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The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be the 20th FIFA World Cup, and will be held in Brazil.[1] It was scheduled to take place in South America and Brazil was selected to host the competition on 30 October 2007

2007 Year in Review

 
Rio hosted the 2007 Pan American Games. Experts from the IAEA assist Brazil with nuclear security measures at the Pan-American games hosting thousands of the world´s top athletes. The site for the opening and closing ceremonies was the Maracanã Stadium
On March 30, 2007, Brazil's air traffic controllers started a hunger strike that paralyzed Brazil's air traffic network.[14] The focus showed the world a dysfunctional system is need of a major overhaul
The poor state of prisons in Brazil got much sensational press from the world press
As the world leader in bio-fuels with much potential for expanded production there has been tremendous attention given to ethanol fuel in Brazil
In 2007, Lula was re-elected extending his position as President until January 1, 2011.
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
 Brazil's current president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. a founding member of the Workers' Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores). Lula was first elected with 61% of the votes and took office on January 1, 2003.  Lula has a pragmatic foreign policy, seeing himself as a negotiator, not an ideologue. As a result, he has befriended both Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and U.S. President George Bush. Leading a large and competitive agricultural nation, Lula generally opposes and criticizes farm subsidies

On May 11, 2007, Saint Friar Galvão became the first Brazilian to be canonized a Saint by the Roman Catholic Church in Pope Benedict XVI's trip to Brazil.

 

It was widely reported in April 2006 that the Vatican had launched a commission to investigate and prepare a document regarding the question of whether there are any cases when a married person may use condoms to protect against infection from their spouse. Though no conclusions have yet been reached, the investigation has surprised many Catholics in the wake of John Paul II's consistent refusal to consider condom use in response to AIDS and the widespread belief that his successor shared this view.[82] In November 2005 the Pope had listed several ways to combat the spread of HIV, including chastity, fidelity in marriage and anti-poverty efforts with no mention of condoms. However, Time Magazine reported in its April 30, 2006 edition that the Vatican's position remains what it always has been with Vatican officials "flatly dismiss[ing] reports that the Vatican is about to release a document that will condone any condom use."[83]

Amazon deforestation went down this past year, for the third year in a row. Between 2006 and 2007, 11,223 sq km (4,333 sq miles) of forest went down, 20% less than what was registered in 2005-2006.
In 2007 Researchers from the University of São Paulo developed a plastic film made of manioc and sugars to make food packages, which is  biodegradable and  has anti-bacterial action
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Marcos César Pontes (born March 11, 1963) became the first Brazilian and the first Lusophone to go into space when he launched towards the International Space Station aboard Soyuz TMA-8 on March 30, 2006.
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Brazil was a colony of Portugal from its discovery by Pedro Álvares Cabral in 1500 until its independence in 1822.
 Constitution defines Brazil as a Federative Republic.[2] The Federation is formed by the indissoluble association of the States, the Federal District, and the Municipalities.[2] There are currently 26 States and 5,564 Municipalities.[5]

Brazil is the world's 8th largest economy in terms of purchasing power and the 10th largest economy at market exchange rates

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Embassy of Brazil in London
 
(Portuguese) Rio Carnival News - O Globo

(Portuguese) Rio Carnival News - Jornal do Brasil

(Portuguese) Rio Carnival News - O Dia

(Portuguese) Rio Carnival News - UOL

Brazil-U.S. Business Council
1615 H Street, NW Washington,  DC   20062         brazilcouncil.org
Phone: (202) 463-5485     Fax: (202) 463-3126 
Brazilian Consulates in USA

Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations, New York
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U.S.-Brazil Relations by brazilny.org [NYC Consulate]
 
The top 12 'Top 10' lists of 2007 - Best movies? Music? Look elsewhere. Here's the *real* list to help digest the year gone @ sfgate.com 09/JAN/08 by San Francisco Chronicle columist Mark Morford

 

NEWS from the
 Capital of Carnaval: BRAZIL

Brazil is
exuberant by nature so Carnaval comes naturally.
 Rio de Janeiro hosts the centerpiece of Carnaval, a 2 day parade spectacle that is truly the most amazing on earth
Rio Carnaval continues its domination of list of the most popular images at carnaval.com
Between January 3rd and February 1st Globo.com will be conducting an internet beauty contest vote for  Mulata Góis 2008, where 12 beautiful passistas, one from each school, will present themselves on-line. Luciana Conception da Silva, 22 years old, from San Clemente is the featured one.
Meanwhile the Brazil Carnaval Mulatta competition at youtube since the last Rio Carnaval in 2007 has produced this winner for your dancing pleasure Brazilian Spicy @ youtube

 

The other great capital of Carnaval is Bahia in Brazil's Northeast Region The musical styles are different in each carnival; in Bahia there are many rhythms, including samba, samba-reggae, axé, and others, which are performed on a truck equipped with giant speakers and a platform where musicians play called a Trio Elétrico. In Salvador, the early capital of the country as well as the most visited City after Rio massive numbers of people follow the trucks singing and dancing. The "Indian" groups were inspired by Western movies from the United States. The groups dress up as Native Americans and take on Native American names. Blocos Afros, or Afro groups, were influenced by the Black Pride Movement in the United States, independence movements in Africa, and reggae music that denounced racism and oppression. The groups inspired a renewed pride in African heritage.
 
