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Marcio Kumruian opened a shoe store with his cousin in an empty part of a São Paulo parking garage in 2000. What started as a word-of-mouth operation serving the university next door eventually moved to a mall and then to an online store. Today, Netshoes is an e-commerce company with a 13-story headquarters, which includes basketball courts, a ping-pong 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 8, 2017
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What Happened to Leisure?

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, More...

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On April 6, 2017
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Time for a Hike

Brazil is well-known for Carnival, football, and the Amazon, but many people are not aware of the hiking and climbing here. The Brazilian Mountain Hiking and Climbing Confederation (CBME) was created to negotiate More...

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On March 28, 2017
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Need for Accurate News

A group of Brazilian journalists and researchers have joined to create an avenue to credibility for journalism. The appropriately titled “Credibility Project” is a partnership between the Institute for the More...

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On March 26, 2017
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Brazil Returns to Normalcy, Sort Of

The awe and majesty of the Rio 2016 Olympic games are fading, and Brazilians are returning to their everyday routines. However, these days it’s impossible to call life in Brazil routine. The country has changed. Certainly More...

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On March 21, 2017
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Latin America’s Largest Primate Sanctuary

Far away from their days in the circus, some 50 chimpanzees live together in Sorocaba, a city in the interior of São Paulo state. A primate settlement was founded here 20 years ago and today, thanks to the efforts More...

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On March 20, 2017
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New Weapon in the Fight Against Illegal Logging

Brazil’s federal environmental agency, Ibama, launched this month the latest attack in its meagre arsenal of weapons to protect the environment. Ibama has created a centralized database to track timber More...

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On March 9, 2017
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International Women’s Day

All across the globe people were celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8. Everywhere from Brasília to the Philippines, women rallied behind various banners expressing their freedom, anger, and hopes More...

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On February 25, 2017
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Brazil’s Richest Man

For those who study the financial history of Brazil, it would be logical to conclude that the easiest way to get rich here is through corruption. The biggest corruption scandal to date, Lava Jato, has already produced More...