A Brazilian Ballerina in New York: Interview with Ingrid Silva

Ingrid Silva was eight years old when she started doing ballet. Like other little girls, she started out going to classes with a sibling—in her case, her brother—and worked her way up to professional training and eventually, achieved an accomplishment many only dream of: getting into a company. But Ingrid isn't your typical ballerina ....more

Five Dilemmas of Rio's Pacification Strategy

As troops stormed Rio's Maré favela on Sunday to prepare to install a permanent police presence as a part of the city's security strategy, the so-called pacification program is coming under increasing scrutiny. The cracks have begun to show more clearly and the illusion of peace has frayed. In 2014, four military police have been killed in "pacified" favelas ....more

Fifty Years After Brazil's Military Dictatorship Began

This month marks 50 years since the beginning of Brazil's military dictatorship. On March 31, 1964, a coup began that resulted in the overthrow of President João Goulart the following day. The military then ruled the country until 1985 ....more

What's Behind Rio's Garbage Worker Strike

You may have seen him during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics or doing Carnival in Rio, and chances are you'll see him again during the World Cup or Rio 2016 Games. Known as Renato Sorriso, or Smiley Renato, he is Brazil's most famous garbage man. He dances in his orange uniform, that of Comlurb, the city's municipal trash company, with a broom and a big grin, belying the tough nature of his job ....more

How It All Began

The complete story. I studied abroad my junior year of college in the Dominican Republic and Argentina, and fell in love with living abroad. While I was in Argentina, I missed Caribbean culture, and I actually became fascinated by Brazilian culture ....more

What Do Venezuela and Brazil's Protests Have in Common?

If Brazil is not for beginners, as the saying goes, then Venezuela is truly for the experts. But as far as the two countries' recent protest experiences go, they have a few interesting elements in common. At first glance, the countries seem quite different: Venezuela is deeply and bitterly polarized politically, with shortages of basic food staples and goods, rising inflation, spiraling crime rates, and what some say is a breakdown of institutions ....more

Taking Brazil Seriously

"Brazil is not a serious country," French statesman Charles de Gaulle allegedly once said. The insult would continue to haunt the country for decades to come, and has become the kind of foreigner's mentality that Brazilians have come to loath and expect. And it's the type of outlook that looks likely to come from both the foreign media and international tourists during the World Cup ....more

Beyond the Bike Lock Incident: Vigilante Justice in Brazil

Flamengo is a picturesque middle-class neighborhood in Rio that sits on the Guanabara Bay with tree-lined streets and upscale apartment buildings. There's a big park on the water filled with joggers and bikers, and soccer games going on at all hours of the day and night. In this area, you can catch breathtaking views of the bay and Sugarloaf Mountain, and Corovado looming above the water ....more

What's Next for Brazil's Rolezinhos?

Though there hasn't been a major rolezinho in over a week, the debate about these mass teen gatherings continues to rage in Brazil. Over the weekend, several protest rolezinhos took place in at least five cities, and more are planned throughout the country in coming weeks. So what's the latest on the rolezinho front? ...more