Lourdes Garcia-Navarro http://ktep.org en Brazil Has A Lot Riding On Its World Cup Team's Outcome http://ktep.org/post/brazil-has-lot-riding-its-world-cup-teams-outcome Brazil is the spiritual home of soccer and a world powerhouse in the sport. It's woven into the Brazilian psyche. Wins and losses have had repercussions in other realms — including politics. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:14:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 38815 at http://ktep.org Emicida: 'People Sample What Is Nearest To Them' http://ktep.org/post/emicida-people-sample-what-nearest-them <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdvYAjQYdIs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvQLw8XRBKQ</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 38671 at http://ktep.org Emicida: 'People Sample What Is Nearest To Them' How Bad Is Brazil's Crime? Watch This Mugging On Live TV http://ktep.org/post/live-brazilian-tv-woman-talking-about-crime-gets-attacked <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPNXPbaGfjo</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 38409 at http://ktep.org How Bad Is Brazil's Crime? Watch This Mugging On Live TV A Few More Thoughts On Sexism In Latin America http://ktep.org/post/few-more-thoughts-sexism-latin-america <em>Editor's Note: NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, who has worked extensively in the Latin America and the Middle East, recently compared the sexism she found in both places. You can read her original essay <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/03/11/289058115/which-place-is-more-sexist-the-middle-east-or-latin-america" target="_blank">here</a>. It sparked a strong response from readers, and we asked her to address a number of those issues.</em><p>A man throws acid on a woman's face. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 37661 at http://ktep.org A Few More Thoughts On Sexism In Latin America Short On Dollars, Venezuela Tries To Halt Black-Market Trading http://ktep.org/post/short-dollars-venezuela-tries-halt-black-market-trading The Venezuelan capital, Caracas, can be one of the most expensive cities in the world — or one of the cheapest. It all depends on how you exchange your dollars.<p>At a fast food restaurant in the city recently, a pretty tasty plate of chicken and rice cost me 160 bolivars. At the official exchange rate set by the government, that works out to a little more than $25; at the black market rate, it's just $2.<p>Needless to say, most anyone who can change money on the black market in Venezuela does so.<p>As one person told me: "For people like me [who are] paid in dollars ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 37306 at http://ktep.org Short On Dollars, Venezuela Tries To Halt Black-Market Trading Opposition Fails To Maintain Momentum In Venezuela http://ktep.org/post/opposition-fails-maintain-momentum-venezuela Venezuela has cracked down on student protests, leaving 29 people dead. The main square in Caracas, where protesters were based, has been dismantled. The opposition is divided over what to do next. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:02:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 37026 at http://ktep.org Venezuela In Turmoil For Lack Of Flour, Milk And Diapers http://ktep.org/post/venezuela-turmoil-lack-flour-milk-and-diapers Alvaro Villarueda starts his morning the same way every day — putting in a call to his friend who has a friend who works at a Caracas, Venezuela, supermarket.<p>Today, he's looking for sugar, and he's asking his friend if he knows if any shipments have arrived. As he talks on the phone, his wife Lisbeth Nello, is in the kitchen.<p>There are 10 mouths to feed every day in this family — five of them children. The two youngest are still in diapers.<p>"The things that are the scarcest are actually what we need the most," Nello says. "Flour, cooking oil, butter, milk, diapers. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:57:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 36774 at http://ktep.org Venezuela In Turmoil For Lack Of Flour, Milk And Diapers Which Place Is More Sexist: The Middle East Or Latin America? http://ktep.org/post/which-place-more-sexist-middle-east-or-latin-america A semi-naked woman in a sequined Carnival costume. A veiled woman with only her eyes showing in a <em>niqab</em>. Two stereotypes of two vastly different regions — Latin America and the Middle East.<p>On the surface, these two images couldn't be more diametrically opposed. What could the two have in common, right? What a woman wears — or what she doesn't wear, in Brazil's case — is often interpreted as a sign of her emancipation. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 09:13:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 36752 at http://ktep.org Which Place Is More Sexist: The Middle East Or Latin America? The Poorest In Caracas Stay Reluctant To Join Venezuelan Protests http://ktep.org/post/poorest-caracas-stay-reluctant-join-venezuelan-protests Protests are still roiling Venezuela after a month, but the opposition is having trouble attracting demonstrators from poor neighborhoods. The protests continue to struggle to find broader support. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 36687 at http://ktep.org Venezuela: A Month Of Unrest And Forecasts Of More http://ktep.org/post/protesters-keep-pressure-venezuelas-government As darkness fell Wednesday night in Caracas, the place where student protesters have regularly clashed with security forces was again a battleground. Altamira Square was ablaze with burning garbage, and the thud of tear gas canisters being fired echoed between the buildings.<p>On the edge of the square, medics treated the wounded, among them an 18-year-old protester who injured his arm as he stumbled when spray from a water cannon hit him.<p>Trembling with emotion, the teenager — who didn't want his name used — said "the only way this can be resolved is by continuing the struggle. