On March 28, 2019, São Paulo’s civil police knocked on the front door of a professor and engineer in a coastal town. In order to avoid fanfare, law enforcement informed the building’s staff that they were there to investigate...

PowerJan 18, 2020

Numbers of the week: Jan. 18, 2020

This is Brazil by the Numbers, a weekly digest...

BusinessJan 17, 2020

Minimum freight table: a Trojan horse for truckers?

With minimum freight prices codified in law,...

TechJan 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...
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Power Jan 17, 2020

Brazilian culture secretary loses job after paraphrasing Goebbels

Sitting upright at his desk, the culture secretary addresses...
With new freight table, Bolsonaro hopes to appease truckers

Brazil Daily Jan 17, 2020

With new freight table, Bolsonaro hopes to appease truckers

The new freight table: will it avoid a new...
Despite fears from activists, human rights was the most popular issue in bills approved by Brazilian lawmakers last year

Power Jan 16, 2020

Human rights for some in Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Despite fears from activists, human rights was...


Changes to Brazilian labor laws have been on the agenda ever since the beginning of the Michel Temer government in August 2016, after the contentious impeachment of Dilma Rousseff....

PowerJan 12, 2020

Bolsonaro’s lawyer: Workers’ Party “uses courts to create a political narrative”

Known for some time in Brazil’s political corridors for...

PowerJan 11, 2020

New type of judge splits opinions in Brazil’s justice system

Approved in the recent "anti-crime law," the...

PowerJan 09, 2020

Latest Cambridge Analytica leak points to involvement in Brazilian elections

Leaked files on the firm's activities in...
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Power Jan 07, 2020

Who are the Brazilian Integralists and why are they petrol-bombing comedians?

The 1930s homegrown fascist movement is making a curious comeback in Brazil, with its attack against a "blasphemous" comedy troupe.
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Power Jan 07, 2020

Brazilian stories you may have missed during the holidays

The end-of-year holidays are usually a quiet period for Brazilian politics and business, as Congress and the Supreme Court take a month-long recess, and...
What to expect from the Brazilian Congress in 2020?

Power Jan 06, 2020

What to expect from the Brazilian Congress in 2020?

2019 was a turbulent year in Congress, to say the least. An apparently interminable 12 months came to an end on December 20 with...


A quarter of a century on, Brazil updates its franchising legislation and companies in the sector are delighted

BusinessJan 13, 2020

Brazilian air travel: the future is private

We speak to the head of the...

BusinessJan 10, 2020

Brazil’s infrastructure for sale in 2020

After privatizing and selling many infrastructure assets in 2019,...

BusinessJan 09, 2020

After a stellar year, is there still time to enjoy Brazil’s bullish stock market?

Analysts are buoyant about this year's prospects...
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Business Jan 05, 2020

How to transfer money to and from Brazil

Unlike South American counterparts such as Argentina and Ecuador, where U.S. Dollars are readily accepted, Brazil is quite closed as far as financial transactions...
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Business Dec 31, 2019

How Brazilian holidays affect the economy

In 2020, Brazilian workers will enjoy 11 national holidays, seven more than 2019—not even including state and municipal bank holidays. While it poses an...
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Business Dec 27, 2019

The most liberal places to do business in Brazil

A decade ago, a running joke in Brazilian politics was to say that if you put all the Brazilian liberals together in one place,...


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

TechJan 10, 2020

Tech Roundup Jan. 10, 2020 | Brazilian government gives Google an ultimatum

Google v. Brazil. The main tech events in the...

TechDec 20, 2019

Tech Roundup Dec. 20, 2019 | Robots already a reality in Brazilian courts

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

TechDec 13, 2019

Tech Roundup Dec. 13, 2019 | Brazil’s promising genome project

You’re reading The Brazilian Report‘s weekly tech roundup, a...
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Tech Dec 13, 2019

Brazil dithering on auction model for 5G spectrum

In Brazil’s telecom sector, all eyes are firmly fixed on the country’s auction of the right to use the groundbreaking 5G spectrum. However, while...
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Tech Dec 06, 2019

Tech Roundup, Dec. 6, 2019 | EdTechs eyeing up the Brazilian professional market

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:...
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Tech Dec 05, 2019

Brazilian data protection law could boost health data market

In Brazil, whenever visiting a pharmacy or drugstore, you will be quickly preyed upon by a shop attendant and taken to one side. First,...


Human beings were always defined as the “tool-maker species.” But our domination over this important skill was brought into question in the 1960s when renowned anthropologist Jane Goodall discovered...

SocietyJan 15, 2020

World Capital of Architecture, Rio de Janeiro has to confront its own challenges

Rio de Janeiro is looking for solutions...

SocietyJan 11, 2020

Numbers of the week: Jan. 11, 2020

This is Brazil by the Numbers, a weekly digest...

SocietyJan 03, 2020

The differences between studying in Brazil and the U.S.

Many Brazilian young people, if they have the means,...
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Society Jan 01, 2020

Crime, cockroaches, and decapitations: the shocking reality of Brazilian prisons

On New Year’s Day, 2017, a riot broke out at the Anísio Jobim penitentiary to the north of the Amazonian city of Manaus. Fueled...

Society Dec 30, 2019

9 times Hollywood showed it knows nothing about Brazil

While the world slowly becomes aware of what happens in Brazil, many foreigners still only know our country through the many clichés created by...
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Society Dec 26, 2019

Brazilian movies to watch on Netflix during the holidays

2019 was an important year for Brazilian movies. In spite of government budget cuts and the end of sponsorship deals from state-owned companies that...


