I know of at least one prominent American university that, because of security concerns related to protests surrounding Cup, has decided to cancel its usual program of sending students throughout Brazil for the American summer internship ritual.
Sadly, yet not unlike the inception of many commemorative days, the events that inspired the first International Day of Peasant Struggle were soaked with blood.
In Nigeria beautiful, innocent children, as young as two years of age, are tortured, abandoned and killed by their own parents, family and community members. Deliverance pastors and prophets have over the years branded thousands of children as witches.
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 oppositors, the military regime was responsible for an institutional architecture that remains in some areas of Brazilian society. One of the most flagrant legacy of the dictatorship is the widespread practice of police abuse - Brazilian Police is responsible for 2,000 deaths every year according to Amnesty International.
There are signs that Brazil's already hyper-militarized culture of public security provision is becoming even more securitized. Nowhere are the risks more evident than in Rio de Janeiro where 4,000 federal forces were deployed this month to occupy the city´s most violent favelas, including Maré.
I'm currently in Brazil leading an art tour for collectors and dealers from the United States. We began our tour in the city of Belo Horizonte, the capital city of Minas Gerais, a state famous for agriculture and cuisine as well as its mineral resources and mining.
Whether you're a food fanatic or just have a very sweet tooth, you probably enjoy a good dessert. We're all familiar with the delights of a baked apple pie, or even more international dishes like Italian tiramisu, or Asian green-tea ice cream.
I drank Rolling Rock beer and ate chicken wings, and I yelled at the TV to make sure the Huskies players knew what they were supposed to do. Without my advice and directions, those kids would have been completely lost out there.
Summer is nigh, the fulfillment of travel promises of earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that the fresh young loveliness of hitting the road will ever fade.
The new foreign investment law passed unanimously last Saturday by Cuba's National Assembly is a key component of President Raul Castro's program to "...
We are all aware of the country's natural bounty on land -- the Amazon river and rainforest -- but you may not know that the lives of Brazilian people are also deeply entwined with ocean health.
Previously, the lovable Blue Macaws were saved by two preservationists, and they made a home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Now, the party continues in Brazil's Amazon jungle, and the trip there is more than worth the effort.
A country that struggles with its lack of infrastructure, healthcare, education, and abundance of poverty and corruption, could use these billions of dollars for so much before deciding to build new stadiums and renovate old ones.
You can hear the drums from a mile away. The pulse of the Surdo, heavy beats, the heart of the samba band; the Dobra, carrying the melody; the Repique adding snappy sounds alongside the Snare. The beats draw people in and keep crowds entranced.
Last week, a study was released on attitudes toward women in Brazil. In a shocking revelation, the majority of those interviewed agreed that "women who wear clothes that show off their body deserve to be attacked." Activists turned to social media to express outrage and to challenge this way of thinking.
By many indications, the world has finally left the worst of the 2008 economic crisis behind. But there is at least one major policy area whose potentially transformative impact on inequality is being overlooked: education.