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Avenida Paulista by Juca Martins

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In Brazil, not all emergencies are equal... photo by Ricardo Aguiar

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The Gemstone Hunters

Digging for aquamarines by Ricardo Azoury

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Losing Their Religion?

Society & Culture | Culture & Society

photo Ricardo Azoury

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A Fighting Chance

photos Luciana Whitaker

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The Beginning of the End

by Paulo Fridman / Pulsar Imagens

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Stolen Beauty

by João Roberto Ripper

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Energy & Enterprise

Deepest Oil: the financial risks: photo Ricardo Azoury

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Courting Trouble
Vox Politics
Brazilian High Court takes a bad turn
by José Murilo De Carvalho

Last year, when The Supreme Court convicted several former high ranking government in a political corruption trial, public expectations soared. The high court, together with the Attorney General and the Public Prosecutor's Office (Ministério Público), had fuelled popular hopes that change was in the wind and that the verdicts in the so-called mensalao (monthly payoff) scheme would be an inflection in the historical curve of Brazilian jurisprudence to introduce a broader and more current role for the law in our society. But not for long.

As it happened, the arrival of two new justices to the court converted the long-awaited turning point into just a wrong turn, something to be corrected. And indeed it was, as the new bench ruled to allow so called embargos infringentes. A controversial holdover from an outdated legal code, the embargoes are motions that grant any defendant convicted in a close or split decision the right to a new trial. As a result, 12 of the 25 people convicted in the historic corruption case, including former top government officials, stand a chance of seeing their sentences reduced by the same court that condemned them.

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Faith Healer
Society & Culture

faith healer from Ricardo Azoury on Vimeo.

 

Pop Priest Marcelo Rossi

After a weeklong visit to Latin America's biggest Catholic congregation, the Argentine-born Pontiff left a trail of good will with his unadorned missionary style and no-barriers sweep of the Cidade Maravilhosa. What other potentate would risk surfing a crowd with his window wide open, as Francis did when his motorcade took an unscheduled turn onto Avenida Presidente Vargas, Rio's gridlocked dowtown thoroughfare? And anyone who can set the Brazilians to speaking admiringly of an Argentine has to be something of a miracle worker.

But now the pope is gone.

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Flying South
Society & Culture

Foreign talent flocks to Brazil for jobs and opportunities

by Adriana Marcolini
And suddenly, they are everywhere. They are Portuguese, Spanish, Greek, Irish, French, Italians, Americans. You can find them in the bars and restaurants, on the streets and public squares of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. They are engineers, marketing executives, financial wizards and oil industry experts. And gradually, this high-skills immigrant tide is transforming the landscape of major Brazilian cities - indeed of Brazilian society itself.

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Reviving Rio
Vox Politics

Rio's long road to recovery

by Mauro Osorio da Silva
The rise of Rio de Janeiro from colonial jewel to seat of the modern republic is a story that Brazilian schoolchildren know by heart. What's less familiar, and much less understood, is the more recent history of the Marvelous City's stagnation and decline. Knowing and confronting both sides of the Rio story is essential to reinventing Brazil's fabled metropolis. The good news is that effort has begun. How long the recovery will take and how far reaching it will be are decisions that only the Cariocas can make.

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