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Bolsonaro Reiterates That Covid Vaccine Will not be Compulsory

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Friday morning, January 22nd, President Jair Bolsonaro reiterated that vaccination against Covid-19 will not be compulsory. But, since they were approved by ANVISA (National Health Surveillance Agency) they will be distributed throughout the country. "People were saying that I was against the vaccine. I...
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Bill may Prolong Emergency Aid in Brazil Until April in the Amount of R$600

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Bill 5650/20 prolongs the payment of emergency aid as a measure to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic until April this...

Blood Bank at Critical Level in São Paulo

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The São Paulo Blood Bank stocks are critical. According to the institution, there is a particular need for blood...

Brazil Registered a Record Number of Divorces During the Coronavirus Pandemic

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Between July and December last year, notaries throughout the country received 43,859 requests for marital dissolution. Living together in...

Analysis: Vowing Budget Control, Brazil Faces Pressure to Keep Spending

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Reuters) Brazil’s government entered 2021 determined to slash last year’s record budget deficit, but a devastating second wave of...

Neither Company Earnings Nor Data: Vaccines Now Steering Investor Sentiment

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Reuters) Forget economic data releases and corporate trading statements -- vaccine rollout progress is what fund managers and analysts...

After Billion-reais Investment, Brazilian Unicorn C6 Bank Faces First Image Challenge

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - It was still 2020, early December, when a group of 40 investors, led by Credit Suisse, invested R$1.3 billion...
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Neither Company Earnings Nor Data: Vaccines Now Steering Investor Sentiment

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Reuters) Forget economic data releases and corporate trading statements -- vaccine rollout progress is what fund managers and analysts...

After Billion-reais Investment, Brazilian Unicorn C6 Bank Faces First Image Challenge

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - It was still 2020, early December, when a group of 40 investors, led by Credit Suisse, invested R$1.3 billion...

Zara to Close Smaller Stores in Brazil, Focus on Online Sales

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Fashion retailer Zara, from Spanish group Inditex, will close seven stores in Brazil. The number represents a little over...

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Brazil Deploys 8,500 Armed Forces in Rio de Janeiro

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The government announced yesterday (July 28th) that the implementation of the National Security Plan in...

In Colombia, Citizens are Bound by Their Feet for Quarantine Violation

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In the past week, the municipal government of Tuchín, Córdoba, Colombia, stepped up its punishment of residents who violate...

Rio de Janeiro Recorded Heat Index of 54.8ºC on Saturday

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Those who were at Santa Cruz station, in Rio de Janeiro, around 12:45 PM on Saturday, felt as if...

More Than 50 Million Brazilians Living Below Poverty Line

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Data released yesterday (December 15th) by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) shows...

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The Brazilian Livestreams Guide for Friday, January 22, 2021

LIVE EVENT - RIO DE JANEIRO: Toninho Geraes (Lapa) - The samba composer Toninho Geraes is tonight's attraction at Beco do Rato. Author of samba singles...

The Brazilian Livestreams Guide for Thursday, January 21, 2021

LIVE EVENT - RIO DE JANEIRO: Inácio Rios and Mosquito (Lapa) - These two prominent composers from Rio's new samba generation will perform together at...

The Brazilian Livestreams Guide for Wednesday, January 20, 2021

LIVE EVENT - RIO DE JANEIRO: Samba do Sombrinha (Lapa) - Sombrinha, one of the most respected musicians from Rio's pagode scene, will be starring...

The Brazilian Livestreams Guide for Tuesday, January 19, 2021

LIVE EVENT - SÃO PAULO: FREE.ta Jazz (Vila Madalena) - FREE.ta Jazz is back to Nossa Casa Confraria, bringing the best of jazz to the...

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Artists, Urbanists Ask How to Support Favela Culture at City, Favela and Heritage Forum

By Mariana Gomes, in partnership with RioOnWatch.org RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rio de Janeiro’s wealth of artistic talent includes many under-represented voices from favelas, whose...

So, You’re Brazilian…But Where Are You Really From?

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - You probably have to be a millennial or older to remember this joke from the early days of America’s...

Rio’s Urban Peripheries Literary Festival Celebrates Brazilian Black Feminist Pioneers

By Pilar Boyero in partnership with RioOnWatch.org RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rio's Urban Peripheries Literary Festival (FLUP), which has taken place since 2012 across...

Brazil Seen as One of Best Places to Obtain Second Residency

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – While many Brazilians are trying to find ways to move permanently out of the country, Patricia Nunes Leigh and her...

Travel

Minas Gerais Chosen As One of World’s Top Ten Welcoming Regions

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Iron in souls, love for others - the state of Minas Gerais was considered by the Traveller Review Awards...

Traveling to Uruguay During Covid-19: What You Need to Know Before You Go

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - If you're planning a trip to Uruguay, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to...
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Why Bolivia Should Be Your Next Wine Destination

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In 2013, Montevideo, Uruguay hosted a blind wine-tasting contest. Tasters sampled tannat wines, made with a grape originating (but...

Mexico Travel Restrictions: Things Tourists Should Know for 2021

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Mexico remains open to U.S. travelers this winter. While the U.S.-Mexico land border continues to be closed to non-essential...

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Opinion: Portugal Covid Management – Among the Worst in the World?

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) In a statement on January 21st, in which he shamelessly blamed the population for the surge in Covid...

Gringo View: Class War – ‘Them’ and ‘Us’

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) Donald Trump has finally disappeared from center stage and Joe Biden has been inaugurated as the 46th president...

Opinion: Rethinking the Unthinkable – Trump’s Resignation, Ouster, or Impeachment

Ribeirão Preto, SP - (Opinion) In our “Unthinking the Unthinkable” essay, published early on January 6th, a few hours before the truly unthinkable occurred...

Gringo View: Watching History Happen in Real Time

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) “The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing...

Opinion: Thinking the Unthinkable – Is “Loser” Trump Truly Deranged?

RIBEIRÃO PRETO, SP -  (Opinion) The most concise definition of Trump Derangement Syndrome, abbreviated TDS, is a "hatred of President Trump so intense that...
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