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      Brazilian woman arrested after taking corpse to sign bank loan: ‘She knew he was dead’

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 4 days ago - 17:12

    Shock in Brazil after woman is arrested and charged with violating a corpse and attempted theft through fraud

    When Érika de Souza Vieira wheeled her lethargic-looking uncle into a Brazilian bank, clerks quickly sensed something was amiss.

    “I don’t think he’s well. He doesn’t look well at all,” remarked one distrustful employee as Vieira tried to get her elderly relative to sign off on a 17,000 reais ($3,250) loan.

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      From the archive: Did Brazil’s evangelical superstar have her husband killed? – podcast

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 4 days ago - 04:00

    We are raiding the Guardian Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors.

    This week, from 2021: Flordelis grew up in a Rio favela, but rose to fame after adopting more than 50 children, becoming a hugely successful gospel singer and winning a seat in congress. And now she is on trial for murder. By Tom Phillips

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      He led Brazil’s Black sailors in resisting abuse. A hundred years later he may get justice

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 6 days ago - 10:30

    João Cândido and other navy sailors radicalised in England held Rio de Janeiro hostage in a revolt over corporal punishment

    He was a Black Brazilian sailor who led an unprecedented mutiny against abuse by white officers, and helped end flogging in the country’s navy – only to be imprisoned, persecuted and die in poverty.

    For five days in 1910, João Cândido Felisberto held Rio de Janeiro hostage under the guns of the Brazilian fleet, in an uprising known as the Revolt of the Lash.

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      At last G20 is showing how to finance an assault on poverty | Larry Elliott

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 7 days ago - 10:43

    Brazilian president Lula’s proposals have the backing of the World Bank. Now we need action

    All things considered, the world’s richest countries have emerged from the global pandemic in better shape than they could have imagined when Covid-19 first appeared just over four years ago.

    To be sure, the impact of lockdown and its aftermath has been painful, but the effects on poor countries have been far more severe.

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      ‘War, refugees, destruction’: colonialism and conflict key themes of Venice Biennale

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Friday, 12 April - 04:00

    This year’s ‘Olympics of the art world’ features many artists wrestling with ideas of colonialism and its lingering influence

    This year’s Venice Biennale is being billed as an event rooted in the now, in a world of conflict and division – or, as one newspaper put it, the celebration of global art will be full of “ war, refugees, destruction ”.

    Another theme that runs through many of the pavilions is colonialism: both its legacy in the form of restitution debates, and Europe’s lingering presence – physically and psychologically – in those countries that were formerly colonised.

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      Weeks-long manhunt in Brazil shows dramatic expansion of two main gangs into Amazon

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Thursday, 11 April - 10:30

    Two fugitives eluded law enforcement for 51 days, indicating a widening network for crime factions CV and PCC

    After nearly two months on the run, the Amazon outlaws nicknamed Hammerhead and Armadillo might have felt they were nearing the home straight – albeit a long and muddy one.

    Just ahead over the Tocantins River lay the Trans-Amazonian highway, a rundown and poorly patrolled jungle track that cuts more than 1,200 miles east-west across the largest rainforest on Earth. After completing that gruelling journey, the fugitives reportedly hoped to sneak across the border into Bolivia, far from the long hand of the Brazilian law.

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      Lula is styling himself as the new leader of the global south – and shifting attention away from the west | Jordana Timerman

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 9 April - 09:00

    Through the G20, Brazil’s president is challenging the dominance of the richest countries. This year will be a huge test of his strategy

    The world stage often seems sepia-toned, dominated by the dusty international structures of the post-second world war era, favouring the world’s richest countries. However, it is increasingly clear that this setup isn’t sufficient to respond to the interests of the global south, including combating climate breakdown and expanding economic development.

    Recognising this mismatch, Brazil under President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has positioned itself as an international leader, focused on the agenda of emerging economic powers who prize stability, and in fact have much to lose from conflict and power struggles between rich countries.

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      Epidemic fears as 80% of Indigenous Amazon tribe fall ill

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 9 April - 06:00

    Advocates fear situation could escalate in Javari valley, a region plagued by violence and poor healthcare

    More than 100 Indigenous people in Brazil’s Javari valley have been diagnosed with flu-like symptoms, raising fears that the situation could escalate into an epidemic.

    The valley, where Indigenous advocate Bruno Pereira and journalist Dom Phillips were killed in 2022 , is home to the largest population of Indigenous people in voluntary isolation and of recent contact worldwide. The Korubo people were first contacted by government officials in 1996, and they continue to live with little interaction with other Indigenous groups and local authorities.

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      Global rainforest loss continues at rate of 10 football pitches a minute

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Thursday, 4 April - 06:00

    Despite major progress in Brazil and Colombia, deforestation led by farming still cleared an area nearly equal to Switzerland

    The destruction of the world’s most pristine rainforests continued at a relentless rate in 2023, despite dramatic falls in forest loss in the Brazilian and Colombian Amazon, new figures show.

    An area nearly the size of Switzerland was cleared from previously undisturbed rainforests last year, totalling 37,000 sq km (14,200 sq miles), according to figures compiled by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the University of Maryland. This is a rate of 10 football pitches a minute, often driven by more land being brought under agricultural cultivation around the world.

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