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João Miguel Lima

Writes especially about urban issues and the environment. Loves a good story. English/Brazilian Portuguese translator. Sociology graduate based in Fortaleza, Brazil.

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A Tale of Two World Cups in Fortaleza, Brazil

Before Brazil and Mexico battled it out in Fortaleza, the streets were taken over by people protesting FIFA and the government and by Mexican fans in high pre-match spirits.

A Handbook for Protesters During the World Cup in Brazil

As the 2014 World Cup begins in Brazil, protests against FIFA's interventions and the Brazilian government's spending are taking place all over the country, especially in the host cities. Concerned...

Delayed Construction Works in Brazil Fuel “(un)Happy” Video

The contagious feeling triggered by Pharrell Williams’ viral music video “Happy” inspired citizens of Porto Alegre, Brazil, to take advantage of the fact that their city holds the Portuguese word for “happy”...

The Amazon, a Story of Destruction in the Name of Development

On December 2013, Agência Pública news agency launched 'Public Amazon', its first book of journalistic reports in Portuguese, with a debate to discuss the region's dilemmas.

Brazil's Occupy Cocó Park Fights to Save Nature Reserve from Construction

Construction of road overpasses over Fortaleza's Cocó Park kicked off with the destruction of almost 100 trees. The ensuing protests and police violence have thrust the park into the spotlight.

Free Bus Fare Protest Posters in Brazil

The publishing and design studio Meli-Melo decided to help out in the protests against rise in bus fares in São Paulo, offering their equipment to print out posters free of charge....

Northern Brazil Peace Rally Pushes Back Against Rising Violence

With posters and banners crying out for peace, and much criticism for the violence threatening the neighborhood youth, hundreds of people - students, teachers, community leaders, artists and supporters -...

Construction Project Fuels Sex and Violence in Brazilian Amazon

Sex and violence are a part of life in the small Brazilian fishing town of Jaci Parana, where police struggle to keep up with crime as a nearby hydroelectric construction...

Brazil: Cable Car Goes Up, Houses Come Down for World Cup

The construction of a cable car for tourists in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the Morro da Providência favela in Rio de Janeiro is kicking residents out....

Brazil: Citizen Journalists Expose City's Unfinished Works

Project Amigos de Januária has shed light on the failure of a local Brazilian government, marred by a legacy of administrative wrongdoing and poor accountability, to complete public works projects...

Critical Mass: Cycling Through Brazil's Salvador City

In our attempt to discover the route of Brazilian Critical Masses, we spoke with two organizers of the Salvador Critical Mass (also known as “Bicicletada”), Roque Júnior and Rosa Ribeiro....

Brazil: Concerns Over Public Health in Januária

Participants of the citizen journalism project Amigos de Januária, Rising Voices grantee of 2011, are carrying on the mission to monitor the local government of Januária, in Brazil. The latest...

Brazil: Project Discusses Political Campaign Sign Litter

Few months ahead of municipal elections in Brazil, the campaign Quem sujou agora, vai sujar depois [Who litters now, will litter afterwards] aims to raise awareness on how political candidates...

Brazil: Board of Social Communication Under Criticism

The Observatório do Direito à Comunicação, website of communication rights in Brazil, reports that [pt] the Board of Social Communication, elected by National Congress on July 17, is under criticism...

East Timor: Stunning Sunset Photos

Currently based in Dili, Timor Leste, the Australian media and policy professional Ashlee Betteridge shares on her blog Betty loves blogging four stunning photos of Dili sunsets, which “more often...

Portugal: Tugaleaks Bank Account Deemed as Terrorist and Closed

Website Tugaleaks, which aims to serve since December 2010 as Portugal's Wikileaks, had its bank account for donations arbitrarily closed on July 13 with no official communication [pt]. Tugaleaks contributors...

Brazil/Portugal: Homophobia and the “Apparent Invisibility” of LGBT

On the blog No que tange, Maycon Lopes shares [pt] his experiences of being a homosexual in Brazil, where homophobia “motivates terrible killings”, and compares to situations he faced while...

Mozambique: Scholarship Students Kicked Out of Sudanese University

An open complaint letter published on social media by a group of scholarship holders from Mozambique at the International University of Africa, in Khartoum, Sudan, regarding their precarious social and...

Brazil: Video of Tribute to Murdered Forest Heroes

Watch the footage [en/pt] of Laísa Sampaio's speech at the UN on February, as she received a posthumous tribute to her sister Maria do Espírito Santo and brother-in-law José Cláudio,...

Brazil: Navy Denies Entrance to Quilombo Rio dos Macacos

Tai Oliver reported on Quartoamarelo Ateliê studio Facebook page [pt] about recent abuses involving the Navy and Rio dos Macacos quilombo community in Bahia, Brazil, which struggles against eviction threats...

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