Globo International official coverage of Rio Carnaval
 
 
BBC on Brazil

BBC Best Link: Music - Brasil, Brasil BBC Four's exploration offers a detailed account of the years in which Brazilian music has evolved and constantly changed, while capturing the global imagination. This is the music and modern history of Brazil includes an archive of rare performances and specially shot interviews with  musical legends. From current hot success Seu Jorge to touring legend Caetano Veloso

2008 Carnival Summit in France
The 2008 en.wikipedia.org Brazilian Carnival article claims that like the Caribbean Carnival:
"The modern Brazilian Carnival finds its roots in Rio de Janeiro in the 1845s, when the city’s bourgeoisie imported the practice of holding balls and masquerade parties from Paris."
In May of 2008, the oldest and largest annual summit of Carnavals will meet for the very first time in France. The host City is Ploerme in the heart of Brittany More information @ CarnivalCities.com

Carnaval & Church
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Jan-2007 The 2008 World Carnival Summit City of Ploerme most recently made the international press early in 2007 following controversy surrounding "separation of church & state" and the dedication of the larger than life statue of Pope John Paul. Paul Anselin, Ploermel's mayor said the monument marked described John Paul II as "a giant of the 20th Century who participated in the fall of the Iron Curtain" [more]

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July 2007 Top internatinal Brazil star Gisele Bundchen made news in Rio the month following  Pope Benedict XVI visit by criticizing the pope's claim of infallibility regarding abortion laws and birth control [more]
Gisele heats it up in Taxi
Isis Rising
The Story of Lent is the story of the merging of the two official religions of Rome, Mithraism and the cult of the Great Mother Goddess Cybele with the early Christian church to give us the Roman Catholic church. There are many who believe that the strongest ancient root of Carnaval is traced not to the Roman Winter solstice celebration of Saturnalia or even those of the wine god Dionysos or his later Occidental name of Bacchus but rather the Egyptian goddess Isis. Isis is known as the Goddess of 10,000 names and has a lot in common with Brazil's Iemanja.

TRADE & FINANCE
Brazil's GDP growth of 5% for 2007 is very good news. While the US dollar continued it slide to all-time lows
Brazil emerged as the center of finance in Latin America.
Politically, the region remains split between populist leaders like Venezuela's Hugo Chávez and governments like Mexico's and Brazil's that have embraced free-market principles. Investors made their choices clear. Brazilian overhauls stoked a boom in initial public offerings of stock and drew a huge influx of foreign capital. In Venezuela, where the government took over the country's leading telecom company, the Caracas General Stock index fell about 27%.
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Brazil - USA

Ethanol- its the cane not the corn

http://www.crab.rutgers.edu/~goertzel/flagsBrazilUSA.gifMost cars in Brazil run either on alcohol or on gasohol. Brazil's sugar cane-based industry is far more efficient than the U.S. maize-based industry. Brazilian distillers are able to produce ethanol for 22 cents per liter, compared with the 30 cents per liter for corn-based ethanol.[6] Sugarcane is one of the most efficient photosynthesizers in the plant kingdom, able to convert up to 2% of incident solar energy into biomass. Despite having the world's largest sugarcane crop, the 45,000 km² Brazil currently devotes to sugarcane production amount to only about one-half of one percent of its total land area of some 8.5 million km². In addition, the country has more unused potential cropland than any other nation.
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The exportation of Brazilian ethanol to the U.S. reached a total of US$ 1 billion in 2006, an increase of 1020% over 2005 (US$ 98 millions). The U.S., potentially the largest market for the Brazilian ethanol, currently imposes trade restrictions on Brazilian ethanol in order to encourage domestic ethanol production, most of which has so far been based on processing corn instead of sugar cane or soybeans, which is much less efficient. There is concern that allowing the Brazilian ethanol to enter the U.S. market without taxation will undercut the budding ethanol industry in the United States[8].


In 1889, as Brazil became a republic, the U.S. government was the first to recognize the new regime, which was strongly influenced by the American constitution. During World War II, the U.S. government used military bases in the Northeastern coast of Brazil in order to support the allied forces in North Africa; a Brazilian expeditionary force was incorporated into the U.S. V Army fighting in Italy. In 1943, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the first American president to visit Brazil. Under the influence of the Good Neighborhood policy, established by Roosevelt, many American artists visit Brazil and Brazilian artists visited the U.S.

