There's a special form of loathing reserved for a building that forces you to remove your shoes, wait in line, get groped, shell out for bad food and dash in a panic to an arbitrarily changed gate before canceling your flight.
Soccer said farewell to one of its all-time greats last week when Ronaldo announced his retirement. Brazil was awash with reflections on the career of the man with more World Cup goals than anyone else -- and Ronaldo was asked to contribute. Where would he place himself in the pantheon of Brazilian strikers?
Throughout the 1990s, São Paulo's House of Detention contained about 8,000 of Latin America's most violent criminals. Better known as Carandiru, it was once the largest prison on the continent. On October 2, 1992, a massive fight broke out in the Brazilian complex among the prisoners. It ultimately resulted in 111 inmate deaths.
As the "B" in BRIC (one of the world's fastest-growing economies alongside Russia, India and China), Brazil may very well owe its force to an emerging business and technology district in the heart of Sao Paulo, centered around an upscale avenue called Luis Carlos Berrini in the neighborhood of Brooklin.
David Neeleman, founder of Brazil's new Azul Airlines, is seated in the back of his armored Ford Fusion, stopped in a rush-hour traffic jam between the airport and his office in Sao Paulo. "How did he get dengue fever?" he asks Paulinho, the rotund, well-armed cop who moonlights as his bodyguard/driver.
For the big clubs in São Paulo, Brazil, Christmas shopping and the January sales mean cherry-picking time in Rio de Janeiro. In the biggest coup of the festive period, Corinthians took Ronaldo from under the nose of Flamengo while also snapping up midfielder Túlio and striker Jorge Henrique from Botafogo, which also lost playmaker Lúcio Flávio and left back Triguinho to Santos.
In 2005 and '06, the final of the Copa Libertadores was an all-Brazilian affair. The South American Federation took action to prevent a repeat, ruling that if two teams from the same country made it through to the last four, they'd be forced to play in the semifinals -- thus ensuring two different countries are represented in the final.
U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings looks more like a college recruiter this week, traveling through South America with American university leaders to woo international students spooked by lengthy visa delays linked to post-9/11 security.
Shopping is big business throughout the globe, but how much is actually being consumed responsibly? This month on Art of Life, we meet the people, products and charities that can help you make positive changes.
With the sale of three virtual shopping malls for nearly $200,000 earlier this year in one online game, it seems that the virtual streets are paved with gold. You can even get a bank card that will let you pay for dinner with your virtual currency.
Rio has always been a symbol of the exotic, perched on the edge of a mythical continent amid crescents of sand and emerald seas, with tall rocks merging into lush rainforest. Famously friendly, the Brazilian city has welcomed all-comers, from Hollywood icons and European royalty to great train robbers and immigrants from every corner of the globe. Cariocas have generally been happy with their role as ambassadors for an exportable ideal of Brazil as an endless beach party, leaving politics and business to the bureaucrats of Brasilia and the industrialists of Sao Paulo. But the image has been shattered in recent years by the untrammelled expansion of the favelas which has brought the city of five-star hotels and luxury apartments face to face with a desperate mirror image of poverty and violence. Bizarrely, following the global success of "City of God" and its documentary successor "Favela Rising" -- both Oscar-nominated -- the city of bullets, beaches and bossa nova beats has never been hotter. It's undoub
A criminal gang in Brazil launched a wave of attacks against police stations in greater Sao Paulo and uprisings in 64 jails across Sao Paulo state at the weekend, resulting in at least 52 deaths, authorities said.
The Scene hung out in Rio de Janeiro with musician and actor Seu Jorge. Do you have a favorite beach, bar or restaurant for the Brazilian city? Which is your favorite Seu Jorge song? Send us your comments and we'll post them below.