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Mar 30, 2020
Bolsonaro's handling of the Covid-19 crisis may alienate parts of his electoral coalition, but there is also the possibility he will come out on top

CoronavirusMar 30, 2020

Brazil’s fund industry surviving the Covid-19 crisis

Despite the stock market plummeting, investment funds...

Brazil WeeklyMar 30, 2020

Can Brazil’s elections go ahead in 2020?

This week: How the 2020 elections may...

Latin AmericaMar 29, 2020

Low testing casts doubt over Covid-19 reality in Brazil

Panama is a textbook example in Latin...
Brazil quietly passes new 5G regulations, we explain

Tech Mar 28, 2020

Brazil quietly passes new 5G regulations

While everyone is worried about the Covid-19...
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Society Mar 28, 2020

Numbers of the week: Mar. 28, 2019

Covid-19, President Bolsonaro’s statements, the government’s reaction,...
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Tech Mar 27, 2020

Tech Roundup, Mar. 27, 2019 | Brazilians turn to AI against Covid-19

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

Power

Brazil is in its second week of social isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so far recording 62 deaths and almost 2,500 infections. Some states have already put their...

CoronavirusMar 25, 2020

Between a rock and a hard place, Bolsonaro favors economy over health

While the World Health Organization pleads for...

CoronavirusMar 20, 2020

Will the coronavirus be Jair Bolsonaro’s kryptonite?

Under strict lockdown measures, citizens in several parts of...

CoronavirusMar 17, 2020

Brazil’s coronavirus deniers in positions of power

Beyond President Jair Bolsonaro himself, leaders of...
Covid-19 forces Brazil's Congress into de facto recess

Coronavirus Mar 16, 2020

Covid-19 forces Brazil’s Congress into de facto recess

Fears of transmission have led lawmakers to adopt special measures in Congress, which should lead to a de facto recess during the...
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Coronavirus Mar 14, 2020

Covid-19 crisis chips away at Paulo Guedes’ image

Delay in reaction and insistence on approving reforms has soured the relationship between Brazil's Economy Minister and Congress
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Power Mar 14, 2020

Two years after Marielle Franco’s murder, her struggle lives on through her family

Anielle Franco, head of the Marielle Franco Institute, speaks about the memory of her sister and the importance of representation for black...

Business

As Brazil's in-person economy takes a halt, industrial energy consumption takes a huge dip

CoronavirusMar 25, 2020

Brazil’s internet can handle the Covid-19 crisis, say officials

With the uptick of people using streaming services during...

CoronavirusMar 23, 2020

Bolsonaro’s new decree comes in for criticism

The decree foresees suspending workers for four...

CoronavirusMar 22, 2020

Remote work not an option for millions of Brazilians

As Brazil scrambles to contain the novel...
Companies and authorities rushing to avoid supply shortages during Covid-19

Business Mar 22, 2020

Companies and authorities rushing to avoid supply shortages

After declaring public calamity in the state of São Paulo due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Governor João Doria made a clear appeal to the...
Should Brazil give a universal basic wage in response to Covid-19?

Coronavirus Mar 19, 2020

Should Brazil give a universal basic wage in response to Covid-19?

This economist has criticized the government's proposals to protect the Brazilian economy. He says a universal wage would be a good start
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Coronavirus Mar 18, 2020

Brazilian companies forced to adapt to remote work with Covid-19 crisis

The outbreak has forced many Brazilian companies to send their employees to work from home, but this falls into a series of...

Tech

Covid-19's impacts on e-commerce, Central Bank’s new payment method, how gig economy apps are trying to help workers amid the pandemic

TechMar 13, 2020

Tech Roundup, Mar. 13, 2019 | Brazil’s avant-garde AI regulation

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

TechMar 06, 2020

Tech Roundup, Mar. 6, 2019 | Brazil-made facial recognition beats plastic surgery

The new made-in-Brazil facial recognition system. The booming ecosystem...

TechFeb 28, 2020

Tech Roundup Feb. 28, 2020 | Should Brazil charge a digital tax?

What Brazilian lawmakers think about a digital tax. Tech...
From unicorns to “IPOgriffs”: how Brazil became the hottest spot for legendary growth companies

Tech Feb 21, 2020

Tech Roundup, Feb. 21, 2020 | Brazil a hot spot for unicorns

Brazil a hub for unicorns; the race for digital maturity in Brazil; Twitter Brazil has a hate speech problem. And more
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Tech Feb 20, 2020

Is Brazil ready for Tesla? And is Tesla ready for Brazil?

