Brazil's Rainforests: Is Cheap Meat a Bigger Threat to Amazon than Biofuels?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 07, 2008

Brazil plans to massively expand the production of biofuels but environmental campaigners worry about the effect this will have on the rainforest. Germany's environment minister, who recently visited the country, thinks demand for cheap meat presents an even great danger. By Christian Schwägerl more...

Brazil's Worst-Ever Air Disaster: 200 Feared Dead in Sao Paulo Crash

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 18, 2007

At least 195 people have been killed in what is believed to be Brazil's worst-ever plane crash. The crash, however, appears to be a product of a country with an air travel infrastructure that has been plagued by chaos in recent years and which has failed to keep pace with Brazil's rapid growth. By Jens Glüsing in Rio de Janeiro more...

Defending the Powerless in Brazil: Bishop to Plead With Benedict XVI to Help Amazon Poor

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 07, 2007

Austrian bishop Erwin Kräutler is in charge of South America's largest and most dangerous diocese. The follower of liberation theology, who will meet with Pope Benedict XVI during his Brazil visit, speaks up for the rights of the poor in the Amazon region -- and has received death threats as a result. By Jens Glüsing in Rio de Janeiro more...

Violence in Rio de Janeiro: Child Soldiers in the Drug Wars

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 02, 2007

They have barely reached puberty, but already Rio's teenagers have picked up weapons to fight in the ongoing drug wars. Brazilian gangs prefer using children to do their dirty work -- their prison sentences are shorter. By Jens Glüsing more...

Anarchy in Rio: Carnival of Death

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 20, 2007

Shoot-outs on the street may be common in Rio de Janeiro, but the current wave of violence has shocked even Brazilians. The horror has cast a shadow over this year's carnival. By Jens Glüsing in Rio de Janeiro more...

Gold Rush in the Rainforest: Brazilians Flock to Seek their Fortunes in the Amazon

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 09, 2007

Gold has been found in the Amazon rainforest -- and more than 6,000 Brazilians have flocked to the town of Apuí by the Rio Juma in search of their fortune. But the gold has also brought crime, disease, prostitution and environmental devastation. By Jens Glüsing in Brazil more...

Lula's Brazilian Victory: Working Class Hero, Wall Street Darling

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2006

Despite accusations of corruption, the poor love him. On Sunday, that support translated into a landslide election victory for Brazilian President Lula da Silva. He now has reform on his mind. By Jens Glüsing in Rio de Janeiro more...

Match Preview: Aussies Brace for Brazil Backlash

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 17, 2006

Coming off a dramatic 3-1 win over Japan, Australia will have its work cut out on Sunday against Brazil. The five-time champions look to improve on their shaky performance against Croatia. more...

Brazil's Underwhelming Superstar: Is Ronaldo Pregnant?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 14, 2006

No greeting to disappointed fans, no explanation for the press: the rotund footballer Ronaldo headed straight off after his poor World Cup opening. The Brazilian press is concerned, asking: what is wrong with this team? more...

Violence in Latin America: The Mafia's Shadow Kingdom

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 22, 2006

The recent violence in Sao Paulo may just be the tip of the iceberg: In many parts of Brazil and indeed across Latin America, governments have capitulated to gangsters, and the rise of organized crime could end the recent leftward shift across Latin America. By Jens Glüsing in Rio de Janeiro more...