Brazil

Inclement weather affecting more than just playing conditions in Natal, Brazil as FIFA World Cup progresses

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 08:00

In the state of Rio Grande do Norte, the capital city of Natal has been pounded by more than three feet of rain in the past four days giving rise to severe flooding and landslides. Emergency crews sprung into action as the seasonal heat and excessive precipitation combined to loosen the earth in many areas of this FIFA World Cup host city.

Cheap Paint: Street art all over Brazil sending priceless messages as presidential elections, and Olympics loom in near future

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 08:00

It comes as no surprise that protests, political satire, and two story tall graffiti murals still litter the streets of Brazil after months of unrest when you try to conceptualize the sheer amount of disregard for worker and fan safety, the complete neglect of public opinion, or staggering amount of money the Brazilian government has spent to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Until the Expressway Collapses

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 08:00

There is no way to predict how a nation will deal with past collective actions that don’t match the image its citizens now have of themselves. They may confront the regretted event right after it ended or generations later. They may accuse or mourn. They may seek revenge or remembrance. They may want to profit from the examination or simply learn from it. A nation may decide to forget or indefinitely postpone looking at its painful past.

New Americas Barometer Insight: The World Cup and Protests: What Ails Brazil?

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 08:00

Results from preliminary pre-release 2014 AmericasBarometer survey data from Brazil indicate that the protests ongoing in the country since last year are driven largely by young, single, educated Brazilians, with widespread corruption and violence, and low quality education and healthcare at the top of their list of grievances. Thus, international sporting events like the World Cup have both exacerbated perceptions of systemic corruption among Brazilians and also provided a useful high-profile stage for protesters to voice their discontent.

Actualización Brasileña: Después de la Copa Mundial, Mirando Hacia las Elecciones en Octubre

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 08:00

Con la partida de los espectadores de la Copa, Brasil vuelva a la normalidad, libre de las distracciones la ola de nacionalismo producidos por el fútbol. Las elecciones presidenciales de Octubre se acercan, y la presidenta Dilma Rousseff deberá superar varios obstáculos en su búsqueda de la reelección. Por debajo de la emoción de la Copa, una serie de cuestiones sociales, económicas e internacionales nunca dejaron de agitarse.

Malestar Social

The Early History of Choro and the Evolution of the Choro Player

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 08:00

Choro is a form of Brazilian popular music that has evolved over the course of more than a century. Because its origins lie in  the  cultural heritage of the diverse social classes, races and ethnic groups that together make up the Brazilian population, it has come to represent more than just a style or genre. Like samba, carnaval and futebol, it is a symbol of Brazilian national identity, and a unifying cultural force.

Sudden Death of Presidential Candidate Eduardo Campos Potentially Shakes Up Brazil's October Election

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 08:00

Eduardo Campos, a 2014 Brazilian presidential candidate, died in a plane crash on Wednesday. In addition to Campos, 49, four other passengers and two pilots were killed when the plane crashed in Santos, Brazil, about 35 miles south of São Paulo.2 According to air force officials, after hitting bad weather, the plane lost contact with air traffic control and was unable to land.1 Investigation is said to continue. Seven homes in the highly populated residential area were damaged as a result.2

Health and Safety Concerns Over Brazil's Uncontacted Tribes

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 08:00

It is believed that this unnamed tribe was forced out of their land by illegal loggers and miners near the border of Peru and Brazil. Being forced out of their homes and hungry they were forced to make contact. Upon arrival at the Ashinanka village, they signaled that they were hungry and were given plantains. The next day they came back, not because they needed more food, but because one of the members had come down with cold or flu like symptoms.

Ex presidente José Sarney habla de un “tsunami político” en marcha en Brasil

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 08:00

En una reciente columna publicada en el diario “El País” de España, el ex presidente brasileño José Sarney (1985-1990) destaca la incertidumbre existente ante las próximas elecciones presidenciales producto de la irrupción de la candidata del Partido Socialista Brasileño (PSB) Marina Silva. Según diversos sondeos, Marina Silva podría ganar las elecciones del próximo 5 de octubre si pasa a una segunda vuelta con su máxima contendora, la Presidente Dilma Rousseff.

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