Brazil Ranks Highest in Killing of Land and Environmental Activists

Brazil Ranks Highest in Killing of Land and Environmental Activists

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – According to a report released yesterday (April 20th) by a UK-based NGO/non-profit organization, Global Witness, Brazil leads the list of countries with the highest number of activists murdered for defending the environment and land rights in 2014. The study found that in Brazil there were […]

Economic Outlook in Brazil Continues with Gloomy Estimates

Economic Outlook in Brazil Continues with Gloomy Estimates

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Estimates by financial analysts regarding annual inflation in Brazil for 2015 have once again increased, to 8.23 percent this week, according to the latest Focus Survey, released by the Central Bank. Last week, the index had decreased for the first time in fourteen weeks, raising […]

NBA Returns to Rio with Orlando Magic Facing Flamengo

NBA Returns to Rio with Orlando Magic Facing Flamengo

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – NBA Brasil officials recently announced that American basketball will return to Rio with the Orlando Magic playing the three-time champions of the Novo Basquete Brasil (NBB) league, Clube de Regatas do Flamengo. Scheduled for October 17th at the HSBC Arena, located in the neighborhood […]

Rousseff to Sign Demarcation of Indigenous Lands in Brazil

Rousseff to Sign Demarcation of Indigenous Lands in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, is scheduled to sign a decree on Monday, April 20th, demarking three areas of land in the Northern region of Brazil as indigenous lands, two in the state of Amazonas and in one in the state of Para. Together […]

Eight Men Killed in São Paulo Football Fan Club Execution

Eight Men Killed in São Paulo Football Fan Club Execution

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – In another deadly football (soccer) related incident, eight men we shot and killed on Saturday night before a state championship qualifying match in Pavilhão 9 of the Corinthians football club, in the West Zone of São Paulo. While the investigators do not believe the motive was […]

Botafogo and Vasco Qualify for the Campeonato Carioca Final

Botafogo and Vasco Qualify for the Campeonato Carioca Final

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Penalties decided both second legs of the Rio state football (soccer) championship, the Campeonato Carioca, this weekend. While Botafogo disputed a thriller shootout against Fluminense, which the alvinegro won after eleven penalties with 9-8, Vasco scored from the spot in regular time to win 1-0 […]

Holiday Week Drives Tourism Around Rio de Janeiro State

Holiday Week Drives Tourism Around Rio de Janeiro State

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – For many living in the state of Rio de Janeiro this week represents a long break as Tuesday, April 21st is a national holiday (Tiradentes) and on Thursday, April 23rd it is a state holiday celebrating São Jorge (Saint George). With schools and government offices […]

Brewery Route to Boost Tourism in Rio’s Mountain Region

Brewery Route to Boost Tourism in Rio’s Mountain Region

By Ruth Faulkner, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This week further steps were made to bring together six Rio de Janeiro locations into a tourist route to highlight their world-class breweries. Brazil’s Secretary of Tourism, Nilo Sergio Felix, met with Alexander Zubaran, project consultant, and Mozart Rodrigues, president of Arbor Group (the group […]

Peruvian Cuisine Expo on Sunday, April 19th in Rio de Janeiro

Peruvian Cuisine Expo on Sunday, April 19th in Rio de Janeiro

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Expo Ceviche Rio 2015 will celebrate Peruvian cuisine and culture in Rio de Janeiro this Sunday, April 19th. Taking place from 12PM to 7PM in Casa de España, located in the neighborhood of Humaitá, the expo will feature food offerings from six Rio […]

Brazil’s Vale Denies Allegations of Environment and Labor Violations

Brazil’s Vale Denies Allegations of Environment and Labor Violations

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – One of the largest mining companies in the world, Brazil’s Vale, has been accused of human rights violations and causing negative environmental impacts for profit by the NGO International Articulation of Those Affected by Vale in its “Vale Report 2015”. The multinational company, with projects […]