“Brazil: Crime and Poverty and How to solve it?” By Eduardo Scuratovski De Gasperi-dated November 26th 2013
This article unveils the social and economic aspect of Brazil. First, the author of the articles explains how the country was hit by the 2008 world’s economic depression. According to Gasperi, Brazil survived this economic crisis as the government and other stakeholders implemented effective strategies to end it. International bodies such as World Bank and IMF revealed that Brazil is the 7th largest and biggest economy in the world with a GDP of approximately $2.4 trillion. This unveils the fact that Brazil’s economy is improving as well as advancing at a remarkable pace. Despite the fact that the economy of Brazil is growing at such a faster pace, poverty and crime are reportedly increasing in the country. The article claims that youth between the ages of 14-25 years old are the ones involved in most crime events in the county. Additionally, 200,000 people have been murdered in the country for the last four years which puts it on the spotlight as the 7th highest country to be faced with many murder cases. The author argues that many State Institutions are highest affected organizations in the country. However, Eduardo claims that there are various ways which can play a vital role in solving as well as reducing the crimes occurring in the country. Some of the ways may include introduction of Family Allowance program, improve education systems, improve health systems, enhance infrastructures and creating more jobs for the poor. This article argues that if such actions are taken into consideration, economic and social problems will be solved in an appropriate way.
“The Statues of Cultural Icons in Rio” by Michela DellaMonica- November 19th 2013
In this article, the aspect of culture diversity is portrayed as the country puts statues different people or historical figures from various countries to honor their memories as well as contributions. These statues are usually made of bronze materials and can be found along city sidewalks and around park benches. One of the most famous and recognizable bronze statue in Rio is that of Michael Jackson the “King of Pop” located at Morro Santa Marta in Botafogo. Most of these statues feature artists, musicians, nobleman and even battle officers who played the role of diversifying the culture of Rio city. Some of the statues feature people like Romero Britto a Brazilian pop musician, Samba composer Ary de Resende Barroso statue in Leme, Carlos Drummond de Andrade along Copacabana beach, Dorival Caymmi a violist, actor and influential singer statue is found in Copacabana and Otto Lara Resende a journalist and author is located in Jardim Botanico. The author of the article argues that these people are historical figures or musicians who played a wide role in shaping the culture of Rio de Janeiro a Brazilian city.
“Brazil’s Economy stumbles towards 2014” by Doug Gray- November 26th 2013
This article covers the social-economic aspect of Brazil country. The article unveils the fact that the government rejoices in auctioning of two of the Brazil’s largest airports while the economy of the country continues to stumble. Signs of volatility have been witnessed in this ending year 2013 due to the country’s instability in terms of security and politics which has forced most economists abandon their economic focus for the last 12 months. Even though the auctioning process generated massive revenue towards the Brazil’s economic growth, political uncertainty is frustrating the economic growth. The frustrations caused by the elections forced a growth of 0.9% which discouraged many investors from channeling their contributions towards the economic growth. The prediction is that the government should employ effective strategies; otherwise the GDP will reduce despite the revenues (Estimated to be R$25 billion) it projects to acquire as a result of 2014 FIFA World Cup events.
“Strong outlook for Brazil’s tourism industry next year” by Stephanie Foden- November 26th 2013
This article by Stephanie argues that 2014 will an important for Brazil as the tourism industry will receive a major boost since the country is expecting over 600,000 foreign tourists and 3 million internal tourists who will be travelling to watch the FIFA World Cup. Moreover, tourists from Brazil and abroad are estimated to inject about r$25 billion in the Brazilian economy which is a huge boom on many industries such as tourism. The Mega Event is also predicted to eliminate the negative perception people have towards the country’s insecurity level. Additionally, the country’s local tourists are expected increase and thus the love to travel within Brazil is predicted to increase the revenue earned by the country.
“The Rio International Tango festival Brasil” by Chesney Hearst- November 5th 2013
Chesney acknowledges the embracement of Tango music which originated from Argentina. Tango started in Argentina and reflected their culture and traditions as well as a way of living of the Argentineans. This event represents the country’s embracement towards other countries cultures and thus culture diversity is revealed. Various singers from Argentina such as Soledad Villamil, Diego Schisi, Victor Biglione and Cecilia Stanzione attended the event. The article reveals the fact that Brazil and Argentina developed musically during the same period as they share common ancestral roots. This shows Brazilians anxiety to learn more about other countries cultures.
