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Could the Amazon Rainforest Be Saved as a Biological ‘Factory’?

With the world’s largest tropical forest under continuous assault, Brazilian scientists propose rescuing it as a kind of lab to help develop biotechnology products.

Posted on Oct 14, 2016 READ MORE


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Climate Change Means More Droughts for Northeastern Brazil

The huge semi-arid region, home to 53 million people, is in danger of becoming completely arid.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 READ MORE

The Empire Strikes Back

U.S. imperialism and vicious corporate exploitation have returned to Latin America, and the region’s populist governments and movements are broken or in disarray. The defeat of the Latin American left is our defeat.

Posted on Oct 2, 2016 READ MORE

Insulting Alicia Machado Won’t Help Donald Trump Attract Female Voters

Womanhood has become a prominent issue in the presidential race. This is bad for the Republican nominee, a hall-of-shame sexist—and good for Hillary Clinton, an actual woman.

Posted on Sep 30, 2016 READ MORE

In Post-Olympics Brazil, a Political Coup Is No Game

The Brazilian Senate voted 60-21 on Wednesday to impeach Dilma Rousseff. Remarkably, most of those who voted to oust her are themselves under investigation for corruption.

Posted on Sep 1, 2016 READ MORE

Brazilian Senate Impeaches Dilma Rousseff

The Brazilian president was ousted “by the country’s corruption-tainted senate” after a trial that ends the 13-year rule of the Workers’ Party, The Guardian reports.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE

In Impeachment Trial, Dilma Rousseff Makes Defiant Final Plea to Salvage Brazil’s Democracy (Video)

The Brazilian president is about to be impeached by a corrupt Senate. As the country’s media attempt to make the move seem legitimate, journalist Glenn Greenwald explains why Rousseff is right that the entire proceedings are a threat to democracy.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

China’s Trans-Amazon Railway Would Punch a Path Through a Rainforest

The Asian nation’s thirst for minerals and grain and its encroaching development in South America threatens the Amazon’s forests, indigenous rights and the atmosphere.

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 READ MORE

Naomi Klein, Oliver Stone, Noam Chomsky, Others Condemn ‘Coup’ in Brazil

“Brazil has only emerged from dictatorship some 30 years ago and these events could set back the country’s progress towards social and economic inclusion by decades.”  (Pictured, Klein and Stone.)

Posted on Aug 28, 2016 READ MORE

For Future Summer Olympics, Climate Change Is No Game

A report just published in the British medical journal The Lancet suggests that by the year 2085, almost all of the cities that could host the Summer Games will be too hot for outdoor events.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE

The Olympics Are a Colossal Waste and a Shameful Distraction

Like most global sporting events, the international games divert us from the real work of solving societal ills, channel far too many resources away from human needs and amplify nationalist fervor and existing divides.

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 READ MORE

Zika Control

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 ENLARGE

Bernie Sanders Calls on U.S. to Stand Against Brazilian Attempt to Oust President Dilma Rousseff

“After suspending Brazil’s first female president on dubious grounds, without a mandate to govern, the new interim government abolished the ministry of women, racial equality and human rights. They immediately replaced a diverse and representative administration with a cabinet made up entirely of white men,” says a statement by the Vermont senator.

Posted on Aug 9, 2016 READ MORE

Rio Torch

Posted on Aug 7, 2016 ENLARGE

The Opening Ceremony

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 ENLARGE

Let the Games Begin

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 ENLARGE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Brazilians Protesting Dissolution of the Ministry of Culture

Artists and others are fighting the interim Temer government’s move folding the cultural department into the Ministry of Education as part of an austerity plan. It is “a direct attack on this society,” one said.

Posted on May 21, 2016 READ MORE

Why April 17, 2016, Should Be Remembered as Brazil’s Day of Men

The disgraceful scenes played out in Brazil’s congress last month signaled not only a threat to democracy, but to the rights of Brazilian women.

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE

Venezuela Accuses U.S. of Plotting Coup, Declares State of Emergency

“Washington is activating measures at the request of Venezuela’s fascist right, who are emboldened by the coup in Brazil,” said the nation’s president.

Posted on May 15, 2016 READ MORE

Brazil’s Interim President Takes Power With Conservative All-White, All-Male Cabinet

Brazil’s former vice president assumed the role of interim president Thursday after the country’s Senate voted to suspend President Dilma Rousseff.

Posted on May 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Amid Dilma Rousseff’s Impeachment, Brazil Prepares to Roll Back Environmental Laws

Members of Brazil’s Congress are set to exploit the suspension of Dilma Rousseff’s presidency to dismantle environmental protection laws.

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE

Dilma Rousseff, Former Leftist Guerrilla and Brazil’s First Female President, Is Suspended

An epic 20-hour debate in the Brazilian Senate concluded in a vote to suspend Dilma Rousseff from her presidential duties for six months as an impeachment trial is set to begin.

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE

WhatsApp Adds Encryption to All of Its Communications

WhatsApp, an online messaging service owned by Facebook, has over a billion users—and as of Tuesday, any exchanges done via the app will be encrypted.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE

Overthrowing Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff: It’s Class War

The impending judicial, media-fueled coup against President Dilma Rousseff is the culmination of the deepest political crisis in Brazil in 50 years.

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 READ MORE

‘This Is a Coup’: Brazil’s Workers Party Faces Its Greatest Test

Left-leaning parties like the PT face a conundrum in Latin America: that liberalism and its tolerance for political activity offer openings to right-wing parties that have no qualms about exploiting democratic expression in order to quash democracy.

