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Conflicted…

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Yesterday, we watched the game with friends and celebrated when Brazil won the opening. My six-year-old daughter, with her playmates, also watched the game and happily cheered the Brazil team on within the safe and comfortable confines of our sports … Continue reading

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Who’s to Blame for the World Cup Chaos

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Don’t blame the players, past or present, who spent their lives dedicated to their dream, at the expense of everything, including education, for the chance to support their country and prove themselves on the field. Don’t blame the people of … Continue reading

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What Can Carnaval Tell Us About Brazilian Business Skills?

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In Brazil, each Escola de Samba, or Samba school, works all year long to develop their portion of the Carnaval parade. The people who put together these elaborate affairs are not the wealthy of Brazil. In fact, some of the … Continue reading

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What’s Holding Brazil Back?

It seems like an ideal equation. An abundance of natural resources, multiple emerging middle classes, democracy in one of its purest forms (on paper), people who can dance… So what is the problem? Why can’t Brazil forge ahead? Here is … Continue reading

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Why are the Protesters so Pissed??!!

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Sometimes it is difficult to understand what might motivate millions of people, Brazilians no less, who are thought to be a rather peaceful lot, to get angry enough to take to the streets. It’s easier to get caught up in … Continue reading

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Cancel the Cup?

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The following is a great article from Fox News (I never thought I would say that). It addresses an interesting question – should the World Cup in Brazil be cancelled? Why force Brazil to host World Cup? Does anyone really … Continue reading

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So What’s the Ask?

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Tonight the protests will be continue. I’m glad to see the momentum has not slowed and I hope it is peaceful. But the big question is – what exactly are we asking for? Yes, we want money channeled toward public … Continue reading

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The Protesting and Why Brazil Might Finally Have a Shot at World Leadership

Yesterday I wrote about crime in São Paulo. A mention of the protests that are happening here quickly shifted the discussion. This morning I came across the following important video on Facebook. I’ll be the first to admit ignorance when … Continue reading

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Brazilian Police

A friend recently posted the following article about the dangers of being a poor, Brazilian police officer: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/opinion/sunday/in-brazil-poverty-is-deadly-for-police-officers.html The status of a police officer is very different in Brazil than it is in the U.S. In the States, police officers … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 100: O Estado de S. Paulo

Day 100 I read the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo. Well I read some economics and business articles. Well, I read the beginnings. I included it in my Portuguese lesson so my teacher and I dug through and discussed … Continue reading

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Police Protection

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So I was taking my morning walk through Trianon park when I came across this: ?! Imagine my surprise. I asked an officer standing off to the side if I could take a picture (which is exactly what you do … Continue reading

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What’s America Got Against Women?

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Though it is a matter of opinion, one might consider America to be one of the most liberal, least chauvinistic countries, on a relative basis of course. (I think the Netherlands might beat it, but it’s up there.) There are … Continue reading

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Ignorance (really) is bliss.

Here’s some advice. Do not attempt to express your opinion on economic and/or political topics in an international crowd when you don’t speak the language very well. Especially if you are an American. The students in my Portuguese class include … Continue reading

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