Order and Progress

Fernando Henrique Cardoso

In the book “The Accidental President,” a memoir by Brazil’s former president, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, there is a story about one of Brazil’s many mysteries. At least it’s always been a mystery to me – the origin of the country’s national motto, “Order and Progress” (Ordem e Progresso). Before solving this mystery, More...

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On November 18, 2017
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Supreme Court Fights Corruption

It would be difficult these days to find anyone who isn’t tired of corruption in Brazil. While it is every individual’s responsibility to be honest, there is a steadfast ethical standard in all countries More...

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On September 1, 2017
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Business Gets Smart

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 More...

Lula
On August 1, 2017
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The End and the Beginning

“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 More...

Temer
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...

Anti Temer
On June 7, 2017
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Temer versus Lula: A Labyrinth of Conflict

In the film Jerry McGuire, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Tom Cruise scream, “Show me the money!” In Brazil, a similar cry is fanning out across the country – where are the billions of dollars lost in the Lava Jato 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 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...

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On September 20, 2016
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Weapons Export

With the world’s largest economy, the US is often the envy of other nations. Brazil is no exception in this case, and who could blame Brazilians for their envy about smartphones and tablets that are twice More...

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On July 13, 2016
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Why Beans are so Expensive

It’s no surprise that the economy of China has become a concern to Curitibanos. After all, China is Brazil’s largest trading partner. When the Chinese economy is strong, Brazil benefits; or now, when More...