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 READ MORE

‘Information War’ Fuels Political Crisis in Brazil

With a fragile democracy in upheaval, news is primarily coming from a right-leaning media monolith and social media, which tends to reinforce rather than expose biases.

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 READ MORE

Brazil Olympics

Posted on Feb 13, 2016 ENLARGE

Global Health Emergency

Posted on Feb 6, 2016 ENLARGE

Olympic Threat

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 ENLARGE

WHO Declares Zika Virus a Global Public Health Emergency

The World Health Organization has declared a rare “public health emergency of international concern” because of the apparent link between the Zika virus and a huge increase in serious birth defects in Central and South America.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE

Climate Change and Potential New Laws Fan Brazil’s Forest Fires

New legislation planned in Brazil will encourage deforestation—despite serious drought already contributing to a big increase in fires destroying vast areas of forest.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE

Today’s Top Wind Energy Stories: Cost Down 60 Percent Since 2009 (Video)

In the United States, the cost of wind-generated electricity is down 66 percent since 2009, and there are now 50,000 wind turbines, generating enough electricity to power 19 million homes.

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 READ MORE

The Economy in 2016: Buying Time Before All the Old Problems Resurface

What’s in store for the world economically in the new year? While he cautions against predictions, Guardian economics editor Larry Elliott projects that “there will be no explosion in 2016, but a fuse will be lit.”

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEOS: Unprecedented Mining Disaster in Brazil Devastates Village, Wildlife, Fishing Economy

Brazil is suing two multinational mining companies connected to the collapse of a dam that killed 13 people and displaced hundreds, while ravaging river ecosystems and polluting part of the Atlantic Ocean with mud and wastewater containing toxic levels of mercury, arsenic and other metals.

Posted on Nov 28, 2015 READ MORE

Brazil May Soon End Most Gun Ownership Restrictions, Risking a ‘Wild West’ Scenario

Despite having one of the highest murder tolls on the planet, Brazil is considering a law under which anyone over 21, including people accused of crimes or convicted of less serious crimes, would be allowed to purchase up to nine firearms a year and 50 rounds of ammunition a month.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE

Many of the World’s 21 Million Slaves Live in the West

Wagner Moura “was used to seeing well-off families take in girls from poorer ones” to “live in their homes and be brought up as one of their own.” Later on, he “came to see it for what it really was.”

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Blew It: He Sold Out Instead of Confronting Clinton

In Tuesday’s debate, the Vermont senator fell into the trap of mainstream politics when he failed to face down the front-runner on her policy positions and record.

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 READ MORE

South America Has Become a Safe Haven for U.S. and European Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse

Even as Pope Francis has sought to reform the Vatican’s safeguards against child abuse, a yearlong investigation reveals how the Catholic Church has allowed allegedly abusive priests to slip off to escape to parts of the world where they would face less scrutiny from prosecutors and the media.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE

Brazil’s Supreme Court Bans Corporate Contributions to Political Campaigns and Parties

The 8-3 ruling will block what has amounted to over 90 percent of campaign funding for leading candidates and eventual winners of Brazil’s recent presidential elections.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE

Olympic Flush

Posted on Aug 11, 2015 ENLARGE

Muckraking Brazilian Radio Journalist Shot Dead While on Air

Gleydson Carvalho, known for his exposure of political corruption in Brazil, was presenting a program on Radio Liberdade FM when two gunmen entered the station’s offices during a musical interlude and killed him.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE

Is Brazil Really on the Verge of a Crisis Like Greece’s?

Brazil is having a horrible 2015, dogged by headlines like “Brazil in Crisis” or “On the Brink.” But to seasoned observers, Brasil Wire argues, such language is sensationalist and excessive, particularly in the context of the ongoing situation in Greece.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Scheer and Hedges on Surveillance, Corporatism and the National Security State (Part 3/7)

Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer continue their conversation for The Real News Network about Scheer’s latest book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.” In this segment, they discuss whether there is room for optimism vis-à-vis the surveillance of American citizens and the plunder of personal data by the fused corporate-political state.

Posted on May 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Brazil’s Ascendant, Hard-Line Right Wants to Imprison 16-Year-Olds

The left wing of Brazil’s Legislature has become weak and demoralized, and the “Bullets, Beef and Bible Caucus” is ready to seize power.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky Finds Love Again in His 80s

The 86-year-old progressive thinker is celebrating his first anniversary with his second wife, Valeria Wasserman Chomsky. Listen to the renowned activist and linguist talk to Amy Goodman about love with an outburst of giddy optimism that will have you smiling all day long.

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Can the Greek Tragedy Be Rewritten?

The world is watching to see if the anti-austerity party Syriza can turn things around for Greece. Success may inspire hope in the economically desperate across the globe—and fear among the elites.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE

Disaster Looms If Loss of Amazon Rainforest Continues

A Brazilian climate expert proposes a five-point “battle plan” in a war against the deforestation of the Amazon that is having increasingly dire impacts on the regional and global climate.

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Re-Elected, Promises to Be a Better Leader

The head of Brazil’s Workers Party, President Dilma Rousseff, won a narrow victory Sunday against the “pro-business Aécio Neves.”

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 READ MORE

Amazon Deforestation Reaching New Heights—and the Future May Be Worse

Over the past two months, the Brazilian Amazon has registered a sharp spike in deforestation.

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 READ MORE

Drought Bites as Amazon’s ‘Flying Rivers’ Dry Up

Scientists in Brazil believe the loss of billions of liters of water released as vapor clouds by Amazon rainforest trees is the result of continuing deforestation and climate change—leading to devastating drought.

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 READ MORE

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