Feb 18, 2020
After accompanying President Jair Bolsonaro to an Evangelical Christian event last week, Federal Judge Marcelo Bretas has raised eyebrows for his apparent political involvement with the current head of state

OpinionFeb 18, 2020

Brazil’s humane refugee policies put developed countries to shame

Faced with hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans...

BusinessFeb 18, 2020

Waterways cast aside in Brazil’s infrastructure plans

Brazil has huge potential to use its...

Brazil DailyFeb 18, 2020

Bolsonaro’s war on states could backfire

The president's war with state governors might...
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...
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Society Feb 17, 2020

What is it like to be a domestic worker in Brazil?

Despite Economy Minister Paulo Guedes' comments, domestic...
This week, how Brazil plans to rely more on solar power plants. The names on Bolsonaro's shortlist for incoming vacancies at the Supreme Court.

Brazil Weekly Feb 17, 2020

Solar power set for a boost in Brazil

How Brazil plans to rely more on...


Adriano da Nóbrega, killed on Sunday in a police operation, is accused to have led a notorious Rio death squad and is involved with corruption scandals linked...

PowerFeb 11, 2020

Prosecutors pursuing journalists and lawyers in anti-corruption probes

Brazilian investigators may have overstepped boundaries in...

PowerFeb 10, 2020

Lula’s party turns 40 in midlife crisis

It has been 40 years since former trade-union leader...

PowerFeb 06, 2020

The impeachment request against Brazil’s Education minister

In today’s intensely polarized Brazil, political consensus is near...
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Power Feb 04, 2020

Hurdles for Bolsonaro’s privatization plan

Political scuffles have seen the government's main privatization program transferred to the Economy Ministry, which could bring further delays to Bolsonaro's plans...

Power Feb 04, 2020

How can Brazil fight corruption without destroying its economy?

In October 2019, São Paulo’s benchmark stock index Ibovespa fell almost 3 percent after the Brazilian press reported that the country’s five largest banks...
Who will Brazil cheer for in the U.S. elections?

Power Feb 02, 2020

Who should Brazil cheer for in the U.S. elections?

Brazil's government and opposition are beginning to look closer at the upcoming U.S. elections, working out who they will support


Only days after Dutch brewing company Heineken announced that Brazil was its biggest global market, the firm could be forced to close one of its most important factories in...

BusinessFeb 13, 2020

How tax cuts on fuels may impact Brazil’s tax reform?

President Jair Bolsonaro has engaged in tax...

BusinessFeb 12, 2020

The government’s railway plans to get Brazil back on track

Railway concessions aim to increase the amount...

BusinessFeb 08, 2020

Brazil’s current account deficit: reason for concern?

Events in China and Argentina led to...
Lower interest rates may boost Brazil’s real estate market

Business Feb 06, 2020

Lower interest rates may boost Brazil’s real estate market

The Brazilian Central Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee has once again lowered the country’s benchmark interest rates, to a record-low 4.25 percent a year. It...
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Business Jan 31, 2020

How will the Iowa caucus impact the Brazilian market?

The choice of Donald Trump's adversary in the 2020 U.S. election begins at Monday's Iowa caucus. Whatever the outcome, Brazilian markets will be affected
Gun market soars in Brazil under Jair Bolsonaro

Business Jan 28, 2020

Gun market soars in Brazil under Jair Bolsonaro

On the campaign trail, Jair Bolsonaro was a firm advocate for more guns in the hands of "upstanding" citizens. His first-year moves...


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

TechFeb 11, 2020

Specialists call for calm in Brazil’s 5G auction

At the beginning of February, Brazil’s telecom regulator Anatel...

TechFeb 07, 2020

Tech Roundup, Feb. 7, 2020 | NASA looks to Brazil for its weather data

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

TechJan 31, 2020

Tech Roundup, Jan. 31, 2020 | Brazil’s bet to expand healthcare

Should the government own health data on the entire...
Tech Roundup Jan. 24, 2020 | São Paulo aims at leading Brazil's leap to industry 4.0

Tech Jan 24, 2020

Tech Roundup, Jan. 24, 2020 | São Paulo aims at leading Brazil’s leap to industry 4.0

Tech Roundup Jan. 24, 2020: São Paulo's industry 4.0 plans taking shape. The end of electric scooter rental? Brazilian startups attract record investments in...
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Tech Jan 17, 2020

Tech Roundup, Jan. 17, 2020 | The face of Brazilian digital marketing in 2020

You’re reading The Brazilian Report‘s weekly tech roundup, a digest of the most important news in technology and innovation in Brazil. This week’s topics:...
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Tech Jan 14, 2020

Brazil’s new state-of-the-art base in Antarctica

Eight years after a fire destroyed its Antarctica base, Brazil inaugurates new facilities—but the cloud of funding cuts is still lurking 


Carnival parades, attacks against the press, the rout of Brazil's currency, floods in São Paulo, and growth perspectives for Brazilian banks

SocietyFeb 10, 2020

Brazil’s lack of urban planning still to blame for disasters

Excessive rainfall in the country's Southeast has caused destruction...

SocietyFeb 09, 2020

Book clubs the not-so-new hope for struggling Brazilian publishing industry

As the Brazilian publishing market continues to grapple with...

