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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.”

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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.

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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


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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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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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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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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


Controlling the International Flow of Money

“For the past 35 years, the world’s largest financial institutions and most Western governments have worked to strip away all obstacles to the free flow of money from country to country,” and the results have been disastrous, the New Economics Foundation reports.

Posted on Feb 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Brazil Seeks to Evict Indigenous Community to Make Way for Sports Contests

Brazilian authorities want to kick 30 members of the Maracana tribe out of a former indigenous museum where they have been living for six years in order to build support structures for the 2014 World Cup.

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Miners Allegedly Killed Dozens of Indigenous Amazonians

A human rights group has reported an attack on the Yanomami tribe in Venezuela that has left up to 80 people dead after gold miners set fire to a communal house last month.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 READ MORE



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A History of the World, BRIC by BRIC

Here’s the multi-trillion dollar question: Does the emergence of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa as economic powers signal that we have truly entered a new multipolar world?

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 READ MORE



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A Disappearing Brazilian Tribe Cries Out

Terrorized by gunmen, loggers, drug traffickers and encroaching farmers, the 355 surviving members of the Amazonian Awá tribe face extinction if the Brazilian government and the international community fail to protect them from what a Brazilian judge termed “a real genocide.”

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 READ MORE



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A Tough-Oil World

The world still harbors large reserves of petroleum, but they are of the hard-to-reach, hard-to-refine, “tough oil” variety that will be more costly to extract, refine and buy at the pump.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Public-Sector Banks: From Black Sheep to Global Leaders

Conventional wisdom holds that government bureaucrats are bad businesspeople. But around the world, the many countries with strong public banking sectors generally have strong, stable economies.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



Citizen Suspect: We’re All Under Attack in the WikiLeaks Case

Our civil liberties and First Amendment rights are threatened by the Supreme Court’s decisions in the Julian Assange case; if Mitt Romney’s father was still around, he’d probably endorse Obama; meanwhile, Fox News is ruining the GOP. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 READ MORE



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This Utopia Brought to You by the United Nations

In preparation for the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, the United Nations has released a report titled “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing,” complete with 56 recommendations that sound great but will probably never be implemented. (more)

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



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How Brazil Is Saving the Amazon

Readers of Jared Diamond’s “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed” know that deforestation comes right before people eating each other to survive, so it is some relief that Brazil is sending armed officers into the Amazon to stop illegal logging. It’s a war, says the BBC, and the environmentalists are winning.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Brazil’s Comics Lead New Resistance to Elites

Brazil looks to be in the throes of a significant new stage of cultural evolution: Long-standing allegiances to celebrities and authority figures are being undermined by an emerging generation of politically irreverent stand-up comedians. (more)

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Brazil Scrambles to Respond to Spike in Deforestation

Following a period that saw “the lowest level of deforestation in the history of Amazonia,” Brazilian plant life and all things dependent upon it met a sudden reversal of fortune when slash-and-burn practices in the rain forest increased 27 percent over the past winter. (more)

Posted on May 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Brazil High Court Legalizes Same-Sex Unions

In a decision that will not please the Roman Catholic Church, Brazil’s Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples deserve the same legal rights that married heterosexuals receive.

Posted on May 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Google to Change Rio Map After Slum Complaints

Google has agreed to modify the labeling of its Rio de Janeiro map after city officials and residents complained that it gave a skewed perception of the city’s social geography by making shantytowns too prominent.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE



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No Tourists Allowed

A small town in the depths of the Amazon has declared itself off-limits to tourists. Why? Locals complain of tourists behaving badly and the fact that little of their spending actually benefits the indigenous people.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 READ MORE


Video Shows Brazilian Police Shooting Boy

Recently uncovered 2010 security footage showing Brazilian police shooting a 14-year-old boy has led to the arrest of five men. The BBC reports that the “boy survived with several wounds and is now in a witness protection programme along with his family.”

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Brazil Judge Blocks Amazon Dam

Plans to build a giant hydroelectric dam in the Amazon have been suspended by a Brazilian judge after the project sparked local and worldwide concern over its impact on the environment and the indigenous population.

Posted on Feb 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Mudslides Kill 500 in Brazil

More than 500 people have been killed in the mountain towns of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state, with officials fearing that the toll will go higher as massive flooding and mudslides continue in the region.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Meet Brazil’s New President

Brazil’s first female president has finally been sworn into office. Dilma Rousseff, a protégé of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, promised to protect the most vulnerable of Brazilian society in her inaugural speech Saturday.

Posted on Jan 1, 2011 READ MORE


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