Brazil the Globalist?

Toward the beginning of the summer, President Temer officially submitted a request to join the OECD. For anyone who has followed Brazilian foreign and trade policy, this move is quite the departure from its historically closed economy and its nationalistic tendencies. The OECD is a group of mostly developed, wealthy nations. Only two Latin American … More Brazil the Globalist?

Political Polarization

It is a very interesting time here in Brazil, and I have been able to witness political commotion surrounding  current President, Michel Temer, the previous president, Dilma Rousseff, and Lula who came before them. Lula continues to toy with the idea of running for president despite his legal problems. Part of the population is indignant … More Political Polarization

“Tropa de Elite,” Ten Years Later

Tropa de Elite is one of the most viewed and highest-grossing films in Brazilian history. Released in 2007, the film launched the international fame of actor Wagner Moura, most recently known in the US for playing Pablo Escobar in the Netflix production Narcos. In Tropa de Elite, Moura stars as Capt. Nascimento of the Batalhão de Operações … More “Tropa de Elite,” Ten Years Later

Cultural Empathy

Mark Twain once said, “Traveling is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” The last point is my focus today. Living in a new country always involves some degree of culture shock; even more so when coupled with learning a language. I will admit there are a few customs that have required some adjustment during my … More Cultural Empathy

Adventures and Observations at the Immigration Museum of São Paulo

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go to the recently renovated and reopened Immigration Museum in São Paulo. The informative and moving museum is in a beautiful building with an outdoor garden full of statues and fountains. But you would have never known it on the journey arriving there… My friend and I … More Adventures and Observations at the Immigration Museum of São Paulo