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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



Plan to Make Renewables Cheaper Than Coal Within 10 Years

Plans for an international effort to make solar power cheaper than coal within 10 years are to be unveiled at the U.N. secretary-general’s climate summit in New York this month.

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Win-Win Way to Aid Food Security and Climate

Scientists in the U.S. believe they have identified a way to feed billions more people, while reducing the strains and stresses on the environment.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE


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The People’s Game, Part Three: The 2014 Copa do Mundo as a Window to the World

The World Cup is the world’s most popular spectacle and, as such, speaks volumes about the state of humanity today.

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 READ MORE



Five Reasons Why I Refuse to Watch the World Cup

Soccer (or football, as the rest of the world refers to it) is the most popular sport globally. But can you love the game while hating the World Cup?

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE



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The Joy of the World Cup

Henry Kissinger was wrong to dismiss Chile as “a dagger pointed at the heart of Antarctica.” On Wednesday, the South American nation was a scalpel that excised the soul of Spain.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE



Rain Forest Tribes Seek World Cup Spotlight

Leaders of indigenous tribes in the Amazon rain forest seek to use the global spotlight on the soccer World Cup in Brazil to publicize the plea for recognition of their lands and an end to dam building and deforestation.

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The People’s Game Part Two: Brazil Rejects Neo-Liberal Soccer

What FIFA has imposed on Brazil is a kind of soccer that is nearly unrecognizable, and thus heretical, to the people who have, over the course of more than a century, made the sport into a national religion.

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Brazil’s Winning Lead on Carbon Cuts

Winning the soccer World Cup may be Brazil’s current target, but new research indicates that it is also a world champion of CO2 emissions cuts by drastically reducing the amount of rain forest being felled.

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Beyond Sex and Soccer: Why Brazilians Are Pissed About the World Cup

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The World Cup opens with a bang, how thinking mothers should deal with gunplay, and we interview the directors of two new documentaries—one on the late, great Gore Vidal, the other on prison escape artist and possible criminal justice victim Mark DeFriest.

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Beyond Sex and Soccer: Why Brazilians Are Pissed About the World Cup

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The World Cup opens with a bang, how thinking mothers should deal with gun play, and we interview the directors of two new documentaries—one on the late, great Gore Vidal, the other on prison escape artist and possible criminal justice victim Mark DeFriest.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE



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The People’s Game Part One: When Soccer Conquered the World

The first in a three-part series examines the history of international soccer as it informs the World Cup, which begins Thursday.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 READ MORE



The World Cup and the Corporatization of Soccer

Have you ever entered an empty stadium? Try it. Stand in the middle of the field and listen. There is nothing less empty than an empty stadium. There is nothing less mute than stands bereft of spectators.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE



Drought Fuels World Cup Blackout Fears

Matches in the football World Cup, which kicks off in Brazil in two weeks, could be hit as the country’s worst drought in decades is severely reducing hydropower energy supplies.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE


The People’s Revolt Challenging 2014 World Cup

Sportswriter Dave Zirin tackles the growing unrest in Brazil in which thousands of police officers have joined bus drivers for day two of a massive strike in São Paulo, just weeks before the World Cup—one of the sports world’s biggest spectacles—is set to begin.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Here’s Why Some Brazilians Want Their Country to Lose the World Cup

When Brazil was awarded the 2014 soccer World Cup, it seemed a no-brainer that it would please the nation known as the most skilled and passionate in the world at “the beautiful game.”

Posted on May 17, 2014 READ MORE


Glenn Greenwald to Stephen Colbert: NSA ‘Story That Will Make the Biggest Impact’ Is Yet to Come

The “Colbert Report” host finally gets his hands on the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who brought us the Edward Snowden leaks on the National Security Agency.

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Not Vaccinating Your Kids Puts Children All Over the World at Risk (Video)

Brazil is now suffering the consequences of anti-vaxxers’ selfish actions.

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Thanks to Climate Change, You May Have to Kiss Coffee Goodbye

Savor your morning cup of joe. If things continue the way they are, a day may come when coffee is nothing but a distant memory.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE



Brazil’s Leaders Set Lower and Middle Classes Against Each Other

“In Brazil there is a saying: ‘A good thief is a dead thief,’ ” journalist Nicole Froio writes at The Guardian. “These words have never been more relevant in today’s Brazilian class-ridden landscape, where prejudice, violence and racism run free.”

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 READ MORE



Brazil’s ‘Rolezinhos’ Want a Place at the Table

Huge numbers of youths from Brazil’s new middle class—raised in shanty towns but educated in public universities—are congregating in shopping malls where they feel closest to the consumerist dream. And due to police repression, they’re becoming spontaneous expressions of public hope, frustration and yearning.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 READ MORE



Drink This to Improve Your Memory

Though caffeine has been found to enhance long-term memory in bees, it hadn’t been shown to have similar effects on humans until now; green vegetables may be a new transformative source of energy for batteries; meanwhile, Brazil faces new dilemmas as a neoliberal democracy. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 READ MORE



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You’ve Heard of BRIC, but What About MINT?

A new acronym has arisen in the world of economics for up-and-coming countries: MINT. Can you guess what each letter stands for?