 
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Policies to improve socio-economic conditions in Latin American countries were seen as leftist ideas sponsored by communist regimes such as Cuba, something that alienated the sympathy for U.S ideals among many Brazilian intellectuals. During the Kennedy years, a new program the so-called Alliance for Progress tried to help change this mentality. During the 1970's and 1980's, the relations between Brazil and the U.S. saw trade disputes, human rights arguments and divergences on political interests. Brazil's re-democratization in the mid-1980's, the opening of the Brazilian markets and a renewed interest from the U.S. government on Latin America established an climate of understanding and cooperation with positive results, which endure to this day. Today the main items of the bilateral agenda can be highlighted as the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), drug control and the continuous opening of the Brazilian economy to foreign investment.


 
2007 Pan American to 2014 World Cup

Inviting the world for Carnaval & every 7 years

 

Read an updated story of the birth of the Americas as we salute the capital of global Carnaval hosting the #1 event celebrating the Americas


Brazil, which has won a record five World Cups, was awarded the right to host 2014 World Cup tournament. The South American country hosted the competition once before, losing to Uruguay in the mythical 1950 final. After announcing Brazil as the 2014 host, Blatter handed the World Cup trophy to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who flew in for the event.

"Soccer is not only a sport for us. It's more than that," Silva said. "Soccer for us is a passion, a national passion."
2014 FIFA World Cup bid logo

"We are a civilized nation, a nation that is going through an excellent phase," Brazilian Football Confederation president Ricardo Teixeira said.[More at en.wikipedia]

Hosting the 2014 World Cup will be a key element in helping Rio de Janeiro land the 2016 Olympics, officials said Tuesday as they announced the city's bid to stage the Games.

 
Fast Facts

 

Brazil is the largest country in South America; shares common boundaries with every South American country except Chile and Ecuador
Rio de Janeiro became the capital of Brazil after the discovery of gold inland in 1763. In 1960 it lost its capital city status to Brasilia.
Brazil visitors looking for value like  leather goods, shoes, gems, music, traditional handcrafts, lace, embroidery, and artifacts from Brazil’s indigenous tribes. 
The Amazon represents 58.5% of the Brazilian territory. The Amazon rainforest holds the largest reserve of living organisms in the world. The precise number of species in it is not known, but scientists estimate a figure between 800 thousand and 5 million species – 15 to 30% of all known species in the world.
The Atlantic Ocean stretches along Brazil’s Eastern side, up to a total of 7,367 km (approx. 4,604 mi) of coastline.
Its population is concentrated along the Atlantic coastline of the Northeastern and Southeastern regions. 50% of the industrial output is located in the Southeastern state of São Paulo. Most of Brazil's population (81.2%) now lives in cities
Brazil has the biggest black population of any country outside Nigeria.
Over 10 million African slaves were shipped to Brazil, six times more than to the United States.
About 54 percent (95 million) are mainly of European origin, descendants of immigrants from Portugal, Italy, Spain, Germany and Eastern Europe. More than 45 percent (80 million) are black or of mixed-race, a legacy of the African slave trade. Less than 1 percent (700,000) are from indigenous groups, mostly Indians in the Amazon region; smaller numbers of Japanese, other Asians, and Arabs live in the larger Brazilian cities.
The rhythm Brazil is best known for, is samba. March 13 marks the traditional 90th birthday of one of the country's trademarks: Samba. The first known recording of a Samba song: "Pelo Telefone" ("On the Telephone"), was recorded in 1917 by singer and songwriter Donga
Nowadays, most Brazilians from the south are descendants of the European immigrants who settled in the late 19th century.
Mail from Brazil is quick and efficient. Post offices (correios) are found everywhere, readily identifiable by the blue-and-yellow sign
When writing addresses in Brazil, the street number follows the name of the street (so the address "Av. Atlântica 2000" would roughly translate as "2000 Atlantic Ave."). Often in smaller towns or beachfront communities, a street name will be followed by the abbreviation "s/n." This stands for sem numero (without number)
Brazil (official name: Federative Republic of Brazil or, in Portuguese, República Federativa do Brasil) is a federation comprising 26 states and a federal district (where the federal capital, Brasília, is located),
São Paulo is the third biggest city in the world, after Tokyo and Mexico City.
In Brazilian-Portuguese, "abobrinhas" is the art of talking shit. Or, as one blogger refers to it,"small talk; useless information, foolish chit-chat; non-sense; fluff." Little Pumpkins (the literal translation of "abobrinhas"
 

 

 

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