Latest posts by Melissa Mann
9 February 2012
Talking about the weather may be mere elevator chit-chat but, come rain or shine, there is no honest conversation that does not make some reference to the weather. Obviously the online community could not remain silent on the issue. Especially not in the face of Brazil's readying for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20.
3 January 2012
On the eve of the New Year's festivities, the population in the state of Ceará, Brazil, was taken by surprise with a strike by the military police and firefighters. Propagating both facts and rumors surrounding the violence, the hashtag #CaosEmFortaleza (ChaosInFortaleza) has brought together general grumbling, formal complaints, ironic musings and misinformation on the social and political atmosphere in the capital city of Fortaleza.
30 October 2011
Military police launched a blitz operation at the University of São Paulo after approaching three students smoking marijuana on the night of October 27. Adriano Rangel reports.
10 September 2011
Political and social debate in Spain has been intense these past few months. The latest news that has once again caused thousands to take to the streets in protest has been the changes to the Spanish Constitution less than three months before the general elections.
9 May 2011
On Thursday, Brazil's Supreme Court recognized civil unions for same-sex couples. The historic decision, which brings an end to the legal discrimination of homosexuals, dominated conversations both virtual and otherwise.
2 May 2011
Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature Mario Vargas Llosa was invited to give the inaugural speech at the 2011 Book Fair in Buenos Aires. The invitation to be the keynote speaker brought both favorable reactions as well as opposition. The speculations surrounding of Vargas Llosa's keynote address were ultimately quelled when he took the podium on April 21.
6 March 2011
The Brazilian blogosphere reacts to a video recently released online in which a female desk officer with the state police of São Paulo is strip searched by male investigators from the police force's Office of Internal Affairs. The case dates back to 2009 but was only recently disclosed to the public.
30 January 2011
Brazilian netizens were invited to participate in an exclusive and collective interview with Julian Assange, founder and editor of the polemical WikiLeaks. Assange explains why he works with mainstream media – though he never fails to criticize it.
21 January 2011
They propose “to create new views, free from prejudice and colonial judgment,” of contemporary African cultures, and in an interview with Global Voices, Marta Lança and Francisca Bagulho talk about the creation of Buala: “an interdisciplinary web portal for reflection, critique and documenting Portuguese-speaking Africa.”
8 November 2010
Dilma Rousseff is the first woman in a group of 35 Brazilian presidents, and will be the first Brazilian in an elite club of 17 female global leaders. What are female bloggers saying about it?