Drop in International Oil Prices Helps Brazil’s Trade Balance

Drop in International Oil Prices Helps Brazil’s Trade Balance

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The recent decline of international petroleum prices to a range between US$50-60 per barrel may bring benefits to the Brazilian trade balance, says Central Bank President Alexandre Tombini. Speaking on Wednesday, December 17th at a breakfast event with journalists in Brasilia, Tombini said from the […]

Brazil Consumer Protection Agency Sets Up for Christmas

Brazil Consumer Protection Agency Sets Up for Christmas

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Traveling in Brazil can be an adventure and sometimes challenging but officials in the country’s largest airport hub are stepping up efforts to protect consumer rights over the holidays. Now those who want to complain about delays in flights, overbooking and baggage misplacement can turn to […]

Quiz Night Rio and Stephen Garland, the Culture Vulture

Quiz Night Rio and Stephen Garland, the Culture Vulture

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A self-proclaimed culture vulture, Irishman Stephen Garland is helping to shine a light on Rio culture while simultaneously building and strengthening communities within the city. Establishing a Rio Meetup group, helping to organize a Meetup for comedy writers, and running Quiz Night Rio, are […]

Mercosur Partners Discuss Entry of Bolivia in Bloc

Mercosur Partners Discuss Entry of Bolivia in Bloc

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The 47th Mercosur Summit (Common Market of the South) starts on Wednesday, December 17th, with leaders of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela discussing among other things the entry of Bolivia as the newest member of the group. The governments of Brazil, Venezuela, Uruguay and […]

More 25-34 Year-Olds Stay at Home Longer in Brazil

More 25-34 Year-Olds Stay at Home Longer in Brazil

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The stereotype of adult children living at home with their parents in Brazil is not likely to change any time soon, as new research shows the proportion of young adults aged 25 to 34 who still live at home increased from 21.2 percent in 2004 […]

Brazil a Top Exporter of Illicit Financial Flows in World

Brazil a Top Exporter of Illicit Financial Flows in World

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A survey released Tuesday by Global Financial Integrity (GFI) reveals that Brazil is the seventh biggest exporters of illicit financial flows in the world, averaging US$21.71 billion of illicit flows per year for the past ten years. Although one of the top ten, Brazil was […]

Dollar Closes at R$2.70, Highest in Almost Ten Years

Dollar Closes at R$2.70, Highest in Almost Ten Years

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In June 2011 the U.S. dollar sank against the Brazilian real to its lowest point in recent memory, it was US$1 to R$1.55. Now, a week after surpassing US$1 to R$2.60, the U.S. dollar climbed to US$1 to R$2.70, and ended Monday (December 15th) at […]

Rio Cultural Secrets Offers Tours in Vidigal: Sponsored

Rio Cultural Secrets Offers Tours in Vidigal: Sponsored

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While tours of favela communities in Rio de Janeiro are nothing new, over the years there has become increased sensitivity to how visitors interact with these neighborhoods. The goal for many is to move away from “poverty peeping” from safari jeeps to immersive and interpersonal […]

Decisive Week in Brazil for Top Petrobras Executives

Decisive Week in Brazil for Top Petrobras Executives

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – This will be a decisive week for top executives at Brazil’s oil giant Petrobras, say analysts, as additional reports reveal that directors and even the company’s president, Maria das Graças Foster, have known for years that some of the company’s key directors were receiving bribes. […]

“O Espaço Que Se Move” Exhibit Opens at Studio-X Rio

“O Espaço Que Se Move” Exhibit Opens at Studio-X Rio

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Visually exploring the dimensions and perspectives of several icons of Rio architecture, the exhibit “O Espaço Que Se Move” (The Space That Moves), by artist Deborah Engel, will open on Tuesday, December 16th and run through Monday, January 30th in Studio-X Rio. Located in […]

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