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Thiana Biondo

Having graduated from the Federal University of Bahia in Communication-Journalism, I finished my MA in International Relations at the University of Sussex, England, in 2012. I'm interested in the subjects of ‘development’, post-colonialism and identity. I love narratives in all different formats​ and I'm addicted to storytelling.

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Latest posts by Thiana Biondo

24 January 2013

Critical Mass: Wheels of Activism Come to Brazil's Salvador City

The international cycling movement Critical Mass - or Bicicletadas as it is been known in Brazilian Portuguese - has won the hearts of Brazilians, since cars have reached a saturation...

2 August 2012

Global: BRICS vs. NATO – Battlefield of Ideas on Interventions

China’s and Russia’s recent decision to veto the United Nations Security Council resolution against Syria -has reignited the debate over the relationship between 'new' powers Brazil, Russia, India, China and...

30 May 2012

Brazil: Questions Surrounding Rio's ‘Pacifying Police’ Units

The state government of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, has adopted a security policy based on the installation of Pacifying Police Units who tackle crime in favelas (shanty towns) but...

7 March 2012

Brazil: Can the Agrarian Economy Develop Without Rural Bloodshed?

Nilcilene Miguel de Lima is one of the dozens of small farmers from the Amazon who are being threatened to death by land-grabbers and illegal loggers. As Brazil's GDP goes...

19 January 2012

Brazil: Movement Claims Right for Public Space During Carnival

The Carnival of Salvador, in Brazil, is one of the biggest street parties in the world. People from the city, however, have been fed up by the excess of commercialization...

10 July 2011

Brazil: Report Reveals Unsustainable Practices of Biofuel Industry

Though biofuel has been acclaimed as the best exit for the world’s struggle for energy resource and a 'green' alternative which can reduce carbon emission, a recent study by the...

2 March 2011

Brazil: Communities in Rio Blame Olympics for Evictions

Communities in the West Zone (Zona Oeste) of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil have been earmarked for eviction and removal by the City Hall in preparation for the 2016 Olympics....

16 December 2010

Brazil: WikiLeaks and doubts over technology transfer in French fighters

WikiLeaks has released a document that raises doubts over the main reason behind Brazilian interest to buy French fighter aircraft: the possibility of transferring the technology of construction.

12 August 2010

Brazil: New Forestry Code = The Right to Deforestation?

An area of the Amazon equivalent to the size of England and France put together could be destroyed if changes proposed to the Brazilian Forestry Code come into force. The...

2 July 2010

Brazil: Football and Patriotism During the World Cup

Many bloggers in Brazil have criticized the seasonal wave of patriotism taking place during the World Cup. For some, patriotism is the face of fascist ideologies, while for others the...

10 January 2010

Brazil: Net-citizens have fun shooting corrupt politicians

A videogame in which you can shoot a Brazilian politician recently accused of corruption becomes a hit in 2009, and it was not the first time net-citizens poke fun at...

21 October 2009

Brazil: The challenge of hosting a worthwhile Olympic Games

Brazilians highlight the problems that the country will have to deal with before the 2016 Olympic Games with wry humor, hoping that organizers will learn from the mistakes made during...

10 August 2009

Brazil: Bolivia expels Brazilian citizens

Evo Morales' government claims that recent expulsions of Brazilians from its territory is focused on matters of sovereignty, but some Brazilian bloggers suggest it is to settle government supporters in...

11 July 2009

Brazil: Digital mob demands the Senate President's resignation

Thousand of protests have taken place 'virtually' on social media networks, such as Twitter, demanding the resignation of the Senate President, José Sarney. But, when the mobilization goes offline, only...

6 June 2009

Air Bus AF 447: Sorrow, lack of information and sensationalism

Blogs around the world have been sending their condolences to the families suffering the wait for any sign of the vanished Air France Airbus AF 447. Much criticism and discussion...

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