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Brazilian Bishop Has Novel Ideal For Handling Growing Priest Shortage

Religion News Service | Benjamin Soloway | Posted 11.25.2014 | Religion

BELEM, Brazil (RNS) The largest Roman Catholic geographical district in Brazil, located deep in the Amazon along the Xingu River, has more than 800 Ca...

Brazil Just Re-Elected Dilma Rousseff. Here Are 11 Facts The World Needs To Know

Brasil Post | Diego Iraheta | Posted 10.28.2014 | World

1) It is a divided country Dilma Rousseff of Brazil's Workers' Party was re-elected with 54.5 million votes. However, 51 million Brazilians spurne...

This Female, Evangelical Candidate Could Win Brazil Presidency

Reuters | By Anthony Boadle | Posted 11.28.2014 | Religion

BRASILIA, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Brazil's increasingly powerful evangelical Christians are tantalizingly close to electing one of their own as presiden...

7 Things The World Can Learn From Brazil

Brasil Post | Rodolfo Viana & Andrea Martinelli | Posted 08.27.2014 | World

The World Cup ended in disappointment for Brazil, but offered the world a good image of the country -- at least to the foreigners that came to the eve...

Brazil To Unleash Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

IFLScience | Justine Alford | Posted 07.26.2014 | World

When you think about the deadliest animal in the world, what immediately springs to mind? Sharks? Hippos? Crocodiles? While these animals may look...

Brazil Scores

Natalia Viana | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
Natalia Viana

You, reader, must be finding this title strange after the humiliating defeat of Brazil 7 to 1 to Germany in the World Cup semifinals. But that's not what I am talking about.

The Sad Fun of the FIFA Fan Fest

Natalia Viana | Posted 07.01.2014 | World
Natalia Viana

Forty years on, the valley is not for everyone anymore. As with everything else in the mega event, the FIFA Fan Fest thrives in the concept of a VIP space, where people are left out if they're not inside avidly consuming. That's the concept of a city that FIFA is promoting. It's like it's crying out loudly over and over again: "No, this is not a public space -- and the World Cup is definitely not a public event."

Brazil's Homeless Workers Hold Peaceful March On World Cup Arena

Reuters | Posted 08.05.2014 | World

By Reese Ewing and Nacho Doce SAO PAULO, June 4 (Reuters) - Thousands of homeless workers on Wednesday marched peacefully on Brazil's A...

A Cup for Whom?

Comitê Popular da Copa de SP | Posted 08.03.2014 | World
Comitê Popular da Copa de SP

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?

In Brazil, GM Recall Is A Reminder Of Past Tragedies

Agencia Publica | Natalia Viana & Moriti Neto | Posted 05.29.2014 | World

On May 22, General Motors announced a recall of 238,360 vehicles in Brazil that were manufactured between October 2013 and April 2014. The company say...

Photos Show The Incredible Way Indigenous People Took On Brazil's Security Forces

Posted 05.28.2014 | World

Members of Brazil's indigenous tribes protested in the country's capital on Tuesday, leading to dramatic clashes with riot police some two weeks ahead...

Brazil Should Mediate Assange's Diplomatic Impasse

Natalia Viana | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Natalia Viana

To pretend that this issue -- which is at the core of today's digital geopolitics and of the American upper hand over the Internet -- does not exist is like not seeing the white elephant in the living room. Any attempt to advance the debate without addressing their situation will be a farce. That's why I, like thousands of Brazilians, ask: President Dilma, do offer asylum for Edward Snowden and offer Brazilian diplomacy to mediate the negotiations between the U.K. and Ecuador, so that Julian Assange can enjoy the asylum he has been granted by our neighboring country at last.

Standing Ovation at Cannes for Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado's 'Salt of the Earth'

Karin Luisa | Posted 07.20.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Luisa

Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado teamed up together to make Salt of the Earth, a documentary tribute to Sebastião Salgado, the renowned Brazilian photographer who spent 40 years "photographing the human condition," and wildlife, in over 30 countries around the world.

Why Brazil's Planning Failures Could Hurt The Country Even After The World Cup Is Over

Brasil Post | Thiago de Araújo | Posted 05.22.2014 | World

The current state of mass transit in Brazil is far from desirable. An initial plethora of promises and high expectations has given way to delays and t...

Face Off: How Tensions Between Protesters And Brazil's Government Could Disrupt The World Cup

Brasil Post | Diego Iraheta | Posted 05.14.2014 | World

The World Cup is a mere 30 days away, and the #NãoVaiTerCopa (#ThereWillBeNoCup) movement persists. While large numbers of Brazilians will be watchin...

Brazil's Internet Constitution

Pedro Abramovay | Posted 07.06.2014 | World
Pedro Abramovay

SAO PAULO -- Brazil's House of Representatives has passed a genuine Internet "Bill of Rights," which was unanimously approved by the senate and signed into law by President Dilma Rousseff last week -- much to the delight of civil-society advocates. The legislation, widely described as an Internet constitution, seeks to safeguard online freedom of expression and limit government collection and usage of Internet users' metadata. The bill ensures "net neutrality" (meaning that Internet service providers must treat all information and users equally), and subjects global companies, such as Google and Facebook, to Brazilian law and precedent in cases involving its own citizens.

Rare Skin Disease Forces Brazilian Village To Hide From The Sun

AP | ERALDO PERES | Posted 07.06.2014 | World

ARARAS, Brazil (AP) -- This is a village where the people melt away. Tucked into the sunbaked rolling hills of Brazil's midwest, Araras is home to ...

Altair Faces Eviction – for the Third Time

Natalia Viana | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
Natalia Viana

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 who at some point faced eviction to give way for the enlargement, improvement, or establishment of infrastructure for the 1-month tournament. The feeling is that the battles are lost to the construction companies, who indeed profited immensely during the construction of the stadiums -- and that families have by now resigned to leave their homes.

Our Police, a Legacy from 50 Years Ago

Natalia Viana | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
Natalia Viana

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.

'You Need To Stop Everything And Simply Listen To Us'

Agência Pública | Sue Branford | Posted 04.07.2014 | World

by Sue Branford; additional reporting by Carlos Juliano Barros They weren’t consulted about the construction of hydroelectric plants in Tapajós...

These 'Happy' Parodies Capture All The Angst And Joy Of Hosting The World Cup

Posted 04.01.2014 | World

While plenty of soccer fans are excited for Brazil to stage the World Cup in less than three months, not everyone in one host city is happy about the ...

Brazilian Footballers Ask For Common Sense

Natalia Viana | Posted 06.01.2014 | World
Natalia Viana

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 football than politics. It's such a part of our culture that the World Cup is having a much more profound impact over us than any other society.

WATCH: Rio Favela Kids Speak Out About Violence

Posted 03.23.2014 | World

Children growing up in Mare favela, one of the most dangerous slums in Brazil's Rio, have seen appalling violence. The cluster of 16 neighborhoods tha...

In The Amazon, This River Is The Next Big Thing In Frontier Expansion

Agência Pública | Carlos Juliano Barros | Posted 03.20.2014 | World

Hydroelectric plants, agrobusiness and mining: in the game of development, these are the leading threats to the Tapajós, one of the most pristine riv...

A Trip To Vale's Promised Land

Agencia Publica | Marina Amaral | Posted 03.07.2014 | World

Meet Canaã dos Carajás, the new frontier of iron ore mining. It’s in the South of Brazil's Para, where jobs and mining royalties did not bring a...