Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, June 5 2014 How unusual...
While in Paris this week someone asked me when the U.S. will take a leading role in helping to resolve any number of the world's ongoing crises -- from Syria to Ukraine to the Central African Republic. My reply was that this will not happen for several reasons.
Pope Francis is a charismatic. Though I made the case for this in another HuffPost blog almost a year ago, the Argentine pontiff's penchant for Spirit-centered Catholicism has been one of the most underreported aspects of his dynamic papacy.
Cruelty Free International launched our Brazil office and campaign for a ban on cruel animal tests for cosmetics and toiletries just nine months ago. And after a whirlwind campaign, the Congress last night voted that most cosmetics tests must now be carried out without the use of animals.
We are at home in the new surveillance state, for we barely register all the cameras, all the targeted advertising, all the intrusions into what had previously been considered sacred private space. We are not passive objects of observation. We are active subjects of our own YouTube channels.
Soccer is a sport that can unite the world. Rude actions from any players, coaches, and fans should not take away from the pure enjoyment of the sport.
President Dilma Rousseff has a choice. I urge her to seize this leadership opportunity, to halt PEC215 and the other unconscionable, unconstitutional amendments and changes to law which will threaten indigenous peoples' rights to their land across Brazil.
Brazil is not ready for the World Cup, and after a $3.5 billion investment in stadiums and infrastructure, no one is more distraught than its own people.
Although it's not much in vogue to praise President Obama, this week he gets my thanks for launching what history may record as one of the most significant steps to mitigate climate change taken by any major economy to date.
What's the quickest way to realize how truly amazing our planet is? Simple: Visit the world's greatest national parks.
It's a good day when you're compared to a younger Antonio Banderas with Orlando Bloom looks. Vinicius Machado doesn't let that stroke his ego - at least not out loud.
The first kick is less than two weeks away and like World Cups in the past, it's already filled with intrigue. We shouldn't expect anything less. The only guarantee is anything is possible. There will be goals, there will be heartbreak, but only one winner.
Many people have been and still are dumbfounded by the dissatisfaction of a large part of the Brazilian people with the 2014 World Cup: how come the country of soccer, where almost anyone carries a story of passion for this sport, is protesting against its major event? Between the devotion for the ball and the general discontentment, what has been lost?
Dexter Payne's new CD, Pra Vocè ("For You"), delights listeners with the swing-powered sounds of Brazilian choro and baião. But the Colorado clarinetist's sound started with a more Manhattan muse: Clarabell the Clown, from Howdy-Doody.
In Brazil, the military police, responsible for public security, is under the authority of each state government. A recent article by web portal G1 showed that between June last year and May 2014, the military police of various states in Brazil purchased over 270,000 tear gas bombs and 260,000 rubber bullets cartridges. The states that purchased more non-lethal arms were Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, Distrito Federal and São Paulo e Bahia. This shows just how the governments are seeing their role in keeping the event peaceful for those few lucky and wealthy enough to be inside the stadia -- by having their police forces violently clash down on protestors. What is yet to be seen is if the Brazilian population will be okay with that.
In its native Brazil, Elena broke records, becoming the most-seen documentary of the year; it also sparked a national conversation about some typically taboo topics.