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In-depth: New, More Contagious, More Deadly Covid-19 Strain Likely Source of Surge in Amazonas

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A new variety of Covid-19 which seems to have developed in far-western Amazonas state is faster, stronger, and more lethal to young people, according to frontline medical personnel interviewed for this article. Further, it seems to be affecting those previously infected with the original...
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Brazil Now Has Vaccines for Only 4% of Priority Groups; Faces Multiple Challenges

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The first batch distributed to states is expected to immunize 2.8 million people. In addition to the import bottleneck,...

Measles Grows, Causes Deaths in Brazil for Lack of Vaccination

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - While there is great expectation regarding immunizers that will protect against Covid-19 - two of them approved by ANVISA...

IPESPE Survey: Bolsonaro Government’s ‘Bad or Terrible’ Rating Rises to 40% in January

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The share of the population that disapproves the Jair Bolsonaro government increased for the first time since March 2020,...

CoronaVac Vaccine Brings Hope to Brazil’s Pandemic-hit Indigenous Peoples

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Having suffered heavy loss of human lives since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brazil's remote indigenous communities now...

Despite Brazil Health Minister´s Claims, Oxygen Shortage Persists in Amazonas State

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The oxygen supply issue in the Amazonas healthcare system is still to be normalized. Minister of Health Eduardo Pazuello...

The Brazilian Livestreams Guide for Wednesday, January 20, 2021

LIVE EVENT - RIO DE JANEIRO: Samba do Sombrinha (Lapa) - Sombrinha, one of the most respected musicians from Rio's pagode scene, will be starring...
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Brazil Business Activity in November Grew for 7th Month, but Points to Slower Pace

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The IBC-Br index posted its seventh consecutive monthly rise, according to data released on Monday, January 18th, and rose...

Brazil Soy Harvest Slow to Start after Planting Delays

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian soy farmers, who started planting late because of dry weather in the final months of 2020, have harvested...

Brazilian Economy Growth Forecast 3.45% for 2021; Inflation within 3.75% Target Margin

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian financial and market analysts upgraded their economic growth forecast for 2021, from 3.41% to 3.45%, and maintained the...

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Brazil Deploys 8,500 Armed Forces in Rio de Janeiro

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The government announced yesterday (July 28th) that the implementation of the National Security Plan in...

In Colombia, Citizens are Bound by Their Feet for Quarantine Violation

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Rio de Janeiro Recorded Heat Index of 54.8ºC on Saturday

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More Than 50 Million Brazilians Living Below Poverty Line

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The Brazilian Livestreams Guide for Wednesday, January 20, 2021

LIVE EVENT - RIO DE JANEIRO: Samba do Sombrinha (Lapa) - Sombrinha, one of the most respected musicians from Rio's pagode scene, will be starring...

The Brazilian Livestreams Guide for Tuesday, January 19, 2021

LIVE EVENT - SÃO PAULO: FREE.ta Jazz (Vila Madalena) - FREE.ta Jazz is back to Nossa Casa Confraria, bringing the best of jazz to the...

The Brazilian Livestreams Guide for Sunday, January 17, 2021

LIVESTREAM: Roda de Samba Feira Crespa (online) – Feira Crespa, a street market aimed at promoting the work of Rio's Afropreneurs, will host a virtual...

The Brazilian Livestreams Guide for Saturday, January 16, 2021

LIVESTREAM: Virada SP Online (online) – This Saturday, the Cultura em Casa SP project will host another edition of the Virada SP Online Festival. Livestreamed on...

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Artists, Urbanists Ask How to Support Favela Culture at City, Favela and Heritage Forum

By Mariana Gomes, in partnership with RioOnWatch.org RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rio de Janeiro’s wealth of artistic talent includes many under-represented voices from favelas, whose...

So, You’re Brazilian…But Where Are You Really From?

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - You probably have to be a millennial or older to remember this joke from the early days of America’s...

Rio’s Urban Peripheries Literary Festival Celebrates Brazilian Black Feminist Pioneers

By Pilar Boyero in partnership with RioOnWatch.org RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rio's Urban Peripheries Literary Festival (FLUP), which has taken place since 2012 across...

Brazil Seen as One of Best Places to Obtain Second Residency

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – While many Brazilians are trying to find ways to move permanently out of the country, Patricia Nunes Leigh and her...

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Peru’s Caral, Oldest City in the Americas, Under Threat from Squatters

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (AFP) Having survived for 5,000 years, the oldest archaeological site in the Americas is under threat from squatters claiming...

Cuba Updates Covid-19 Health Protocol for Tourists

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - International travelers must have a negative PCR test, carried out within 72 hours before arriving in Cuba. The MINTUR...
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Guyana Says Vessel Ready but Situation in Suriname Delays Restart of Ferry Service

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Guyana on Wednesday, January 13th, said it is willing and ready to deploy the M.B Sandaka in a bid...

Mexican Official Says Country Among Main Tourist Destinations Least Affected by Covid-19

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -  The head of the Ministry of Tourism of the Government of Mexico, Miguel Torruco Marqués, pointed out that, proportionally,...

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Opinion: Rethinking the Unthinkable – Trump’s Resignation, Ouster, or Impeachment

Ribeirão Preto, SP - (Opinion) In our “Unthinking the Unthinkable” essay, published early on January 6th, a few hours before the truly unthinkable occurred...

Gringo View: Watching History Happen in Real Time

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) “The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing...

Opinion: Thinking the Unthinkable – Is “Loser” Trump Truly Deranged?

RIBEIRÃO PRETO, SP -  (Opinion) The most concise definition of Trump Derangement Syndrome, abbreviated TDS, is a "hatred of President Trump so intense that...

Gringo View: The Bright Side of 2020

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) The good news about the year just about to end is that even if it has been an...

Gringo View: Status Is Not Just About Money

RIO DE JANERIO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) The firestorm of consciousness about class, race and cultural values, ignited by the police killing of handcuffed George...
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