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Stories about Brazil

17 May 2016

27 Graffiti Murals From São Paulo's Suburbs That You Should Check Out

While graffiti from São Paulo's central neighborhoods are featured in international travel guides, those from the suburbs remain relatively unknown, even for the residents of Latin America's largest city.

12 April 2016

A Breakdown of the Current Version of Brazil's Cybercrimes Bill

Global Voices Advocacy

Following criticism, the Commission made some changes to the most controversial elements of the legislation. But a battle still lies ahead.

11 April 2016

Under Brazil's Cybercrime Bill, Social Media Sites Could Become ‘Permanent Agents of Vigilance’

Global Voices Advocacy

"If somebody insults a politicians on a social media platform, the platform will be obligated to remove the content in a maximum of 48 hours."

3 April 2016

#IamSyrian, a Campaign to Make Every Syrian Proud

Moustafa Jacob, a Syrian artist, used the Oscars to kick off his campaign #IamSyrian. Little did he know that this initiative would snowball to showcase international solidarity with Syrians.

1 April 2016

Documentary Film About Brazil’s First Female Black Deputy Seeks Crowdfunding

The film’s producers launched a crowdsourcing campaign, seeking 6,000 USD to finance the production of 1,000 DVDs, which will be distributed freely in schools, universities, libraries, and cultural centers.

15 March 2016

Should Brazilian Students Study Portuguese Literature?

While some argue that respected authors from Portugal are being axed from the curriculum, others say priority should be given to the literature of Portuguese Africa and Latin America.

3 March 2016

Netizen Report: Facebook VP Arrested in Brazil for Refusing to Give Police WhatsApp Data

Global Voices Advocacy

A Facebook executive is arrested in Brazil, Bolivia’s President says he wants to regulate social networks, and China shuts down 580 social media accounts for “misleading the public”.

28 February 2016

‘Little Teresa’ Helps São Paulo Women Fight Drought and Male Domination—With Rain Barrels

Brazil's largest city is coming out of a drought, but its impact wasn't all bad. One woman saw it as an opportunity to empower women and bring her community together.

20 February 2016

Brazilian Activist Flooded With Death Threats After Newspaper Runs Phony Interview

The well-known Brazilian journalist, teacher, and human rights activist Leonardo Sakamoto says he started receiving death threats after a small newspaper published a fake interview with him earlier this month.

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.

19 January 2016

The Internet Helps an Unknown Brazilian Footballer Beat Messi to Win a FIFA Award

Wendell Lira didn’t have a club to play for when he was nominated for the most beautiful goal of 2015. But thanks to the Internet, he turned things around.

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.

5 January 2016

An Indigenous Toddler Was Murdered in Cold Blood, but Brazil Barely Took Notice

A day before New Year’s Eve, an indigenous woman was breastfeeding her 2-year-old son when a man killed the child. The murder did not get attention in Brazil.

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.

26 December 2015

Christmas Around the World in 17 Photos

Many thanks to the Global Voices members who shared photos from their celebrations and Christmas dinner tables.

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