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Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal World Cup

Brazilians are angry. They are angry with their government for pumping millions of dollars into the funding of an eight-week extravagance. They are angry that money being spent on the World Cup is desperately needed for education, sanitisation, hospitals and the eradication of violence, drugs and weapons from their streets. “F*** FIFA” appears to be the general message many are ... Read More »

Latin America stands up to Monsanto

Chile Monsanto

The market with the biggest potential for growth, as far as corporate agriculture is concerned, is putting its foot down and saying no. Chile, Colombia and a growing number of other Latin American countries are taking a stand against Monsanto and its ilk by rejecting advancements to further convert their sustenance to the patented seed stocks owned by the biotechnology ... Read More »

BRICS to create alternative to IMF and World Bank

BRICS leaders

The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have made significant progress in setting up structures that would serve as an alternative to the IMF and the World Bank (which are dominated by the U.S. and the EU), according to RBTH. As WSJ reports, the U.S. would lose its veto power on the International Monetary Fund’s executive board under a plan being ... Read More »

Deforestation of Amazon jungle increases by nearly a third in one year

Amazon deforestation map

Deforestation in the Amazon increased by nearly a third over the past year, according to Brazilian government figures released on Thursday. The data confirms a feared reversal in what had been steady progress over the past decade against destruction of the world’s largest rainforest. Satellite data for the 12 months through the end of July 2013 showed that deforestation in the ... Read More »

BRICS countries building new internet to avoid NSA spying

BRICS internet

BRICS countries are close to completing a brand new Internet backbone that would bypass the United States entirely and thereby protect both governments and citizens from NSA spying. In light of revelations that the National Security Agency hacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone, in addition to recording information about 124 billion phone calls during a 30-day period earlier this year, ... Read More »

NSA hacked Mexican President’s email

Peña Nieto

The NSA has been systematically eavesdropping on the Mexican government for years. It hacked into the president’s public email account and gained deep insight into policymaking and the political system. The news is likely to hurt ties between the US and Mexico. The National Security Agency (NSA) has a division for particularly difficult missions. Called “Tailored Access Operations” (TAO), this ... Read More »

Exposed: NSA plays key role in “US assassination program”

Jeremy Scahill and Glen Greenwald

American investigative journalists Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald say they have teamed up to prepare a report on the National Security Agency’s role in what one of them described as the “US assassination program.” “The connections between war and surveillance are clear. I don’t want to give too much away but Glenn and I are working on a project right ... Read More »

Another world leader cancels on Obama due to NSA spying

Dilma Rousseff

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has postponed a state visit to Washington in response to the US spying on her communications with top aides. Rousseff is demanding a full public apology from President Obama. Barack Obama spoke with Rousseff on Monday in an attempt to persuade her into following through with the trip, the Brazilian president’s office said, according to AP. ... Read More »

New study links over 7,000 cancer deaths to cell phone tower radiation

Cell phone tower

Could exposure to radiation from cell phone towers really responsible for over 7,000 cancer deaths? According to research findings from Brazil, the facts speak for themselves. The study established a direct link between cancer deaths in Belo Horizonte, Brazil’s third largest city, with the cell phone network. What does this direct link stem from? Over 80 percent of those who ... Read More »

Brazil: largest protests in decades as unrest hits second week

Brazil massive protest

Mass protests continued throughout Brazil on Monday, with hundreds of thousands of demonstrators converging in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, the capital of Brasilia and other cities. Protests initially began last week following a government announcement of an increase in public transportation costs, which brought out students and young workers and led to more than 250 arrests. According ... Read More »