Brazil

Brazilians say they’re sick and tired of soaring prices, corruption

 
Since last week, Brazil has had some of its biggest protests in the past two decades. A hike in bus fares sparked the protest movement, but our Observers tell us it was merely the straw that broke the camel’s back, and that Brazilians’ anger runs far deeper. Read more...

Indigenous camps sacrificed in Rio to make way for World Cup

 
A group of indigenous Brazilians had been camping out in an old run-down building in Rio for nearly seven years, when heavily-armed military police kicked about 30 of them and their supporters out on March 22. The authorities plan to turn this building – formerly Rio’s Indian Museum, now dubbed Maracana village – into a large sports-themed mall ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. Read more...
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Benjamin, a French expat in Sao Paolo: “I reject wastefulness and over-consumption"

 
Benjamin Potet has been living in Sao Paolo, Brazil since December 2011. Ten months ago, he decided to leave everything behind in France and live the adventurous life of an expat. At 28 years of age, he earns around 3,500 reals (around 1,400 euros) by working in communications and giving language courses. He says he steers clear of the consumerist culture that is highly-regarded in Sao Paolo. Read more...
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Sao Paulo favela goes up in flames

 
Around 1,200 people in Brazil's largest city Sao Paulo were left homeless earlier this week after a fire raged through a slum on September 3, destroying everything in its path. Our Observer, who filmed the blaze, describes the tragedy and how it has impacted an already impoverished community. Read more…
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The coolest favela in Rio may be sacrificed to make way for Olympics

 
Living in a “little corner of Paradise,” the residents of the favela Vila Autodromo in Rio are used to fighting against attempts to expropriate them. But with the 2016 Olympics on the horizon, the city authorities are eyeing this urban shantytown located in a zone with significant real estate potential. In the favela, a resistance movement is fighting back. Read more...
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Sao Paulo’s “Bicycle Library” brings books to the homeless

 
While wandering through the maze-like streets of Sao Paulo, you might come across Robson Mendonça and his red bicycle. But this is no ordinary bicycle. His ‘Bicycle Library’ is equipped with shelves holding more than 300 works that together weigh 150 kilograms. Read more...
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Forced eviction of squatted land sparks ‘urban war scenes’

 
For the eight years, over 6,000 people squatted on an abandoned chunk of land called Pinheirinho, in the city of Sao José dos Campos, 80 kilometres east of Sao Paolo, Brazil. On Sunday, security forces launched a surprise eviction operation, prompting furious residents to fight back. Read more…
 

Detainees forced to kiss on camera

 
Although the following video has been circulating on the Brazilian Web for several months, it has only recently come to the attention of authorities and human rights groups. It shows two handcuffed men in what appears to be a police station, forced to repeatedly kiss each other on the mouth as men in uniform stand jeering nearby. Read more and watch the video…
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