Reports that the electric vehicle manufacturer is negotiating expansion to Brazil poses a series of questions in a country with a small—yet...
Tech Roundup Feb. 14, 2020 | Small providers revolutionizing Brazil's internet

Tech Feb 14, 2020

Tech Roundup, Feb. 14, 2020 | Small providers revolutionizing Brazil’s internet

A digest of the most important news on technology and innovation in Brazil

Society

This week's topic is, of course, the different ways in which Covid-19 has impacted our country

SocietyMar 19, 2020

Brazil drafting med students to fight Covid-19 spread

To help bolster the ranks of the...

CoronavirusMar 18, 2020

Brazil moves to prevent Covid-19 from entering prisons

The country's prison system is already inhumane...

CoronavirusMar 15, 2020

If Brazil suspends classes, it could spark a hunger crisis

In several peripheral areas, school lunches are...
Is Brazil's healthcare system prepared for the Covid-19 pandemic?

Coronavirus Mar 15, 2020

Is Brazil’s healthcare system prepared for the Covid-19 pandemic?

Brazil has the largest public health system in the world, but it may not be able to handle the upcoming boom in...
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Coronavirus Mar 14, 2020

Numbers of the week: Mar. 14, 2019

Coronavirus infections, a turbulent week for markets, Brazil’s economic response to the outbreak
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Coronavirus Mar 13, 2020

Brazil’s states react to the Covid-19 outbreak

As the effects of the coronavirus pandemic begin to affect the everyday lives of Brazilians, the country’s authorities are weighing in with measures and...

Environment

Though cases of coronavirus have yet to appear in Brazil's indigenous villages, specialists fear that the epidemic could decimate traditional populations

EnvironmentFeb 15, 2020

After the horse has bolted, Brazil’s Navy locks the stable door

More than six months after the gigantic oil spill...

EnvironmentFeb 14, 2020

Brazil’s indigenous handed a “death sentence” with new mining bill

A series of administrative changes and a...

EnvironmentJan 29, 2020

Why indigenous lands are pivotal against climate change

Under threat from Bolsonaro, indigenous lands are guardians against...
What makes Brazil the lightning capital of the world?

Environment Jan 27, 2020

What makes Brazil the lightning capital of the world?

Influenced by weather phenomena such as El Niño and La Niña, the city of São Paulo has become a lightning hotspot. Data from the...
One year on, Brumadinho still cries for justice

Environment Jan 25, 2020

One year on, Brumadinho still cries for justice

Walking on the streets of Brumadinho, the small town south-west of Brazil’s sixth-largest city Belo Horizonte, the overriding sensation is of a community in...
Solid waste could be a goldmine for Brazilian companies

Environment Jan 23, 2020

Solid waste could be a goldmine for Brazilian companies

Brazil's recycling policies and statistics have traditionally been poor, but waste collection companies indicate that firms around the country are missing out...

Latin America

Daniel Ortega's regime has refused to employ restrictions on movement and transparency of official coronavirus figures is put in doubt

Latin AmericaMar 26, 2020

Covid-19, terrorism charges: is Maduro done in Venezuela?

As coronavirus hits the Americas, Venezuela's embattled...

Latin AmericaMar 24, 2020

AMLO and Bolsonaro feel the limits of personalized politics

Coming to power through a political crisis...

Latin AmericaMar 21, 2020

Five bizarre pandemic stories that could only happen in Latin America

“Magical realism,” the literary style of fiction that paints...
venezuela border

Latin America Mar 19, 2020

Venezuela remains Bolsonaro’s straw man, even in Covid-19 crisis

Despite countries around the world dealing with their own problems, President Jair Bolsonaro has found time to lash out at Venezuela, his...
Can Argentina resist the Covid-19 crisis?

Latin America Mar 17, 2020

Can Argentina resist the Covid-19 crisis?

The Covid-19 outbreak reaches Latin America as Argentina battles to recover from its worst crisis in 20 years
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Latin America Mar 09, 2020

Pair of brutal murders cast light on Mexico’s femicide problem

Mexican cities have faced increased levels of femicide, which remain high today. Women's rights movements are calling for action from the government

Opinion

Recent spats between the president's son and the Chinese ambassador have reignited old suspicions between Brazil and the Asian giant

OpinionMar 09, 2020

U.S. ethanol industry should take a leaf out of São Paulo’s book

São Paulo's ethanol producers are successfully decarbonizing the biofuel...

OpinionFeb 19, 2020

The downside to Brazil being the Country of Carnival

The annual celebrations to be held this...

