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Brazil Olympics

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Global Health Emergency

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Olympic Threat

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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



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.

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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.

Posted on Jun 14, 2014 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE


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.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



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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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