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 September 12, 2017
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When Blimps Ruled the Air

A dirigible balloon is a lighter-than-air floating airship, also known as a blimp. Balloons filled with hot air large enough to carry humans have been around since the 1600s. However, no blimp has ever been as More...

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On August 11, 2017
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Brazil’s Immigrant Music

One night in São Paulo, six musicians from different corners of the world —Syria, France, and Brazil — gathered in a cozy, high-rise apartment to play music from their youth. Though samba and rock emanated More...

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On August 1, 2017
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The End and the Beginning

“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 More...

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On July 13, 2017
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Still on Top

“My career was never based on pretty,” Gisele Caroline Bündchen declares, with no hint of irony or sarcasm. This week, Gisele turns 37 years old, and despite her recent insistence on retiring from the runway, 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 May 29, 2015
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Einstein Letter in Brazil

A letter from Albert Einstein written almost 65 years ago has been discovered in a safe at a Brazilian school, according to reports. A typed message with the signature of the physicist is dated June 24, 1951, 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...