What Happened to Leisure?

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By B. Michael Rubin When asked to conjure an image of Brazil, most foreigners think — leisure. It’s a life of wide, sandy beaches, and family gatherings where relaxation takes precedence. However, all of this is changing now. Brazil is embracing consumerism. There’s a new age dawning, and the signs are unmistakable. Brazil’s More...

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On March 12, 2016
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Brazilian Owns All the 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 of the record makes him look like a professor, Freitas More...

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On March 3, 2016
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The Last Emperor

With Brazil in the first weeks of an interim president, people are talking politics everywhere – on line at the bank, in the steam room at the gym. However, rarely does the subject of Brazil’s early history More...

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On February 29, 2016
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The Rolling Stones Storm Brazil

The legendary British rock band the Rolling Stones was challenged by harsh rain during their concert in São Paulo on Wednesday, February 24, where they returned after 18 years to electrify their fans at Morumbi More...

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On January 4, 2016
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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 (50 meters). The painting will fill an entire side of a More...

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On October 3, 2015
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Murderer as Prison Warden

Antônio Galdino da Silva Neto has a unique story. First, he was a police officer. Then he became a convicted murderer. Finally, today, he is a prison warden. Antônio spent five years in the police force in the More...

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On July 3, 2015
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Emperors and Coronels

These days it’s impossible to read the news without bumping into another horrendous story about Petrobras or FIFA. Is there a link between the two? “In Latin America, the FIFA scandal sheds light on a system More...

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On January 11, 2015
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Cesarean Birth Epidemic

  Brazil has unveiled new rules aimed at stemming the nation’s “epidemic of cesareans” and promoting natural births among private health care providers. It is believed that the epidemic is due More...

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On December 24, 2014
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Will the Sun Rise in Cuba?

Every day the sun rises in the east, and we awaken and prepare for a day that isn’t significantly different than yesterday. However once in a while, a new perspective opens – suddenly and without warning More...

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On December 10, 2014
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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 annual event, promoted by the local authorities, is aimed at More...