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.

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.

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.

Invading Rio’s Rocinha

This week, everybody in Brazil – and especially in Rio de Janeiro – was talking about the “peaceful” police invasion of Rocinha, the largest – and most (in)famous – favela in the Americas.

Gaddafi’s Brazilian Features

Famed for its cutting-edge technology and affordable prices, Brazil has long been known as the plastic surgery capital of the world. For years now, Rio de Janeiro (a city where appearances matter enormously) has been a mecca for celebrities from around Brazil and the world in search of a little nip or tuck, not to mention “cosmetic vacationers” who combine going under the scalpel with post-op trips to beach and mountain retreats.

Eyes Peeled on the Transpantaneira

In 1972, the Brazilian military government began concretizing its ambitious if foolhardy idea of building a highway that would cut right through the Brazilian Pantanal. The highway known as the Transpantaneira never got very far, but what it lacks in terms of people, it more than makes up for in terms of wildlife.