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 on in Brazil. This week: energy investments, income inequality, e-cigarettes,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Society Oct 02, 2019

“Leftists-only” dating app hopes to seize the means of seduction in Brazil

The political polarization in Brazil has become so pervasive that it seeps into almost every facet of daily life. Family lunches have become battlegrounds,...

Society Sep 30, 2019

The odds of indigenous leader Raoni winning the Nobel Peace Prize

For non-Brazilian observers of President Jair Bolsonaro’s speech at the UN General Assembly last week, one name—crowbarred in among a long list of diatribes—might...

Society Sep 29, 2019

How Brazilians turned music festivals into political statements

For the next two weekends, Rio de Janeiro is set to become the world’s music capital, as artists and fans from around the world...

Society Sep 28, 2019

Numbers of the week: Sep. 28, 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...

Society Sep 28, 2019

Holambra: the Dutchest city in Brazil

On the flat highway heading north-west out of the megacity of São Paulo, It doesn’t take long before the skyscrapers recede, giving way to...

Society Sep 21, 2019

Numbers of the week: Sep. 21, 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...

Society Sep 17, 2019

Violence and corruption behind Amazon deforestation

A newly published Human Rights Watch report has detailed the desperate situation in the Brazilian Amazon, highlighting the existence of logging “mafias” which organize...

Society Sep 17, 2019

The fly that Brazil can’t swat

Every year it’s the same story. The Ministry of Health releases TV advertisements with advice on how to prevent the proliferation of Aedes aegypti,...

Society Sep 16, 2019

The legacy of Chico Mendes: the man who gave his life for the Amazon

In February, Brazil’s new Environment Minister Ricardo Salles was being grilled on weekly interview show Roda Viva. Awarded the cabinet seat despite never having...

Society Sep 14, 2019

Numbers of the week: September 14, 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...

Society Sep 14, 2019

How Brazil measures up to Latin America’s biggest economies

Assessing Latin America as a monolith is a terrible mistake. Besides being extremely diverse in cultural, social, and even political terms, the region’s economic...

Society Sep 12, 2019

Brazil’s tourism board doesn’t cater to foreigners

A new program announced by the Brazilian Tourism Board (Embratur) has sparked criticism that the country’s tourism promotion platform is being directed at Brazilians,...