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Stories about Brazil

5 March 2015

#FragaWantsToPost: A Brazilian Activist Has Been Forbidden From Protesting for Two Years

Global Voices Advocacy

Ricardo Fraga’s right to protest has been legally suspended for the last 728 days. He cannot post or mention anything about the high-rise construction project that is changing his neighborhood.

2 March 2015

Did a Brazilian Judge Try to Use Marco Civil to Shut Down WhatsApp Across the Country?

Global Voices Advocacy

WhatsApp kept working normally in Brazil, but the judge's decision, which was apparently based on provisions in the Marco Civil bill, went viral.

27 February 2015

5 Bills Threatening the Amazon That Brazil's Congress Might Consider in 2015

Demarcation of indigenous lands and mining in protected areas are among the subjects that will be discussed in the Brazilian legislature this year, experts told Infoamazonia.

24 February 2015

Rio's Carnival Cozied Up to Equatorial Guinea's Brutal Dictator. But Why is Everyone Surprised?

Outrage followed revelations that the winning samba school, whose parade theme was Equatorial Guinea, reportedly received 3.5 million euros from the country's President Obiang.

18 February 2015

Trolls Target Brazilian Woman After She Shares Her Traumatizing Rape Story on Facebook

Ten years after she was raped, Viviane Teves publicized her struggle to move on. Trolls got a hold of her phone number and began to harass her on WhatsApp.

12 February 2015

5 Communities Sticking It to Fossil Fuel Companies—and Winning

From Chile's Maule coast to the Australian city of Marrickville, residents have been fighting to protect their communities from fossil fuel projects.

10 February 2015

Why Are So Many Environmental Activists Being Murdered?

In 2012, the globally reported murder rate approached three per week. Growing violence against environmental activists is leading to a search for solutions.

24 January 2015

Another Day, Another Violent Police Crackdown Against Protesters in Brazil

Military police are accused of violently suppressing a protest against publication transportation fare hikes in Sao Paulo.

16 January 2015

Déjà Vu in Brazil as Police Crack Down on Protests Against Public Transportation Fare Hikes

January 2015 already resembles June 2013: hikes in transport fares in different Brazilian cities have sent hundreds of people into the streets, only to be met with police violence.

5 January 2015

Young Brazilians Are Creating Radio Jingles to Promote Sustainable Amazon Development

Rising Voices

Youth in the Brazilian Amazon community Cabelo Seco are taking the lead through a radio project, supported by Rising Voices, to promote sustainability through traditional, digital, and innovative means.

31 December 2014

Protests, Blackouts, and a Bill of Rights for the Internet: Advox in 2014

Global Voices Advocacy

In 2014, the Global Voices Advox team covered more stories than ever before. From Egypt to Ethiopia to Tajikistan to Turkey, our authors wrote what they saw on the ground,...

26 December 2014

So Much More Than the World Cup Happened in Brazil in 2014

From a soap opera's groundbreaking gay kiss to a national debate on racism and vigilante justice, 2014 was a busy year in Latin America's largest country.

20 December 2014

Mexican Soap Opera's Gay Couple Thrown Back into the Closet on Brazilian TV

Brazilian SBT channel has cut out scenes and changed dialogue in its rebroadcast of the Mexican telenovela “Sortilegio” in order to hide the romantic relationship between two male characters.

19 December 2014

‘Ferguson Is Here': Black Brazilians Bear the Brunt of Deadly Police Violence

Hundreds marched in São Paulo, not only to support rallies in the US, but also to underline the country's dark reality: Brazilian police systematically target and murder black people.

12 December 2014

Brazil Plans to Help Other Countries Fight Amazon Deforestation

The Brazilian government announced a plan during COP 20 in Lima, Peru, to implement monitoring systems in the other Amazon countries.

24 November 2014

Victims Reveal Culture of Rape and Silence at Brazil's Top University

Two female students accuse University of São Paulo's medical college of pressuring them to not report the incidents to protect the school's reputation.

19 November 2014

Recycling Workers Are Leading the Zero Waste Charge in Brazil

Recycling workers have spearheaded the launch of a national Zero Waste Alliance in Brazil, which seeks to have all materials of a product be reused, recycled or composted.

18 November 2014

‘Pickup Artist’ Julien Blanc Isn't Welcome in Brazil, Either

Social media outcry prompted Brazilian officials to deny his visa. Blanc has advocated violent and sexist approaches to dating, even writing on Twitter, "Don't worry. I only abuse women."

13 November 2014

See Rio de Janeiro's Favelas Through the Lens of Young Residents’ Pinhole Cameras

The "Mão na Lata" (Hand on can) project challenges teenagers from Complexo da Maré to document their community's daily life with pinhole cameras made from powdered milk cans.

8 November 2014

With Its Headwaters Dry, Brazilians Fear the Death of the ‘Old Frank’ River

Climate change, environmental destruction and the current drought all threaten one of South America's main rivers, the São Francisco, and the people who depend on it for their livelihoods.

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