By Dave Zirin - June 18, 2013
...[T]he protests are gaining energy and are finding voice among the Brazilian diaspora throughout the world...There have also been reported protests in France, Ireland, and Canada. This isn’t a movement against sports. It’s against the use of sports as a neoliberal Trojan horse. It’s a movement against sports as a cudgel of austerity. It’s a movement that demands our support.
With much sorrow and anger, we got the news that in the early morning of Sunday, January 27, around 245 young people died, and 110 were wounded, after a fire in a nightclub in the city of Santa Maria in Rio Grande do Sul. Many of the victims are students in the Federal University of Santa María (UFSM) and of other universities of the city. Another case that demonstrates the misery that capitalism and its insatiable spite for profit can offer young people.
SchNEWS Issue 816 - 25th May 2012
Last month U.N Representative Raquel Roinik accused the Brazilian government of outright human rights violations – adding her voice to organizations such as International Amnesty and Action Aid. Their accusations focus on the unlawful and inhuman treatment of Brazil’s poor for the sake of the 2016 Olympics and the World Cup 2014.
By RAUL ZIBECHI - February 21, 2012
“The people believe that they will prosper with the arrival of the World Cup, but the truth is that they will be brutally repressed...The World Cup will be great business, but only for the big sporting goods companies and those authorized to sell food and drinks...”
- Roberto Morales, Socialist Liberty Party advisor and member of the Popular Committee of the World Cup
By Nikolas Kozloff - Znet
Under the helm of Luiz Inácio "Lula" da Silva, Brazil cultivated a strategic alliance with Venezuela and publicly the two nations embraced South America's "pink tide" to the left. Yet, WikiLeaks documents reveal that Brazil may have shared Washington's concern over Chávez's rising geopolitical importance, particularly in the Caribbean...
By Dave Zirin - May 12, 2011
In the 21st century...sporting events require more than stadiums and hotels. The host country must provide a massive security apparatus, a willingness to crush civil liberties, and the will to create the kind of "infrastructure" these games demand. That means not just stadiums, but sparkling new stadiums. That means not just security, but the latest in anti-terrorist technology. That means not just new transportation to and from venues, but hiding unsightly poverty from those traveling to and from the games.
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 - Ainfos
...The Anarchist Federation of Gaúcha's...offices were raided in Porto Alegre on October 29th last year, with most of their documents, computer hard disks, posters, etc. being seized. Six anarchist activists were arrested. Due to it being an election year, the trial has been postponed since July. It is due to now take place in December. The [Worker's Solidarity Movement] calls for solidarity with our anarchist comrades, against the state repression of Lula’s so-called “Workers” Party.
By Ramzy Baroud - January 23, 2010
Western media is...rife with all sorts of unfounded accusations, baseless speculations and superfluous insinuations. They evoke in the reader and viewer a dread and fear, based in this case on the doomsday scenario whereby fanatical Latin Americans and radical Muslims gang up on America, and ultimately Israel.
By Dave Zirin - October 2, 2009
...[O]rganizations like No Games Chicago went grass roots, corner to corner, and spoke out against the Olympic storm of gentrification, tax hikes, and police misconduct...The No Games Chicago movement has a responsibility right now to do a helluva lot more than just cheer their triumph. Now is the time to stand with the people of Rio...[T]he pain for Brazil's working people is now on the immediate horizon. It's our duty to do whatever we can to express solidarity with the favelas, the landless peasants, and the workers about to stare down the barrel of "Olympism."
By Michael Fox - March 13, 2009
More than six thousand women from Vía Campesina and the Landless Workers' Movement (MST) participated in protests across Brazil on March 9. The direct actions were in celebration of International Women's Day, and against the government's continued support of multinational agribusiness in the country.
Business as usual at Davos; promise for a better world at Belem.
A Brazilian anti-GM campaigner has been murdered at a Syngenta GM crop trial in Paraná, Brazil. Via Campesina (The International Peasant's Movement) camp at the experimental farm was shot at by security, killing Valmir Mota de Oliveira, [from the] Movimento Sem Terra (the Brazilian Landless Rural Workers Movement).
President Lula da Silva has promised billions of dollars to improve housing problems in Brazil's cities. Conditions for the poor are so grim that the Homeless Workers' Movement has mobilised thousands of families to occupy and improvise housing on waste sites, particularly those that are empty because of land speculation.
Pope Benedict XVI's recent trip to Brazil seems to have done little to shore up the Catholic Church's declining power in its Latin American heartland. It went a long way, however, towards confirming Benedict's reputation as a reactionary bigot.
Outraged Indian leaders in Brazil said on Monday they were offended by Pope Benedict's "arrogant and disrespectful" comments that the Roman Catholic Church had purified them and a revival of their religions would be a backward step.
Brazil's landless and homeless movements have been on the march in April, bringing renewed attention to their demands in a month of protests...In the countryside, protest action is led by the controversial and better known organisation of landless workers, MST, or Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra.