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Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
11:27 am
Все кто хочет попрактиковать португальский язык,
неравнодушен к Бразильской культуре

приходите на сайт www.axecapoeira.ru
и приходите к нам в гости на Roda

В этом месте Вам всегда будут рады
вас внимательно выслушают

поют танцуют смеются играют на музыкальных инструментах
говорят на португальском

Я с лета буду помогать новичкам осваивать азы португальского языка.

До встречи.
Saturday, February 24th, 2007
9:47 pm
Tuesday, May 30th, 2006
11:07 pm
afro-brazilian culture
como esta?
it's really great to know of a country
where a lot of the afro culture and beliefs
were kept intact!! in mauritius where my origins lie,
we have no real links to africa except for our music and
being part of the A.U. Many of our people still see
the afro culture and beliefs as uncivilised,savage.. but why should we pretend to be frenchman??..
anyways...when did the brazilian irmandades or brotherhoods stop?
it seems to be these things which kept the culture alive!
my people share a musical instrument with brazil(well it died out in mauritius, but our neighbours kept it), you guys call it the berimbau, we call it the bobre you see it in all the capoeira contests..(the long bow with the calabash at the bottom).
please do reply!
Saturday, April 29th, 2006
6:23 pm
hello! I'm an american by birth, and perhaps now a brazilian by choice? I'm a follower of Candomble, and several of my friends are iyawos. I was wondering if any of you could maybe help me with ideas as to what 1-3 americans could do to make their way in your country? my friend suggested we might be able to teach english - obviously we're all fluent (though what little portugese we know is candomble related) - is this a reasonable possibility? does anyone know of an agency or something that could put americans to work in brazil for a long time? I also have a few otehr questions: how is it for gay people in brazil? can they be open, do they fear for their lives? in america its a big debate and depending on where you are you could be hurt or nobody would notice. also, how are americans viewed? I feel like I have to apoligize for my country whenever I'm talking to foreigners...anyway, anything you have to say on the subject would be much appriciated!
Thursday, April 27th, 2006
10:03 pm
The Scramble for Angola

The Portuguese generally take a lot of pride in the fact that Brazil, a country they discovered, has become one of the most vibrant and varied countries on earth and a true cultural superpower. That diversity, of course, came into being largely because of the slave trade. But slavery is a word seldom mentioned in discussions of Portugal’s glorious age of expansion and empire.

A current exhibition in the museum in Lagos makes a laudable attempt to promote Portugal’s own multicultural heritage, talking at length about how successive migrations of humanity have culturally enriched European societies and made them much more ethnically diverse, but fails to mention how forced migrations of people created economic riches, or even the remarkable fact that Lagos itself would give its name to the capital of Africa’s most populous nation, as many of the slaves traded in the Algarve originated in that part of Africa.

Portugal first arrived in what would become its largest African colony, Angola, in 1483, and they would stay there for almost 500 years. Like any colonial relationship it was one of brutality and forced obedience:

Until the late 1900's Portugal used the area as a "slave pool" for its far more lucrative colony in Brazil and to benefit from the occasional discovery of precious gemstones and metals. Angola suffered from one of the most backward forms of colonialist rule. (from www.africanet.com)

According to an article by Helena Matos in Público, it always held a special significance for the Portuguese:

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Sunday, November 6th, 2005
1:02 pm
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all are welcome.
Thursday, November 25th, 2004
10:11 pm
Hey Everyone,
I just wanted to post a message on here to share about something I am very passionate about. About 4 months ago, I signed up with a program called Humana People to People. This program sends people to Africa to volunteer in many different areas that are directly related to HIV/AIDS. The goal of the Volunteer is to spread awareness of the HIV/AIDS Virus, encourage people to get tested, provide support for people living possible, and make people aware that it is not curable but it is 100% preventable. The program is a non government, non religious program, and is broken down into 3 parts: Training (6 months) Work in Africa(6 months to a year) and a follow up evaluation/reflection period (3 months). I highly recommend this program for people who feel that something proactive has to be done to have any chance of fighting this worldwide epidemic. I don't want to take too much space up on this page but if you are interested and would like more information please E-mail me at theduce4@aol.com I would love to tell you all about it. Thanks for your time and I hope to hear from you soon,

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004
5:01 pm
Brazil Reaffirms Commitment to ARV Pharmaceutical Plant
Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo)

September 2, 2004
Posted to the web September 2, 2004


The Brazilian authorities have reaffirmed their commitment to building a pharmaceutical plant in Mozambique that will produce generic anti-retroviral drugs, used to prolong the lives of people suffering from AIDS.

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4:58 pm
Brazilian Computing Firm Opens Office in Luanda
Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

September 12, 2004
Posted to the web September 13, 2004

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Current Mood: wow, this is good
4:52 pm
Trade Talks Grind To a Halt
Business Day (Johannesburg)

September 22, 2004
Posted to the web September 22, 2004

Lukanyo Mnyanda

Free trade talks between the five members of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and the largest economy in the world have reached a dead end.

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Current Mood: why am i not surprised?
Saturday, September 11th, 2004
8:27 pm
Brazil's F.R. Minister on NEPAD and Brazil
High-Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly to Consider
How to Support the New Partnership for Africa's Development
Statement by H.E. Dr. Celso Lafer
Minister of Foreign Relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil
New York, 16 September 2002

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8:24 pm
Mpahlwa Wants Bilateral Trade With Brazil Increased
Business Day (Johannesburg)

September 6, 2004
Posted to the web September 7, 2004

Patrick Wadula , Senior Business Correspondent

TRADE and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa has called for increased bilateral trade between SA and Brazil.

