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Brazilian geography, history, people, politics, literature, art, culture.

Troubled Brazil

The last couple of years have not gone well for Brazil.  Our friends in Brazil are frightened.  They are afraid to let their children go out on the streets unaccompanied.  The economy is in recession, dozens of high-level Brazilian politicians … Continue reading

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Brazil is having trouble making hotel space available for the World Cup

An article in The Washington Post describes difficulties Brazil is having making sufficient hotel rooms available for visitors to the World Cup games.  As usual, the suffocating Brazilian bureaucracy stands in the way of renovating hotels that were abandoned because … Continue reading

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Nobel prize winner expresses concerns about Brazilian real estate market bubble.

A Reuters article reports concerns by Robert Shiller that there may be a bubble in the Brazilian real estate market.  Shiller won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2013 for work on market bubbles.  Friends in Rio de Janeiro report … Continue reading

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A Brazilian hedge fund, 3G, joins Berkshire Hathaway in purchasing H. J. Heinz Co., the maker of ketchup.

A Brazilian hedge fund, 3G, has joined Berkshire Hathaway Corp. in the purchase of H. J. Heinz Co., the maker of Heinz Ketchup.    3G is an investment vehicle owned by Jorge Paulo Lemann, who is thought to be the … Continue reading

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Artist Jorge Selaron found dead on his famous stairs.

On January 10, according to news articles, the artist Jorge Selaron was found dead on his famous staircase in Rio de Janeiro.   It is not clear whether his death was a murder or a suicide.  The staircase is depicted on … Continue reading

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Dilma’s government cracks down on corruption.

Official corruption has long been a serious problem for Brazil’s government.  According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, the national government under President Dilma Rousseff is going after corrupt politicians and putting more of them in jail.

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Brazil exports soybeans to China and corn to the U.S.

According to an article in The Washington Post, Brazil’s cultivation of the Pantanal is transforming the country into a major exporter of grains.  In a few years, Brazil is expected to surpass the United States as the world’s major grower … Continue reading

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