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RIO DE JANEIRO — The Peruvian Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa calls Donald J. Trump a “racist imbecile.” In Mexico, people are gleefully bashing Trump piñatas after his caustic remarks about Latino immigrants in the United States. In Guatemala, a liquor company is putting up posters of Mr. Trump using a term that, when translated charitably, describes him as a jackass. Then there is Brazil, where Mr. Trump’s new 171-room stamp on the Rio de Janeiro skyline has generated so little uproar that his business partner feels perfectly comfortable trumpeting his contentious stance on immigration. “I’m a Latin and I have to say, I didn’t get offended at all with his comments,” said Paulo Figueiredo Filho, 33, a Brazilian real estate mogul and self-described conservative libertarian who is building the lavish new Trump Hotel here.

 

“I spend a lot of time in the U.S.,” Mr. Figueiredo added, “and I have seen a lot of illegal immigrants that are causing problems, causing trouble in the country, and I actually agree with him.” The relative paucity of tension around Mr. Trump’s lavish new hotel venture here — in contrast to reactions elsewhere in the Americas, where some media giants and other companies have cut ties to Mr. Trump — may reflect how Brazil is changing, and how it is not.

Rio’s skyline, marred by the skeletons of various high-profile hotel projects that have been abandoned, serves as a constant testament to the souring of Brazil’s economy, making just about any big real estate venture with a chance of being completed an inviting prospect as the city gears up to hold the 2016 Summer Olympics.

“It’s a privilege to have a Trump property in our city,” said Alfredo Lopes, the president of the city’s hotel association and the Rio Convention and Visitors Bureau, emphasizing that he had not paid much attention to the controversies surrounding Mr. Trump in the United States. “This project is a gift to Rio that will serve a very exclusive segment of the market.”

But there is a cultural dynamic at work as well. Scholars attribute some of the indifference here about Mr. Trump’s immigration remarks to an entrenched tradition in Portuguese-speaking Brazil of seeing the country as separate from its Spanish-speaking neighbors in Latin America, despite energetic diplomatic efforts in recent decades to forge stronger ties in the region.

 

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/21/world/americas/donald-trump-hotel-rio-immigration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everything about the Science Without Borders Program

BrazilThe mobility  program proposed  here aims to launch  the seeds of  what  could revolutionize  the R&D system, the  Brazilian students  and researchers  exposed to an  environment of  high  competitiveness and  entrepreneurship.

Characteristics Excellence – the best  students and researchers  will undertake research  in the best and most  relevant Universities  around the World.

Industrial interest –  the program is already  focused in areas of   strong industrial interest  (see Topics and areas of   interest). Such focus on  industrial interest will  ensure that award-holders will have strong  chances of  employment  both in industry and in  academia. CAPES and CNPq will  consider proposals aimed  at speci¿c themes  included in the program  which may be of  special  interest for the partner.

Open or clustered  approach – either an  open or clustered  approach of  partnership  is possible. Schemes to  target speci¿c areas  within key institutions  around the world are  welcomed and may help  setting up genuine and  competitive research  teams.

Institutional links –  The clustering approach  will also lead to the  establishment of  solid  academic links between  key institutions. Implementation  following rigid  standard

 

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Manager Says Pelé Is Expected to Recover

The Brazilian great Pelé is expected to make a “quick and full” recovery from a minor infection caused by a recent surgery to remove kidney stones, his manager said.

Paul Kemsley, Pelé’s manager, said in a statement that reports about the deterioration of Pelé’s condition and about his going into intensive care “were greatly exaggerated.”

“He was relocated to a special area of the hospital for privacy purposes only, because an overwhelming number of visitors prevented him from getting the necessary care and treatment,” he said. “He is expected to make a quick and full recovery.”

The Albert Einstein hospital in São Paulo, Brazil, released a statement earlier Thursday saying that Pelé, 74, was transferred to a “special care” unit after his condition became unstable. The statement created a scare in Brazil, with local news media widely reporting that Pelé’s condition had worsened.

Brazil vs. Brazil: World Cup Pits Brazilians Against One Another

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SÃO PAULO, Brazil — In February, during a protest here against the World Cup, demonstrators were running away from rubber bullets and tear gas when they bumped into a group celebrating Carnival. The Carnival people took shelter inside a bar, while cheering the police repression with shouts of: “Well done! Well done!” One man insulted a female demonstrator. He was laughing and clapping, his eyes filled with a mixture of rage and joy.

Similar scenes have been repeated across the nation in the last few weeks. It seems Brazil doesn’t have just one national team representing it during this World Cup; it has two: those who support the tournament, and those who do not.

The pro side includes all soccer fans who are passionate about the World Cup, as well as Brazilians who are aligned with the federal government. They claim that it’s a huge economic opportunity and a good way to promote Brazil abroad. They also believe our country has sufficient resources to host the tournament while still investing in public services like health care and education. For them, it makes no sense blaming the World Cup for our domestic problems. They often use the word “legacy.”

“The airports, subways and stadiums will not go back with the tourists in their suitcases. They will stay here, benefiting us all,” said President Dilma Rousseff.

The supporters say that protests should have happened seven years ago; now it’s too late to complain. Those who continue in their opposition are seen as enemies of the left-wing government — hence, protesters are considered fascists or terrorists.

The other team is represented by the activists on the streets. They are almost alone in their struggle. They face the media’s disapproval and police repression; during one February protest, there were reportedly 2,300 police officers for 1,500 protesters — more than one officer for each demonstrator. That day, 262 people were arrested.

