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With the world economy in turmoil, both investors and university students are currently assessing the best route for success. Economies once considered rock solid are showing signs of cracking, such as the slowdown in Chinese purchasing power the past year. Even the dollar has fallen on the exchange market against the Brazilian real, a surprise considering More...

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On July 14, 2016
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Who’s Listening?

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 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 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 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 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 May 18, 2016
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A Reply is Waiting for You

Selfies and Facebook and Instagram and Twitter and Snapchat and WhatsApp fit perfectly in Brazil. This is a country steeped in the oral tradition, where people view vanity in a positive light, and there is less More...