Lourdes Garcia-Navarro http://kcur.org en The Collective Anguish Of The Brazilian Defeat http://kcur.org/post/collective-anguish-brazilian-defeat Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And now on to Sao Paulo, where NPR South America correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro caught the game at a bar. And, Lourdes, I assume there is collective anguish, albeit very loud anguish right now. What's the mood?<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: Well, I think people are drowning their sorrows in this bar. And I think anguish is absolutely the right word. I think you could also use the word despair, shock, horror. People have told me this surpassed even the worst imaginings of their most pessimistic friends. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:39:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 58578 at http://kcur.org For Brazilians, Game-Day Rituals Lead To Sense Of Community http://kcur.org/post/brazilians-game-day-rituals-lead-sense-community Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Brazil faces Germany today in the semi-finals of the World Cup.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Deep into the tournament, Brazilian fans have developed a game day routine.<p>INSKEEP: So we present to you now, with NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in Sao Paulo, Brazil's World Cup ritual in four acts.<p>MONTAGNE: Act one - getting to the game.<p>GARCIA-NAVARRO: I am in a car right now doing what pretty much every single other Brazilian is doing, which is trying to get to where they're going to see the latest Brazil game. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 58519 at http://kcur.org Revived Mariel Port Attracts Investment From Brazil http://kcur.org/post/revived-mariel-port-attracts-investment-brazil Brazil is pouring nearly a billion dollars into Cuba's Mariel port. Brazil, via Cuba, will practically have its own port near U.S. shores — so it's a major geostrategic move. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:32:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57873 at http://kcur.org Troubles Put Aside, Brazilians Embrace World Cup http://kcur.org/post/troubles-put-aside-brazilians-embrace-world-cup Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>We now turn to Brazil and the World Cup. Yesterday, the host country played Mexico, and it was a disappointing performance for home-team fans. It was a draw. Neither side scored. Still, Brazilians are feeling more positive about the World Cup. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports from Sao Paulo.<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: Watching the World Cup is better in a group, and Brazilians are no exception. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57502 at http://kcur.org Can A Female Politician Be Insulted Without It Being Sexist? http://kcur.org/post/can-female-politician-be-insulted-without-it-being-sexist The talk on the streets of Brazil is the host country's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/12/321417607/brazil-wins-world-cup-opener-against-croatia-3-1">resounding victory over Croatia</a> on the World Cup pitch. But online, debate is raging over whether or not chants directed against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff at the stadium where she was attending yesterday's match were sexist.<p>After the opening ceremony, fans briefly started jeering "Hey, Dilma, go f*** yourself in the a**! Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro & Paula Moura 57289 at http://kcur.org Can A Female Politician Be Insulted Without It Being Sexist? World Cup's First Day Marred By Protests http://kcur.org/post/world-cups-first-day-marred-protests Riot police in Sao Paulo used tear gas and stun grenades against protesters angry over Brazil's attention to the World Cup over the needs of its people. The violence came before the first game began. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:25:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57264 at http://kcur.org Brazilians Greet The World Cup Kickoff With Protests And Tear Gas http://kcur.org/post/brazilians-greet-world-cup-kickoff-protests-and-tear-gas In Brazil, thousands of protesters clashed with police just hours before the World Cup opening ceremony. The streets of Sao Paolo were filled with tear gas and concussion grenades. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57236 at http://kcur.org Brazil Furious Over Ad Showing Christ The Redeemer In An Italian Jersey http://kcur.org/post/brazil-furious-over-ad-showing-christ-redeemer-italian-jersey It's the most iconic image of Brazil: the Christ the Redeemer statue, perched atop Rio de Janiero, looking down with his arms spread wide in love and understanding.<p>Now imagine the towering figure wearing a soccer jersey — and not even Brazil's.<p>Controversy has broken out over an Italian TV advertisement for the World Cup that shows the sculpture draped in the blue jersey of the Azzurri, or Italy's national team, and featuring the slogan "Brazil awaits us."<p>Brazil's Catholic Church, which owns the rights to the image, called its use "disrespectful." It has threatened a lawsuit against It Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:26:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57150 at http://kcur.org Brazil Furious Over Ad Showing Christ The Redeemer In An Italian Jersey Soccer Fans Eager To Get World Cup Action Underway http://kcur.org/post/soccer-fans-eager-get-world-cup-action-underway <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Soccer+Fans+Eager+To+Get+World+Cup+Action+Underway&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTM1MDEyMTY4Mzc5OTliNTMwMg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Ahead of the World Cup, the host country, Brazil, has seen labor strikes, protests, construction delays at stadiums, but tomorrow the games begin. Brazilians hope they can put all the problems behind them. They just want to get the party started. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:25:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57123 at http://kcur.org With 2 Days Till Kickoff, World Cup Host City Is Stricken By Strike http://kcur.org/post/2-days-till-kickoff-world-cup-host-city-stricken-strike The World Cup kicks off in two days, and fans are pouring into Brazil. But in Sao Paulo, the site of the opening game, metro workers are striking over pay, fueling fierce clashes. