Language of the Amazon

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In the 1950s and 1960s, Brazil created the Xingu Indigenous Park, a roughly 2.64 million-hectare preserve that contains the Wauja tribe, among other tribes. The park is a green oasis surrounded by cleared land used mostly for crops and cattle. Today, there are about 400 Wauja tribe members spread between two villages. When the Wauja people tell a story More...

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On October 11, 2016
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Elephant Sanctuary in Brazil

A group of international NGOs has announced it is opening the first elephant sanctuary in Latin America. The facility is located on a 1100-hectare farm (2700 acres) in the state of Mato Grosso. The sanctuary will 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 28, 2016
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Brazilian Start-ups Competition

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 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...