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Dilma Rousseff profile: former guerrilla primed to become Brazil's first female president

Dilma Rousseff is a former Marxist guerrilla who was jailed and tortured during the years of Brazil's military dictatorship.

By Robin Yapp, Sao Paulo
Published: 2:03PM GMT 31 Oct 2010

Dilma Rousseff profile: former guerilla primed to become Brazil's first female president
Dilma Rousseff was little known until President Lula selected her as his flavored successor Photo: EPA

Born in December 1947 in Belo Horizonte, in the coffee-growing state of Minas Gerais, Ms Rousseff had a middle-class upbringing.



Some More Economic News

click here to for source:Brazil’s Economy Surges 9 Percent

Posted by Dan Alvarez on Jun 14, 2010 in Brazil

While the U.S. and other developed economies struggle through these tough times with bailouts, and low interest rates from central banks, the economies which are leading the world in recovery are developing nations like China and Brazil.

Brazil recently reported growth of 9% in it’s economy. The forecast for the first quarter of 2010 was growth of 6.5%, but Brazil’s booming economy surged past expectations. It’s no secret anymore Brazil is booming, and it’s on track to becoming one of the top economies in the Americas.


I sure am glad I moved here with my family!
Best decision we ever made!                            Sharif  

“Learn Why Latin America Is The Best Place To Be In Order To Prosper From The Commodities Boom and Why It's The Best and Safest Place to Avoid The Coming Economic Collapse”

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There are now more direct flights from the US to Brazil.  TAM Airlines added more direct flights to Salvador, Bahia from Miami (and other int'l cities) as well.

New Flights for US-Brazil Routes

Posted: 26 Oct 2010 05:01 PM PDT
By Sibel Tinar, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Already holding the title of the Southern Hemisphere’s most popular tourist spot with around 2.8 million visitors each year, the appeal of Rio de Janeiro for holidaymakers has been increasing along with its global prestige as host of the 2016 Olympics, and the key role it will play in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

TAM Airlines currently offers direct flights to Rio de Janeiro from New York, Miami, and Houston in the U.S., and from London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Lisbon in Europe, photo by Sibel Tinar.

The number of visitors to the city has been growing at a rate of 7.8 percent each year, and the Ministério do Turismo (Ministry of Tourism) foresees that number increasing by fifteen percent from 2015 to 2016 as a result of the Olympics.

In a bid to keep up with the increase in demand, the world’s major airlines have been adding new flights, making it now possible to reach Rio de Janeiro from most places without having to do multiple transfers.

With Rio’s Galeão International Airport increasingly becoming a direct destination and a new hub for Brazil following the lead of São Paulo’s Guarulhos International, the airports are currently forced to handle flights and passengers well above their capacity.

This has led to airlines having to offer direct flights to other major destinations in Brazil such as Salvador, Recife, Manaus, Brasília, and Fortaleza to reduce the burden on São Paulo and Rio.

In another attempt to increase direct flights from the United States to Brazil, Delta Air Lines launched the first non-stop flight from Detroit to São Paulo recently, the first flight from Detroit to the Southern Hemisphere. The flight will operate twice weekly before switching to five times a week on December 15th in order to meet the demand for the peak tourist season.



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(This is one forum groups opinion, not mine,  that has the single expat in mind)

Number 1 - Brazil
+1 - 150,000 Reais permanent residency investment belongs to you not government
+1 - Women and men are attractive and very passionate (latin men are not known for loyalty)**
+1 - Low cost of living
+1 - Low cost of real estate
+1 - Nice beaches, one is in the Top 10 list of beaches in the entire world  ( 10 minutes south of me, Coqueirinho)
+1 - Warm weather in the northeast, no hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes.
+1 - Good nightlife in the capital cities of the northeast
-1 - Portuguese
-1 - Bank accounts not in USD
+5 - Total

For single folks Brazilian women and men** are the most passionate people of all. They are like swans and will stay with you for life. (probably more than many locales). Citizenship is available after only 1 year of marriage. A retirement visa can be had for a proven retirement income of a minimum of 2K US per month.

Number 2 - Belize
+1 - Only US$ 500 monthly income required to qualify as retiree
+1 - English
+1 - Low cost of living
+1 - Low cost of real estate
+1 - Nice beaches
+1 - Bank accounts in USD
-1 - Women and men are not attractive
-1 - Humid weather
-1 - No nightlife, shopping malls, cinemas
-1 - In the hurricane zone
+2 - Total


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Investing In Brazil: What You Need To Know

Manoj Singh, 04.30.10, 07:31 PM EDT

How to invest in this emerging market.