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE



The Gentrification of Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas

As rising prices in the rest of the beloved Brazilian city are pushing more people to live in shantytowns, they may become unaffordable to lower income residents; Bob Dylan has been charged in Paris for comparing Croats to Nazis; meanwhile, a forthcoming Supreme Court ruling will put the “corporations are people” argument to the test. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE



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World Fights Back Against the Biggest Brother in History

The United States’ vast and indiscriminate worldwide surveillance of ordinary people and heads of state has no historical precedent. Now countries around the world are fighting back using the United Nations as a vehicle for change.

Posted on Nov 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Amazon Deforestation Rises, Reversing Trend

After years of decline, the rate of deforestation of the Amazon increased 28 percent between August 2012 and July of this year, Brazilian officials said.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Brazil to Vote on ‘Urgent’ Legislation Regarding Internet Privacy

In response to Brazilian citizens’ widespread outrage over the NSA leaks, President Dilma Rousseff has given “constitutional urgency” to an amendment aimed at protecting her country’s Internet users. Some fear, however, that the new legislation could lead to a “substandard version of the Net.”

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 READ MORE



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How Is Brazil’s Spying Different From the NSA’s?

After Brazilian agents were discovered to have photographed American, Russian and other diplomats, Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardoso claimed these acts were nothing like U.S. spying.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE



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The Internet’s Losing Its Freedom, in America and Beyond

Some countries are adopting ever more stringent Internet laws and increasing surveillance. Given the Edward Snowden leaks, you may not be surprised to see the United States is high on the list of nations that have decreased online freedom this year, but what about the others?

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Indigenous Brazilians Launch Protests

Brazil, once at the forefront of indigenous rights protection, is now trying to undermine its native groups’ constitutional rights. But these people will not go down without a massive yet peaceful fight.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Brazil Could Take Extraordinary Measures for Privacy

Years from now, we might look back on NSA spying as the thing that broke the Internet.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Brazilian President Speaks Out Against U.S. Spying (Video)

After revelations that the NSA has been engaging in corporate and political espionage in Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff has made it clear her country will not stand for such a violation. Tuesday, at the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, she gave a scathing speech assailing the agency’s surveillance.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Brazil Faces Drops in Crops

One of the world’s major producers and exporters of food faces severe reductions in crop yields unless current farming methods are adapted now to address problems caused by climate change.

Posted on Sep 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Cries for Economic Independence on Brazil’s Independence Day

People protesting corruption, poor public services and a corresponding heavy tax burden disrupted a Rio de Janeiro military parade Saturday celebrating Brazil’s independence day. Five people were injured and 10 were arrested in the clash.

Posted on Sep 7, 2013 READ MORE



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NSA Spied on Latin American Presidents

The National Security Agency spied on the communications of presidents of Mexico and Brazil, according to a report produced by a Brazilian news program and co-authored by Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who broke news of President Obama’s spying program at the beginning of the summer.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Brazil May Be Losing Faith in the U.S. Due to NSA Leaks

The South American country was planning to spend $4 billion on 36 fighter jets for its air force in a contract promised to the U.S. Now, President Dilma Rousseff seems to be having second thoughts.

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 READ MORE


You Must Watch Soccer

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Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Pope Says He Won’t ‘Judge’ Gay Priests

Pope Francis on Monday overturned ages of vocal tradition by saying that he would not “judge” gay priests for their sexual orientation. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis said, according to media reports.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE


Brazil Riots and Soccer

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Posted on Jul 5, 2013 READ MORE



Blame the Robots

Two MIT professors claim that technological advances are the cause of slow employment growth these past couple of decades; dogs are being treated more like children every day; and no matter what Pelé says, Brazil is paying too high a price for hosting the World Cup. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Gay Rights: The Bigger Picture

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Marriage equality isn’t the big issue, Congress struggles to pass immigration reform, Brazil’s World Cup protests, and what the hell is the matter with Texas?

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 READ MORE


Gay Rights: The Bigger Picture

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Marriage equality isn’t the big issue, Congress struggles to pass immigration reform, Brazil’s World Cup protests, and what the hell is the matter with Texas?

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 READ MORE


Brazilian Protest

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Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE


Why I Won’t Go to the World Cup

As Brazilians erupted in protest last week, filmmaker Carla Dauden posted a short video Monday explaining that preparations for the 2014 World Cup were draining her country of money that should be spent on the well-being of its people.

Posted on Jun 23, 2013 READ MORE


Unrest in Brazil

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Posted on Jun 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Brazil Erupts in Protest Over Services and Soccer Costs (Video)

A few-cent rise in public transportation prices led to protests Monday across Brazil involving more than 100,000 people angered over heavy-handed policing, poor public services and high costs for the World Cup.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Amazon ‘May Lose 65% of Land Biomass by 2060’

Making more land in the Amazon available for farming and ranching means felling more trees to make space, and that risks less production, because of deforestation’s effect on the climate.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Celebrated Scientist Renounces National Academy and War

Last month, University of Chicago anthropologist Marshall Sahlins resigned from the National Academy of Sciences to protest the election to the group of Napoleon Chagnon, a peer whose specious arguments in favor of a natural human tendency toward violence have helped militarize the discipline and legitimize wars of aggression.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 READ MORE


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