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57101 at http://kcur.org Striking Train Workers Add To Brazil's World Cup Woes http://kcur.org/post/striking-train-workers-adds-brazils-world-cup-woes First came the <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/21/us-brazil-worldcup-strikes-idUSBREA4K0PC20140521">bus strike</a>. Then came the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/jun/06/world-cup-2014-teachers-protest-rio-de-janeiro-video">teachers</a>. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:25:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 56937 at http://kcur.org Striking Train Workers Add To Brazil's World Cup Woes As Brazil Barrels Toward World Cup, Brazilians Aren't Feeling It http://kcur.org/post/brazil-barrels-toward-world-cup-brazilians-arent-feeling-it The stadium where the opening game of the World Cup will be played is a gleaming monument to the world's favorite sport, soccer. The Corinthians Arena — named after one of Brazil's most famous teams, which will take it over — has been built from scratch and boasts a massive LCD screen and state-of-the-art facilities.<p>Last weekend, it was full of fans watching the last test match before the World Cup begins. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 07:34:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 56837 at http://kcur.org As Brazil Barrels Toward World Cup, Brazilians Aren't Feeling It As World Cup Approaches, Brazilians Aren't Exactly Thrilled http://kcur.org/post/world-cup-approaches-brazilians-arent-exactly-thrilled Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Just nine days to go before the World Cup soccer tournament begins in Brazil. And a poll released today by the Pew Research Center shows that the mood among Brazilians is grim. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 56757 at http://kcur.org Ready, Set, Spray! Brazil Battles Dengue Ahead Of The World Cup http://kcur.org/post/ready-set-spray-brazil-battles-dengue-ahead-world-cup In Sao Paulo's poor north zone, in the neighborhood of Tucuruvi, teams of city workers knock on doors, warning people to take pets and small children out of the area.<p>Quickly after, men in hazmat suits with metal cylinders strapped to their backs start spraying the street, and some of the interiors of the homes, with powerful pesticides. Thu, 29 May 2014 20:57:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 56530 at http://kcur.org Ready, Set, Spray! Brazil Battles Dengue Ahead Of The World Cup For Brazil's Soccer Stars, Careers Often Begin On Makeshift Fields http://kcur.org/post/brazils-soccer-stars-careers-often-begin-makeshift-fields The road to World Cup glory in Brazil doesn't start in fancy soccer clubs or private schoolyards. It often begins in places like this poor neighborhood called Rio Pequeno in Sao Paulo and on a dirt lot, where a group of children are playing soccer.<p>Brazil is hosting the World Cup, which starts in less than a month, and the country is also favored to win. Brazil is already a five-time champion and it has played in every World Cup since the tournament's inception.<p>It's no exaggeration to say that most every young boy in this country dreams of becoming a professional soccer player. Mon, 19 May 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 55992 at http://kcur.org For Brazil's Soccer Stars, Careers Often Begin On Makeshift Fields How Bad Is Brazil's Crime? Watch This Mugging On Live TV http://kcur.org/post/live-brazilian-tv-woman-talking-about-crime-gets-attacked <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPNXPbaGfjo</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:47:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 53988 at http://kcur.org How Bad Is Brazil's Crime? Watch This Mugging On Live TV A Few More Thoughts On Sexism In Latin America http://kcur.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 53410 at http://kcur.org A Few More Thoughts On Sexism In Latin America Short On Dollars, Venezuela Tries To Halt Black-Market Trading http://kcur.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 53140 at http://kcur.org Short On Dollars, Venezuela Tries To Halt Black-Market Trading Opposition Fails To Maintain Momentum In Venezuela http://kcur.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 52927 at http://kcur.org Venezuela In Turmoil For Lack Of Flour, Milk And Diapers http://kcur.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 52723 at http://kcur.org Venezuela In Turmoil For Lack Of Flour, Milk And Diapers Which Place Is More Sexist: The Middle East Or Latin America? http://kcur.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 52709 at http://kcur.org Which Place Is More Sexist: The Middle East Or Latin America? From Recife, Brazil, 3 Rhythms Get The Carnival Party Started http://kcur.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 51990 at http://kcur.org From Recife, Brazil, 3 Rhythms Get The Carnival Party Started As Brazil Gears Up For Olympics, Some Poor Families Get Moved Out http://kcur.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 51901 at http://kcur.org As Brazil Gears Up For Olympics, Some Poor Families Get Moved Out Drought Could Drain More Than Brazil's Coffee Crop http://kcur.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 51693 at http://kcur.org Drought Could Drain More Than Brazil's Coffee Crop Olympics Set To Transform Rio — But For Better Or Worse? http://kcur.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 51413 at http://kcur.org Olympics Set To Transform Rio — But For Better Or Worse? Samba School Murder Exposes The Dark Side Of Rio's Carnival http://kcur.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 51153 at http://kcur.org Samba School Murder Exposes The Dark Side Of Rio's Carnival U.S. Team Trains In Brazil To Prepare For World Cup http://kcur.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 15:04:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 50256 at http://kcur.org Ahead Of World Cup, Brazil's Delays Have FIFA Concerned http://kcur.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 21:39:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 50117 at http://kcur.org Even In Snowden-Friendly Brazil, Asylum May Be 'Bridge Too Far' http://kcur.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 49437 at http://kcur.org Even In Snowden-Friendly Brazil, Asylum May Be 'Bridge Too Far' Amazon Locavore: Meet The Man Putting Brazilian Food On The Map http://kcur.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 49307 at http://kcur.org Amazon Locavore: Meet The Man Putting Brazilian Food On The Map