I was born in Brazil, but life took me to many other places abroad and I ended up here in the UK. Until recently I was a lecturer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil in Lebanon, where I taught Portuguese language, culture and history of Brazil – as a result of my degree in Literature at University of Sao Paulo and the Masters in History at Unicamp.
So, my interest for “Lusofonia” is in all its aspects: Portuguese language, Lusophone communities abroad, geopolitics of language, etc. Another topic is the Middle East, having lived there made me see how things really are in that part of the world.
Latest posts by Richard de Araújo
The current search for new trading partners in unexpected geographic areas demonstrates the extent to which Brazil has changed its foreign policy the last few years. With an agenda that has focused primarily on global business performance, the Middle East has emerged as a key area for Brazilians.
The return of Lebanese immigrants and their Brazilian families to Lebanon has resulted in the creation of an important community of "Brazilebanese". This community has been making efforts to keep ties with Brazil through the Portuguese language, which has more speakers than Arabic in some villages.