Brazil candidates engage in verbal sparring in TV debate

August 27, 2014

Wyre Davies – BBC News, 8/27/2014

The first of Brazil’s televised presidential debates has taken place just two weeks after the death of one of the leading candidates in October’s election, Eduardo Campos.

His replacement, internationally renowned environmentalist Marina Silva, is already challenging incumbent Dilma Rousseff according to opinion polls.

Just two weeks ago, Ms Rousseff seemed to be coasting, almost sleepwalking towards another four-year term as president of Brazil.

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Brazil Prison Riot Demanded Better Living Conditions

August 27, 2014
Telesur, 8/26/2014
 
The prisoners riot in the Brazilian city of Cascavel that ended yesterday demanded better living conditions.

The prisoner-led riot in the Cascavel prison in southern Brazil demanded better living conditions, highlighting an acute problem in the South American country.

On Sunday, Prisoners overtook the prison, taking two wardens as hostage. At least four people have in the prison confrontations in Parana state, with an estimated 700 inmates taking part in the uprising.

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3 killed in Brazil prison riot

August 25, 2014

AP – CBS News, 8/24/2014

Two prisoners were beheaded and at least another one died after being thrown off the roof in a riot that erupted Sunday in a prison in southern Brazil, authorities said.

Inmates of the penitentiary in the city of Cascavel took at least two agents and several other inmates hostage in the uprising, said military police Capt. Ricardo Pinto. He said negotiations for better conditions in the prison were still under way 12 hours later.

Prisoners set some objects on fire and were using metal poles to cause damage to the 928-bed prison that housed more than 1,000 inmates at the time. Authorities initially said two men were decapitated, and later learned of a third prisoner who was also killed after he was thrown off the building. The three men were not identified.

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Suriname seeks new defence co-operation with Brazil

August 12, 2014

Janet Tappin Coelho – IHS Jane’s 360, 8/11/2014

Brazil and Suriname have started discussions towards new defence co-operation that could involve the Brazilian Navy supporting the creation of a national maritime force in the neighbouring country.

Lamure Latour, Suriname’s Minister of Defence, met with Brazilian counterpart Celso Amorim on 8 August in Brasília to examine extending defence partnerships between the two states.

The idea is that Brazil will create and structure Suriname’s maritime capabilities, providing similar support to what Brazil has given to Namibia’s naval force, which it was instrumental in building beginning in 1994.

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Videos of police crimes spur Brazilians to confront a longtime problem

August 5, 2014

Dom Phillips – The Washington Post, 8/5/2014

The footage of the two officers chilled viewers of the prime-time Brazilian TV show “Fantástico.”

Filmed by a camera in the front seat of their patrol car, the video obtained by the program showed the police officers after they picked up three teenage boys on June 11 in central Rio de Janeiro — an area afflicted by street crime and violent muggings often perpetrated by teenage boys. The officers had driven the boys to a nearby forested, hilly area; the video captured them nonchalantly discussing “discharging the weapon a little.”

The camera switched off when they parked the car in an isolated area. By the time it started recording again, one boy, 15, lay shot and left for dead. A second boy, 14, had been shot and killed. The third boy, 15, had been released before the shooting.

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Brazil Make Progress With Preparations

August 5, 2014

Morning Star, 8/5/2014

Rio 2016 organisers admit they cannot afford to indulge in the luxury of leaving preparations for the Olympics and Paralympics to the last minute.

Two years before the Games, which start on August 5 2016, Rio 2016 communications director Mario Andrada said the preparations are now back on schedule after numerous delays.

Senior IOC figures have declared Rio as further behind than even Athens was at a similar stage before the 2016 Olympics but Andrada says there has been a well-timed wake-up call earlier this year.

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Brazilian Web Provider Fined $1.6 Million For Selling Browsing Data to Advertisers

August 4, 2014

Ed Taylor – Bloomberg BNA, 8/4/2014

In a first-of-its-kind enforcement action in Brazil, the Justice Ministry recently fined the country’s largest telecommunications company Oi $1.6 million for invading the privacy of subscribers to its broadband Internet service by without consent tracking their Web usage and selling the information to behavioral advertisers.

Amaury Oliva, director of the Justice Ministry’s Department of Consumer Defense and Protection (DPDC), told Bloomberg BNA July 28 that the department began to investigate Oi in 2010 based on allegations it had partnered with Phorm Inc.—a U.K.-based online advertising company—to develop a program to monitor Internet activity.

Phorm was at the heart of investigations by U.K. and European Union officials regarding the use of Phorm tracking software in trials involving the U.K. telecommunications company BT.

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