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Interview with Brazilian Squatter Activist Nete Araujo

April 9, 2009 Rowenna Davis 0

Nete Araujo

Nete Araujo is no conventional grandma. At just 34 years old, she wears sweetheart purple nail varnish and bright white trainers. And instead of spending her days making tea and handing out cake, this nana chooses to pass the time occupying abandoned buildings in São Paulo. […]

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An Exception to Lula’s Rule

March 26, 2009 Sue Branford 0

Now and then there emerges somewhere in the world a social movement that is really exceptional for its integrity, astuteness and mass appeal. For me one of those rare movements is Brazil’s Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST, the Landless Workers’ Movement). Ever since it was founded in the early 1980s it has confounded predictions of its imminent demise. […]

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Is Brazil Creating Its Own “Backyard” in Latin America?

February 16, 2009 Raúl Zibechi 0

In past months a number of conflicts have occurred between the emerging global power of Brazil and its smaller neighbors, in particular Ecuador and Paraguay. This has led Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s government to defend Brazil‘s multinationals and to mobilize troops to protect the nation’s interests.


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The World Social Forum Returns to Brazil

February 5, 2009 Marc Becker 0

Thousands of activities during the week of the forum were organized around 10 thematic objectives that were defined after a broad survey of organizations involved in the forum process. These themes included peace, anti-capitalism, sustainability, knowledge, diversity, sovereignty, fair trade, participatory democracy, and the environment. […]

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Brazil’s Landless Movement Turns 25, Opens “New Phase” of Struggle

January 28, 2009 Michael Fox 0

In late January 1984, a group of nearly a hundred "landless" farmers from across Brazil met to debate the founding of a movement for agrarian reform which would unite landless campesinos and farm workers from around the country. At last week’s 13th national meeting of the MST, 1500 MST members from across the country met to debate the direction of the movement. […]

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Events Commemorate 40th Anniversary of Brazil’s ‘Coup Within the Coup D’etat’

The demonstrators dressed in brightly colored outfits sang their song of protest proudly, but it was really only symbolic. Shock troops moved in waving their batons, and beating with impunity. They rounded up the dissidents and carried them off to be disposed of. In real life a few decades ago, they would have been brought in to the basement or back room of Brazil’s Federal Police Department. […]

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Get On The Bus: Curitiba, Brazil Rolls Out a Transit Solution

July 9, 2008 Michael Fox 0

The first thing a visitor to Curitiba, Brazil sees upon arriving at the city’s bus terminal is a line of aged boxcars just across the street. Left out in front of the old train depot, the broken down cars are spraypainted and empty, lost beneath overgrown vegetation. At the far end of the train station stand a pair of futuristic tubes. […]

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