Lourdes Garcia-Navarro appears in the following:
Thursday, December 19, 2013
It's a cross between Secret Santa and Make-a-Wish. For more than 20 years, ordinary Brazilians have read letters addressed to Santa that end up at their local post office and helped fulfill those wishes. The Father Christmas Project helps about half a million kids, some of whom ask for basic things like food and beds.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Brazilian food used to be treated as the poor cousin of the more renowned European cuisines. But not anymore. Brazilian food is having its moment in the sun. And chefs think that with the World Cup and the Olympics coming, it's going to get even bigger.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
The World Cup draw happens Friday in Brazil, but the host nation faces a number of challenges before the games start next year. The World Cup body FIFA says three stadia will not be ready by the year-end deadline, a Sao Paulo prosecutor has opened an investigation into possible FIFA racism, and Brazil is facing security concerns in Rio de Janeiro.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
The major soccer convention that was to be staged in Rio de Janeiro on the eve of the World Cup draw has been cancelled. Due to happen next week, organizers said it won't go ahead because of ongoing civil unrest. Brazil's government says it has to do with funding.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro announced an early start to the Christmas season because he wants "happiness for everyone." The decision means that workers will receive the first two-thirds of their Christmas bonuses and pensions this month. Critics say he's just looking for votes ahead of municipal elections in December.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Once among the richest men on the planet, Eike Batista's wealth has evaporated. From a net worth of $34.5 billion last year, the Brazilian businessman is now worth less than 1 percent of that. Many observers see Batista's fall as a parable for the nation's economic woes.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Latin America has some of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the world. Many countries in the region have a total ban. In Brazil, abortion is illegal, but there are some exceptions. A new bill is trying to roll those exceptions back.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The protests that swept through Brazil last summer raised the profile of the Black Bloc — masked anarchists who use violence to get their anti-capitalist message across. The secretive members explain that their tactics are intended to shake up a corrupt and complacent government. But many regular protesters feel that the Black Bloc has hijacked their movement and that they do more harm than good.
Monday, August 26, 2013
When the Federal Reserve announced it had a plan to taper U.S. economic stimulus measures, shockwaves were felt across financial markets overseas. Anticipation of the Fed's action has sent Brazil's currency tumbling in one of the world's most important emerging markets.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Three ministers in Peru have resigned over pressure to continue oil exploration in the Camisea area of Peru. In the 1980s uncontacted tribes were partially wiped out by diseases brought in by oil workers. Now there are plans to expand the project into areas where other uncontacted tribes are living. Among the oil companies involved is American hunt oil.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Growing numbers of Brazilians are visiting the U.S.; last year, they spent $9 billion. It's a sign of a changing Brazil — more affluent, more outward looking. Most of those getting visas to the U.S. are going to shop or do business, and the economic impact has been palpable.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
In April, Secretary of State John Kerry turned an effort into recognizing the importance of South America into a gaffe when he referred to the region as the United States' "backyard." He's now in that backyard trying to build warmer relations with Colombia and Brazil.
Friday, August 09, 2013
Brazilian police are preparing to occupy one of the deadliest shantytown complexes in Rio de Janeiro, hoping to drive out drug gangs ahead of next year's World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. But in Mare, the vast, poor and dangerous home to 75,000 people, some fear the police more than the drug gangs.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
In the tiny South American nation of Uruguay, it's long been legal to smoke one's own homegrown marijuana. Now the government is getting close to putting the government in charge of producing and selling the nation's pot.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The visit by Pope Francis was marred by security lapses, traffic chaos and other logistical snafus. The event, World Youth Day, was seen as a test for Rio, which hosts the World Cup next year and the summer Olympics in 2016.
Monday, July 29, 2013
More than 3 million people came to Rio's famed Copacabana beach for the final Mass of Pope Francis' trip to Brazil.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
The center of World Youth Day in Brazil is of course, hearing Pope Francis address the faithful. But it's also a chance for the Church to get young people to join their orders. More than 130 groups have set up a kind of job fair in Rio to make their pitch.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Hundreds of thousands of faithful gathered at Copacabana for Pope Francis' address on World Youth Day. The visit to Brazil — on his home continent — is his first trip abroad as pope.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
The world's first Latin American and Jesuit pope toured Rio de Janeiro's slums on Thursday, blasting the world's "culture of selfishness" and telling Brazilians not to be discouraged, even in the face of corruption by officials. His trip comes after widespread protests over inequality in Brazil.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Pope Francis is receiving a warm welcome in Brazil, the first major trip of his papacy. But the Catholic Church in Brazil is facing challenges from evangelical Christians. And recently, the church excommunicated a priest, Roberto Francisco Daniel, who has outspoken positions on sexual issues and has argued for change in the church.