The End and the Beginning

Lula

“When I was young,” a grandmother says, “life was much easier.” How many times have we heard this proclamation? Altering Charles Dickens’s famous phrase for Brazil today: “It was the worst of times and it was the worst of times.” These days, for those of us living in Brazil, it rings true. Social critics and economists, Brazilian More...

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On July 13, 2017
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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. This week, Gisele turns 37 years old, and despite her recent insistence on retiring from the runway, More...

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On July 11, 2017
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Phone App Tracks Rio Gun Battles

Gun violence is on the rise in Rio de Janeiro, with the sound of firefights echoing daily across Brazil’s seaside city as drug gangs battle each other and battle police officers patrolling the favelas. Rio More...

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On June 27, 2017
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What’s Next for President Temer?

Brazil’s Attorney General, Rodrigo Janot, presented criminal charges against President Temer on Monday, June 26. Temer was accused of taking a half-million reais bribe (U$152,000) via an intermediary, an More...

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On September 25, 2012
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Looking Ahead

  By B. Michael Rubin Everyone from politicians to farmers believes the infrastructure in Brazil needs improvement. Whether it’s roads and bridges or the airports, it could use enhancement. The good news More...

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On September 18, 2012
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Metamorphosis

By B. Michael Rubin In Franz Kafka’s story, Metamorphosis, the hero of the story, Gregor Samsa, wakes up on an otherwise uneventful morning to discover he has turned into a bug. The story, first published More...

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On August 16, 2012
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Gold, Again!

 It was a volleyball weekend. No one can remember the last time Brazil won four medals in the final weekend of the Olympics. In volleyball, beach volleyball, and soccer, Brazil collected one gold and three silver More...

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On July 13, 2012
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New York Welcomes Brazilian Tourism

 For those Brazilians planning a trip to New York in July or August, you will be happy to know that New York is prepared for your visit. Thanks to the weak American economy, and a stable Brazilian currency, the More...

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On May 15, 2012
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When She Smiles

By B. Michael Rubin There are two ways to arrive at a destination. When traveling from point A to point B, you can choose a straight line, the most direct and time-saving route; or you can choose a circuitous route, More...

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On May 4, 2012
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Election Time

 By Eva P. Bueno Those of us Brazilians born dangerously around the middle of the 20th century can still recall a time when — at least in the interior of Paraná — municipal and state elections were a special More...