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Archive for October, 2008

Feliz Dia do Saci! Posted by on Oct 31, 2008

Today is Saci Day in Brazil, which celebrates the Brazilian folkloric figure Saci. The Society of Saci Observers chose October 31st on purpose to coincide with Halloween, since they want to promote Brazilian folklore and ensure that Brazilians celebrate their own culture. Saci Pererê, as he is known, is a mythical figure in Brazilian folklore.…

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Brazilian Profile: Ruy Barbosa Posted by on Oct 30, 2008

Ruy Barbosa is one of Brazil’s great figures and all-around renaissance men: he was a writer, philosopher, lawyer, politican, diplomat, and translator. Born in Salvador in 1849, he grew up in Bahia, where his teachers recognized him as a great mind and talent. He went to São Paulo to study law, and began his law…

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Brazil in the News Posted by on Oct 29, 2008

Today we’re going to look at some of the world headlines about what’s going on in Brazil: Economic crisis hits as Brazil builds, LA Times Ex-Militant Concedes Loss in Election for Rio Mayor, New York Times Lula setback in Brazil city poll, BBC Brazil’s ruling coalition gains city halls, Miami Herald Brazil oil delays may…

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Indigenous Leader Receives Human Rights Prize Posted by on Oct 28, 2008

Brazilian indigenous leader Almir Suruí received an award from the International Society of Human Rights this week in Geneva, Switzerland for his work in the Amazon. The leader of the Suruí tribe located on a reservation in Rondônia state, Almir is also the coordinator for the Etno-Ambiental da Coordenação das Organizações Indígenas da Amazônia Brasileira…

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Hen Adopts Seven Puppies in Rio Grande do Sul Posted by on Oct 27, 2008

In the rural town of Santa Cruz do Sul, in the southernmost state of Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, a surprised woman found that one of her hens had adopted seven abandoned puppies.  Though the woman has begun feeding the puppies, the hen has made herself responsible for the puppies’ well being. She nestles them…

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