Children play word dominoes in an afterschool program in the Heliópolis favela in São Paulo. (Photo by Bruno Ruiz)

5 Brazilian Portuguese phrases I wish we had in English

Brazilian Portuguese may just have its own vocabulary for describing Brazil's own unique political climate.
Aug 17, 2016
The iconic "Christ the Redeemer" statue stands over Rio de Janeiro. (Photo from Flickr by Geraint Rowland)

Watching Rio: Brazil’s political turmoil touches Seattle

Olympic controversy, Zika, and impeachment proceedings: Brazilians living in Seattle share their views on the turmoil in their native land.
Aug 10, 2016
Orcas Island artist Anthony Howe's olympic cauldron is lit at the opening ceremony on Friday. (Photo from Reuters / Ivan Alvarado)

Orcas Island artist steals the show at Rio Olympics opening

That kinetic sculpture that wowed the world at the Olympics opening ceremony was designed by Washington's own Anthony Howe.
Aug 9, 2016
Gymnast Ahmad al-Sawas performs gymnastic moves near damaged buildings in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria March 26, 2016. (Photo by Abdalrhman Ismail for Reuters.)

Syrian athletes’ Olympic dreams

The country torn by civil war will send seven athletes to the Rio Olympic games, but some Syrian top athletes won't get a chance to represent their country.
Aug 4, 2016
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Streaming down to Rio: Eight great Brazilian films to watch tonight

Practice your Portuguese and get a taste of the country that's hosting this summer's Olympics with these eight fantastic Brazilian films.
Jul 19, 2016
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Brazil’s Zika mothers are speaking out

While health experts are still scrambling to explain the link between Zika and birth defects, a generation of new mothers fight to ensure that their children have a voice
Jun 28, 2016
Last year's Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. If you go out dressed like this in Seattle, people might stare. (Photo from Flickr by NateClicks)

The partier’s guide to Carnival Seattle 2016

Who says we don't celebrate Carnival in Seattle? Here's your weekend schedule packed with Lenten events to keep you Catholics partying.
Feb 5, 2016
Gleyce Kelly embraces her daughter Maria Geovana, who has microcephaly, in Recife, Brazil, January 25, 2016. (Photo by Ueslei Marcelino by Reuters.)

WHO anticipates 4 million Zika infections in Americas

Little is known about Zika, which has mild symptoms for adults, but doctors have found possible links between outbreaks and serious birth defects.
Jan 29, 2016
Milena, age 16, says lowering the adult trial age will just add to unfair application of criminal law in Brazil: “A rich kid can steal and murder but pay bail and be out of jail easy, while a kid from the favela will be stuck in prison.” (Photo by Katherine Jinyi Li)

Failing and jailing our youth, from Seattle to São Paulo

Brazil and the U.S. face surprisingly similar struggles with high incarceration rates and a school-to-prison pipeline facing poor youth.
Nov 23, 2015
A protester at the "March Against the Genocide of Black Youth" in São Paulo in 2014. (Photo by Katherine Jinyi Li)

Black lives matter movement resonates in Brazil

Black Brazilians are looking to the Black Lives Matter movement in America as they plant the seeds for their own rise to justice.
Sep 22, 2015
A doctor vaccinates a young girl. (Photo by Gabriel Pagcaliwaga for Sanofi Pasteur, via Flickr)

Seattle health, school officials push for higher measles vaccination rates

Puget Sound health officials say that some Seattle-area schools need to see a boost in vaccination rates to prevent a measles outbreak.
Feb 16, 2015
Nicole Pita and Andre Mascarenhas are newlyweds on opposite sides of the world's fiercest soccer rivalry. (Photo by Andre Mascarenhas)

United by love, divided by World Cup rivalries

Nicole Pita and Andre Mascarenhas are newlyweds on opposite sides of the world’s fiercest soccer rivalry.
Jun 10, 2014
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Well this is embarrassing: Global perspectives on the government shutdown

Here in the U.S. it may feel like the sky is falling. But many people in the rest of the world are reacting to the government shutdown with a shrug of the shoulders and a chuckle at our expense.
Oct 7, 2013
A resident of "Nova Holanda," a shantytown in Rio de Janeirno, holds a sign reading "No Violence" at a memorial for victims killed in a police incursion. (Photo by Nick Wong)

Seattleite in Brazil says protests bring little relief for the poor

More people were killed recently in a single police incursion into a Rio shantytown than in a month of raucous protests around the country. 
Jul 16, 2013
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U.S. places second in Internet usage, girl bloggers and how to fix a pothole Russian style

Sweden beats out the U.S. at using the internet  Sure, the U.S. is home to tech giants, media moguls and weird internet memes, but we come in second to Sweden in using the Internet to improve people’s lives. The World Wide Web Foundation ranked 61 developed countries by criteria like number of broadband connections, political […]
Sep 7, 2012
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The face-kini fad, robot Olympics, and a phone booth facelift

Face-kini sweeps China beaches as world’s most awkward fashion fad This almost certainly beats out Jnco jeans and the piano key necktie as one of the most awkward (and somewhat terrifying) fashion trends. The simple, stretchy face mask seems to be more for utility than fashion, as women try to preserve a pale complexion on […]
Aug 24, 2012
An inmate performs during a play at a public theatre in Lima

For Brazilian prisoners, turning pages will shorten sentences

Homer, Steinbeck and Dickens. Every high schooler has to read them, and now, their works might be a way for Brazilian prisoners to get their hands on a “get out of jail early” card. According to a Reuters.com article, the Brazilian government announced earlier this week that a new program called “Redemption through Reading” will […]
Jun 30, 2012
That guy on left is not actually Eduardo Saverin (he may really be Spiderman though)

Facebook co-founder claims globalist status to avoid taxes

Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin is catching heat from US senators for renouncing his American citizenship to avoid taxes. Saverin was born in Brazil, moved to the US at age 11, became a citizen at 16, and founded Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg while at Harvard. Then after all that stuff you saw in The Social Network […]
May 18, 2012