In a world full of undiscovered prospects, it is never too late to try something new. Investors now looking for alpha and beta can think about adding a little bit of samba to their portfolio. With a steadily growing economy, a stable financial market and a liberal investment climate, Brazil has the potential to emerge as the dark horse in the race among emerging markets. But for that, Brazil just needs to continue on its present course without doing anything dramatic. Read on to find out what Brazil has to offer for the global investment community.

Two Options for Getting Your Feet Wet
International investors have two options for investing in the Brazilian stocks. The first option is to go straight to the place of action by investing in stocks listed on the Brazilian stock exchange. The second option is to try


Get out of the developed markets and start investing in emerging markets where the potential for growth is beautiful!  Check this article from Forbes...

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Emerging Markets

Want Safety? Head To Brazil

Matthew Craft, 04.30.10, 04:05 PM EDT

Emerging market bonds are all the rage thanks to low debt loads and fast growth.

Fears that Greece's debt crisis would soon spread across Europe gripped markets across the world this week, but even that failed to deter the flow of cash into emerging-markets.

During a turbulent week in which Standard & Poor's lowered Portugal and Spain's credit ratings and labeled Greece's debt junk, funds that lend to emerging market borrowers received a new $1.22 billion from investors, according to data from fund tracker EPFR Global. That brought this year's haul to a record $12.8 billion, with $5 billion of it raised in April. The most popular destinations: Brazil, Mexico, Russia and Turkey.


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Is Billionaire Warren Buffett Buying Up Land in Brazil?

Brazilian magazine EXAME reports that America’s favorite investor is headed to Brazil.
According to the report, Warren Buffett, the world’s third richest man, and his famed investment vehicle, Berkshire Hathaway, are interested in buying up land in the Amazon and are negotiating starting an acquisition company in Brazil specifically for this purpose. Apparently Berkshire execs were visiting Brazil about a month ago checking out the area.

If this is true (Buffett’s camp has not confirmed with us yet), Buffett is, as he tends to be, on point. Just this week The Economist featured an excellent report on “the miracle of the Cerrado” saying that the rest of the world should take notes on how Brazil is revolutionizing farming.
Says The Economist:


bloco Carnival Salvador street party

Carnival in Salvador is basically the biggest street party in the world.  Artists ride down three or more main routes on mobile stages.  It is free, unless you want to hang out in a bloco, which is kinda like a VIP section that  gets real close to the action.  Each year over 2 million people pour into the city from all over the world to take part in this incredible ritual!

Join our Salvador Carnaval Tour or any other time of the year!
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Carnival Dancing

Salvador Bahia Carnival 2010
 Salvador Carnival 2010

Parangolé Salvador Carnival

SALVADOR CARNIVAL 2013 IN BAHIA for entire article go here
Enjoy the Carnival of Carnivals, the biggest Carnival on earth,
from February 7 to February 13th, in Salvador Bahia Brazil.

Salvador Carnival is "The World's Largest Party". 
No other popular party in the world is more famous than Salvador Carnival 
in Bahia Brazil.
It is an explosion of happiness you’ve certainly never seen before. 
The Carnival happens in every city of the country, but no other city in Brazil
has a carnival like the Salvador Carnival

We know that this may sound strange to foreigners who always ask:
“what about Rio?” No doubt, the carnival parade in Rio is maybe the
most beautiful spectacle in the world, but if you are looking for real fun,
the Salvador Carnival is the place to go. Salvador Carnival is different 
and bigger. If in Rio you are a spectator of the parade, in the Salvador 
Carnival you are the show. If in Rio the carnival parades are done in two
days, the Salvador Carnival last one week!!!


