Army to Stay in Bahia After Police Strike Ends

Army to Stay in Bahia After Police Strike Ends

By Patrick Eccles-Williams, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Following a police strike last week in the Bahian capital of Salvador, the leader of the police and firefighters union (Aspra), Marco Prisco, has been arrested. Over the course of the three day strike crime levels soared in the city, which is due to host […]

New Governor Focuses on UPPs and Metro

New Governor Focuses on UPPs and Metro

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The new governor of Rio de Janeiro, Luiz Fernando de Souza, better known as Pezão (Bigfoot), has prioritized security, health care and transport at the beginning of his tenure, after replacing Sérgio Cabral. Pezão came into office on April 4th, four days after Cabral formally […]

Brazil Drought Decreases 2014 Coffee Harvest by 14%

Brazil Drought Decreases 2014 Coffee Harvest by 14%

By Lise Alves, Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The effects of one of the worst droughts in decades, which plagued a large percentage of the coffee-growing areas in Brazil at the beginning of the year, is likely to lead to losses both for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, according to a recent study by […]

Casa Geração: Fashion School in Vidigal

Casa Geração: Fashion School in Vidigal

By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Casa Geração, a fashion school in the favela community of Vidigal, is an NGO (non-profit organization) that gives young Cariocas from the area a unique opportunity to learn about fashion, express their creative side, and show off their talents to the world. The fashion […]

Preview of the Seleção World Cup Group Games

Preview of the Seleção World Cup Group Games

By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With less than two months to go until the FIFA World Cup immense pressure rests on Brazil’s players, and coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, to lift a sixth World Cup trophy. The Seleção Brasileira have never lifted football’s biggest prize on home soil, losing the […]

Rio 2 Animated Film Opens Worldwide

Rio 2 Animated Film Opens Worldwide

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The big screen is again celebrating Brazil and its varied and diverse culture as “Rio 2,” the follow up to 2011′s hit 3D animated film “Rio,” is in theaters worldwide. Directed by the Rio born and raised Carlos Saldanha, the film is drawing audiences […]

Fashion Trends in Rio for Winter 2014

Fashion Trends in Rio for Winter 2014

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — The winter season in Cidade Maravilhosa may not be as cold as experienced in other parts of the world, but it does cool off enough to be able to tolerate wearing long pants and sleeves, maybe even a light jacket in the evenings. This year’s […]

Juvenilia Popfest with Sebadoh, Thursday, April 24th

Juvenilia Popfest with Sebadoh, Thursday, April 24th

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This Thursday, April 24th, Lapa’s Circo Voador will host the music festival, Juvenilia Popfest. Celebrating lo-fi indie rock, the lineup for the night features Rio band The John Candy, São Paulo natives Single Parents and very special guests, American lo-fi pioneers Sebadoh. The night […]

Vila Madalena São Paulo: Art in the Metropolis

Vila Madalena São Paulo: Art in the Metropolis

By Lise Alves, Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The largest city in Brazil, São Paulo is known for its high rises and bustling business community, but twenty minutes from the busy Avenida Paulista with its banks and corporate offices, lies Vila Madalena, an artsy bohemian neighborhood with lots of galleries, hip shops, and ateliers. […]

What R$10,000 Rents in Rio de Janeiro 2014

What R$10,000 Rents in Rio de Janeiro 2014

By Claire Rivé, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Property prices in Rio have increased in leaps and bounds over the last five years, but figures in 2014 seem to be leveling off, and while Rio remains one of the most expensive cities in the world to buy or rent property, prices have stabilized […]

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