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From the web: You probably should begin with the country’s main official website, that is very superficial, but offers content that targets different audiences (journalists, students, investors, tourists). Then, check on the Financial Times, that puts together recent articles about the country.LatinFocusKPMG is also useful, although you might need more updated sources. Try also the in depth analysis at Political Risk Latin America, which offers statistics and a general analysis of Brazilian economy. All the information produced by Bovespa – São Paulo Stock Exchange – is translated into English. Good news for the growing number of foreign investors.
BNDES, the Brazilian Development Bank, which finances most infra-structure projects, has a website that gives hints of the way the country is growing.
From Deep Brazil: Being gay in Rio
From the web: A few websites offer good information on the national lesbian and gay scene. Try, for instance, the Rio Gay Guide or the guide produced by the city of São Paulo.
From the web: If you want an extremely quick but reasonably decent overview of what’s going on in the country, check this Country Profile frequently updated by the BBC.
The Brazilian government created a pretty helpful website in case you want to learn about: federal projects, government structure, economy and investments, bills and coins currently in use, all sorts of basic info for tourists (visas, vaccines, extradition law, main attractions), assistance to the foreign press. Of course, it is an official source, with its dose of propaganda, but it is definitely useful.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’s Brazil Portalis a great news aggregator. Try also the Brazil Weekly.
IBGE, the federal bureau of statistics, is your best source to understand how social and economical issues are evolving.
Gringoes, a great source for foreigners moving to Brazil, offers tons of cool info: instructions on how to make phone calls; the contacts of foreign schools, associations and commerce chambers; safety tips; best places to live; and a good list of links.
Are you looking for jobs in the country? Try these websites: Catho, Indeed (Brazilian page) and Monster (Brazilian page). Good luck!
Two great sources about Brazilian culture in general that you cannot miss: The Good Blood and the Londonian Jungle Drums.
Finally, if you can read Portuguese, try the Latin American Information Center (University of Texas in Austin) or Brazilink, that offer good lists of links to Brazilian organizations that are reference in their domains and all sorts of services. Unfortunately, most of the sources they suggest are only in Portuguese
From Deep Brazil: Healthier Brazilians
From the Web: Beloved Brazilian cartoon Turma da Mônica’s website offers a few games in English and a “journey through the regions of Brazil”. Also, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a printable booklet that might be useful for young students that are learning about the country.
From Deep Brazil:Brazilian women today / Shortcut to understand the Brazilian people / Gipsies in Brazil / Tolerant neighbors (sort of) / 5 million workers under age / 130k kids under 14 are the heads of their families
From the Web: A few important organizations have websites in English (sometimes also in Spanish and French). Among others: Viva Rio (field work, research and lobby to promote a culture of peace and social development), Instituto Socioambiental (promotion of sustainability and Native Brazilians rights), Fundação SOS Mata Atlântica (the main non-profit engaged with the protection of the Atlantic rainforest), Imazon (a key player in the promotion of sustainability in the Amazon region), Ibase (a think tank that researches democracy, inequality and social exclusion) and Instituto Pólis (dedicated to urban problems and citizen rights).
Indigenous People of Brazil, published by Instituto Socioambiental, is definitely the most complete online source about Native Brazilians.
Check Some Things Around, that offers encyclopaedia-like topics about the human and biological diversity of the country. It also focus on navigation and the Brazilian coast. GreenBrazil is a good clipping effort that puts together info about both environmental issues and solutions. Tropical Biodiversity, written by Steven Alexander, an American that works with ecotourism and education in Santarém, in the Amazon, since the late seventies, is an amazing photoblog.
O Mangue, a blog written by a bi-national couple of anthropologists, offers fantastic insights about Afro-Brazilians, their culture and the challenges they face. It also publishes in-depth posts about prostitution and other social topics.
From Deep Brazil: Electoral circus
From the web: Brazil Political and Business Comment, written by a Scotsman consultant that lives in São Paulo, offers great in-depth analysis.
The American Chamber – Brasil has attracted as members virtually all American companies with operations in the country and a great number of large size Brazilian companies. It is now the biggest among the 104 American Chambers there are in the world. Also, if you need an an overview of Brazil-US trade, check for the documents published systematically by the Brazil-US Partnership, a joint initiative led by the Embassy of Brazil in Washington and supported by the Brazilian private sector.
Talk 2 Brazil is a business talk-show produced by Tom Reaoch, an American consultant that lives in Campinas, in the state of São Paulo. It is aired every Monday by LA Talk Radio, but you can also listen to older interviews on his website.
The National Congress has a decent bilingual website, if you want to take a virtual tour or learn how it works.
Check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs´s website for a series of booklets on several industries and commodities produced in the country. It also lists all Brazilian embassies, consulates and missions in the world.
From Deep Brazil: Futevôlei / Skating in Brazil / Beautiful capoeira / Soccer anthems translated in English
From the web: The Capoeirista has an amazing list of links of capoeira centers around the planet.You should also visit The Capoeira Blog (a great source for beginners). And Mandingueira is for the she-capoeiristas.
Way of Life
From the Web (mainly expats trying to understand the country):
Not Quite a Gringo is an American from Puerto Rico living in Brazil, with a light, rich outlook of the country’s daily life. Eyes on Brazil (mentioned earlier) is written by a foreigner who’s a great observer of the Brazilian way of life. Flor da Maçanilha has great insights about life in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. Maps and Legends was written by a British expatriate in Natal, in the Northeast (he is not updating it anymore, though). It is particularly interesting for those who want a Christian approach of the country. Minas International wants to connect the fluent English speaking community (both foreigners and Brazilians) in Minas Gerais. Danielle in Brazil is an American who followed her love to a small town in São Paulo. She offers great tips that might help your immigration process, specially if you intend to become an English teacher (more here). Finally try Brazilianisms, the podcasts by an American living in the country.