October 12, 2010

Brazil Expanding Links in Africa: Lula’s Positive Legacy

While the results from October 3 presidential election left his former chief of staff and handpicked successor, Dilma Rousseff, just shy of a first-round victory, forcing an October 31 runoff with second-place finisher José Serra, Brazilian President Luiz Ignácio Lula da Silva is nonetheless basking in his countrymen’s favor as well as most of the world’s approbation—U.S. President Barack Obama famously dubbed him “the most popular politician on Earth”—as he completes his second four-year term. It did not start that way. The 2002 election of the former trade unionist from the left-wing Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT, “Workers’ Party”) caused a panic in the financial marketsThe Economist last week highlighted the remarkable change:
The markets’ mood could hardly be more different. By way of a pre-election boost, Lula even travelled to São Paulo’s stock exchange to hail a $67 billion share issue by Petrobras, the national oil company, to raise funds to develop Brazil’s vast new deep-sea fields. Brazil’s circumstances and its standing in the world have been transformed during Lula’s presidency and mostly for the better. Poverty has fallen and economic growth has quickened. Brazil is enjoying a virtuous circle: soaring Asian demand for exports from its farms and mines is balanced by a booming domestic market, as—partly thanks to better social policies—some 20 million new consumers have emerged from poverty. No wonder foreign businesses are piling in, while a swelling group of Brazilian multinationals is expanding abroad


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2 October 2010         Last updated at11:53 GMT

How President Lula changed Brazil

By Steve KingstoneBBC News, Sao Paulo
Brazilians  walk along a main street in Sao Paulo, September 2010Brazil has seen a huge swell in its middle class since Mr Lula came to power
I used to tell visitors to close their eyes as I drove them into Sao Paulo from the airport.


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While the American Dream Is Outsourced Brazil Drives the World into the Future

Written by Ricardo C. Amaral   

Sugar Cane fields forever in BrazilNever in the history of the world have we had an economic revolution similar to the one that it is under way today. The global reallocation of economic power from the current superpower - the United States - to the new emerging powers of the future such as China, Brazil, India, Russia and the Arab Gulf countries is mind-boggling.

Brazil has a young economy in the areas of manufacturing, agriculture, and services. We can say that today Brazil's economy is comparable to a small company with a great potential for growth in the future.

In contrast, the United States (where billions of petrodollars have been parked temporarily waiting for better long-term investment opportunities) has an old and aging economy - with a very mature and declining manufacturing base that is struggling to carry the heavy load of its legacy costs, such as pension and health care obligations; these costs are related to a large number of retirees from the old American economy.

Today its service industry and the remaining manufacturing are being outsourced out of the United States at the speed of light to countries such as India and China among many other countries around the world.

We can say that today the United States economy is comparable to a very large company that is fast becoming obsolete and many of its viable and surviving parts are leaving the United States through outsourcing for better opportunities around the world including Brazil.

World Business News: Brazilian Businessman Eike Batista on Charlie Rose

Brazilian Businessman Eike Batista is a billionaire who is on pace to become the richest man in the world. Check out his interview on Charlie Rose and here his interesting outlook on the future of Latin America and Brazil.
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World Business News: Sam Zell Talks Brazil on MSNBC

Sam Zell is a one of the most successful real estate investors in the world. Half of his investment portfolio is in Brazil.  I'm not making this stuff up!  Brazil has huge potential.


Opening a Business in Brazil & Obtaining a Permanent Visa

I forgot to mention I can also help anyone who is interested in opening a business in Brazil's jurisdiction.  No matter how large or small, whether corporate or sole proprietor we can help you get it done quickly, cheaply, & efficiently.

Plus one of my good friends has numerous offices available for rent within the Salvador Trade Center right here in Salvador, Bahia.  Check the Salvador Trade Center out here: Its modeled after the World Trade Center.  This the major business center for Northeast Brazil.

Check out his website for his business All Serv.  All Serv has virtual offices in Salvador, Feira de Santana (BA), Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo.

I can also assist in obtaining permanent visas.  I have people who work here directly with the government in Brazil who can help get the transaction completed quickly.  Just email me if you are interested


What's to come...


In the near future we will be posting more experiences of people who live in or visit Brazil with a focus on Bahia.  I also will be sharing my experiences here (the good & the bad) lol.  I have been through a lot the last four years with my wife and four young children.  Its been so crazy these last few years have gone by like a blur.

As I mentioned earlier I obtained permanent investor's visas for myself and my family a few years back.  I learned a lot of things the hard way and can offer assistance to anyone who is planning on relocating down here.  I have connections with lawyers, notary publics, interpreters, and pretty much anyone else associated with obtaining a permanent visa.

Also I have some good friends who can provide transportation, discounts on airfare, hotel, tour guides, and pretty much everything you will need to make your transition to life in Bahia run more smoothly.

If you are interested in finding out more email me.

Also check out our family youtube page:

We have video footage of different locations in Bahia.  You can get a pretty good feel for life down here by watching our vids.





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Is Brazil the New United States?

