Trump Triumphs – How Did It Happen?

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On Wednesday morning, November 9, The New York Times headline in double-sized print read “Trump Triumphs.” Brazil and the rest of the world woke up to an unbelievable catastrophe. The loud-mouthed presidential candidate with the crazy hair had been elected as president of the United States over Hillary Clinton. The reaction from Hillary supporters 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...

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On July 5, 2016
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Can Brazilians Afford to Retire?

An exploding pension crisis here in Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy, is wreaking havoc on its public finances and intensifying a struggle over the economy’s future. Brazilians retire at an average More...

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On June 22, 2016
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A Time for Optimism?

Neymar, Brazil’s star footballer, is enjoying the Copa América tournament at the Rose Bowl stadium in California from the box seats. He’s not playing, but instead is on vacation and renting a mansion More...

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On June 21, 2016
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Land Rover Factory Opens

Jaguar Land Rover opened a new factory near Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on June 14. The manufacturing plant is its first fully-owned facility outside of the UK. The automaker joins rivals such as Volkswagen and General More...

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On May 18, 2016
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Economic Questions for 2016

Brazil’s economy sunk into recession in 2015, and while 2016 may be a bit better, the recession isn’t going away anytime soon. Brazilians are struggling amid a slowed economy that has led to rising More...

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On October 20, 2015
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Brazilians are Angry

In 1969, when the British rock band The Who titled a song “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” an entire generation of young people knew exactly what that meant. It was an anthem of social revolution. Across Western More...

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On October 10, 2015
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It’s Hard Keeping Up with the News

Every day seems to bring another surprise. We check the news in the evening, but by the next day, everything has changed. Institutions that were once steadfast and solid are falling apart. FIFA The top three men More...

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On August 28, 2015
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Brazil: Too Big to Fail

Protestors in Brazil are certain of one thing – they want better government. International economic experts agree, but now they are most concerned about the country’s stability. Political upheaval fosters More...