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Brazilian Favelas: 'I Died In The Mare'

Published on: Tue Mar 25, 2014
Author: Huffington Post / Nayana Fernandez
Brazilian Favelas: 'I Died In The Mare'

This article appeared on Huffington Post. Children growing up in Mare favela, one of the most dangerous slums in Brazil's Rio, have seen appalling violence. The cluster of 16 neighborhoods that is home to some 130,000 people is notoriously dangerous, a center of gang gang rivalries and repeated invasions by military and civil police. "I died in the Mare," a new documentary by Marie Naudascher and Patrick Vanier, follows the children of the Mare favela as they struggle to cope with events that are…

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The Zapatistas: learning their philosophy and practice

Published on: Tue Mar 25, 2014
Author: Nayana Fernandez (John Ahni Schertow / Global Voices)
The Zapatistas: learning their philosophy and practice

This article, by John Ahni Schertow, was first Published on Global Voices on March 17, 2014. Put on your thinking caps because the first of four Zapatista textbooks from last year’s widely popular escuelita (little school) have been translated to English.For those who are not yet familiar, the Zapatista Escuelita (Zapatista little school), brought 1630 students from around the world to learn what it really means to be Zapatista. Contrary to what some might believe, there’s a lot more to the Zapatista…

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Brazilian activists accuse the authorities of double standards

Published on: Wed Nov 6, 2013
Author: Nayana Fernandez
Brazilian activists accuse the authorities of double standards

During the last week of October, activists campaigning for free public transport organised their yearly event, “National Week for Public Transport”, in commemoration of a bill passed on 26 October 2004. This bill, approved in Florianópolis in the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil, made public transport free for students, and it led to the birth of Movimento Passe Livre (Free Pass Movement), a movement geared to making public transport free for everyone throughout the country. It sprang into…

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Belo Sun: Brazil's Largest Gold Mine to be near site of Belo Monte Dam

Published on: Wed Jul 31, 2013
Author: Nayana Fernandez
Belo Sun: Brazil's Largest Gold Mine to be near site of Belo Monte Dam

The mining project, named Belo Sun, developed by a Canadian Company with the same name, is waiting only to receive an environmental licence from the Brazilian government before it can proceed. According to information available on the environmental licensing website of Pará state (Sema-PA), on July 10 a draft version of the licence with technical and socio-environmental impact reports was submitted to legal assessors.However, a report published by ISA (Instituto Socio Ambiental) a couple of days…

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Uprising in Brazil: An Extraordinary Moment for Change

Published on: Tue Jun 25, 2013
Author: Nayana Fernandez
Uprising in Brazil: An Extraordinary Moment for Change

This article by LAB Editor Nayana Fernandez was commissioned by UpsideDownWorld. The original can be read here.  Emerging as a complete surprise, the wave of massive demonstrations Brazil has been experiencing is undoubtedly the most serious movement of popular protests in the country since the dictatorship years. On June 10th, 2013, the first peaceful demonstration took place in São Paulo, near one of the main business streets, Avenida Paulista.  After mobile phone videos spread across the internet,…

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