A survey of average summer temperatures in Brazilian state capitals shows rising temperatures across the board

EnvironmentDec 31, 2019

Statistic of the decade: The massive deforestation of the Amazon

This year, I was on the judging panel for...

EnvironmentDec 18, 2019

Bolsonaro year 1: Environment

Of all the sectors of the Jair Bolsonaro government,...

EnvironmentDec 16, 2019

Oil stains in Brazil destroy local fishing industry

More than 100 days have passed since the first...
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Environment Dec 15, 2019

Foreign firms fined for environmental foul play

Since the rise of President Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil has become something of an international pariah when it comes to environmental issues. The far-right sitting...
How did Brazil fare in the United Nations' COP 25?

Environment Dec 12, 2019

How did Brazil fare in the United Nations’ COP 25?

One would have to go to the back of the very last conference room to find the small stand housing the “Brazil Climate Action...
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Environment Dec 12, 2019

The indigenous ‘guardians’ giving their lives for their ancestral lands

On a clear enough day, you could probably see the indigenous territory of Araribóia from space. Not because of its size—at 4,130 square kilometers...

Latin America

As pointed out by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Latin America is a region aging at a fast and unprecedented pace. Right now, about 11 percent of the region’s...

Latin AmericaJan 10, 2020

Ideology and trade pose Iran dilemma for Bolsonaro government

Brazil and Argentina have traditionally held close...

Latin AmericaJan 08, 2020

Venezuela back in the spotlight after physical struggle for Congress

After Juan Guaidó's project to oust President...

Latin AmericaDec 10, 2019

The future of Brazil-Argentina relations

Heads of state from around Latin America will be...
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Latin America Dec 07, 2019

Legal marijuana in Uruguay: example or cautionary tale?

Uruguay blazed a trail worldwide in the legalization of marijuana. Under the left-wing administration of former President José Mujica, the tiny South American nation...
Why Latin America went from boom to bust

Latin America Nov 23, 2019

Why Latin America went from boom to bust

Latin America enjoyed a golden age in the 2000s, a decade defined by sustained economic growth and decreasing levels of inequality, with around 50...
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Latin America Nov 20, 2019

Why Operation Car Wash wants to arrest Paraguay’s ex-president

Since the inception of Operation Car Wash in 2014, it was a matter of time before Brazil’s sweeping corruption investigation into wrongdoings within construction...


Felipe Santa Cruz, a vocal critic of the Bolsonaro government, speaks to The Brazilian Report about Sergio Moro, labor rights, and the political landscape in Brazil

OpinionJan 06, 2020

A look to the future and the future of the center

Technological development has trampled everything humanity was once used...

OpinionDec 28, 2019

A turbulent decade comes to a close

A lot can happen in ten years. Nowadays, some...

OpinionNov 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...
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Opinion Nov 15, 2019

Deodoro and Bolsonaro: Frenemies of the Republic

On November 15, 1889, the Brazilian Armed Forces put an end to the reign of Emperor Dom Pedro II—and with that, the monarchical system...
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Opinion Nov 13, 2019

Why what happened in Bolivia was a coup

Bolivia woke up to a new interim president today in Jeanine Áñez, who was serving as the second deputy to Bolivia’s Senate President. She...
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Opinion Nov 03, 2019

Why Jair Bolsonaro is not solely to blame for Brazil’s toxic politics

A year ago, on October 28, 2018, Jair Bolsonaro was elected president of Brazil in an election that was as polarising as it was...


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 vast pastures and nothingness. Once...

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...

TourismAug 18, 2019

Spending New Year in Brazil? You should book now

Brazil’s New Year celebrations are world-famous. In coastal towns,...
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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...
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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...
Despite Bolsonaro, Brazil is one of the world's top LGBTQ tourism destinations

Tourism May 17, 2019

Despite Bolsonaro, Brazil is one of the world’s top LGBTQ tourism destinations

“Brazil can’t be the country of gay tourism,” said President Jair Bolsonaro during a meeting with journalists last month. “We have families here.” Well,...


Hello, and welcome to the Brazil Sports newsletter! With the league season brought to a close, we look at the momentous relegation of Cruzeiro, one of the country’s biggest...

SportsDec 02, 2019

Remember the birth of the UFC

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

SportsNov 25, 2019

Flamengo: champions of … well, just about everything

Welcome back to the Brazil Sports newsletter! After a...

SportsNov 22, 2019

Copa Libertadores final: what you need to know

Leading up to the Copa Libertadores final (Flamengo v....
2019, a defining year for Brazilian women's football

Sports Nov 18, 2019

2019, a defining year for Brazilian women’s football

Welcome back to the Brazil Sports newsletter. This week, we look back at a potentially game-changing year for women’s football in Brazil. Also, with...
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Sports Nov 11, 2019

When sport meets politics in South America

Hello and welcome back to the Brazil Sports newsletter. This week, with the news of the Copa Libertadores final being moved after protests in...
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Sports Nov 04, 2019

Mining talent at the U-17 World Cup

Welcome back to the Brazil Sports newsletter. This week, we’re looking at the rough Brazilian diamonds on display at the U-17 World Cup, being...

Guide to Brazil

For years, geologists and geographers from Brazil and abroad have been studying the landscapes that shape the floodplain of the Rio Negro, in the southern portion of the Pantanal....

Guide to BrazilDec 29, 2019

Six Brazilian Portuguese mistakes common to English speakers

Among the Western Romance tongues, Brazilian Portuguese is one...

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...
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Guide to Brazil Aug 21, 2019

A guide to Brazil’s main regulatory agencies

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,...
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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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