Updates about Brazil, April 2012

As we are dealing lately with lack of time to update this website with original content, we decide to at least give you the best updates from our fellow bloggers in Brazil, and other interesting websites.

To start off, this is possibly the most organized list of brazilian corruption scandals ever seen. Built by the brazilian Veja magazine, the list goes back till 1980s political scandals that shocked the country. In Portuguese.
http://veja.abril.com.br/infograficos/rede-escandalos/rede-escandalos.shtml


Expats Cutting Ties with the US

Colonial Conservatoria and it´s slave history
We recently visited the tiny mountain village of Conservatoria in southwest Rio state. Previously coffee country – now catlle ranches. Huge fazendas and a growing tourist economy.

Wordless Wednesday: Brasilia Stadium 2014
This is what the FIFA soccer stadium in Brasilia is supposed to look like by the time the World Cup begins in 2014.

Random Stuff to think about…
I believe that the lack of empathy and understanding from outsiders remains a big obstacle to long-term improvement of life in the favelas.

One Law For The Rich….
I usually use this blog to plug my own stories but I am making an exception today for this brilliant piece of reporting about how rich Brazilians are destroying the environment to build themselves palatial homes. Some of the most powerful and influential people in Brazil, film maker Bruno Barreto and the Marinho family that run the Globo media empire among them, have consistently flouted the law by cutting down forests, diverting streams, and disturbing rare habitats.

When the Beach Closes
Dusk on the beach and the waft of Ganga hangs pregnant. The curve of the shore allows a lordly scope and for that 10 minutes as the sun goes down the back of the towers that fortify the beach gleam gold. A huge leaping cumulous whale floats low in the sky, its underbelly turned purpley pink. You wait for it to submerge but it doesn’t. It’s all wrong though. In books the sun should disappear over the horizon where you can see it. But like much about Recife, nothing goes how you think it should.


An interview with Brazilian Bubble, by Rachel Glickhouse

We were very honored to be interviewed by Rachel Glickhouse from RioGringa.com last week (the full Q&A session can be read here). As we’ve never done this before, we believe the outcome was very positive.

http://www.riogringa.com/
You can read hundreds of news stories and dozens of books about Brazil’s global rise as an economic powerhouse, but I’ve read few books that come close to putting in such sharp perspective how far the country has come as with Saga brasileira, by one of Brazil’s most famous economy reporters, Miriam Leitão. There’s a possibility you have opinions on Leitão, but either way, it’s worth putting them aside for the sake of the book. While I think it could potentially be interesting for Brazilians, especially for econ nerds and those who were born after the worst of the economic crises, it may not be that much of a revelation. But for foreigners who work with Brazil, live in Brazil, or have any sort of interest or stake in Brazil, you really should read this book.

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Joe Cloud
Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.

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Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.