Making a Killing

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

On 4 March, police investigating corruption at Brazil’s state oil company detained the country’s ex-president Luis Inácio Lula da Silva. Less than two weeks later, Lula’s protégée and successor, Dilma Rousseff, installed him as her chief of staff. Trapped between a sclerotic economy and the threat of impeachment for misrepresenting the state of the public […]

Altering the Landscape

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

‘Who he?’ will ask many a general reader on seeing the name of the Brazilian designer Roberto Burle (pronounced ‘Burly’) Marx (1909–94). He was arguably the greatest landscape architect of the 20th century, but it is symptomatic of the dubious status of that profession that he is so little known outside his native country and a small design coterie

Corinthian Spirits

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

When the World Cup kicks off in São Paulo on 12 June, it will feel, for many, as if football has returned to its spiritual home – a remarkable notion given that little more than a century ago the game was principally a pastime for small groups of rich European expats. Now, as Andreas Campomar […]

BRIC Lit

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

In 2001 an economist at Goldman Sachs coined the acronym BRIC to denote the rising powers of the world economy. Brazil, Russia, India and China, it was bullishly forecast, would become the dominant financial forces by 2050. With Brazil and Russia suffering recessions in the last five years and India and China experiencing a slackening […]

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