· January, 2008

Stories about Brazil from January, 2008

Brazil: A “drinkshop” for bloggers

  24 January 2008

Instead of a workshop,  a few Brazilian bloggers met in a more relaxed “drinkshop” to talk about the blogosphere, nonsense and have fun. “All, absolutely all informal meetings with bloggers I have attended were excellent”, reports Carlos Cardoso [pt].

Brazil: Blog Carnival about online journalism

  23 January 2008

“Several blogs will be publishing texts about online journalism this Wednesday, in the first round of ‘Ciranda de textos’ and every month one of them will make a kind of guide to reading: a summary of each text and a link to where it is”, announces Andre Deak [pt] on...

Brazil: On community radios and mainstream media

  23 January 2008

“Do you think you know little about community radio stations or those that are called “pirates” on TV? Don't be surprised”. Luiz Carlos Azenha [pt] interviews Guilherme Canela about a research by him that shows that community run radios stations were subject matter for only 0.8% of the reports published...

Brazil: Counting the victims of murder

  23 January 2008

PE Body Count [pt] welcomes the news that another news website is also implementing a murder counter in the neighbor state of Alagoas. “To combat the problem [crime], it is necessary to admit that it exists. We do this by counting homicides and giving faces to the numbers. Both we...

Brazil: Global anti-Chavez propaganda or coincidence?

  22 January 2008

Luiz Azenha [pt] on anti-Chavez propaganda: “I am interested in investigating whether there is a connection between the campaigns that run in the United States with what happens in other parts of the world – in Brazil and in Europe, for example. I mean physical or financial connection”. See also...

Brazil: Blame the Oscar rules

  22 January 2008

“The exclusion of The Year My Parents Went on Vacation from the nominations for the foreign-language Oscar should not be blamed on the quality of the film itself or the timid campaign to promote the film in the United States, but on the stupid rules for this category”. Chico Fireman...

Brazil: Ten facts about yellow fever in Brazil

  21 January 2008

“In the face of continuing misinformation on the current yellow fever situation in Brazil, I’ve dedicated some time to gather together a few facts about the crisis”, says Brazil Travel Blog gathering ten facts about yellow fever in Brazil based on reliable Brazilian sources. Read more on the quoted misinformation...

Brazil: Journalism and Twitter

  21 January 2008

Raquel Recuero [pt] is surprised to discover that Twitter, a tool that she had not paid much attention to, has been widely used by both, journalists and candidates’ public relation teams, to cover the American elections. “It seems to me that, in a way, Twitter is taking up the job...

Brazil: 25 years without Garrincha

  21 January 2008

Brazil remembered this Sunday the 25th anniversary of Manuel Francisco dos Santos's death. Better known by the nickname “Garrincha“, he was an outstanding Brazilian football player who helped Brazil national team to win the World Cups of 1958 and 1962. Marcos Tchôla [pt] finds rare videos to pay homage to...

Brazil: Discrepancy in the crime rates after media censorship

  21 January 2008

Following yesterday's news that the Secretary of Social Defense (SDS) in Pernambuco, Brazil, has decided to stop providing information on violence and crime rates to the press, PE Body Count [pt] has noticed some discrepancy among the blog's and the official figures for the weekend: the bloggers have counted 48...

Cuba: Elections & Ethanol

  21 January 2008

Child of the Revolution is monitoring the Cuban parliamentary elections, while The Cuban Triangle reports on “the economic collaboration between Cuba and Venezuela that resulted in an agreement yesterday for 76 projects with a $1.3 billion price tag.”

Brazil: How the media caused a yellow fever panic

  20 January 2008

Luiz Carlos Azenha [pt] shows how the same media that promoted panic in Brazil recommending mass vaccination against yellow fever is now eager to blame the government. “Look at this cheeky maneuver by [newspaper] Estadão, where there is not a single line discussing the role of the media in spreading...

Brazil: No right to information

  20 January 2008

“Where is the transparency?”, asks PE Body Count [pt] on learning that the Secretary of Social Defense in Pernambuco, Brazil has decided to stop providing information on violence and crime rates to the press. “The attitude, in the most naive approach, may raise suspicion that there manipulation of the homicide...

Brazil: Violent games have been banned or censored?

  18 January 2008

Sérgio Amadeu [pt] criticizes a court decision that banned computer games “EverQuest” and “Counter-Strike” because of the alleged violence. “Japan is one of the countries in which violent games are more widespread, Korea is another. The statistics for violence there do not even get close to the numbers in the...

Brazil: Gabeira as Mayor for Rio de Janeiro

  18 January 2008

Pedro Dória [pt] wants congressman Fernando Gabeira [pt] to be Rio de Janeiro's mayor and thinks that the blogosphere and netizens can join forces to convince him to put his name forward. “It is time to launch an online campaign. If a great enough number of people join it, we...

Brazil: A half Portuguese, half African Brazilian street party

  18 January 2008

La Pasionaria Selénia posts her very nice pictures of yesterday's Feast of Bonfim, one of the most important annual popular celebrations in Salvador. The veneration of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim (Our Lord of the Good End) is an old Portuguese tradition that was imported to Brazil during colonial times, but...

Brazil: Missionaries and Their Effect on Indigenous Cultures

  18 January 2008

George Felipe de Lima Dantas writes in Brazzil Magazine that religious missionaries should be expelled in order to preserve indigenous cultures in Brazil. Andrew Comings, a missionary in Brazil, vehemently disagrees and writes his rebuttal at Comings Communiqué.

Brazil: A flagrant video on 12 year old being killed by police

  16 January 2008

PE Body Count [pt] uploads a video with images captured by a citizen reporter showing the police violence that led to the death of Dênis Francisco Henrique dos Santos, 12 years old, during a street party in Recife, Brazil, last Sunday. The blog had reported the incident [pt] earlier this...

Brazil: A free manuals wiki in Portuguese

  16 January 2008

“Zé and I have started a new wiki, free manuals, which is basically a place for us to translate some cool manuals we know, and also to write our own manuals”. It is going to be manuals for pretty much everything, explains Daniel Madsen Melo [pt], who also welcomes helping...

Brazil: The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

  16 January 2008

The Brazilian movie “The Year My Parents Went on Vacation”, by Cao Hamburger, has made it to the list of nine movies pre-selected for the foreign-language Academy Award. On January 22, a special committee will decide which of these will make to to the top 5 final list. Inagaki [pt]...

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