“Julio Le Parc Exhibition at Casa Daros” by Chesney Hearst- October 29th 2013
A major Latin American art and even cultural space was opened at the Casa Daros. This directly implies the fact that culture diversity in Brazil is resilience and adored. The events usually combine arts and cultural facts from countries such as Argentina and other international States. The Le Parc exhibition is believed to have great influence in contemporary art globally.
Diversity and globalization in Brazil
Diversity may be defined as acceptance and respect as well as understanding the fact that each individual or person is unique. This enables people understand the differences that exist between them and people from different diversifications. The differences arise as a result of ethnicity, race, gender, socio-economic status, physical abilities, age, religious beliefs, political beliefs, sexual orientation and other ideologies. Globalization may be defined as the increasing global integration of cultural, political, religious, social and economic systems. It is also the tendency of investing funds and introducing businesses beyond the domestic and national markets to international markets. Brazil has embraced diversity and globalization due to the many benefits these two aspects have brought to the country.
The country has recently auction two of its biggest airports to private investors. This process was an initiative to save the stumbling economy as many economists have showed their disinterest in encouraging both local and foreign investors to invest heavily. The FIFA World Cup is seen as one of the best things to happen for the country as it will encourage both cultural diversification and economic globalization. First, the mega event is projected to boost the economy of the country since many foreign travelers will tour the Brazil. Out of those people who will visit Brazil, some of them are expected to be foreign investors who may decide to invest in the country. Moreover, foreign exchange businesses will receive a major boost as many foreign will exchange their currencies for a Brazilian one. The event is said to encourage cultural diversification in many ways. Brazilians natives are believed to be culture lovers and thus the interaction with people from various countries will facilitate culture exchange. Brazilians will be able to interact with natives from different nations with different cultural, economical and political backgrounds. This situation will enable Brazil endorse different cultures which they incorporate into theirs.
Brazil is country that is evidently known to love cultural diversification across the globe. The city of Rio has demonstrated its love for various people in the society who played a role in shaping the culture of that city. One of the people include Michael Jackson the “King of Pop” who brought the pop culture diversity in the country. Michael Jackson served as a role model to many young people who loved pop music. In addition, the country has adopted the Halloween festival celebrations which are massively celebrated in the USA. According to reliable sources such as the Rio Times newspaper, Brazilians celebrated the festival in an outstanding manner. Moreover, the country hosted the Julio Le Parc exhibition at place known as Casa Daro to portray their love for culture diversity. The exhibition event usually attracts Latin American art and also cultural space as well as other international contemporary art.
The nation also hosted the Tango music festival which is originally known to originate from Argentina. Tango usually represents Argentina’s way of life as most of its rhythms and even cultures have spread across the globe including Brazil. This also portrays Brazil love and thirst for cultural diversity as they tend to respect, learn and even explore other countries or nations’ cultures and traditions. This nation also shares its cultures with different nations across the globe and thus improves international relationships.
Foden Stephanie “Strong Outlook for Brazil’s Tourism Industry Next Year” Strong Outlook for
Brazil’s Tourism Industry Next Year” The Rio Times 26 November 2013. Internet Source. Accessed from http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-travel/strong-outlook-for-brazils-tourism-industry-next-year/
Gray Doug. “Brazil’s Economy Stumbles Towards 2014” The Rio Times 26 November 2013.
Internet Source. Accessed from http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-business/national-business/brazils-economy-stumbles-towards-2014/
Hearst Chesney “Julio Le Parc Exhibition at Casa Daros” The Rio Times 29 October 2013.
Internet Source. Accessed from http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-entertainment/julio-le-parc-exhibition-at-casa-daros/
Hearst Chesney “The Rio International Tango Festival Brasil” The Rio Times 5 November 2013.
Internet Source. Accessed from http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-entertainment/international-tango-festival-brasil-in-rio/
Reporter Contributing “The Statues of Cultural Icons in Rio” The Rio Times 19 November 2013.
Internet Source. Accessed from http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-travel/the-statues-of-cultural-icons-in-rio/
Scuratovski De Gasperi, Eduardo. “Brazil: Crime and Poverty and How to Solve it?” The Rio
Times 26 November 2013. Internet Source. Accessed from http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/opinion-editorial/letters-to-editor/brazil-crime-and-poverty-and-how-to-solve-it/