Brazil

‘My favela was safer when it was ruled by gangs’


Violence is part of the daily lives of the residents of Rocinha, one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favelas, or slums. Our Observer says that the government’s widely touted ‘peacekeeping’ operation is far from a success three years after its launch in 2011, adding that the neighbourhood is plagued by shootings and robberies. She goes so far as to say that the favela was safer when it was ruled by gangs. Read more...

Afro-Brazilian women criticise 'racist' take on Sex and the City


‘Sexo e as Negas’ is a Brazilian retake on the cult show ‘Sex and the City.’ The original show was famous for its depiction of four sexually liberated women. But black women in Brazil say that this Brazilian version of the show, which stars four black actresses, does the opposite: it reduces black women to a sexualized, racialized stereotype that they say does not represent them. Read more…

World Cup finals: What Iranians didn’t get to see


On Sunday night, the final game of the World Cup was broadcast in Iran, but with a few seconds delay. That’s the amount of time censors needed to get rid of images they disapproved of… including the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Read more...
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Brazil’s 2014 World Cup: A tourist nightmare?

 
The World Cup this year embodies many hopes alongside just as many fears. On Thursday, at 4 p.m. local time, the Cup’s first game will begin at Sao Paulo’s Corinthians Arena, in a very tense atmosphere. Here are some first impressions from tourists fresh off the plane...

Will the World Cup protests escalate in Brazil?

 
The first game of the World Cup is set to take place in Sao Paulo in just under a month. But protesters angered with the amount Brazil is spending on the games are now doubling down their efforts, and vow the demonstrations will only grow until kickoff day. Read more...
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Favela teens unwelcome in Brazil’s shopping centres

 
Tension is growing in Brazil over “rolezinhos” (“little strolls”), which are flash-mob style gatherings of teenagers from poor urban areas (favelas) in the country’s luxury shopping centres. Sometimes hundreds of teens meet in these malls, which are largely used by Brazil’s wealthy minority, to party, dance, and sing funk songs. Recently, the police sparked outrage after using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the teenagers. Read more…
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