Category Archives: Brazil

Thoughts of the Day 8

I don’t understand why supermarkets, all around the world, by the way, are trying to force me to use a metal instrument when I want to buy some bread. You remember my article about the longest possible train journey and … Continue reading

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How not to get robbed in South America

“If you are going to be pick-pocketed or mugged in Brazil, Salvador is likely to be the place,” says the Lonely Planet guide on South America. “Don’t take anything with you when you walk around Salvador. No watch, no expensive … Continue reading

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The man who predicted the financial crisis

We should have listened to Brazil. Ferndando Henrique Cardoso, the country’s president from 1995 to 2002, warned as early as 1995 and numerous times thereafter that the IMF and the World bank were no longer equipped to deal with the … Continue reading

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Thoughts of the Day 5

When Donald Trump praises his pick for Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis, as “the closest thing to General George Patton we have”, does he refer to the mistreatment of soldiers or to Patton’s antisemitism? After my story about the Peruvian girl, … Continue reading

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The dog is watching out

(Photographed in Salvador, Brazil.)

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Paulo Coelho

“Peru has Mario Vargas Llosa. Colombia has Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Mexico has Carlos Fuentes. I am so tired of Brazil: only samba, beach and sex. We have nothing intellectual!” the girl at the check-out counter at Belem Library complained. “It’s … Continue reading

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We even used to have a theater.

Lencois in Brazil is a typical town that had a boom (diamonds, in this case) and then a bust. Recently, tourism has revived it a bit. But where diamond miners still cared about music, opera and theater, tourists don’t. And another … Continue reading

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