Can Brazilians Afford to Retire?

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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 age of 54, and some public servants, military officials, and politicians manage to collect multiple pensions totaling over U$100,000 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...

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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 May 11, 2016
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Nuclear Bomb Survivors in Brazil

Seventy years ago, in August 1945, the United States used atomic weapons against Japan. On August 6 and August 9 a bomb fell on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is the only time atomic weapons have ever More...

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On May 10, 2016
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Hope in the Fight Against Zika

Ever since the Zika outbreak began in Brazil last year, scientists have suspected that the bacteria called Wolbachia might protect mosquitoes from the Zika virus. Now, researchers have confirmed this hunch, providing More...