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Good morning and welcome back to the Brazil Sports newsletter. This week, we’re taking a look at the future of the Copa Libertadores, South America’s biggest club competition. Should it turn more to Europe? Or should it double down...

BusinessOct 20, 2019

Can Vale still be a ‘buy’ opportunity after Brumadinho?

Since January 25, 2019, Brazilian mining company Vale has...

OpinionOct 19, 2019

Two years explaining Brazil

If you read The Brazilian Report regularly, you have...

PowerOct 19, 2019

What legacy did Brazil leave in Haiti?

Despite Haiti facing yet another acute political, economic, and...
The Brazilian Supreme Court. Photo: Nelson Jr/SCO/STF

Power Oct 18, 2019

Brazil’s trial of the year: what you need to know

On Thursday, Brazil’s Supreme Court kicked off what has...
Big Tech joins Brazilian effort against misinformation. How serious are they?

Tech Oct 18, 2019

Big Tech joins Brazilian effort against misinformation

You’re reading The Brazilian Report‘s weekly tech roundup, a...
Bolsonaro northeast economy

Power Oct 17, 2019

Economic measures hope to plant Bolsonaro’s flag in the Northeast

When Brazil’s new ultra-reformist, ultra-liberal Economy Ministry took charge...

Power

After the world looked on open-mouthed as President Jair Bolsonaro delivered a heavy-handed speech at the United Nations General Assembly in September, it has become difficult to look to...

PowerOct 16, 2019

Efforts to eradicate wildcat gold mines stir up tensions in Central Brazil

One year ago, news spread that there were gold...

PowerOct 15, 2019

Why President Bolsonaro is warring with his own party

Until 2018, few people, if any, had ever heard...

PowerOct 09, 2019

Elections 2020: with 12 months to go, campaigns heating up around Brazil

In a little under 12 months, Brazil’s voters will...
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Power Oct 05, 2019

The involvement of Bolsonaro’s party in Paraguay dam scandal

“Itaipu-gate” is how experts have dubbed the political scandal that almost brought down the Paraguayan government earlier this year. At the core of the...
Marielle case: Josinaldo "Djaca" Freitas and Jair Bolsonaro

Power Oct 04, 2019

Latest Marielle arrests bring new links to Bolsonaro family

Over a year and a half later, law enforcement is gradually getting closer to finding out who ordered the assassination of left-wing Rio de...
car wash brazilian banks

Power Oct 03, 2019

At long last, major Brazilian banks set to go through the Car Wash

Among the recurring criticisms of Operation Car Wash—Brazil’s sweeping corruption investigation which for the last five years has caused untold damage to the country’s...

Business

The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics has presented a new structure for its benchmark index for calculating inflation, the so-called National Amplified Consumer Price Index, or IPCA. Looking...

BusinessOct 15, 2019

Brazil puts financial education on curriculum hoping for economic gain

October 15 is Teachers’ Day in Brazil. However, there...

BusinessOct 14, 2019

Brazil’s would-be mega-airport grounded after crisis

The impasse involving the future of Viracopos International Airport,...

BusinessOct 14, 2019

Fintechs turn their attention to Brazil’s entrepreneurs

Becoming a business owner has its trials, which Brazilians...
The Brazilian Central Bank's proposal to modernize the country’s foreign currency regulations is business-friendly, but could take time to come into force

Business Oct 10, 2019

Looking to stockpile dollars in Brazil? Not so fast

Getting involved in the modernizing reformist agenda established in previous years, Brazil’s Central Bank presented a bill to the House of Representatives aiming to...
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Business Oct 09, 2019

Could agribusiness save Macri’s presidency in Argentina?

Looking at the numbers, there is no reason for Argentina President Mauricio Macri to be cheerful. The neoliberal head of state has just a...
petrobras oil auction

Business Oct 08, 2019

Ahead of mega oil auction, Brazil fighting over who gets the money

At the beginning of November, Brazil’s government is set to hold what could be the biggest oil and gas auction in the country’s history....

Tech

You’re reading The Brazilian Report‘s weekly tech roundup, a digest of the most important news on technology and innovation in Brazil. This week’s topics: Cloud computing in Brazil. The...

TechOct 11, 2019

Electric buses on the horizon for São Paulo’s streets

The biggest metropolis of South America, São Paulo has...

TechOct 04, 2019

Tech Roundup, Oct. 4, 2019 | Alexa in Brazil

You’re reading The Brazilian Report‘s weekly tech roundup, a...

TechSep 27, 2019

Tech Roundup, Sep. 27, 2019 | Brazilian technology to make space travel cheaper

You’re reading The Brazilian Report‘s weekly tech roundup, a...
Tech Roundup for September 20 | The rise of "super apps" in Brazil

Tech Sep 20, 2019

Tech Roundup, Sep. 20, 2019 | The rise of “super apps” in Brazil

You’re reading The Brazilian Report‘s weekly tech roundup, a digest of the most important news on technology and innovation in Brazil. This week’s topics:...
How Brazilian professionals grew fond of startups

Tech Sep 20, 2019

How Brazilian professionals grew fond of startups

A few years ago, the definition of professional success in Brazil normally included a stable job in a large corporation or state-owned company, where...
quinto andar startup brazil

Tech Sep 13, 2019

Tech Roundup, Sep. 13, 2019 | Meet Quinto Andar, Brazil’s newest unicorn

You’re reading The Brazilian Report‘s weekly tech roundup, a digest of the most important news on technology and innovation in Brazil. This week’s topics:...

