Brazil’s Young Democracy

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Brazil is a young democracy. This is not a criticism or an excuse, but an observation. While the country has had several democratically elected presidents in the 20th and 21st centuries, for most of Brazil’s history, wealthy land barons, (the so-called coronel), have guided Brazil’s political and economic path directly or indirectly through More...

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On June 27, 2018
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A Gorilla Teaches Us

We live in confusing times, to put it mildly. Problems beyond our control or comprehension are presented daily. Whether we gather our information from social media or the evening TV news, the demands of trying More...

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On June 4, 2018
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A Little Swim Across the Pacific

Benoît Lecomte has taken up the unprecedented challenge of swimming across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the United States with the aim of fighting pollution in the ocean. Born 50 years ago in France and a resident More...

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On April 25, 2018
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Who’s Next: The Race for President

While PT followers continue to congregate in Curitiba to show their support for the imprisoned former President, the eyes of the world are focused on the looming question – who’s next? The most strident More...

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On April 19, 2018
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How to Stay Forever Young

By Arthur Albert At the age of 78 years young, I was picked from 9,000 audition tapes to be one of 10 cast-mates on the Ashton Kutcher-produced reality show Forever Young. The show threw 5 seniors over 70 years More...

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On January 25, 2018
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The King of Rio de Janeiro

For 22 years, Márcio Mizael Matolias has avoided high rents in an upscale district of Rio de Janeiro by living in a sand castle. Instead of going for one of the luxury apartments that line the streets of the pricey More...

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On June 10, 2017
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The Secrets of Native Tea

Rio Branco, the capital of the state of Acre, hosted the Second World Ayahuasca Conference. Experts from 40 different countries discussed the shamanic drink of indigenous origins. Psychologists and anthropologists More...

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On November 12, 2016
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Trump Triumphs – How Did It Happen?

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 More...

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On August 14, 2012
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A Marriage Frosted with Love

Great creations come out of bakery kitchens all over the world every day, but it’s rare to find a creation as perfect as André and Alvina Boldori, two Brazilians who met while living in London and have married More...

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On August 9, 2012
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Branding Your Internal Customer Service

  By Stephanie A. Parson “Be loose and have fun. Bake phenomenal bread. Run fast to help customers. Create strong and exciting bakeries. And give generously to others.” To satisfy your internal customers, More...