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One environmental activist is killed each week while trying to save the Amazon rainforest

No one could accuse Nilcilene Miguel de Lima of being easily afraid. When loggers beat her and burned down her home in Lábrea – in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon – the environmental activist refused to give up her struggle. When they killed her dog and frightened away the…

Brazil begins alloting 20 percent of federal jobs to multiracial and Black residents

Brazil enacts 20 percent quotas for blacks in federal jobs (via AFP) Brazil approved a law Monday creating 20 percent quotas for mixed race and black Brazilians in government jobs, in a country where more than half of the population has African roots. “We have started this change in the…

Sao Paulo subway workers defy court order, prolong strike before World Cup opener

Sao Paulo subway workers ignored a court ruling Sunday and extended a strike threatening to cause traffic mayhem at the World Cup’s opening game in Brazil’s biggest city. The subway staff’s union voted to press on with the strike hours after a labor court ruled it was illegal and imposed…

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden seeks asylum in sunny Brazil

Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, wanted by US authorities and currently living in Russia, said in a TV interview that he has applied for asylum in Brazil. "I would love to live in Brazil," Snowden told Brazil's Globo TV on Sunday. Snowden……

Brazil mobilizes 157,000 cops and troops for World Cup security

Brazil said Friday it is mobilizing 157,000 soldiers and police to ensure security during the World Cup, which opens in 20 days against a backdrop of violent protests and strikes. The defense ministry said it would provide 57,000 navy, army and air force personnel for the event, including 21,000 who…

Bus driver and police detective strikes add to Brazil’s pre-World Cup problems

A bus drivers’ strike stranded more than two million passengers in Sao Paulo on Wednesday, just 22 days before the Brazilian megacity hosts the opening match of the World Cup. Meanwhile, adding to concerns about public safety before the year’s biggest sporting spectacle, police detectives staged a partial walkout in…

Brazilian police call new strike ahead of World Cup

Police in Brazil will stage a 24-hour strike Wednesday in 14 states, including six that will host World Cup matches, their union said on its website. In some states the strike, which comes 22 days before the start of one of the world’s largest sporting events, could paralyze up to…

Brazilian cops enlist FBI’s help in quelling unrest around World Cup sites

Brazilian police compared notes with U.S. law enforcement officers here Thursday as they geared up for a mammoth security operation at next month’s World Cup. With fresh protests against the tournament rippling across Brazil, a gun-toting shock battalion of Rio military police held a mock crowd control drill complete with…

Brazil ramps up security in Rio de Janeiro after deadly unrest

Just 50 days before Brazil hosts the World Cup, authorities beefed up security in Rio de Janeiro after a violent clash between residents and police in a slum near the tourist haven of Copacabana beach. Dozens of military police, including members of a feared special forces battalion, moved into the…

‘This is what happens’: Police violently evict squatters around Brazil’s top World Cup stadium

At least seven people were injured Friday as authorities ousted squatters from an abandoned building and shacks surrounding it just steps from Rio’s iconic Maracana stadium. With the start of the World Cup two months away, Brazil has stepped up security efforts in the metropolis, where tens of thousands of…

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