Each Friday, Roads & Kingdoms and Slate publish a new dispatch from around the globe. For more foreign correspondence mixed with food, war, travel, and photography, visit their online magazine or follow @roadskingdoms on Twitter. LAGOA DA CONFUSÃO, Brazil—It was noon, and we were driving west as drab fields of parched soybean and scrub rushed past. Our goal was to...
The wine waiter in a smart restaurant in São Paulo, Brazil's economic powerhouse, holds up a bottle for his customers. He handles it as lovingly as a baby, then pours the wine into plastic cups. The pipes under the washbasins in the spotless toilets have been removed, so the water collects in bowls beneath and a notice asks customers to “please use this water to flush the toilets”. In the past few months this city of superlatives – the richest, most densely populated, with the most cars – has (...)
Avec 11 millions d’habitants et une croissance démographique galopante, la capitale économique du pays concentre tous les problèmes, et c’est ce qui a fait descendre en masse les Brésiliens dans la rue en juin dernier.
(De Sao Paulo) Lorsque vous sortez du JP Hôtel de Ribeirao Preto qui hébergera les Bleus durant la Coupe du monde, il suffit de tourner à droite puis encore à droite. Après quelques centaines de mètres à travers une zone industrielle pas très engageante, on tombe nez à nez avec le New Fantasy, le fameux « bordel » dont on cause beaucoup depuis quelques jours. Jeudi 15 mai, interrogé par un journaliste sur la proximité de ce lupanar, Didier Deschamps a botté en touche en balançant sur les journal...
Mi-avril, vingt-deux agents de la police militaire brésilienne se sont rendus en Caroline du Nord aux Etats-Unis pour suivre un entraînement musclé avec la société militaire privée Academi, plus connue sous le nom de Blackwater, a révélé le journal Folha de S.Paulo. Cette société est ...
Brazil’s president may have broken the law, but corrupt lawmakers are trying to bring her down to distract from their own problems.
SuperSonic Brazil, SaoPaulo.'s insight:
The crisis brought on by the Operation Car Wash scandals should have been part of Brazil’s painful — and extraordinary — process of establishing a functioning judiciary and fighting corruption. But Ms. Rousseff’s fall is not the logical conclusion of that happy story. Far from being the dawn of a new era, it may very well turn out to be the way the old political class reasserts control over the country — and escapes jail.
Less than a week after her re-election, Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff has thousands calling for her impeachment. One guy was even quoted by Estado de São Paulo newspaper, the nation’s second largest daily, as wishing for a return to the military dictatorship years.
After a year of massive social protest in Brazil, soccer’s governing body, FIFA, and the World Cup’s corporate sponsors are planning carefully with the government for demonstrations during the month-long tournament. Worse, a raft of proposed security legislation would almost certainly restrict freedom of assembly.
On December 3, 2012, 21-year-old Viviane Alves Guimaraes jumped from the seventh floor window of her apartment building in Sao Paulo where she was living with her mother and sister. Her suicide occurred nine days after an office Christmas party where she was drugged and raped by a colleague.
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