Yes, you read it right; Israel was rated by expats as the most dynamic country in the world. It even left the USA and Brazil, countries widely known for their fast and energetic culture, far behind. I bet you were not expecting this, right?
Although most of the investment in Latin America and the Caribbean has been in larger countries -- especially Brazil -- a significant number of smaller countries are improving their readiness for PPPs, establishing new management agencies and gaining specialized experience in implementation.
The end of the upswing phase of the commodity price super-cycle after its peak in 2011 has lowered economic growth prospects in most of Latin America. While that broad statement can hardly be disputed, chapter 3 of the latest IMF Western Hemisphere Regional Economic Outlook called attention to underlying significant differences among countries in the region.
Brasil's Bolsa Família program has been credited with helping to significantly reduce levels of absolute poverty and inequality in Brasil.
For years, pundits have debated about the timing of a rise in interest rates, pouring over the Federal Reserve Minutes and analyzing every new comma in the press releases.
On June 18th, 19th and 20th, 2015, the Ginga Mundo school of the Brazilian martial art Capoeira will be hosting a Batizado (or "baptism") at Essex Street Academy, 350 Grand Street, Manhattan, along with performances and workshops that are open to all schools as well as open to the public.
On Monday, December 1, the Twentieth Conference of the Parties (COP-20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) commence...
Thinking back on my undergraduate years in Rio de Janeiro in the late 1990s, my professors used to point out that historically Brazil had been thought as having an enormous potential to become "o maior do mundo" -- the greatest in the world.
Most of the BRICS are far from becoming major powers. While the United States has $57,000 GDP/capita, the BRICs' GDP/capita ranges from a tiny $1,500 (India) and low level of $6,800 (China) to modest levels of $11,200 (Brazil) and Russia ($14,600).
This was not an air-conditioned retreat; turns out it wasn't even a fan-conditioned retreat. We went to our thatched stilted cottage where we rifled through our suitcases, throwing clothes everywhere, looking for the coolest possible thing to wear before going fishing.
Brazil -- where we are back to bottled water and no ice, but lots and lots of water falls. I've seen Niagara and Victoria Falls but nothing prepared me for Iguazo.
A pet store in Brazil, decided to perform an experiment. What would happen if they put shelter pets in place of the regular animals for sale. Would this help more shelter animals find homes, by making them seem like pets for sale?
Imagine there's nowhere you can go where you are not the curiosity that tempts roving eyes and odd glances. Imagine that your very presence evokes a profile in the imagination of others, which instinctively limits who and what you are.
It has been months since my last article. The absence was due in part to my preparation of a speaking engagement at the Luxury Lab conference last month in São Paulo, Brazil.
Around the global south, cities struggle to provide electricity and energy to all their residents, and unsurprisingly, the poorest residents are most likely to remain disconnected from formal power systems. Many of the same cities also face an immense garbage challenge: what to do with overwhelming amounts of unsanitary and even toxic waste.
There is too great an acceptance of overseas corruption across the foreign policy establishments in our country -- from Congressional committees to the White House, State Department, CIA and Pentagon, to think tanks and the establishment media