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November 14, 2013
It’s cheaper to buy a roundtrip plane ticket from Rio de Janeiro to Miami or New York City, plus the PlayStation 4, rather than purchase the console new in Brazil.
Why does the PlayStation 4 cost $1,850 in Brazil?
17:27 // 8 months ago
September 17, 2013
The president has said that he understands and regrets the concerns that disclosures of alleged U.S. intelligence activities have generated in Brazil and made clear that he is committed to working together with President Rousseff and her government in diplomatic channels to move beyond this issue as a source of tension in our bilateral relationship.
A White House statement • Responding to the postponement of a state visit (a rare occurrence in diplomatic circles) from Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Rousseff won’t be attending the planned-upon meeting in late October, as a result of revelations (owed to leaks from former NSA-er Edward Snowden) of spying by the NSA against herself, aides, and the oil company Petrobus, the largest of any type of company in Brazil. President Obama reportedly spoke to Rousseff on Monday night to urge her to make the visit, but the effort proved fruitless. The White House has since stated that both Obama and Rousseff agreed to the postponement. source
20:15 // 10 months ago
July 27, 2013
It is not enough simply to open the door in welcome, but we must go out through that door to seek and meet the people. … Be servants of communion and of the culture of encounter. Permit me to say that we must be almost obsessive in this matter. We do not want to be presumptuous, imposing ‘our truths.’
Pope Francis • Speaking to an audience of bishops and priests in Rio de Janeiro on the need for members of the Catholic Church to reach out to the public. The trip to Brazil is the Pope’s first trip abroad since first taking over for the still-alive Pope Benedict.
13:20 // 1 year ago
July 10, 2013

NSA scandal spreads with new allegations of Central, South American intelligence gathering

  • June The Guardian claimed to have information, provided by accused NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, which confirmed the agency had bugged European Union buildings in several countries. Germany also admitted to swapping some of its own intelligence on fellow EU nations with the United States on occassion. 
  • July Brazil’s O Globo newspaper claims to have obtained new documents from Snowden which prove the United States has also been spying on several Latin American countries, including Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. Like the monitored EU members, many of the nations allegedly being watched are considered public allies of the United States. source

(Source: Washington Post)

14:46 // 1 year ago
July 2, 2013
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June 20, 2013

Thousands of officers to provide security in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday

  • 8,000 police officers will be working to provide security in Rio de Janeiro tonight, where thousands of demonstrators are expected to continue protesting poor public services, police brutality, and a decreasing quality of life even as Brazil prepares to host the World Cup next year. Roughly 1200 of the officers are expected to remain in nearby barracks, and will apparently only be deployed if tonight’s demonstrations turn violent. More than 250 thousand demonstrators protested in cities across the country on Monday, and hundreds of thousands more are expected to take part in protests across Brazil on Thursday night. source
17:42 // 1 year ago
June 18, 2013

Massive demonstrations in Sau Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and other Brazillian cities

  • 100k+ citizens took to the streets in Brazil last night to protest poor treatment by local law enforcement, inadequate public services, and the rising costs that have accompanied Brazil’s winning bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2014. The protests coincided with the launch of the Confederations Cup, a smaller soccer event typically used by host cities to test their preparedness for the World Cup, and the recent uptick in demonstrations is currently being referred to as the “vinegar revolution” (among other titles). source
14:41 // 1 year ago
April 2, 2013
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March 27, 2013
23:07 // 1 year ago
January 28, 2013

Kiss nightclub fire: Arrests made in deadly blaze in Brazil that killed hundreds

  • four people were arrested on Monday, a day after pyrotechnics inside of a Brazilian night club misfired, burning the building to the ground before the entire crowd of 3,000-plus could escape. 232 people died in the deadly incident, which authorities revealed was partly due to the fact that all but one of the club’s emergency exits were locked when the fire broke out — which led to Monday’s arrests. More than 50 victims were buried on Monday, more than 100 remain in the hospital as a result of smoke inhalation, and the government has declared a three day period of national mourning. source
23:27 // 1 year ago