OpinionFeb 18, 2020

Brazil’s humane refugee policies put developed countries to shame

Faced with hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans...
Bolsonaro buying support in Congress, and it's all legal

Opinion Feb 03, 2020

Bolsonaro buying support in Congress, and it’s all legal

Earlier today, I addressed the changes in Brazil’s system of “coalition presidentialism” over the first year of the Jair Bolsonaro government. While the previous...
President Bolsonaro meets supporters. Photo: Alan Santos/PR

Opinion Feb 03, 2020

‘Coalition presidentialism’ in the Bolsonaro government

In the first instalment of a two-part column, Felipe Berenguer analyzes the cohesion of Brazilian political parties during the Jair Bolsonaro administration
Bolsonaro's foreign policy is "amateur and improvised," says diplomat

Opinion Jan 26, 2020

Bolsonaro’s foreign policy is “amateur and improvised,” says diplomat

Foreign policy is a minefield, often having to contradict itself due to complex global realities. However, the Jair Bolsonaro government has surpassed all limits,...

Tourism

The Covid-19 pandemic could cause irreparable damage to the tourism and travel sector, with many companies expected to go bankrupt amid market chaos

TourismJan 04, 2020

The hidden landscapes of Brazil’s Pantanal

Researchers have stumbled across a huge undiscovered lake, hidden...

TourismSep 28, 2019

Holambra: the Dutchest city in Brazil

On the flat highway heading north-west out of the...

TourismSep 12, 2019

Brazil’s tourism board doesn’t cater to foreigners

A new program announced by the Brazilian Tourism Board...
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Tourism Aug 25, 2019

Is São Paulo really getting its own Puerto Madero?

Walking around the Rio de la Plata in Buenos Aires is among the most pleasant experiences the city has to offer. Puerto Madero’s pool...
New Year celebrations at Copacabana Beach

Tourism Aug 18, 2019

Spending New Year in Brazil? You should book now

Brazil’s New Year celebrations are world-famous. In coastal towns, beaches are covered with throngs of revelers and fireworks light up the sky. Not surprisingly,...
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Tourism Jul 25, 2019

Winter tourism destinations for when Brazil gets chilly

The image of Brazil abroad is incompatible with the notion of winter. Most tourists come expecting to lay back on a beach with a...

Sports

The proposed models to change the football calendar after the coronavirus pandemic

SportsMar 23, 2020

Stoppage to plunge football teams into dire crisis

How clubs and players are handling the forced stoppage,...

SportsMar 16, 2020

Brazilian football in times of Covid-19

Sport around the country has been all but completely...

SportsMar 09, 2020

Why is Ronaldinho in a Paraguayan jail?

Ronaldinho is in trouble with the law once again,...
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Sports Mar 02, 2020

Tennis ace becomes Brazil’s youngest ever title winner

Welcome back to the Brazil Sports newsletter. This week, we have the youngest Brazilian tennis player EVER to win an ATP title, and we’re...
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Sports Feb 24, 2020

Brazilian footballers and their love for Carnival

Welcome back to the Brazil Sports newsletter! As we are slap-bang in the middle of Carnival weekend, we thought we’d take things a little...
Welcome back to the Brazil Sports newsletter! This week, Ronaldinho latest advertising foray which has him in hot water with the courts. Corinthians dumped out of the Copa Libertadores in a night full of surprises and coincidences. That and much more. Enjoy your read!

Sports Feb 17, 2020

Referees blowing the whistle on Ronaldinho’s pyramid selling

Ronaldinho Gaucho's latest advertising foray which has him in hot water with the courts. Corinthians dumped out of the Copa Libertadores in a night...

Guide to Brazil

Among the Western Romance tongues, Brazilian Portuguese is one of the most straightforward languages to pick up. It is forgiving, common usage involves a much smaller amount of verb...

Guide to BrazilNov 20, 2019

Beyond “12 Years a Slave”: the story of Luiz Gama

On November 20, Brazil celebrates Black Consciousness Day—observed as...

Guide to BrazilNov 07, 2019

How to validate your diploma in Brazil

The effects of Brazil’s infamously tortuous bureaucracy on the...

Guide to BrazilAug 21, 2019

A guide to Brazil’s main regulatory agencies

Brazil’s power structure is split between the Executive, Legislative,...
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Guide to Brazil Jul 08, 2019

The origins of Bossa Nova in Brazil

Brazil is mourning the death of legendary musician João Gilberto, who passed away on Saturday, July 6, at the age of 88. A visionary...

Guide to Brazil Apr 23, 2019

14 must-reads in Brazilian literature for every book lover

Brazilian literature manages to encapsulate the Portuguese language with a Brazilian flair and local themes. Even for those reading the translated versions, these authors...
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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...
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