Society

Horrendous sanitary conditions inside a Boa Vista penitentiary have led to the spreading of serious diseases among inmates, including a mysterious "skin-eating" bacteria

SocietyJan 20, 2020

The centralization of opportunities in Brazilian cities, mapped

Jobs are poorly distributed in Brazil’s state capital cities,...

SocietyJan 18, 2020

Brazil falling behind in its fight against pedophilia

On March 28, 2019, São Paulo’s civil police knocked...

SocietyJan 15, 2020

Nut-cracking Brazilian monkeys could teach us about human evolution

Human beings were always defined as the “tool-maker species.”...

Society Jan 15, 2020

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

Rio de Janeiro is looking for solutions amid the global debate on urban planning

Society Jan 11, 2020

Numbers of the week: Jan. 11, 2020

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

Society Jan 03, 2020

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

Many Brazilian young people, if they have the means, opt to pursue their studies abroad. In fact, Brazil is among the top ten countries...

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...

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...

Society Dec 25, 2019

Inventions you didn’t know were Brazilian

Brazilians are known worldwide for their creative minds, but that is typically restricted to the fields of art and culture. Well, think again. Many...

Society Dec 24, 2019

Gourmet or gore-met? Brazil’s weirdest foods

São Paulo is known for its rich gastronomic culture. In a city with influences from everywhere—from Africa and Japan to Italy and the Middle...

Society Dec 23, 2019

Why Uruguay doesn’t celebrate Christmas

With only 3.5 million inhabitants, Uruguay is one of the countries with the most positive image abroad in all Latin America. The tiny nation...

Society Dec 22, 2019

It’s Brazil’s signature Christmas meat, but what is ‘Chester’?

Few things are more Christmassy to Brazilians than Chester, the large roasted bird that’s not quite chicken, and not quite turkey. Year in, year...

Society Dec 21, 2019

Brazil’s 2019 in numbers

This is Brazil by the Numbers, a digest of the most interesting figures tucked inside the latest news about Brazil. Random numbers that help...

Power Dec 19, 2019

Rio de Janeiro’s catastrophe under Mayor Crivella

In 2016, it seemed as if Rio de Janeiro was turning a corner. Hosting the Olympic Games, just two years after lending its legendary...

Society Dec 17, 2019

Evangelical gangs in Rio de Janeiro wage ‘holy war’ on Afro-Brazilian faiths

The expression “Evangelical drug trafficker” may sound incongruous, but in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, it’s widespread. “Charismatic Christianity” is on the rise...

Society Dec 16, 2019

Pretrial prisoners: Brazil’s forgotten inmates

A significant slice of the political squabbling in Brazil this year surrounds a concept known in legalese as “imprisonment in the second instance.” Put...

Society Dec 14, 2019

Mapping Rio de Janeiro’s gang influence

In certain neighborhoods, the “Wonderful City” of Rio de Janeiro resembles more of a warzone than a tourist attraction. For years, the city’s unique...
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