SAO PAULO -- Brazil is the country the whole world loves to love. Brazil is a (joyful) riddle wrapped in an (chaotic) enigma, with the added complexity that the riddle and the enigma are ritualistically juggling with a football, dancing a samba, ogling a sensual mulata, watching a telenovela and sipping a lethal caipirinha -- all at the same time.

The distinctive cultural trace of Brazil is anthropophagy -- from culture to technology, the legacy of a former, lazy European monarchy in a tropical country where the aborigines, after banqueting over the odd whitey, were merrily exterminated while Europeans and black slaves copulated freely, with no Catholic guilt involved (there's no sin below the Equator). If this sounds like the plot of a carnival parade, that's because it is.
De Gaulle once quipped that Brazil "is not a serious country". Multi-ethnic, multicultural Brazilians, addicted to tolerance but most of the time drenched in complacency, preferred to believe -- and joke about -- the eternal promise of "the country of the future" (as novelist Stefan Zweig coined it over 70 years ago).

Now Brazil is on a roll -- and profiting from global goodwill has become a crucial element of Brazil's re-turbocharged soft power. It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that Brazilian swing. The country is the "B" in Goldman Sachs-coined BRIC -- the new, emerging global powers; less inscrutable and misunderstood than China, less authoritarian than Russia, less shambolic than India (and with no religious problems). And let's face it; much more fun. A new, two-fold national narrative has taken over; Brazil will become "the 5th power" -- that is, the 5th largest global economy (bye bye Britain and France). And the New American Dream is made in Brazil.

Surfing USA, remixed
No wonder Anglo-American elites of the North tend to fry their brains confronted with so much tropical ebullience. At the G-20 in London US President Barack Obama could not contain himself. "I love this guy," he said of Brazil's President Lula, "he's the most popular politician on earth." Time magazine recently named Lula as "the most influential person in the world." The Economist, never a fan of hyperbole, is convinced Brazil will become the 5th power by 2025.

But was the London Independent hyperbolic when it blared, "the world's most powerful woman will start coming into her own next weekend"? On Sunday, Dilma Roussef, 63, Lula's former Chief of Staff, may indeed become the next Brazilian President

Benefits of a Brazilian Passport

Benefits of a Brazilian Passport

The following article in favor of living in Brazil is from Simon Black,
Date: June 16, 2010
Reporting From: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
My ears are still ringing.

At 3pm yesterday afternoon, Brazil completely shut down, and the entire nation sat transfixed in front of their televisions watching their team take on North Korea in the first round of the World Cup.  If you haven’t experienced this first hand, put it on your bucket list… it’s well worth it.

After each goal (Brazil scored two), the locals here celebrated as if World War III had just ended. I have never in my life witnessed such pure and honest joy in so much volume.

Frankly, that’s one of the reasons I like this country so much. As a culture, Brazilians are the least depressive and pretentious people that I can think of, and it certainly does one’s sense of perspective a bit of good to spend some time around them.

For would-be expats looking for a potential home, the Brazilian sense of ease may be a big draw, as well as the scenic vistas, cheap property, and warm weather.

In my opinion, though, one of the biggest benefits of spending time in Brazil is the prospect of becoming Brazilian. Over the next 10-years, I’m convinced that a Brazilian passport is going to be one of the most valuable in the world.

Think about it– when was the last time terrorists hijacked an airplane and threatened to kill all the Brazilians? These people have no enemies.

As a travel document, a Brazilian passport enjoys no visa restrictions all over

Brazil Investments: Booming Brazil Is Like the 'US in the 1950s': Sam Zell - CNBC

Brazil Investments: Booming Brazil Is Like the 'US in the 1950s': Sam Zell - CNBC

Booming Brazil Is Like the 'US in the 1950s': Sam Zell

Published: Wednesday, 18 Aug 2010 | 6:16 PM ET 
By: Michelle Lodge
Special to

Brazil is booming and brimming with business opportunities—like the "US in the 1950s”—billionaire businessman Sam Zell told CNBC Wednesday. He said if Brazil continues on the same course, he predicts that the "fiscally conservative" nation will soon be one of the top two countries in terms of growth.

Zell Bets on Brazil Real estate mogul Sam Zell's firm is bullish on the New York market but really sees tremendous opportunity in the growing economy of Brazil, which Zell calls the US in 1950.
“It has a growing population, it’s energy self-sufficient, it’s food self-sufficient," said Zell, chairman of Equity International, about Brazil, the largest of the South American countries. “It’s growing and, at least for now, they’ve solved the problem of inflation.”
Zell also acknowledged that half of his company's investments are in Brazil

The native Chicagoan, who made his first fortune buying and selling real estate from distressed owners, ranks 237 on this year’s Forbes list of billionaires.
More recently, he has been dealing with the bankruptcy proceedings following his acquisition of the Tribune Company, whose holdings include the Los Angeles Times, for $8.7 billion in 2007.
Zell said that even though Brazilians will elect a new president in October, both the major candidates have vowed to continue the policies of the current leader, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who goes by the name Lula.

