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On Mother’s Day, Brazil Is Sending Its Convicts Home to See Their Moms

In Brazil, Dia das Mães is an unusually big deal. Families gather for celebrations and meals. The retail sector sees a spike in business topped only by Christmas. And thousands of prisoners are released temporarily so that they can go home to visit the women who raised them.

Dispatch

The Kickback That Killed Brazil

Itaboraí was once a petro-boomtown; it’s now an empty shell. How the Petrobras mega-scandal is destroying ordinary lives and bringing down the rich and powerful.

Report

One of the world's oldest oil firms is betting the farm that natural gas is the wave of the future

The biggest energy deal in a decade is a $70 billion bet that the world is indeed entering the "Age of Gas."

Dispatch

Greasing the Path to Dilma’s Downfall

Amid a massive oil scandal and a stagnant economy, Brazil’s right has found the opening it’s been waiting for to break 12 years of Workers’ Party rule.

Dispatch

Pregnant and Desperate in Evangelical Brazil

As the country grows increasingly religious, strict abortion laws are forcing women to turn to risky, often deadly options to end their pregnancies.

Feature

L Is for Looting

Teaching Brazilians to read, one socially-charged flashcard at a time.

Argument

Dilma’s Smoke, Modi’s Mirrors

From India to Brazil to Indonesia, getting emerging market economies in order is going to be a lot harder than investors want to believe.

Shadow Government

How to Fix Brazil’s Broken Economy

The last two decades made obvious a life's-not-fair fact: Big countries can get away with bad economic policy. Size matters to investors, global corporations, and ...

Dispatch

Meet the Kingmakers of Brasilia

Whoever wins the Brazilian presidential runoff on Oct. 26 better be ready to kiss the ring of the PMDB.

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