‘Iolani Palace, with its glass and ironwork imported from San Francisco and its Corinthian columns, is the only true royal palace in America.

Best Sights in Downtown Honolulu

The best sights in downtown Honolulu are steeped in Hawaii’s political history. Those interested in architecture will find plenty to capture their interest, especially in America’s only true royal palace and a New England-style church built from hand-harvested coral.

The Texas State Capitol building in Austin.

Seeing the Texas State Capitol and Governor’s Mansion

The Texas State Capitol is the nucleus of Austin, both historically and visually, and located not too far from the Governor’s Mansion. A must-see for history buffs and equally engaging for those interested in architecture or politics, both of these grand old buildings have survived years of hard politics and even harder renovations.

The Brazilian flag on a white background.

Obamas Take to the Campaign Trail in Brazil

With impressively loose restrictions on the names that can be placed on ballots, Brazilians are faced with no less than 5 Batmans and 16 Obamas running for office in the country’s upcoming municipal elections, the first round of which takes place on October 7.

Mercado Municipal building in Diamantina

When Oscar Came to Town

Most people who visit Diamantina are lured by the splendid colonial architecture that has earned the 18th-century diamond mining town UNESCO World Heritage status. Yet amidst the elegant colonial homes and ornate baroque churches lie the traces of a small but seminal moment in Brazilian Modernism.

Brazil Keeps its Cool as World Cup Deadlines Loom

Even though there are still two years to go before Brazil kicks off its much anticipated hosting duties of the 2014 World Cup, not a day goes by where the looming event is not mentioned in the press or comes up in the most innocuous and casual conversations.

A sloping stone wall and a flaglike sculpture with the figure of a man are mirrored in a reflecting pool.

Brasília’s Top Sights

It will take you a full day at minimum to visit Brasília’s architectural marvels. Although most are located along the Eixo Monumental, its length, coupled with the inevitably scalding sun, means you’ll have to combine walking with buses and taxis to get from one end to the other.

SESC and the City

Created in 1946, SESC is a private nonprofit organization whose role – to improve workers’ lives via access to education, culture, health, and recreation – is included in the Brazilian constitution and whose funding is assured by a 1.5 percent payroll tax imposed on Brazilian companies.

Argentines’ Dollar Crisis Deepens

While flying from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 2002, Wayne Bernhardson found himself seated next to an Argentine, bound for New York on business who, because his government had frozen bank accounts, found himself cashless. Now, ten years later, history may be repeating itself for foreign-bound Argentines.

Bahia’s Police Strike

As a result of a state-wide strike of Bahia’s military police that began on February 1, Salvador was prey to random looting, blocked highways, soaring homicide levels, and a sudden and general malaise among the population that oscillated between subtle tension and full-blown panic.