The real estate tycoon said Brazil has 8 percent debt, compared to 70 percent (of GDP) in the US. The country has a AAA rating from several major credit-rating institutions

Among the opportunities in store for Brazil are hosting the World Cup in 2014 and Olympic Games in 2016.
Zell said that the market for apartment rentals has come back in that rents have risen to levels charged in 2007, but that the prognosis for commercial real estate isn't as positive. Once the commercial buildings are full again, he added, then rents will be poised to climb.

20 Good reasons to buy property in Brazil

Check out this list of the positives to investing in real estate in Brazil.
20 Good reasons to buy property in Brazil
Whatever type of property you are looking for, there are many reasons why it makes sense to purchase your property in Brazil. Here are the top 20:
1. Growing economy
Brazil is one of the four largest developing economies in the world (the three others being China, India and Russia) with an annual GDP growth of approx 6%. According to Goldman Sachs, by 2050 Brazil will be the world’s 5th biggest economy. Read more about the Brazilian economy and other interesting news in our Brazil property news section.
2. Under priced real estate market
Due to continuous years of lack of purchase power during the 80’s and 90’s, the price level for real estate in Brazil is still extremely attractive. Now that the economy is growing and inflation is low, the 186 million Brazilian population is starting to buy property with bank financing

Brazil Trip Planning

My Son chillin in Amaralina

Brazil Trip Planning

Brazil is such vast country that you may easily get overwhelmed by the numerous attractions it offers. Where to go? What to do? What to see? This section of the Brazil Travel Information website provides an outline for some popular vacation choices and helpful planning information to get you started in putting together your trip.

When to Travel
High season is one week before Christmas until Carnaval (February or early March.) This is the most popular time to travel. The festivals during parts of this time period are unforgettable while all the towns and resorts are bursting with vacation travelers. The downside is that hotels are more expensive and availability is quite limitted. Visiting Brazil in September through November promises summer weather and a savings on high-season rates. All the other months are usually pleasant but carry a somewhat greater possibility of rain.

Summer is December through March
Winter is June through September

Since Brazil is such a vast country, temperatures vary significantly from region to region. The Amazon is hot and humid year round; while in the Pantanal, most of the rain falls

Now That We've Got The Specifics Out The Way!

Okay now that we've covered some info needed before coming to Brazil its time to have fun.  Time to start planning your trip!

If you are leaving from the United States the cheapest and quickest way to get there is to leave from Miami.  Miami has direct flights to Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and other cities.  Their is even a Brazil Air Pass which allows the holder to fly to different cities within Brazil.


There are different visas each with certain amounts of time the holder is allowed to stay legally within the country.  The tourist visa is good for a maximum of 3 months at one time before you are supposed to exit the country.

Processing time for most visas:
By mail, third party or courier: 15 business days.
In person or through a household family member: 5 business days.



Types of Visa

    Tourist Visa - Stay in Brazil for up to 90 days for tourism purposes.      PROCESSING TIME
     Cultural Visa - This visa allows the bearer to stay in Brazil from 60 days up to 2 years depending on the purpose of the trip. For exchange students and interns the validity of Vitem I is limited to 1 (one) year not extendable.     This type of visa can be issued to persons who wish to travel to Brazil for cultural, study or training purposes, such as:

So You Wanna Come to Brazil?

Okay this is my first blog post. Yay!

So if you are reading this.  For whatever reason you have decided you want to visit the beautiful country of Brazil.  Whether you are planning on visiting for tourism or planning on coming down here for good you need to know some important things first.

First and foremost depending on what country you are coming from you will more than likely need to acquire a Brazilian visa from the Brazil Consulate in your home country.  (If you are coming from the United States jurisdiction this is gonna run you at least $200 USD)  Later on I will post a list of countries that are not required to get visas.  I will also post info and links about what type of visas are offered and the requirements.

Off the top of my head I know that most people will want a tourist visa which costs around $200 USD and is not to difficult to get.  However before the consulate approves a tourist visa they want to see proof of your round trip tickets!  Just so you know.

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