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Whenever you travel, you really want to do what the locals do.  In Brazil, that is not only a dicey proposition, but also a downright scary one.  On a typical Friday night in Rio de Janeiro, a mix of young locals and tourists sip caipirinhas and dance along to a samba-infused rock band at the Maze, a combination bed-and-breakfast and night club. The moonlit vistas of Sugar Loaf and Guanabara Bay command nearly as much attention as the music; between sets, partiers flood up to the roof for fresh air and to take in a view that is better than those of any hotel on Ipanema Beach.  But it’s not the Beach, it’s the favela.

Read Danielle Renwick’s The New York Times article here:

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Thoughts of Brazil usually elicit a pleasant smile across the lips of anyone who has ever been to the country.  Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff gave the opening speech as the U.N. General Assembly opened and pushed for a Brazilian seat on the Security Council. Frankly, I think it’s a bit too much too soon.  Despite a hot economy, Brazil really doesn’t have much influence beyond the Americas, some might even say North of Miami.  The bets are still off on Brazil, just ask any Brazilian who is hedging their money in Miami.

Read Vinod Sreeharsa Miami Herald article here:

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Here’s another example of the old Brazil vs. the new Brazil.  Although Brazil is trying to take serious strides towards creating a real law and order society, the population is still stuck in the middle between the criminals on one side, and the rogue remnants of authoritarianism on the other.  Judge Patricia Acioli was known for wielding a “heavy hammer,” especially against rogue police who have formed illegal vigilante gangs. She had put more than 60 officers behind bars, most of them for murder.  She was murdered by the same rogue cops she had been sentencing to jail.  Mind how you go if you go to Brazil.

 

Read Juliana Barbassa’s Miami Herald article here:

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Native Portuguese speakers dominated the final of the Ms. Universe pageant which was held recently in Brazil.  And in the end, a lovely African princess was dubbed the new Ms. Universe.  Newly crowned Miss Universe Leila Lopes wants to help her native Angola further escape a history of war and impoverishment and said she plans to focus on combating HIV around the globe.  Tall task that.  As for me, I took one look at her smile and I’ll do whatever she asks me to.

Read Bradley Brooks’ Miami Herald article here: http://bit.ly/nJtofh

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As the world watches and waits in anticipation of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil is engaged in a war, quite literally.  As Brazilian troops flooded into Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela last week (Alemao or “Germantown”) after other Brazilian soldiers had come under attack by drug traffickers, observers are making note of the fact that Brazil’s transformation as a serious global powerhouse will not be without struggle with itself.  The remnants of the past fear the future, and are thus willing to bet their lives and livelihoods against it.  The world is praying that Brazil’s future self is victorious over Brazil’s past.
Read Flora Charner’s Miami Herald article here: http://bit.ly/mVXUdu

 

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Miami is a lot like Lebanon:  It’s been overrun by a lot of different people throughout history, and it’s just a matter of time before the next wave of rulers takes over.  The latest rulers of Miami, at least with their pocket books, might surprise you.  No, it’s not the oligarchs from Russia, or Warren Buffet. Nor is it any famous (or infamous) billionaires. The guys who are busy buying up Miami have had a love affair with the tropical Latino city for decades now, live a little farther south, and are known for supermodel women, super soccer stars, samba, and the biggest jungle on the planet. The people buying up Miami are scores and scores of Brazilians.
Read Forbes article here:

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