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 36550 at http://ktep.org Venezuela: A Month Of Unrest And Forecasts Of More World Cup Woes Loom For One Brazilian City http://ktep.org/post/world-cup-woes-loom-one-brazilian-city Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>The World Cup, soccer's biggest tournament, is just a few months off. It's a massive undertaking for the host country, Brazil, with huge construction projects attached. One of the 12 host cities, the city of Cuiaba, launched a fantastically ambitious infrastructure plan. It features over 30 projects. But it's been plagued by delays and lots of doubts about whether things will be ready. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 35984 at http://ktep.org It Wouldn't Be Carnival In Brazil Without Giant Puppets http://ktep.org/post/it-wouldnt-be-carnival-brazil-without-giant-puppets Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC )<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Carnival is going strong in Brazil, but its not all about music, dancing and elaborate costumes. Every year in the historic city of Olinda, giant puppets are paraded through the streets during Carnival. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 35867 at http://ktep.org Carnaval In Recife: Long History, Interesting Future http://ktep.org/post/carnaval-recife-long-history-interesting-future Transcript <p>JACKI LYDEN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden. It's Carnaval in Brazil - that time of the year when people take to the streets and celebrate before the austerity of Lent begins. And while you may think the Rio de Janeiro when you think of Carnaval, we're going to take you north to Recife. It's considered one of the most diverse carnivals in Brazil. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports from Recife.<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: Boom, Carnaval. Sun, 02 Mar 2014 12:20:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 35817 at http://ktep.org From Recife, Brazil, 3 Rhythms Get The Carnival Party Started http://ktep.org/post/recife-3-rhythms-get-carnival-party-started <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOjtXpl77_E</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 35751 at http://ktep.org From Recife, Brazil, 3 Rhythms Get The Carnival Party Started As Brazil Gears Up For Olympics, Some Poor Families Get Moved Out http://ktep.org/post/brazil-gears-olympics-some-poor-families-get-moved-out Jeane Tomas scraped all her money together to build a house where she could raise her son. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 08:25:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 35600 at http://ktep.org As Brazil Gears Up For Olympics, Some Poor Families Get Moved Out Drought Could Drain More Than Brazil's Coffee Crop http://ktep.org/post/drought-could-drain-more-brazils-coffee-crop Brazil, a country usually known for its rainforests, has been facing a severe drought in its breadbasket region, leaving people in the cities without water and farmers in the countryside with dying crops. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 10:19:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 35343 at http://ktep.org Drought Could Drain More Than Brazil's Coffee Crop Olympics Set To Transform Rio — But For Better Or Worse? http://ktep.org/post/olympics-set-transform-rio-better-or-worse Rio de Janeiro is set to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and there are two starkly different visions of what that will mean for the "marvelous city," as it is known.<p>"I would love to be born in Rio in 2020. The babies that are born here in 2020 will be born in a marvelous city ... because of the games," says Leonardo Gryner, the chief operating officer of Rio's Olympic Organizing Committee.<p>He says the sports arenas are the easy part. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:13:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 34980 at http://ktep.org Olympics Set To Transform Rio — But For Better Or Worse? Samba School Murder Exposes The Dark Side Of Rio's Carnival http://ktep.org/post/samba-school-murder-exposes-dark-side-rios-carnival Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a glittering affair that attracts tourists from all over the world. There is, however, a murky and sometimes violent underbelly to the celebrations that recently came under the spotlight after the murder of a top samba school official.<p>One evening last month, Marcello da Cunha Freire was leaving his office in Rio's Vila Isabel neighborhood when a car pulled up next to him.<p>"I was here just beside where it happened," says a witness who doesn't want to give her name for fear of reprisals. "I suddenly heard gunfire. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 34635 at http://ktep.org Samba School Murder Exposes The Dark Side Of Rio's Carnival For Descendants Of Brazil's Slaves, A Quest For Land http://ktep.org/post/descendants-brazils-former-slaves-seek-justice Brazil was the last country in the Americas to outlaw slavery, and it imported more slaves than any other country in the region. Some 4 million Africans were enslaved in Brazil.<p>Some ran away from the brutal treatment, forming hidden communities all over the country known as <em>quilombos</em>. Their descendants — called the <em>quilombolas</em> — were granted land rights in 1988. That was exactly a century after slavery was outlawed. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:03:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 34030 at http://ktep.org For Descendants Of Brazil's Slaves, A Quest For Land U.S. Team Trains In Brazil To Prepare For World Cup http://ktep.org/post/us-team-trains-brazil-prepare-world-cup The U.S. World Cup soccer team is in Brazil for 12 days of training and acclimation. The team drew a challenging schedule for the competition and will be playing in the northern cities of Natal and Recife as well as the Amazonian city of Manaus. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 14:46:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 33478 at http://ktep.org Ahead Of World Cup, Brazil's Delays Have FIFA Concerned http://ktep.org/post/ahead-world-cup-brazils-delays-have-fifa-concerned Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Just six months to go until Brazil hosts soccer's biggest tournament, the World Cup, and for Brazil, it is crunch time. Just yesterday, soccer's governing body, FIFA, issued a stark warning. One of the host cities is now in jeopardy of being dropped because its stadium is hugely delayed. