Visiting Rio’s Best Weekly Street Parties

Visiting Rio’s Best Weekly Street Parties

By George Utley, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Free entry, no closing time, and impromptu live music make Rio’s street parties, or baixos, a definitive aspect of the city’s nightlife. Another feature is taking advantage of the lack of open container laws and enjoying low-cost cans of beer while wondering through the crowds […]

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on “Too Big to Fail”

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on “Too Big to Fail”

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After the 7-1 disgrace/humiliation/shame inflicted upon the “Seleção” in the semi-final by the “Nationalmannschaft”, all the pundits and políticos went ballistic—or perhaps “foot-ballistic.” They unanimously agreed that something must be done! Immediately if not sooner! About the only thing they all agreed upon, though, was to […]

IOC Predicts 480,000 Tourists in Rio for 2016 Olympics: Daily

IOC Predicts 480,000 Tourists in Rio for 2016 Olympics: Daily

By George Utley, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The IOC have predicted around 480,000 tourists will descend on Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016. However, given the positive effects of the World Cup, and a growing trend in travel in Latin America, experts believe this number could be […]

FIFA Partner CEO Arrested for World Cup Ticket Scheme

FIFA Partner CEO Arrested for World Cup Ticket Scheme

By Benjamin Parkin, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Monday afternoon (July 7th), civil police in Rio de Janeiro arrested the director of hospitality company Match, who have an exclusive partnership with FIFA, on suspicion of involvement in an international ticket-scalping network. British executive Ray Whelan is the twelfth person arrested on […]

World Press Photo 2014 Tour in Rio de Janeiro

World Press Photo 2014 Tour in Rio de Janeiro

By Rosane Rodrigues, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The World Press Photo exhibition at the Caixa Cultural, Centro, is coming to a close on Saturday, July 12th. Showcasing the talents of 53 photographers from all over the world, the annual exhibition tours over a hundred cities in more than 45 countries, and in […]

Editorial: It’s Unbelievable

Editorial: It’s Unbelievable

Editorial, by Stone Korshak RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Unbelievable, how can Brazil get absolutely devastated by the Germans 7-1 in front of a home team crowd in the World Cup semi-finals? Granted, I’ve only watched a handful of soccer (just kidding futbol) games, but it was like nothing I’d ever seen, being used to […]

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Impunity

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Impunity

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Impunity is once again thriving in Brasília. Former STF Chief Justice Joaquim Barbosa has retired, not only as Chief Justice, but also as the Rapporteur of the “Mensalão” cases. His substitute is newly appointed “Justice” Luis Roberto Barroso, who has long supported the miscreant “mensaleiros” in […]

Mensalão Convict Dirceu Begins Work Release Program: Daily

Mensalão Convict Dirceu Begins Work Release Program: Daily

By George Utley, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – José Dirceu, the former Chief of Staff to ex-President Lula da Silva’s government imprisoned on corruption charges in the landmark “mensalão” case conviction, has been granted “work release” from the prison. As of last week, the former minister will work in a lawyer’s office under […]

Rousseff Inaugurates Another New Hospital: Daily

Rousseff Inaugurates Another New Hospital: Daily

By Benjamin Parkin, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – President Dilma Rousseff inaugurated the new Hospital Restinga e Extremo-Sul, in a southern district of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, on Friday. The President, who officially announced that she running for re-election in October, said the inauguration of the hospital was a “fulfilled […]

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