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Carnaval in Rio – Photos from the First Night

Last night was the first of two nights in which Rio de Janeiro’s samba schools parade, with the songs, themes, floats, and costumes I previously wrote about on full display. Below, are collections of images for each of the first … Continue reading

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What Is Carnaval?

With Carnaval officially starting this past Friday night, and the official competition in Rio de Janeiro beginning tonight, I figured it was time to do a post that answered that most basic of questions: What is Brazilian Carnaval? The answers … Continue reading

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Around Carnaval

There is no time in Brazil like Carnaval, when everything shuts down and a national celebration takes place from the largest cities to the smallest towns. With the nation celebrating the holiday and its culture, here is a special “Around … Continue reading

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Rio de Janeiro Police Suspend Their Strike in Time for Carnaval

When Rio de Janeiro police went on strike last week over wages and working conditions,joining their brethren in Bahia,  there was real concern that the strikes might threaten Carnaval in two of the cities most important to the festival. That … Continue reading

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Distributing Condoms and Promoting Safe Sex During Carnaval

When I was in Brazil in 2007, there were billboards and posters throughout Rio de Janeiro advocating safe sex and the use of condoms in the weeks leading up to Carnaval. It was part of the government’s initiative to combat … Continue reading

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Popular Demonstrations Continue to Resonate through Brazilian Politics

In the wake of lower bus fares and discussions of a national plebiscite, the recent and ongoing protests in Brazil continue to ripple throughout Brazilian politics and the people’s voices continue to resonate. One of the major targets of public … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Benedict XVI’s Resignation and Latin America

Much of the western hemisphere woke up this morning to the surprising news that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning at the end of the month, becoming the first pope to resign in nearly 700 years. This is obviously a major … Continue reading

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The Next Wave of Gentrification in Rio de Janeiro – Favelas

This is gross: Five years ago, Rio de Janeiro’s “favela” hillside slums had such a bad rap that they were virtual no-go zones, where drug lords laid down the law and outsiders set foot at their peril. But since 2011, … Continue reading

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Get to Know a Brazilian – Vinícius de Moraes

This week’s entry in the Get to Know a Brazilian series focuses on the poet, songwriter, playwright, diplomat, and musician Vinícius de Moraes (1913-1980). Marcus Vinitius da Cruz e Mello Moraes, known publicly as Vinícius de Moraes, was born in … Continue reading

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Brazil’s Federal Police Go on Strike

Today, Brazil’s Federal Police, who are not only involved in anti-crime efforts but who also are responsible for staffing customs for international travelers arriving in Brazil, announced that they are on strike for an “undetermined” period, demanding a salary increase and … Continue reading

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