The main reason for repressing or dismissing the protesters is that they are seen as vandals and criminals. Some of them — usually young people, many of them anarchists, who dress in black and cover their faces — do use what are called “Black Bloc” tactics. These originated in anticapitalist and antigovernment movements in Italy and Germany in the late 1970s and early ’80s. They consist of defensive tactics like forming a front line to protect demonstrators and building barricades, as well as offensive actions such as street fighting and vandalizing symbolic targets like government buildings or banks.

Of course, the Black Blocs represent a small part of the rallies — I’d say roughly 10 percent. Most of the demonstrators are peaceful and just want to openly disapprove of the excessive spending of public money on a private event. They point out that, seven years ago, the government promised that “not a single cent of public funds” would be spent building or refurbishing stadiums. But almost 97 percent of the investment in the arenas has come from taxpayers’ money. Of the World Cup’s total cost of $11.5 billion, 85.5 percent has come from public funds. The protesters also speak out against forced evictions, deaths of construction workers, tax exemptions and corruption.

On June 12, the first day of the World Cup, a protest in São Paulo was brutally repressed before it could even start. The police detained 33 citizens for “verification purposes,” even though this is illegal under our Constitution. Lawyers were denied access to their clients, while first- aid workers and legal observers were also attacked. Several police officers removed their identification tags.

Despite these problems, our news media is covering politics as if it were a sporting event. “Residents 3 vs. Activists 1,” read a recent headline in one major newspaper, after a protest in São Paulo — as though it was a soccer match between police officers and protesters, with people watching from the stands.

The newspaper said that residents harassed protesters and, in one city, threw eggs at them. “Shoot them!” a man yelled to the police from his window. “Crush them!” shouted a 70-year-old woman, claiming that Brazilians were embarrassing themselves in front of the world. A retired salesman told a New York Times reporter, “I just want Brazil to win the cup in order to silence these clowns who are protesting.”

So we’ve reached a Brazil vs. Brazil situation, a competitive scenario in which one side celebrates the harms done to the other. What I don’t understand is how the pro-World Cup people could possibly win when the protesters are repressed, since their own civil rights are also at stake. The more they celebrate the violation of basic rights like freedom of expression and the right to assemble, the more everybody loses.

This became clear to me during that February protest, when the Carnival group was cheering on the police from the shelter of a bar. Suddenly, for no apparent reason, the police threw a percussion grenade inside the bar. The man who, moments before, had insulted a female demonstrator, was the first to be brutally pushed by a police officer.

But since we’re on the sports field, this is the score: From the beginning of the protests six months ago to the time Brazil’s team finished its first match, in São Paulo we’ve had a total of 10 banks vandalized (front glass shattered) and two car dealerships damaged. In the same period, 505 people were arrested here and 89 injured (according to GAPP, a group of first-aid volunteers), including one shot with real bullets.

No one is going to win this game.

Vanessa Barbara, a novelist and columnist for the Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/27/opinion/brazil-vs-brazil.html?_r=1

World Cup: Does US really have the most fans in Brazil?

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Nearly 200,000 match tickets were bought in the US, which comes as some surprise given that “soccer” is still way behind US sports in popularity. The next biggest market was Argentina, a long way behind, followed by Germany, England and Colombia, according to Fifa.

The number of US fans travelling overseas isn’t surprising to Christopher Harris, editor and publisher of WorldSoccerTalk.com. “US Soccer has done a fantastic job marketing to the audience, who have disposable income, love sports and don’t mind spending thousands of dollars to support their country.”

Soccer is a perfect embodiment of American patriotism, he says, with very few US sports having a national sports team that can compete with the best in the world.

A major reason for the recent increase in travelling fans is the growing popularity of the American Outlaws supporters group, says Harris, which has 135 chapters nationwide and flew three charter planes to Brazil. There, they have outnumbered most other fans, inside and outside the stadiums. Not long ago, it was hard to find the USA football shirt in shops, now they’re ubiquitous in Brazil. One long-time USA fan, Jason Burak, told Slate the transformation has made him well up.

The US fans are here, they are visible and so loud that they draw puzzled looks from locals and other tourists alike.

On non-game days, you will hear the American accents in restaurants up and down Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, but when the US team plays, the streets are filled with stars-and-stripe Speedos, red and blue Mohicans and continuous chants of “U S A! U S A!”

In the viewing areas, when Spain or Netherlands play, the atmosphere is joyous and relaxed, but when Klinsmann’s team kicks off, thousands of US fans fill the beach-side viewing party and it’s more like a sold-out rock concert.

Hailing from all over the US, some boast “soccer” knowledge rivalling the post-game analysts, others are just here “to have fun”. Rio has noticed, the Americans are in town. Argentina and Chile fans are also highly visible but the number of US fans could surpass even them.

Whether they are the biggest group is hard to say as so many fans travel without tickets. In Germany in 2006, it was widely believed that England fans formed the largest horde, with police estimating that 70,000 made the trip. There’s also the likelihood that many of the tickets bought in the US were by fans of other countries, says ESPN football commentator Allen Hopkins. “We are a melting pot and although fans will identify as Americans, they may go to Brazil to support Mexico or Costa Rica and support the US on a secondary basis.”

But there’s little doubt that football has become “cool”, says Hopkins, and Brazil has a particular allure for Americans, as the “Mecca” of football and a great place to party.

 

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-27978699