The End and the Beginning

Lula

“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 and it was the worst of times.” These days, for those of us living in Brazil, it rings true. Social critics and economists, Brazilian More...

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On July 21, 2017
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Independence Here and There

By Nathalia Vargas Any teenager or young adult will be vehement in saying they seek independence. I remember my closed-bedroom-door-while-listening-to-Blink-182 phase when I thought all I had to do was to get a More...

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On July 11, 2017
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App Tracks Rio Gun Battles

Gun violence is on the rise in Rio de Janeiro, with the sound of firefights echoing daily across Brazil’s seaside city as drug gangs battle each other and battle police officers patrolling the favelas. Rio 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...

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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...

Pedra do Baú
On April 6, 2017
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Time for a Hike

Brazil is well-known for Carnival, football, and the Amazon, but many people are not aware of the hiking and climbing here. The Brazilian Mountain Hiking and Climbing Confederation (CBME) was created to negotiate 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 March 21, 2017
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Latin America’s Largest Primate Sanctuary

Far away from their days in the circus, some 50 chimpanzees live together in Sorocaba, a city in the interior of São Paulo state. A primate settlement was founded here 20 years ago and today, thanks to the efforts More...

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On March 20, 2017
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New Weapon in the Fight Against Illegal Logging

Brazil’s federal environmental agency, Ibama, launched this month the latest attack in its meagre arsenal of weapons to protect the environment. Ibama has created a centralized database to track timber More...

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On March 9, 2017
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International Women’s Day

All across the globe people were celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8. Everywhere from Brasília to the Philippines, women rallied behind various banners expressing their freedom, anger, and hopes More...