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In Brazil on May 13, 2011 at 9:12 am


Render of the 180 meter high newly designed TV Tower for Brasilia, under construction,showing 104-year old Oscar Niemeyer still inspired by sexy curves.


THE 2014 football World Cup, to be held in Brazil, should provide an opportunity for the hosts to show what they can do, both on and off the pitch. Its footballers define o jogo bonito (“the beautiful game”), and these days the country’s economy is pretty good to watch as well. But it seems ever more possible that the country will drop the off-field ball (The Economist).



Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies has again postponed a vote on controversial changes that would ease a key law on forest protection (BBC).


Large foreign companies are very interested in the Northeast region of Brazil. The mixture between economic growth and concentration of potential consumers in one region has attracted hundreds of groups. Kraft Foods, the biggest food industry of United States  and number second in the world, is one of them (India-Brazil Chamber).


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Recent investigation has found that Rio de Janeiro’s militia chiefs are now controlling their empires from prison. As reported recently by O Globo, many militia heads continue to coordinate their operations after incarceration, in the relative safety of seven square meter concrete cells. This form of leadership, pioneered by drug traffickers, appears to have been perfected by the militias (The Rio Times).

The number of international tourists visiting Rio de Janeiro increased by 8% in 2010 compared with the previous year, according to a study conducted by Embratur, the Brazilian Tourism Board (MercoPress).

The City of Rio de Janeiro passed a law limiting queues in banks to no more than 15 minutes, and on the days before and after public holidays, 30 minutes. Bank queues in Rio have been famously long, with workers commonly spending their whole lunch hour in the notorious ‘fila’ only to return to the office wearily carrying unpaid bills despite all best intentions (The Rio Times).

José Mariano Beltrame did what everybody in Rio de Janeiro thought impossible—pacify two of the city’s most drug-infested, crime-ridden favelas. Welcome to the shantytown counterinsurgency (Newsweek).

Perfectly located between Ipanema, Leblon and Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas with Gavea to the east, the neighborhood of Jardim Botanico lies quiet and undisturbed. The district, who’s name derives from the renowned Botanical Garden is home to a predominantly middle to upper class residency, that enjoys being tucked away (The Rio Times).

Most guide books will undoubtedly recommend visiting the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas for its beauty, but the area is more than your simple tourist attraction. As one of the only neighborhoods in Rio which doesn’t have a favela, this sheltered district is home to a wealth of facilities and good transport links connecting it to Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Humaitá and Jardim Botanico (The Rio Times).

Google has agreed to amend its map of Rio de Janeiro, after city officials said it gave too much prominence to favelas, Brazilian media report (BBC).

The meaning of Leblon in Tupi Gurani, the language of the Brazilian native Indians who were the first to inhabit the area, is literally ‘island between waterways’, named because of the two canals that define the boundaries of the neighborhood from the Lagoa in the North, to the famous beach-lined Atlantic Ocean in the South. The canals are much smaller now, but to this day they mark the boundaries of one of Rio’s most exclusive neighborhoods (The Rio Times).


It might have beaches, beauties and Carnival celebrations that make the world look on in envy, but as a wine-growing nation, Brazil is just emerging. Many may be surprised to know that the country boasts over 400 wineries though, virtually all of them in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, near the Uruguayan border. Now as Brazil’s winter months arrive, some find themselves looking at wine options, and what Brazilian winemakers have to offer (The Rio Times).


Recently Brazil’s business capital, São Paulo, has felt a lot like pre-bust London or New York. The property fever there and in other Latin American countries makes some fear that the region’s economic renaissance may have become over-exuberant. But the housing boom is grounded in rising prosperity rather than excessive debt (The Economist).