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 33291 at http://ktep.org Prison Violence Spills Into Brazilian Streets http://ktep.org/post/prison-violence-spills-brazilian-streets Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Now to Brazil and reports of beheadings, murder, and rape at a prison in the north of the country. The United Nations has called for an investigation after a graphic video surfaced from inside the jail.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF A VIDEO)<p>CORNISH: The footage shows decapitated, mutilated prisoners allegedly killed by a rival gang. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:35:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 32493 at http://ktep.org Even In Snowden-Friendly Brazil, Asylum May Be 'Bridge Too Far' http://ktep.org/post/even-snowden-friendly-brazil-asylum-may-be-bridge-too-far Should they or shouldn't they? That's the question Brazilians are asking themselves after Edward Snowden's "<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/snowdens-open-letter-to-brazil-read-the-text/2013/12/17/9bf1342a-6727-11e3-8b5b-a77187b716a3_story.html" target="_blank">open letter</a>" lauding Brazil's role in protecting privacy rights and alluding to his hand in uncovering spying on their president.<p>"Today, if you carry a cellphone in Sao [Paulo], the NSA can and does keep track of your location," wrote Snowden, 30, who is living in temporary asylum in Russia. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 32336 at http://ktep.org Even In Snowden-Friendly Brazil, Asylum May Be 'Bridge Too Far' Amazon Locavore: Meet The Man Putting Brazilian Food On The Map http://ktep.org/post/amazon-locavore-meet-man-putting-brazilian-food-map He was named one of the most influential people by <em>Time </em>magazine this past year.<p>Now Alex Atala, whose restaurant, D.O.M., is ranked <a href="http://eater.com/archives/2013/04/29/san-pellegrino-worlds-50-best-restaurants-2013.php">among the top 10 in the world</a>, is putting a new kind of Brazilian food on the map.<p>Atala has a graying beard, tattoos and openly jokes about his days as a wild youth experimenting with drugs. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 08:06:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 32189 at http://ktep.org Amazon Locavore: Meet The Man Putting Brazilian Food On The Map Brazil's Social Media Boom Sparks Calls For New Privacy Laws http://ktep.org/post/brazils-social-media-boom-sparks-calls-new-privacy-laws The use of social media is exploding in Brazil. Wed, 01 Jan 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 31959 at http://ktep.org Brazil's Social Media Boom Sparks Calls For New Privacy Laws Brazil's Post Offices Help Deliver Christmas Wishes http://ktep.org/post/brazils-post-offices-help-deliver-christmas-wishes "Dear Father Christmas," the letter reads, "my name is Larissa. I know that you are very busy and that you live a long way away in the North Pole, but I'd like to ask you for a gift because my mother doesn't have enough money to buy what I want."<p>There are piles of similar letters — many decorated with stickers, drawings and hand prints — lying on makeshift tables in the main hall of the post office in downtown Sao Paulo.<p>Another letter, this one from a 10-year-old boy, reads: "My mother died when I was a young baby. I live with my brother and my father. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 08:06:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 31201 at http://ktep.org Brazil's Post Offices Help Deliver Christmas Wishes It's The End Of The Road For VW's Iconic Van http://ktep.org/post/its-end-road-vws-iconic-van The iconic Volkswagen van goes out of production this month in Brazil because of new government-imposed safety requirements. Some of the last of the hippy buses are now rolling off the line. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:56:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 30652 at http://ktep.org Ex-Brazilian President Kubitschek Was Murdered, Commission Says http://ktep.org/post/ex-brazilian-president-kubitschek-was-murdered-commission-says Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>A probe into the death of one of Brazil's most celebrated presidents has determined he was murdered. It was thought that the former leader died in a 1976 car crash but an investigation has found he was assassinated by the military junta that once ruled the country. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:29:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 30625 at http://ktep.org Value In Brazil's State Oil Company Drops http://ktep.org/post/value-brazils-state-oil-company-drops Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And Brazil's state oil company, Petrobras, lost 15 percent of its market value this week - that's some $10 billion. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports from Sao Paulo on why oil analysts predict more trouble ahead for the oil giant.<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: These should have been golden days for Petrobras. In the last five years off the coast of Brazil, they've discovered massive underwater oil fields. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:16:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 30333 at http://ktep.org What's For Dinner? Try Brazilian http://ktep.org/post/whats-dinner-try-brazilian When you think of the world's great cuisines, Brazilian food doesn't spring to mind. But that is about to change.<p>Outside Brazil, the South American nation is most famous for its barbecue, or <em>churrascaria</em>. But inside the country, a new movement celebrating regional foods is booming. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:01:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 30297 at http://ktep.org What's For Dinner? Try Brazilian