Society

This is Brazil by the Numbers, a weekly digest of the most interesting figures tucked inside the latest news about Brazil. Random numbers that help explain what is going...

SocietyOct 13, 2019

The Good Angel of Bahia becomes a Saint

This afternoon, in the Vatican City, Sister Dulce Pontes...

SocietyOct 12, 2019

The risks of genetically modified mosquitoes

Around 1 million people die each year of mosquito-borne...

SocietyOct 12, 2019

Brazil by the Numbers: Oct. 12, 2019

This is Brazil by the Numbers, a weekly digest...
Northeast oil spills pose new environmental headache for Brazil

Society Oct 10, 2019

Northeast oil spills pose new environmental headache for Brazil

Having barely recovered from the Amazon rainforest fire crisis, Brazil has another environmental matter to worry about. In recent weeks, several oil stains have...
yanomami

Society Oct 06, 2019

The struggle of the Yanomami, through the eyes of Claudia Andujar

The story of the golden age of Brazilian reportage photography cannot be told without Realidade magazine, this precious source of long-form literary journalism covered...
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Society Oct 05, 2019

Numbers of the week: Oct. 5, 2019

This is Brazil by the Numbers, a weekly digest of the most interesting figures tucked inside the latest news about Brazil. Random numbers that...

Environment

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Opinion

The beginning of the Jair Bolsonaro government was defined by the far-right president’s decision not to form a coalition in Congress. Claiming that he was putting an end to...

OpinionSep 04, 2019

European nations must confront their own faults in Amazon destruction

In February 2018, residents of Barcarena, a town to...

OpinionAug 31, 2019

The incompetent firefighter

When dealing with a textbook “worst-case scenario” over the...

OpinionAug 28, 2019

The Argentinian option: What could the Brazilian left learn from its neighbor?

Given electoral trends across Latin America in recent years,...
Brazil visit and love us Embratur country branding

Opinion Aug 27, 2019

Brazil’s country branding has a long history of failure

Last month, the Brazilian tourism board (Embratur) unveiled its new branding campaign to attract foreign tourists to the country. “Brazil, visit and love us”...
"Anti-corruption" protesters turn a blind eye to Prosecutor General race

Opinion Aug 17, 2019

“Anti-corruption” protesters turn a blind eye to Prosecutor General race

One of the keys to the success of the Car Wash investigation—the inquiry into political corruption that upended Brazil’s political system between 2014 and...
economy minister paulo guedes brazil tax reform

Opinion Aug 12, 2019

The government’s terrible idea to tax financial operations in Brazil

I don’t like talking about the same subject over and over again. That’s why I chose not to use this piece to criticize President...

Tourism

Sports

Good morning and welcome back to the Brazil Sports newsletter. Today, we are looking at racism in Brazilian football, as the league’s only two black coaches faced each other...

SportsOct 07, 2019

Brazil’s bonkers calendar gets a bit crazier

Good morning and welcome back to the Brazil Sports...

SportsSep 30, 2019

Brazil’s managerial merry-go-round

Welcome back to the Brazil Sports newsletter. This week,...

SportsSep 23, 2019

21st-century champions in South America

Welcome back to the Brazil Sports newsletter. This week,...
flamengo

Sports Sep 16, 2019

Flamengo: halfway to glory?

Welcome back to the Brazil Sports newsletter! This week, Flamengo are the symbolic champions of the first half of 2019, is it their title...
Swimming in debt, Brazilian football clubs want to become corporations

Sports Sep 14, 2019

Swimming in debt, Brazilian football clubs want to become corporations

In March, Eurico Miranda passed away at the age of 74 from a brain tumor. He was the epitome of a Brazilian football cartola,...
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Sports Sep 09, 2019

How the NFL became popular in Brazil

This week, we are looking at the career of wantaway Neymar, who is now sentenced to another six months playing for PSG. Has he...

Guide to Brazil

Brazil’s power structure is split between the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary branches. In grossly oversimplified terms, the Legislative makes laws, the Executive sanctions them, and the Judiciary analyzes whether...

Guide to BrazilJul 25, 2019

Winter tourism destinations for when Brazil gets chilly

The image of Brazil abroad is incompatible with the...

Guide to BrazilJul 08, 2019

The origins of Bossa Nova in Brazil

Brazil is mourning the death of legendary musician João...

Guide to BrazilApr 23, 2019

14 must-reads in Brazilian literature for every book lover

Brazilian literature manages to encapsulate the Portuguese language with...
Brazilian music festivals you should know about

Guide to Brazil Apr 21, 2019

Brazilian music festivals you should know about

In 1985, the image of an enormous crowd singing “Love of My Life” to an emotional Freddie Mercury during the first Rock in Rio...
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Guide to Brazil Apr 15, 2019

What it is like being an entrepreneur in Brazil?

In its latest study about Brazil, consultancy firm McKinsey defined Brazil as a “country of entrepreneurs in the broader definition of the word,” after...
A beginner's guide to the Brazilian workplace

Guide to Brazil Mar 28, 2019

A beginner’s guide to the Brazilian workplace

Workplace customs can vary considerably from country to country. And when expats come to Brazil, some growing pains are expected. Brazilians are, in general,...