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Brazil gets tough on foreign companies

Brazil gets tough on foreign companies

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — It was an announcement that thrilled well-to-do Brazilians. BMW, creator of German luxury cars, said this year that it would consider opening its first South American factory in their country. The announcement was yet another sign of confidence in Brazil, an up-and-coming emerging market that has seen rapid growth. Brazil has … Continue reading

Brazil learns to speak English

Brazil learns to speak English

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — “Stand in the wall, run through the net, pick up the ball, hit the wall, and throw up,” said the teacher, in English, at a recent tennis lesson for 6-year-olds at an international school here. The kids stared back blankly. Then one spoke up: “I’m sorry sir, can you repeat that? I didn’t understand.” The … Continue reading

Brazil transport: Mind the gap

Brazil transport: Mind the gap

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — This business hub, South America’s largest city, is usually bustling from dawn until dusk. But on a recent Wednesday morning, São Paulo ground to a halt. Subway and train workers, disgruntled about poor wages and benefits, had gone on strike, leaving more than 4.8 million commuters without a ride. Buses still … Continue reading

Brazil ballot: Scores of foreigners run for office in local elections

Brazil ballot: Scores of foreigners run for office in local elections

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — In Brazil, it’s not unusual to see “Taliban” run for election. That is, after all, Farvardin Asazadeh Asgarabadi’s nickname. The 45-year-old merchant living in the São Paulo town of Pindamonhangaba is originally from Iran, but is now running for city councilman in his new home. He’s not alone. Some 1,450 naturalized … Continue reading