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Stories about Brazil

21 July 2016

A Protection Ritual to ‘Close the Body’ Links Different Religious Traditions in Brazil

The "closing of the body" is supposed to ward off evil. Followers of the Afro-Brazilian religions of Candomblé and Umbanda as well as some Catholics practice the ritual.

1 July 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Brexit, Brexit Everywhere

This week, we take you to the Caribbean, Brazil, Russia, Tanzania and Azerbaijan.

30 June 2016

‘I'll Stay as Long as the Queen Allows Me to Stay’ and Other Brexit Reactions From the Portuguese-Speaking World

"Brexit...whatever happens from now on, no one can erase these results from citizens' memories."

28 June 2016

5 Accounts From Female Political Prisoners That Recall the Horrific Torture Under Brazil’s Military Dictatorship

A confessed torturer was recently praised in Brazil's Chamber of Deputies, creating an opening for the group of people who support or minimize state crimes committed during the 21-year dictatorship.

22 June 2016

10 Athletes From Four Countries Will Compete at the Olympics Under One Banner: Refugee

"In the refugee camp, we have no facilities – even shoes we don’t have. There is no gym. Even the weather does not favor training..."

17 June 2016

As President Faces Impeachment, Brazil’s ‘Royal Family’ Wants to Play ‘Game of Thrones’ For Real

It's been 127 years since Brazil was a monarchy, but President Rousseff's possible impeachment has presented the country's last royal family with an opportunity to appeal to supporters.

10 June 2016

Students Have Occupied More Than 300 Schools Throughout Brazil in Recent Months

"We are vacating with joy because we can pass on our power to organize, to act. It was 56 days of resistance, despite attacks from all sides."

3 June 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Unsung Heroes

This week, we head to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Japan, Myanmar, Brazil and Syria.

28 May 2016

Uproar, Victim-Blaming on Brazilian Social Media After Gang Rape Video Shared on Twitter

"This reveals a society that is criminal and violent against women, which sees that a woman’s body as made for man's consumption."

20 May 2016

Brazilian Musicians Mount an Orchestra Against Brazil's Interim Government

Late German composer Carl Off's "Carmina Burana" was turned into a chant of "Fora Temer" (Temer Out), against Michel Temer's interim government.

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.

26 March 2016

Your Guide to Understanding Brazil's Political Crisis

Brazil has gone into a freefall in the past three weeks, with events unfolding so quickly that spending so much as a moment offline risks missing out the latest news.

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.

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