Oscar Niemeyer, the architect who shaped Brazil’s futuristic capital city Brasilia in the 1950s and ’60s with bold, often-voluptuous structures, died late Wednesday in Rio De Janeiro. He was 104.
Oscar Niemeyer, the architect who shaped Brazil’s futuristic capital city Brasilia in the 1950s and ’60s with his bold, often-voluptuous structures died Wednesday in Rio De Janeiro. He was 104. Continue reading
After the military dictatorship fell in the 1980s, Fernando Henrique Cardoso led efforts to combat high inflation and build Brazil’s economy into one of the fastest growing in the world. Jeffrey Brown talks to former Brazilian president Cardoso about his presidency and scholarship. Continue reading
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s visit to the White House Monday was staged to stress strong ties between the U.S. and Latin America’s richest country. Rousseff and President Obama touched on issues of cooperation, including education, energy and trade while ignoring areas of disagreement. Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading
The film “Waste Land” follows artist Vik Muniz as he creates portraits of a band of self-designated pickers of recyclable materials in Brazil, using the trash that surrounds them. This excerpt is part of The Economist Film Project series of independently produced films aired in partnership between The Economist and the NewsHour. Continue reading
Rio de Janeiro’s gleaming skyline befits a world economic power, but it is not far from violent, impoverished slums. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on one man’s efforts to tackle Brazil’s wealth inequality by providing poor people access to technology. Continue reading
Despite having the most Catholics in the world, 80 percent of Brazilian women of childbearing age are using some form of artificial contraception. In partnership with National Geographic Magazine, special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro examines the declining fertility rate, which has dropped to just 1.9 children per woman. Continue reading
In other news Thursday, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Japan’s already devastated northeast coast, touched off fears of another tsunami and disrupted gas, power and water service in the region. Also, Libyan rebels said that NATO mistakenly attacked their position outside Brega and killed at least two people. Continue reading