The trade balance favours Brazil, SA's 30th-largest trading partner.

Mpahlwa was speaking at the SA-Brazil seminar in Sun City at the weekend. He said a review of trade data between the two countries indicated that the trade level was still relatively low. At the end of 2003, trade between the two countries stood at R6,7bn.

"While this represents an improvement from the trade value of R2,4bn registered in1998, the challenges that confront both our economies require far more interaction at the trade level between us.

"But I think that the overwhelming sense that prevails with regard to our relationship is that this is only the beginning," said Mpahlwa.

While the trade balance favoured Brazil, this was testament to the serious manner in which Brazilian business people had utilised the opportunities that improved existing trade relations between the two countries, he said.

"At the same time, this poses a challenge to South African business people. There is a clear need for South African companies to acquaint themselves with the Brazilian market and explore the opportunities that this market presents."

Mpahlwa said the outcome of the Southern African Customs Union-Mercosur trade negotiations would present further opportunities that needed to be fully utilised.

"We expect the first phase of our negotiations, which involve an exchange of fixed preferences, will be completed by the end of the year.

He said that successful trade relations between the two countries were dependent on an appropriate regulatory environment.

In this regard, significant progress could be noted.
8:17 pm
President to address Business Seminar
BuaNews (Pretoria)

September 3, 2004
Posted to the web September 3, 2004

Mahlatsi Mgidi

President Thabo Mbeki is expected to address a business seminar in the North West today, organised by South Africa and Brazil.

The South African-Brazil Business Seminar is themed "trade and investment partnership between South Africa and Brazil" and is aimed at exploring mutual areas for investment opportunities between the two countries.

It will be hosted by Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mphahlwa and will be attended by 150 of Brazil's most influential corporate leaders and key decision makers including the Minister of Industry, Development and Foreign Trade Luiz Fernanado Furlan.

South Africa and Brazil are currently playing an important role in the international trade relations.

The seminar is part of a five-day conference to showcase South Africa as a preferred country with which to do business

The conference is the ninth Meeting Empresarial of the LIDE Group of Business Leaders that comprises 414 chief executives of the most important companies in Brazil, which altogether contribute 35 percent of that country's Gross Domestic Product.

After the seminar a cocktail to induct Brazilian soccer legend Pele as a South African goodwill ambassador will be hosted by the International Marketing Council.

The culmination of the evening will be a gala dinner celebrating ten years of democracy, hosted by Arts and Culture Minister Dr Pallo Jordan.

North West Premier Edna Molewa is also expected to attend the event.
Friday, September 3rd, 2004
5:24 pm
South America as a dumping ground for Europe
Ive realized something today:

Ever since the mid 1800's, Europe has had to get rid of most of their own to save space and reduce crime and unemployment, among other reasons. And these immigrants from the UK, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Scandinavia, and other nations have made homes in the uttermost reaches of the Western world, be it Australia, NZ, Canada, the US, or even Southern Africa.

However, many have also settled in South America, particularly in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile. It might have been fine and dandy, but the fact remains: the Southern Cone nations served as a mere dumping ground for Europeans who couldve gone to the US or Canada, and were not allowed a chance to invest their own resources in Europe. North America, the closest neighbor of sorts to Europe, also was a dumping ground of sorts, but at least it was close enough to carry on a serious continuous dialogue and reciprocal relationship with the other.

Where was South America on the list of Europe's priorities? Nowhere. It wasnt even close enough for any serious dialogue or relationship with the other continent, so it was like, "OK, we'll give you our tired, our poor, since we dont give a shit about them anyway." And obviously, they still dont.

Look at Portugal and Angola, one of Portugal's former African colonies. Under the policies of its former dictator, Antonio Salazar, the government tossed out as many of its paupers, its convicts, and Salazar's opponents, mostly to Brazil or Angola. These people were known as degredados, the people that Portugal didnt want because they were taking up space in an already (and still) poor European nation.

So what do I propose by this? I say that South America (especially the Southern Cone nations) should stop serving as a dumping ground for Europe, and instead should start up a NATO-type of alliance with Black Africa, which is far closer in proximity to South America than Europe. Maybe this can include the switching of favor (in terms of immigration) from Europe to Africa, particularly Nigeria, Cote d-Ivoire, DRC, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania, and South Africa (which is now considered Brazil's strongest foreign ally, beside India), as well as stationing Brazilian troops in Africa's most troubled regions.

South America (particularly Brazil) has alot to offer to Black Africa, and vice versa. I hope that such can be realized soon enough.
Wednesday, September 1st, 2004
11:16 pm
I feel that Brazil should have some sort of defense alliance with Africa, kinda like how North America has (and has had) one with Europe. Why do I say so?

1) Brazil and Africa are almost along the same latitude symmetry as each other. The same with North America and Europe.

2) More people of African descent live in Brazil than in any other single nation in the world except Nigeria. Most of North America's citizens are immigrants or are descendants of immigrants from Europe.

3) Brazil's ties with Africa are probably the strongest of any ties shared between two nations. The same with North America and Europe.

So what do I propose? I propose that Brazil establish a South Atlantic Treaty Organization to establish a strong defense alliance with Africa (as in the deployment of Brazilian troops to permanent bases in the most troubled regions), as well as allow Africans to immigrate to Brazil unfettered.

Who knows? Maybe such a relationship could better the lot of both areas. Brazil wouldnt have to be a bitch for America (like the other Latin American nations are, save for Cuba and a few others), and Africa wouldnt have to be one for BOTH Europe and the Middle East. They could tie themselves to each other so that what happens in one can affect the other as well.
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