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2014 World Cup City Focus: Curitiba

By Robbie Blakeley, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Rio Times goes down south to Curitiba, capital city of the state of Paraná, as our series examining the 2014 FIFA World Cup city hosts draws to a close. The former capital of Brazil (the city held the honor for all of three days in […]

2014 World Cup City Focus: Natal

By Robbie Blakeley, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Rio Times this week heads to Natal, capital city of Rio Grande do Norte, to continue its twelve-point tour of Brazilian cities set to play host for thousands of football fans during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Tucked away on Brazil’s North-East coast, Natal […]

2014 World Cup City Focus: Manaus

By Robbie Blakeley, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Rio Times looks north, this time, to the state of Amazonas this week in the series on Brazil’s World Cup 2014 host cities, and more specifically the capital Manaus, which will see matches leading to the biggest prize in sport contested there in three […]

2014 World Cup City: Porto Alegre

By Robbie Blakeley, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Rio Times’ focus drops to the South, and Porto Alegre, in our series touring the host cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The birthplace of one of the greatest players in the last decade, Ronaldinho Gaúcho started his glittering career at local side Grêmio […]

2014 World Cup City Focus: Recife

By Robbie Blakeley, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO – The Rio Times turns its gaze to Brazil’s North-East this week, and the city of Recife – home to Santa Cruz, Sport Recife, and Náutico football clubs – in our series looking into the venues set to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Brazil’s footballing production […]

2014 World Cup City Focus: Fortaleza

by Robbie Blakeley, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO – The capital of Ceará State, Fortaleza sits on Brazil’s north east coast and is the home of famous Brazilian writer José de Alencar. Far less business-centric than last week’s World Cup city focus, Brasilia, Fortaleza is famous for tourism, beautiful beaches, delicious seafood and a unique […]

2014 World Cup City Focus: Brasília

By Robbie Blakeley, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil’s fourth largest city, and the capital since 1960, lies in the Central-West region of the country and is famous for the famous “fifty years in five” quip from president Juscelino Kubitschek; his ideal was to make Brazil’s economy grow as much in his five year […]

2014 World Cup City Focus: Cuiabá

By Robbie Blakeley, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO – Situated right in the very middle of South America lies the capital city of the state of Mato Grosso, Cuiabá, also known as the “Green City”. More famous for its excellent museums and beautiful rural landscape than its football, it will nonetheless come into its own […]

Brazil Firearm Sales to U.S. Up 187.5%

Brazil Firearm Sales to U.S. Up 187.5%

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Sales of Brazilian-made firearms to the U.S. increased 187.5 percent while former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was in office, compared to the same eight-year period of his predecessor. The U.S. purchased nearly 7.9 million, or eighty percent, of the 9.9 million exported […]