Who’s Listening?

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By B. Michael Rubin Brazilians are so polite that they say hello to strangers when they enter an elevator. My wife and I were spending a week at the beach in the Northeast of Brazil. Each time we entered the hotel elevator, my wife, who is Brazilian, would say Good Morning to other hotel guests. Inevitably, there were replies from people we obviously More...

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On July 1, 2016
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Brazil: The Unfinished Country

By B. Michael Rubin For years the favorite picture of Brazil has been, “Brazil is the country of the future and always will be.” This assessment of Latin America’s largest country comes as no surprise More...

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On June 25, 2016
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Brazil at a Crossroads

By B. Michael Rubin Brazil is at a crossroads: forward or backward. Should Brazil abandon its traditions and enter the 21st century, or maintain its old ways? The BRICS countries seem eager to abandon their ancient More...

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On June 9, 2016
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Our Troubled World

    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 to listen as much as they speak. – Gloria Steinham   The world More...

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On July 27, 2015
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Gaúcho Culture

Cultural groups from Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay meet in Montevideo on July 18-19 and agreed to join forces to get the UN to recognize the gaucho (gaúcho in Portuguese) as part of the world’s Intangible Cultural More...

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On May 27, 2015
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The Paradox of Happiness

By B. Michael Rubin Many Brazilians, particularly those who have been fortunate enough to visit the US, view their northern neighbor as paradise. “I can’t believe how organized everything is there,” one More...

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On May 20, 2015
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Innocence is Bliss

Many famous authors throughout history have surprised their faithful followers by suddenly deciding to write a children’s book. Some of them are so successful at writing for children that history remembers More...

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On May 14, 2015
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Welcome to the Impossible

By B. Michael Rubin Brazil is the land of the impossible. Brazil has a world-class reputation for recreation and enjoyment. Its beaches are a mecca for tourists. What vacationer wouldn’t enjoy tanned and More...

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On February 5, 2015
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Brazil is Primitive

By B. Michael Rubin Before I’m accused of cultural stereotyping for this article’s title, let me say that I’m an American living in Brazil, and despite what Americans believe, Brazilians are not More...

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On January 17, 2015
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The Vanity of Ambition

  By B. Michael Rubin 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 More...