Stories about Brazil from December, 2007
Lusosphere: Wishes and hopes for 2008
The new year is inevitably soon arriving and the Lusosphere is booming with posts about traditions, resolutions, wishes, and reflections. Here is a short roundup of Portuguese speaking blogs from Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Mozambique and Portugal - although countries far apart, they share the language and hopes for a better future.
Brazil: OLPC After First Round of Bidding
OLPC News provides information on the status of bidding for the purchase of 150,000 laptops for children in Brazil and also links to an interview with David Cavallo, OLPC representative in that country.
Brazil: A visit to Pakistan
On Benazir Bhutto's death, Leonardo Sakamoto [pt] leaves the factual news to the newspapers and publishes links to his personal accounts of Pakistan, a country which he visited to see projects that fight against slavery. In his travel blog, he talks about people, politics and religion. “You will see how...
Brazil: An end of year reminder about slavery
Leonardo Sakamoto [pt] has a reminder for this final days of 2007: slavery still happens in Brazil. He points out that: “Its economic nature differs from the slavery of classical and modern eras, from the colony and empire days. But the inhumane treatment of restricting freedom and the process of...
Brazil: 18,000 liters of amonia and latex leak in Acre
Altino Machado [pt] reports on a environmental disaster in Xapuri, Acre-Brazil, when 18,000 liters of ammonia and latex leaked into the environment after a tank in a condom factory collapsed. “The accident happened on Saturday, 22, the 19th anniversary of trade union leader and environmentalist Chico Mendes’ murder”.
Brazil: Open Source Living
“In less than five days, a personal list of “open source” software has become a huge archive that everyone must bookmark”. Antonio Granado [pt] reports on the Open Source Living an archive of Open Source software, applications and references for a zero-cost,
Brazil: The first Christmas of a mother who has lost a son
Carlos Eduardo Santos [pt] publishes a moving letter from a mother who has lost her son telling us about the first Christmas without him. Her 26 years old son was killed on a robbery in Recife, Brazil. She says: “Is it worth it to love this city? This state? This...
Brazil: The future is open source
Sérgio Amadeu [pt] publishes a picture of a GNU/Linux computing class, with a difference: there students are middle age learners. “I have learned a lot with this research, which has changed my concepts about learning and about the capacity to dream and project a better world”.
Brazil: 2007 in posts
Idelber [pt] goes on holidays and leaves his readers with a collection of links to 2007 posts that are well worth a second helping. “We will be back on January 07 , with a piece of news about a unmissable book”.
Brazil: We will write in Portuguese indeed
Felipe Lobo [pt] analyses the many reactions brought by a post published in Portuguese at the American site propeller, among which comments like “Our national language is English! If you want to post something, do so in English”. The Brazilian blogger believes they will carry on speaking in Portuguese and...
Brazil: Respecting Bolivian immigrants
Sakamoto [pt] takes the International Migrants Day commemorations in São Paulo to write a long post reflecting on the situation of the many South American migrants, most of them Bolivians, working in inhuman conditions and sometimes even as slaves in Brazil. “When will this country treat “its” Bolivians with dignity?”,...
Oscar Niemeyer: 100 years of a daring architeture
Brazilian and international bloggers have been wishing a happy birthday to Oscar Niemeyer, the prized modernist architect who turns 100 today still very much alive, lucid, working and involved in many projects worldwide.
Burkina Faso: What Causes Corruption?
Babilown posts a video [Fr] where the head of an NGO in Ouagadougou describes corruption in Burkina Faso and its causes, while another discusses the situation in Brazil.
Brasil: Magazine made by bloggers is live
After 10 months’ work, Rafael Reinehr [pt] announces OPS – the e-magazine written by bloggers – is now live: “The fun has just begun. In the coming weeks, sections will be populated, articles will be published, new bloggers will begin their journey in this project, that has what it takes...
Brazil: Lower socio-economic classes and e-commerce
MLOG [pt] comments on a recent research showing that, in Sao Paulo, consumers in classes C, D and E – the middle class, the working poor and the poorest of the poor – have turned to e-commerce more than those in classes A and B. “Cheers to democratization, access and...
Brazil: On winning YouTube short film contest
Rodrigo Savazoni [pt] takes the opportunity of a Brazilian short film winning the YouTube Project:Direct to talk about the changes brought by new technologies to movie making: “I can only see the bright side of it. Because nobody will stop watching good movies and a lot more people have started...
Brazil: Shocking image of a cruel reality
PE Body Count published today a very shocking picture that illustrates one of the cruelest Brazilian realities. “Think about it”.
Blogging World Aids Day
Bloggers around the world marked World Aids Day on December 1 by speaking openly and strongly about HIV and AIDS. Each post is a tribute to the fight against the epidemic, which only grows stronger through silence and misinformation.