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· October, 2011

Stories about Brazil from October, 2011

Brazil: Mobilization Against Racism Towards Indigenous Peoples

  30 October 2011

Following the occupation of the Belo Monte construction site, socio-environmental student Robson Fernando, from the blog Consciência, denounces [pt] racist comments left ​​by readers of Folha de São Paulo on the newspaper's website against the Brazilian indigenous population. On another post, Fernando calls those who propagate prejudice and hatred to...

Brazil: Belo Monte Dam Construction Site is Occupied

  27 October 2011

Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI) reports [pt] that 600 people have occupied Belo Monte Dam construction site in Altamira, brazilian state of Pará. Journalist Beth Begonha (@BethBegonha) said [pt] that Kayapó people from the village of Gurupira will join the protest shortly. This action was decided yesterday, with news that the...

Brazil: Is the Ruling Party an LGBT Ally?

  27 October 2011

Marcelo Gerald published a series of posts (part 1, 2 and 3) [pt] on the blog Eleições Hoje (Elections Today), that analyses the position of the ruling party in Brazil, PT (Worker's Party), towards the LGBT community.

“Law Without Borders” Between Brazil, Angola and Portugal

  26 October 2011

Brazilian lawyer and researcher Vanessa Bueno, based in Portugal, launched the blog O Direito Sem Fronteiras (Law Without Borders) [pt] where she gives tips and writes reviews about legal issues, especially for migrants between Portugal, Brazil and Angola. She has also created a group on Facebook aiming to promote debate.

Brazil: Journalists Collaborate with US State Department

  25 October 2011

Luis Cezar, from the blog Brasil Que Vai, publishes a paper by Helena de Souza which reports on documents released by Wikileaks that link journalists from the main Brazilian TV network and one of the largest in the world, Rede Globo, with the US State Department.

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Brazil: Belo Monte Dam Case Comes to Court

  21 October 2011

The Brazilian justice system has provided new fuel to the protesting voices against the Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant, after its construction begun in June 2011. A lawsuit filed in 2006 by the state of Pará was brought to court on October 17.

Brazil: Thousands March Against Corruption

  19 October 2011

20,000 people attended the 2nd March Against Corruption in Brasília, on October 12. Youtube user estnagum registered the event. Chanting slogans and the national anthem, protesters held brooms to “sweep away” corruption and impunity. The first march, on September 7 (independence day), was motivated by the secret voting that absolved...

Brazil: Violence Against Indigenous Fulni-o Tapuya

  18 October 2011

Brazilian blogger Danielle Pereira, on Diário Liberdade, denounces [pt] (with photos and videos) abuses and violence committed by the police of Brasilia against members of the indigenous community Fulni-o Tapuya. The people are claiming land that historically belongs to them, but that was delivered to a private company by the...

Brazil: #OccupySaoPaulo Sets Up Camp

  18 October 2011

A group of Brazilian activists who have set up camp in downtown São Paulo since October 15 protests are now facing the possibility of police repression, says [pt] blogger Conceição Oliveira (@Maria_Fro). There is a live streaming from the so called #OccupySaoPaulo or #AcampaSampa.

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Brazil: Creating Opportunities for Life After Jail

  17 October 2011

While serving time in jail, Ronaldo Monteiro kickstarted a project with fellow detainees and turned his life around. Years later, released on parole, Monteiro now coordinates an NGO that offers opportunities of social reintegration for young offenders, detainees and former detainees in Brazil.

Latin America: Music Blog Loves to Discover New Songs

  14 October 2011

The blog Amo descubrir canciones [es] (“I love to discover songs”) reviews music from around the world, with a special focus on Latin America. The blog includes specials with songs by country [es], song covers [es], and songs recommended by readers [es]. The latter category includes a post on “Songs...

Latin American Social Movements and #OccupyWallStreet

  12 October 2011

Benjamin Dangl in Upside Down World writes a report that “connects tactics and philosophies surrounding the Occupy Wall Street movement with similar movements in Latin America, from the popular assemblies and occupation of factories during Argentina’s economic crisis in 2001-2002, to grassroots struggles for land in Brazil.”

Brazil: Different Perspectives on Steve Jobs’ Work

  8 October 2011

As the world mourns the death of Steve Jobs, the Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff illustrates another side of the entrepreneur. The same does Rodrigo Savazoni, on the blog Trezentos, saying [pt] that Jobs was the number one enemy of collaboration.

Brazil: Senator Suggests Whipping for Lazy Prisoners

  8 October 2011

Brazilian journalist Marco Antônio Araujo, from the blog O Provocador (The Provocateur), says [pt], with irony, that he is “in favor of whipping thugs who don't work” but suggests “that these measures are firstly tested in Congress”.  His post criticises the idea of Senator Reditário Cassol of whipping prisoners who...

Brazil: FIFA's Demands in the Run Up to the World Cup 2014

  8 October 2011

Brazilian blogger José Carlos denounces [pt] the controversial demands of FIFA (the highest governing body of football) on the preparation of the World Cup 2014 . Several Brazilian laws, such as the half price tickets’, may be violated to ensure greater exposure of FIFA's products and profits.

U.S. Releases Report on Social Media in Latin America

  7 October 2011

The United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean recently released a report titled “Latin American Governments Need to ‘Friend’ Social Media and Technology”. Bloggings by boz helps break down some of the report's main points.

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Ada Lovelace Day: Inspirational Women in Action

  7 October 2011

Ada Lovelace Day aims to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths by encouraging people around the world to talk about the women whose work they admire. Read about Global Voices' tribute.

Brazil: Mega No to Surveillance Wins FRIDA Award

  7 October 2011

The movement Mega No to Surveillance [pt], a Brazilian watchdog of online censorship, has won the FRIDA International Award in the category “Freedoms”. This joint initiative of Latin American Network Information Center, International Development Research Centre and Internet Society, rewards digital innovation and research initiatives that have made the Internet...

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