Stories about Brazil from April, 2007
The much heralded launching of the first Second Life national community happened this Monday, April 23, and Brazilians are getting ready to their outposts in a custom tropicalized virtual environment. The novelty is attracting the attention of users as Linden Labs makes its first attempt to scale and customize the environment to host non-English speaking cultures -- and markets. The initiative is the result of the partnership with the local Kaizen Games, which has been announced as a Second Life Global Provider and part of the SL Grid. Bloggers are reporting.
In an act of “reverse globalization”, a North American in Brazil reports on the ‘Amazonia’ soap opera, the Santo Daime religion, the legacy of Chico Mendes and current efforts to protect of the Amazon forest. Lou Gold reports about ‘Amazonia, Acre and Earth Day‘ at VisionShare.
Sao Paulo-based Ricardo Carreón on Brazil's federal police strike.
Sex and Soccer meet in Latin American as two soccer giants face off in Latin America, prompting some amusing advertisements.
Bahraini blogger emoodz regales us with a tantalising Brazilian dance at the Spring of Culture festival, which has generated heated debates between Islamists and liberals on whether such live entertainment should be allowed in Bahrain. “I sat through two butt numbing hours on that very uncomfortable chair, fascinated by the...
The word is out on the web: blogs are celebrating their 10th anniversary. And although blogging about blogging is something bloggers do all the time, the remembrance offers the opportunity for new raps around the beloved theme. The thread started from an April 1st Dave Winer's post where he praises...
Last Friday, at the same time Lula was in the air traveling to the US to visit President Bush, a huge crisis was developing back in Brazil. Air traffic controllers had started a strike protesting working conditions, paralyzing flights across the nation and bringing the "Aerial Blackout" crisis to a climax. The problems were started last year with the disintegration of Varig, Brazil's one-time flagship airline, and signs of persistent failure in air traffic control in the southern and central regions of the country were already being noticed by the media in March. It only got worse after the Sept. 29 collision which became Brazil’s worst air disaster, as the controllers started to perform slowdowns that brought delays in airports all over the country.