Stories about Brazil from June, 2010
SRF from GeoCurrent Events blog writes about the economic geography of the 2010 FIFA World Cup participant countries.
Michael Jackson was honored this week in Rio de Janeiro's Santa Marta Slum. The terrace where he recorded part of the video “They don't really care about us” in 1996, is now officially called “Michael Jackson Terrace” and it is also the scenario for a statue of the artist (see...
Local communities and netcitizens who care for the biodiverse Serra da Gandarela in Minas Gerais, Brazil, are taking a stand against Vale S.A. - a major mining multinational whose record is not one of the best at the eyes of environmental groups.
At least 46 people have been killed and an estimated hundreds are missing after torrential floods swept through states in the north-east Brazil, in the worst environmental tragedy in the local population's memory.
After the huge success of "CALA BOCA GALVAO", a similar phenomenon arose in the Brazilian social media, this time involving Brazil's main television network, Rede Globo, one of its reporters, Tadeu Schmidt, and the national football team coach, Dunga.
One of the city’s postcards, the Lagoa neighborhood, was victim of a huge fire at Morro dos Cabritos, an area of Atlantic Rainforest. Soon a campaign against the release of hot air balloons - which are a possible cause of the fire - began to run through social media.
Stefhany is known as “Beyonce from Piauí”. Her first video “Eu sou Stefhany” [I am Stefhany], uploaded to Youtube by a friend and fan, has had almost 2 million views so far. She is a great example of Web 2.0's power to create new pop stars.
During the first day of the World Cup, a group of 12 urban artists painted a wall of 240 m2 in the city of Rio de Janeiro featuring what they believe to be the Brazilian soccer dream team. The result may be seen at the event's blog “Grafite Futebol Arte”...
Millions of twitter users told Galvão Bueno, a famous Brazilian narrator and broadcaster, to shut up: a phenomenon that soon became a worldwide joke.
Once persecuted by the authorities, street art has made it to the mainstream. The Brazilian twin brothers known as GÊMEOS are on exhibition in the first event of street art in a Portuguese museum, according to local bloggers [pt]. In collaboration with Italian graffiti artist Blu, they also left their...
“Now, after the coward attack in international waters carried out by Israeli military against the fleet of humanitarian aid to Gaza” says Maria Frô [pt], “again [the movie-maker Sílvio] Tendler manifests” in an open letter to the Israeli government.
Georges Bourdoukan presents [pt] us with a beautiful poem in honor of the victims of the war and continuous violence in Gaza.
A video posted on YouTube shows the moment in which two supposed policemen shot down three supposed drug traffickers. The voyeuristic citizen watches the video in an equally criminal manner, as Roger Franchini reports.
Leonardo Sakamoto asks [pt] a tough question that many Brazilians have posed to themselves: “Why does not Brazil want to punish torturers?”. He quotes a recent poll in which Brazilian population said that they do not want to punish those who tortured hundreds of people during the 1964 military dictatorship...
Rio Gringa reviews Rio é Assim: a crônica de uma cidade, a book by José Carlos Oliveira, “one of the most realistic, jarring, heartbreaking, inspiring, hilarious, and truly Carioca literary visions you will find of the city.”
Brazillian netcitizens react to Israeli Latma TV video mocking President Lula da Silva. Hellington from Full ideas blog believes [pt] that the video only shows the ignorance of the world concerning Brazil, though he agrees with the idea that the Brazilian President shouldn't meddle with Iran and other sensitive issues....
When at the end of last year, Belo Horizonte’s City Hall published a decree banning events of any nature from taking place at one of the most popular squares in the city, it was certainly not expecting to bring “beach life” to a Brazilian inland mountain town.
In the days following the Israel's raid on the Mavi Marmara that left nine dead and numerous others wounded, the world has seen an outpouring of support for Gaza. Thousands poured into the street in protest against Israel's violence and the continuing blockade.
Following the debate initiated in January 2010, Eternal Remont blog discusses the ongoing case of the Cyrillic Internet domain name of Bulgaria “.бг” which is, allegedly, too similar to the Brazilian one in latin script “.br”.
On May 29th Eleitor2010 [Elector2010, pt] was officaly launched. According to the press release [pt] it is a Ushahidi-based crowdsourcing platform which aims to aggregate citizen denouncements during this year's electoral process in Brazil.
Conceição Oliveira writes [pt] at Maria Frô blog about the Freedom Flotilla attacks. Her commentary analyzes the declarations from UN High Comissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and is ilustrated by a Carlos Latuff's cartoon.