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Many different carnivals in Brazil: 7 destinations to listen to the sound of nature —

The most famous and celebrated popular festival in Brazil, Carnival has become, over the centuries, one of the major cultural events, annually drawing thousands of revelers to different cities. The whole country transforms itself in the carnival season, with endless … Continue reading

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A Brazilian Christmas — Through Brazilian Eyes

— Christmas in Brazil is not much different from what we experience in the northern hemisphere. Well, if you set aside the fact it is summer in Brazil during Christmas, then not much else is different. The malls are packed … Continue reading

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10 steps to revitalising Stretford town centre — Just Step Sideways

Stretford Mall, Stretford Arndale, The Precinct, whatever you call it; Stretford Town Centre has been on a steady decline for some time now. After years of waiting for the old Tory Trafford Council to take action and nothing happening, it … Continue reading

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Afro-Atlantic Histories (Part 2) — Old Rope

  Afro-Atlantic Histories Part 2 – Nereci to ‘Maspi’ After a dozen years of ignorance, in 2018 Old Rope finally discovered the history of Nereci. Not merely the name of an unrequited love interest in a ballad by Brazilian funk … Continue reading

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We Must Overcome Our Atomization to Beat Back Neoliberal Fascism, by Henry A. Giroux — Rise Up Times

“These movements of resistance represent a reaction to the multiple abuses produced by a mix of political authoritarianism and neoliberalism marked by cruel predatory policies, a disdain for human rights, and fascist claims to ultra-nationalism and social cleansing.” via We Must … Continue reading

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Lost and never found: Dispatches from the dispossessed — Under a Banyan tree

“My world, my Earth is a ruin. A planet spoiled by the human species. We multiplied and fought and gobbled until there was nothing left, and then we died. We controlled neither appetite nor violence; we did not adapt. We … Continue reading

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The Story of Salvador’s Banda Didá — Longreads

In a country with violent history and violent politics, Brazil’s first all-female, Afro-Brazilian percussion group drums and dances and changes lives. via The Story of Salvador’s Banda Didá — Longreads

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Brazil’s President Bolsonaro Calls Activist Greta Thunberg A ‘Brat’ — Latest Entertainment News | Top Celebrity News, Hollywood Headlines

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday called young Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg a “brat” after she expressed concern about the slayings of indigenous Brazilians in the Amazon. Bolsonaro questioned the coverage news media have given Thunberg, 16, who on … Continue reading

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Bees in Amazon ‘are greatest ally to halt rainforest destruction’ — The Bee Report

(The Guardian) “Bees are everything to me. They help me to protect the forest. They help the trees to stand tall, to produce fruit and to be strong.” The hives of stingless Amazonian bees are not just a hub of … Continue reading

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Nation Abandonment: the Catch Phrase for the 21st Century — Astute News

Future historians, if they exist, will look back in amazement at the leaders of three nations in particular. The leaders – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, and US President Donald Trump – not only ignore, but … Continue reading

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