises all around the world, but I am not one of them. I’m not sure exactly why I’ve avoided them all these years. Is it the fear of nausea ruining the vacation? Fear of boredom? Insufficient lifeboats? My wife, however, has long dreamed of going on a cruise, particularly the one she says is the most famous in Brazil — the New Year’s Eve cruise to Rio. One afternoon, without my knowledge, she made a reservation for us on the cruise. My wife More...

São Paulo Battles its Traffic


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...

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...

Atlantic Ocean sunset

Jericoacoara: Brazil’s Paradise

Brazil is famous for its alluring attractions – friendly people frolicking in tropical waters. Not only are there no hurricanes, earthquakes, or tornadoes to worry about, but More...

Ecotourism in Brazil

Brazil has an immense territory of more than 8.5 million square km. with almost 7 percent of it under some type of environmental protection. In Brazil there are 76 national More...

FIFA Ethics Committee


When they checked into their rooms at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in São Paulo, just before Brazil’s 2014 World Cup, global More...

Brazil Loses Its Biggest Football Fan


Legendary Brazilian football fan, Clovis Acosta Fernandes, has died in Porto Alegre. Clovis was not just another More...

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There are plenty of reasons to put our cellphones down once in a while. For example, it’s rude to bring phones to the table while eating with your 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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Thanks to advancements made by a Brazilian agribusiness company, it will now be possible to keep fresh milk in the fridge for over two weeks before it More...

“Rio” Hero Will Really Return to Brazil

blue-macaw The government has announced a plan to breed and raise as many as 150 Spix macaws,...

Dam Disaster Strikes Brazil

Brazil’s government said yesterday it may fine Australia mining giant BHP and Brazil’s Vale for the “environmental catastrophe” caused by ruptured..

Norway Helps Protect Amazon Rain Forest

The country of Norway is giving Brazil 1 billion dollars to protect the Amazon rain forest. In 2008, Norway made an agreement..

Brazilians are Angry

brazilians-hold-demonstrations-in-solidarity-with-protesters-in-brazil_2173261 In 1969, when the British rock band The Who titled a song “We’re Not Gonna Take...

It’s Hard Keeping Up with the News

Every day seems to bring another surprise. We check the news in the evening, but by the next day, everything has..

Brazil: Too Big to Fail

Protestors in Brazil are certain of one thing – they want better government. International economic experts agree, but now they are..

Einstein Letter Discovered in Brazil


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...

Billionaires in Handcuffs in Curitiba


Three former top executives of Camargo Corrêa, one of Brazil’s largest construction firms, were sentenced to prison by Judge Sérgio Moro for crimes More...

Philip Seymour Hoffman wins the Oscar, March 2006

Our Troubled World

By B. Michael Rubin   One of the simplest paths to deep change is for the less powerful to speak as much as they listen, and for the more powerful More...


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...

Kobra mural in São Paulo

Brazilian Artist Honors Bob Dylan

A team of six artists, led by Brazilian Eduardo Kobra, are painting a mural portrait of Bob Dylan that will be 60 feet high (20 meters) and 150 feet wide More...

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