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The 1980s Trade War between Brasil… and Apple.

The first Macintosh clone was an unauthorized copy produced by a Brazilian company in 1986. The fallout from that effort nearly helped start a trade war... By Adam Rosen. Original version at Cult of Mac. The...

Forever in the Future?

Brasil’s streets have been filled with protests in the last few weeks, evoking similar events taking place earlier in the year. Most of the demonstrators are supporters of the defeated presidential...

Nanette Blitz Konig: I survived the Holocaust.

“E.S. talks too much and isn't funny,” a 13 year old Anne Frank wrote in her diary, “people say she can't stand me but I don't care because I don't like...

Mani Pulite: Italy’s “Lava-Jato”

Shortly before his death in 2012, and seeking to make amends, Reginald Bartholomew, former US Ambassador to Italy in the early-mid 1990s, confessed to US State Department, intelligence and law enforcement's...

The Curious Case of the Brazilian Royal Family

When Napoleon Bonaparte and his troops invaded Portugal the royal family fled to Brazil. In 1822 they declared independence and Dom Pedro I became the head of the western hemisphere's only...

The United States and Brasil: On Reaping What You Sow

By Jan K. Black It was often said in Latin America in the early 1960s that when the United States sneezed, Latin America caught pneumonia. In fact, it was repeated year after...

Vera Sílvia Magalhães

No country’s history, society, or politics is defined merely by its (male) political leaders. During the dictatorship, millions of Brazilians resisted the military’s authority (even while millions more supported it), and...

Transforming Brasil – A History of National Development in the Postwar Era

'Transforming Brazil: a History of National Development in the Postwar Era' critically revisits the context of the time in Brazil in order to reexamine traditional questions and notions pertaining to the...

United States Penetration of Brasil – Epilogue

In her 1977 book "United States Penetration of Brazil", former CIA researcher, Professor Jan K Black exposed the complex role the US had played in Brazil's 1964 coup and its governance since. This extremely detailed...

Sixty Years Later: What Have We Learned?

Successive demonstrations in its most important cities, brawls between militants of opposing ideological sides who see the other as an enemy rather than a political adversary, growing numbers of strikes, verbal...

Democracy in Black and White – Football and the Fight Against Dictatorship

The role of the Corinthians’ Democracy in Brasil’s re-democratization: Director Pedro Asbeg discusses Democracy in Black & White Fear of police, social tyranny and a highly repressive government once marked everyday life in...

Brasil’s Citizen Kanes

Brasil has a healthy and noisy media landscape; from sophisticated daily papers and weekly magazines comparable to any in Europe, right through to trashy supermarket rags like you see across the...

8 Essential books on Brazilian architecture

Neither is it the right angle, which attracts me, nor the straight line, hard, inflexible, made by men. What attracts me is the curve, free and sensual, the curve I find...

São Paulo, 1947

In 1947 LIFE Magazine published an extensive feature on the "New York of the South", São Paulo. Here are those Dmitri Kessel photographs in full. (Source: Skyscrapercity).

8 Essential books on Brasil

The complexities of contemporary Brazil can be difficult to understand at the best of times. The editors at Brasil Wire have put together a primer of books about Brasil to help readers,...
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