Brazil’s international profile may be rising, but it continues to face serious domestic challenges: This year the country became the world's sixth-largest economy, but ranked only 84th on the UN Human Development Index — below countries like Libya and Venezuela. So has Brazil really has arrived?
The story of a Brazilian man who died after performing the role of Judas in the Passion of the Christ inspired writer Ian Belknap to think about this story as a performance piece gone inspirationally wrong.
Governor Pat Quinn met with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Monday to discuss Illinois's exports to South America. Today, Eight Forty-Eight catches up with the Governor to talk about that meeting. We'll also ask the Governor about rising gas prices and the future of video gaming law in Illinois.
On this week's Global Notes, Jerome and Tony Sarabia listen to cuts from Brazilian artist Gal Costa's latest labum, Recanto. A veteran of Brazil's Tropicalismo music scene, Costa records songs in Portuguese, Spanish and English.
Rio de Janeiro is set to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. In order to get Rio ready for these global events the government has taken over many of Rio’s slums, known as favelas. That’s meant demolishing buildings and in many instances evicting people from the
Hungary’s conservative Fidesz party overhauled the central European nation’s constitution and passed laws that consolidate power. The changes may violate the Lisbon Treaty, which governs E.U. membership.
In September 1969, left-wing activists kidnapped U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Charles Burke Elbrick to protest the military dictatorship in power. In exchange, they demanded the release of 15 of their comrades.