2017 Sees More Int’l Tourists to Brazil

This week Brazil’s Ministry of Tourism announced that 2017 marked the highest number of international tourists in the country’s history.  This means that more international tourists visited Brazil in 2017 than in 2016 (when the Rio Olympic Games were held) and 2014 (during the FIFA World Cup):

BRAZIL RECEIVED RECORD NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL TOURISTS IN 2017

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1,000 March in Remembrance of Slain Human Rights Activist

Last week Marielle Franco, member of the Rio de Janeiro City Council, was shot and killed along with her driver while returning from an event aimed at empowering black women.  Franco was the only black female representative on the council–one of seven women–and many say that she not only broke barriers but also gave hope and a voice to those who felt they had neither.  Read on for more:

IN BRAZIL, 1000 PROTEST MURDER OF RIO DE JANEIRO COUNCILWOMAN

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Happy International Women’s Day!

March 8th is International Women’s Day and we’re celebrating with a spotlight on Gal Costa, a singer and the brave face of a 1960s political movement in Brazil.  Costa was an influential part of Tropicalia, a musical movement which began as a protest to “the oppressive military and the bland commercial music of Brazil” prior to a 1964 military coup:

ARTIST PROFILE: GAL COSTA

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Popular Library in Rocinha Favela Reopened

After a 2016 decision to close a number of Rio libraries due to a funding crisis, the Biblioteca Parque da Rocinha (Rocinha Library Park), a Rio library in the largest favela community in Brazil, has reopened.  The library in Manguinhos, (North Zone) and the state library of Rio, or BPE (Biblioteca Parque Estadual do Rio), in Centro are expected to reopen by May:

RIO DE JANEIRO REOPENS POPULAR LIBRARY IN ROCINHA FAVELA

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