Guide to Brazil

Early in the morning on March 17, 2014, federal marshals launched the so-called Operation Car Wash. A group of detectives had been investigating a gang that had used a gas station just three kilometers away from Congress as a...

Guide to BrazilOct 16, 2017

How does Brazil’s justice system actually work?

Public trust in the U.S. legal system might hover...

Guide to BrazilOct 16, 2017

Brazil’s Supreme Court: a trial machine

In April 2005, Carlos Velloso ruled on one of...

Guide to BrazilOct 15, 2017

So, just how does the Brazilian political system work?

Foreigners sometimes seem dazzled by the high voter turnouts...

Guide to Brazil Oct 15, 2017

‘Jeitinho brasileiro’, or the Brazilian way

If you’re at all familiar with Brazil, then you’ve probably heard about the “jeitinho brasileiro” – or the Brazilian way. This expression refers to...

Guide to Brazil Oct 15, 2017

Do you need a visa to visit Brazil?

Brazil has a visa policy that’s based on a principle of reciprocity: if we Brazilians need a visa to enter your country, then you’ll...

Guide to Brazil Oct 15, 2017

Violence in Brazil

Brazil is home to 19 of the world’s 50 most violent cities, according to Mexico City think tank the Citizen Council on Public Security,...

Guide to Brazil Oct 15, 2017

Gender issues in Brazil

Of Brazil’s 207.7 million inhabitants, just over half are women. Women are gaining ground in important areas, occupying 43 percent of the workplace and...

Guide to Brazil Oct 15, 2017

Race in Brazil

When Brazil’s national statistics institute IGBE carried out its most recent national census in 2010, the results were unexpected. For the first time ever,...

Guide to Brazil Oct 15, 2017

Religion in Brazil

Between exposés on the rise of Evangelical Churches and photos of exorcisms, Brazil’s rise in Evangelical Christianity has in recent years become the subject...

Guide to Brazil Oct 15, 2017

Breaking down Brazil’s population

Brazil currently has a population of 207,995,710, with one new Brazilian born about every 21 seconds. By the time the next census is released...

Guide to Brazil Oct 15, 2017

Is Brazilian Portuguese a language of its own?

Brazil, as with Portugal and seven other countries spread through Africa and Asia, has Portuguese as its official tongue. However, our language is by...

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Brazil during the World Wars

While the rest of the planet teetered on the brink of one of history’s most expansive wars, we were busy looking inwards. The Contestado...

Guide to Brazil Oct 15, 2017

Brazil’s New Republic

Although our 1985 elections were indirect, they are widely hailed as the beginning of modern Brazil – also known as the New Republic. Tancredo...

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Brazil’s military dictatorship

Simmering tensions under the surface, an increasingly authoritarian leadership, and swelling military power cast a shadow over Brazil starting from the mid-1960s. Over the...

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The Getulio Vargas Era in Brazil

During the first few decades of the Brazilian Republic, oligarchs from São Paulo and Minas Gerais dominated the national political scene. They had a...

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Brazil’s First Republic

On November 15, 1889, a group of military personnel seized the Imperial Government of Pedro II and ended the monarchy, 67 years after our...

Guide to Brazil Oct 15, 2017

Slavery in Brazil

On May 13, 1888, Brazilian Princess Isabel of Bragança signed Imperial Law number 3,353, a text containing just 18 words and two paragraphs. Still,...

Guide to Brazil Oct 15, 2017

The Brazilian Empire (1822-1889)

Unlike the rest of Latin America, our country’s independence was not the result of a bloody series of wars – yet it was anything...
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