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Stories about Brazil

14 February 2016

How More and More Schools in Brazil Are Teaching Kids to Eat Their Vegetables

Hundreds of public schools in Brazil have gardens where kids grow their own vegetables. And the schools say it's changing the way kids think about the food they eat.

8 February 2016

Starved of National Media Coverage, Student Occupation Movement in Central Brazil Encounters Strong Police Response

There's been a slew of reports about threats and police violence in schools in the Brazilian state of Goiás, where high schoolers have occupied buildings since late last year.

5 February 2016

Global Deforestation Is Decreasing. Or Is It?

A new look at the complex picture of changes in land use suggests that, when it comes to forests, we’re far from being out of the woods.

Meet Brazil's (Literally) Most Sung Hero: The Japanese Federale

“Oh my God, I'm done for. The Japanese Federale is knocking at my door.”

2 February 2016

The Zika Virus Threat Looms Large in the Caribbean

The World Health Organisation has just declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency. Some Caribbean territories have been preparing for it, while others have been slow to mobilise.

21 January 2016

A New Wave of Protests Sweeps São Paulo Against Public Transportation Fare Hikes

One study found that public transport in 21 Brazilian cities are among the most costly in the world in relation to average salary, outranking London, Tokyo and New York.

7 January 2016

Indigenous Groups from the Amazonian Upper Rio Negro Release a Climate Cycles Calendar

The research, rooted in indigenous knowledge and cultures, may indicate processes of climate change observed locally, expressed in the effects caused to the ecosystems of Brazil and its surrounding regions.

3 January 2016

A Young American Architect Helps Brazil Memorialize the Slave Trade

The wharf where slaves landed in Rio was recently unearthed and Sara Zewde has designed a memorial to the neighborhood’s tragic past.

25 December 2015

Following in São Paulo's Footsteps, Brazilian Students in Goiás Are Occupying Their Schools Too

"The fighting spirit that animated 2013 remains alive."

17 December 2015

WhatsApp Is Back on in Brazil. But Why Was It Blocked in the First Place?

Global Voices Advocacy

The judge who issued the order based her decision on a provision of Marco Civil, Brazil's so-called "Bill of Rights" for the Internet.

Do You Know the Story of Brazil's First Black Female Legislator?

More than 80 years ago, Antonieta de Barros became the first black woman elected in Brazil. But she's hardly a household name. One filmmaker has tried to change that.

11 December 2015

From Celebration to Repression: São Paulo Students Keep Protesting for Better Education

São Paulo students celebrated after scoring a major victory against the governor's "reorganization" policy, then continued their protests, only to be met with police violence.

5 December 2015

Student Protesters in São Paulo Celebrate Victory, As Governor Backs Down and Education Secretary Resigns

Students throughout São Paulo are still occupying schools, waiting for the dust to settle after the Governor's announcement, but the movement against "reorganization" appears to have scored a major victory.

3 December 2015

Sao Paulo Officials Declare ‘War’ on Students’ Occupy Movement

Many public schools in São Paulo will be restructured or even closed under a new plan. More than 300,000 students are expected to need to transfer to new schools.

2 December 2015

GV Face: How Do You Feel About The Term “Terrorism”?

GV Face

Names and labels are something we take very seriously at Global Voices.

24 November 2015

As Toxic Mud Ravages Brazil's ‘Sweet River’, People's Trust in Government Sours

"I feel an enormous sadness, a profound anger and unspeakable shame to live in a such negligent and irresponsible country."

19 November 2015

Who's Afraid of Simone de Beauvoir? How a National Exam Had Millions of Brazilians Talking About Gender

Feminists celebrated the national university entrance exam as it asked people to write about the persistence of violence against women. It was a sad day for the trolls.

11 November 2015

Netizen Report: UN Authorities Pluck Protesters from Global Internet Conference in Brazil

Global Voices Advocacy

The UN fails to walk the walk on free expression, Tanzanians face prosecution over WhatsApp messages, and the UK rolls out a new surveillance bill that is 'worse than scary'.

9 November 2015

When Were You Sexually Harassed for the First Time? Brazilian Women React to Online Violence

Global Voices Advocacy

Social networks are increasingly filled with hate speech. This alarming phenomenon, however, is being countered by creative, irreverent, and organized women's groups online.

6 November 2015

Is an Award-Winning Photo of a Haitian Immigrant Bathing in Brazil Unethical?

"The objective of the media in the middle of these crises is to pressure the state to take a stand, not to embarrass those who need help the most."

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