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Natalia Viana
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Natalia Viana is co-director of Publica, a nonprofit investigative journalism agency in Brazil. She was a partner of WikiLeaks in Brazil, coordinating the release of the US embassy cables, and has collaborated with various domestic and international media outlets. She is the author and co-author of three books about current­-day political assassinations and old­ time censorship and repression during the military regime, and has won several awards for journalism and human rights reporting.

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Brazil Scores

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 4:58 PM

You, reader, must be finding this title strange after Brazil's humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in the World Cup semifinals.

But that's not what I am talking about.

Just one day before the match, the Rio de Janeiro Police came to action to show once more that this World Cup...

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A alegria triste da Fan Fest da Fifa

(3) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 9:59 AM

Depois do jogo extremamente duro do último sábado, em que o Brasil derrotou o Chile no último pênalti, a atmosfera em todo o Brasil era de alívio e comemoração. As festas nas ruas seguiram até a noite, e as pessoas inundaram a praia no Rio, o bairro boêmio de Savassi...

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The Sad Fun of the FIFA Fan Fest

(3) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 5:39 PM

After the extremely tight game last Saturday in which Brazil beat Chile in the last penalty, the atmosphere everywhere in Brazil was one of relief and celebration. Street parties went on until the evening, people flooded to the beach in Rio, to the bohemian neighborhood of Savassi in Belo Horizonte,...

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Com uma semana, Copa do Brasil já faz história

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 1:03 PM

De qualquer ângulo que se olhe, é impossível negar que a Copa do Mundo do Brasil está fazendo história. Como se esperava, os brasileiros não conseguem falar sobre outra coisa - ou estão seguindo os jogos, muito excitantes, ou os protestos que acontecem em todo o país.

Os protestos até...

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One Week in, Brazil's World Cup Is Making History

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 4:04 PM

From any angle you look at it, there is no denial that the World Cup in Brazil is making history. As expected, Brazilians cannot talk about anything else -- they are either following the quite exciting games or the protests that are happening all over the country.

Protests have so...

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Truths and Lies About the World Cup

(2) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 11:44 AM

With only a few days to go before the beginning of the World Cup, one of the main concerns of journalists like myself is the amount of bad information that is getting published abroad.

A couple of weeks ago, Danish journalist Keldorf Mikkel Jensen announced that he was giving up...

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Police Repression Seems to Be the Lasting Legacy of the 2014 World Cup

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 5:16 PM

A couple of weeks ago I wrote here about how the civic organization of affected people was one of the legacies of the World Cup in Brazil. Now it becomes clear that another enduring legacy will be the new and revamped repressive capacity of the military polices.

On May 15,...

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Brazil Should Mediate Assange's Diplomatic Impasse

(8) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 6:19 PM

Last month, Brazil hosted an important multilateral event that debated the future of the Internet, the Net Mundial, in São Paulo. Representatives of 90 countries attended, but even though it was the first time that an international meeting produced a text and a roadmap for international legislation on the rights...

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Blackwater and the World Cup

(9) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 4:44 PM

The U.S. private security contractor Academi has trained Brazilian police forces for the World Cup, according to an article published by journalist Patricia Campos Melo, of newspaper Folha de S Paulo. A group of 22 federal policemen as well as military policemen from different states were sent to...

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Altair Faces Eviction - for the Third Time

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 5:14 PM

The story of 60-year-old builder Altair Antunes Guimarães from Rio de Janeiro, illustrates a "collateral effect" of the mega-events in Rio that has fallen under the radar lately. With the first kick getting nearer -- less than 60 days now! -- people seem to have forgotten the thousands of families...

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Our Police, a Legacy from 50 Years Ago

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 5:34 PM

April 1st marked the 50th anniversary of the military coup that installed a 21-year long dictatorship in Brazil. Along with the repressive practices, censorship, torture, extermination and disappearance of opponents, the military regime was responsible for an institutional architecture that remains in some areas of Brazilian society. One of the...

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Brazilian Footballers Ask For Common Sense

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Foreigners often ask why Brazilians are so critical of the World Cup if they are so crazy about football. But that's exactly the reason. Every kid in Brazil plays football as soon as he or she is old enough to kick a ball, and Brazilians are much more into discussing...

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Black Blocs In São Paulo: A Criminal Gang?

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 8:51 AM

Over the past 5 months, the São Paulo civil police has been conducting an extensive investigation to look for evidence to prove the Black Blocs -- groups of masked youngsters, many of Anarchist background, who damage banks, the government or car sales shops to protest against capitalism -- can be...

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The True Legacy of the FIFA 2014 World Cup

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 3:46 PM

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup getting closer, it is more and more clear that Brazilians will receive the biggest football event in the world with big protests. Since January, monthly protests are happening in Sao Paulo under the slogan "If there are no rights, there will be no World...

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Will Protesting Become Illegal In Brazil?

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 1:56 PM

It was a tragic event. On February 6th, while covering a protest against a recent bus fare rise outside the Central do Brasil railway station in Rio de Janeiro, TV cameraman, Santiago Andrade was hit when a protester's flare exploded next to his head. He died days later, sparking indignation...

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The Hashtag War In Brazil

(6) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 10:35 AM

The massive protests that took the streets of Brazil last June were sparked by a raise in bus fares, but soon other issues -- such as the high investments in the World Cup -- were included in the outraged signs carried by protesters. Since then, the World Cup has slowly...

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