SocietyFeb 08, 2020

Numbers of the week: Feb. 8, 2020

Monthly inflation for January, suspected cases of coronavirus, carnival...
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Society Feb 07, 2020

What Brazil is doing to prevent the coronavirus from entering the country

In a bid to get ahead of the outbreak, the Brazilian government has sanctioned a series of rules facilitating their fight against the coronavirus
Damares Alves no sex policies

Society Feb 05, 2020

No Sex Please, We’re Brazilian

Brazil's Evangelical human rights minister wants to rely on teen abstinence to curb teen pregnancy rates. Can it work?
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Society Feb 01, 2020

Numbers of the week: Feb. 1, 2020

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


More than six months after the gigantic oil spill on the Brazilian coast—the causes of which are still unclear—the country’s Navy has introduced a requirement for vessels sailing in...

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...

EnvironmentJan 27, 2020

What makes Brazil the lightning capital of the world?

Influenced by weather phenomena such as El Niño and...
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...
The biggest perpetrators of environmental crimes in Brazil

Environment Jan 21, 2020

The real perpetrators of environmental crimes in Brazil

One year after flopping at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Jair Bolsonaro decided to skip the 2020 edition of the notorious...

Latin America

While challenging the crimes of the military dictatorship is seen as a "leftist" cause in Brazil, their South American neighbors have made great strides in reckoning with...

Latin AmericaFeb 13, 2020

Is this the end of Fujimorismo in Peru?

The political dynasty that dominated Peru for...

Latin AmericaFeb 12, 2020

Argentina looking to get back into Brazil’s good books with visit

Meetings between Argentina's foreign minister and the...

Latin AmericaFeb 05, 2020

Argentina’s plan to climb out of its debt sinkhole

Argentinian President Alberto Fernández has embarked on...
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Latin America Feb 02, 2020

Transphobic violence haunts the towns of El Salvador

When the discussion moves to gender, homosexuality, and civil rights in El Salvador, one must be aware of the risks and social rejection in...
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, ex president of Argentina, with Pope Francis

Latin America Jan 27, 2020

Pope Francis’ role in Argentinian politics

When Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio was announced as the new head of the Catholic Church in 2013, his compatriots in Argentina were just as surprised...
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Latin America Jan 23, 2020

Is democracy weakening across Latin America?

The latest report from The Economist Intelligence Unit shows a worsening of democracy across the region, thanks to unrest and political instability...


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 article was limited to the...

OpinionFeb 03, 2020

‘Coalition presidentialism’ in the Bolsonaro government

In the first instalment of a two-part...

OpinionJan 26, 2020

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

Foreign policy is a minefield, often having to contradict...

OpinionJan 16, 2020

“Bolsonaro’s government encourages radicalism”: Brazilian Bar Association president

Felipe Santa Cruz, a vocal critic of...
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Opinion Jan 06, 2020

A look to the future and the future of the center

Technological development has trampled everything humanity was once used to. Knowledge multiplies at an astounding pace and breaks paradigms in the economy and in...
A turbulent decade comes to a close

Opinion Dec 28, 2019

A turbulent decade comes to a close

A lot can happen in ten years. Nowadays, some specialists say that, over this period, we can already begin talking about generational differences. With...
Evangelicals in Brazil see abuse of God’s earth as a sin – but will they fight to save the Amazon?

Opinion Nov 27, 2019

Abusing the Earth a sin for Brazilian Evangelicals. But will they fight for the Amazon?

When the Brazilian city of São Paulo abruptly went dark in the afternoon on August 19, there was talk of an impending rapture—not all...


Researchers have stumbled across a huge undiscovered lake, hidden under plants in the Rio Negro floodplain, in the heart of the Pantanal biome

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...

TourismAug 25, 2019

Is São Paulo really getting its own Puerto Madero?

Walking around the Rio de la Plata in Buenos...
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,...
Winter tourism destinations for when Brazil gets chilly Historic City Center of Campos do Jordão at night

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...
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Tourism May 21, 2019

Brazil’s plan to double tourists in three years

For people around the world, Brazil conjures up images of the exotic, the exuberant, and the exciting. You would be hard pressed to find...


One year after the fire that killed ten youth players at the club's training ground, Flamengo come in for widespread criticism for their handling of the one-year anniversary

SportsFeb 03, 2020

Super Bowl a cinematic affair in Brazil

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

SportsJan 27, 2020

Copa São Paulo: the youth cup taken very seriously indeed

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

SportsJan 20, 2020

What are Brazil football’s “state championships”?

The Brazilian football season starts with state championships. And...
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Sports Dec 09, 2019

Cruzeiro fans riot after historic relegation

Hello, and welcome to the Brazil Sports newsletter! With the league season brought to a close, we look at the momentous relegation of Cruzeiro,...
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Sports Dec 02, 2019

Remember the birth of the UFC

Good morning and welcome back to the Brazil Sports newsletter. On this week’s edition: the birth of the UFC and the strange process of...
Flamengo Christ the redeemer

Sports Nov 25, 2019

Flamengo: champions of … well, just about everything

Welcome back to the Brazil Sports newsletter! After a historic weekend of football, we look back at the unbelievable Flamengo Copa Libertadores victory. Then,...

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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