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Brésil: Des forêts sous surveillance citoyenne via le Web

Brésil: Des forêts sous surveillance citoyenne via le Web | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Le Citizen Cyberscience Center, partenariat entre le l’Université de Genève, le CERN, et l'Institut des Nations Unies pour la Formation et la Recherche, vient de lancer le programme «ForestWatcher», en collaboration avec l’Institut de recherche spatiale du Brésil et l’Université fédérale de Sao Paulo. Ce projet constitue un premier pas en vue de mettre en place une surveillance citoyenne sur Internet de la déforestation.

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Brazil and China Sign Trade Agreements

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Leaders of Brazil and China signed trade agreements aimed at increasing investment and trade flows at a time when economic growth in both nations is losing momentum.

 

The deals come as Brazil is pressing China to buy more of its manufactured products as part of a broader effort to reduce its dependence on sales of raw materials.

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Bearish on Brazil: The Commodity Slowdown and the End of the Magic Moment

Bearish on Brazil: The Commodity Slowdown and the End of the Magic Moment | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Until recently, there seemed plenty of reasons to be bullish on Brazil. Having posted record growth for a decade and weathered the financial crisis well, the country looked poised to become a global economic leader.

 

Yet this glowing image of Brazil rests on an extremely shaky premise: commodity prices. The country has grown largely in concert with surging demand for its stores of oil, copper, iron ore, and other natural resources. The problem is that the global appetite for those commodities is beginning to fall. And if Brazil does not take steps to diversify and boost its growth, it may soon fall with them.

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'They're killing us': world's most endangered tribe cries for help

'They're killing us': world's most endangered tribe cries for help | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Logging companies keen to exploit Brazil's rainforest have been accused by human rights organisations of using gunmen to wipe out the Awá, a tribe of just 355. Survival International, with backing from Colin Firth, is campaigning to stop what a judge referred to as 'genocide'

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America's Place in the New World

American leaders have long presumed that the world's democracies will align themselves with the United States, but India and Brazil are challenging that idea.
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Retour au protectionnisme dans les relations mexico-brésiliennes - affaires-strategiques.info

Retour au protectionnisme dans les relations mexico-brésiliennes - affaires-strategiques.info | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

En vue de rétablir leur balance commerciale, le Mexique et le Brésil, les deux principales économies d’Amérique latine, viennent de signer un accord de rétablissement du protectionnisme sur leurs échanges automobiles.

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I.B.M. Takes ‘Smarter Cities’ Concept to Rio de Janeiro

I.B.M. Takes ‘Smarter Cities’ Concept to Rio de Janeiro | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
I.B.M. has designed a new operations center for the city of Rio de Janeiro, coordinating all kinds of functions under one roof. The company hopes the project will lead to a huge worldwide business.
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India Said to Propose BRICS Development Bank to Finance Emerging Nations

India Said to Propose BRICS Development Bank to Finance Emerging Nations | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

India has proposed setting up a multilateral bank that would be exclusively funded by developing nations and finance projects in those countries, two government officials with knowledge of the matter said.
The plan has been circulated to the countries in the so- called BRIC group -- Brazil, Russia, India and China -- as well as to South Africa, an Indian government official said. A Brazilian government official confirmed the proposal.

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Brasil endurece la entrada de españoles: 80 euros al día y billete de vuelta confirmado

Brasil endurece la entrada de españoles: 80 euros al día y billete de vuelta confirmado | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
El primer contencioso internacional le ha llegado por sorpresa al nuevo ministro de Asuntos Exteriores, José Manuel García Margallo.

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Brazil’s Boom Absorbs Haiti’s Poor, For Now

Brazil’s Boom Absorbs Haiti’s Poor, For Now | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Gambling everything, thousands of Haitians have made their way across the Americas to reach small towns in the Brazilian Amazon over the past year in a desperate search for work, including a surge of hundreds arriving in recent days amid fears that Brazil’s government could slow the influx before it overwhelms the authorities here.

 

Their improbable journeys — from the rubble of their island homes to remote outposts here in the Amazon — say as much about the dire economic conditions that persist in Haiti two years after the earthquake as it does about the rising economic profile of Brazil, which is fast becoming a magnet not only for poor foreign laborers but also for growing numbers of educated professionals from Europe, the United States and Latin America.

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Undiscovered Possibilities - Google Earth

"While Germans tend to talk about privacy and how the internet takes away our freedom, chief Almir of the Surui tribe in Brazil came up with an idea when he first came in contact with Google Earth. He saw it as a great tool to visualize the devastation of the rainforest. With the help of Google providing the knowledge and equipment he started the project and provided an unfiltered perspective never seen before. This is a growing project on a growing problem that should matter to all of us. It’s never a service or product itself that matters; it’s what you do with it. Check the video and see for yourself."

Globalization inherently brings serendipitous juxtapositions. In this clip we see the merger of geospatial technologies to protect indigenous cultures and their cultural ecology.


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Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, January 23, 4:35 PM

Globalization

 

This video shows a positive side of globalization.  The use of first world technology in the third world to stop illegal foresting is a great example of the positive effects of globalization.  When people talk about globalization it is usually in negative terms, the damage it does to the environment and cultures.  Globalization can be a force for good but it has just as often been a force of destruction and dislocation.  Globalization in itself is a neutral force it is the way it is used that created a positive or negative impact.  Globalization has been occurring since the 1500 when European traders began trading with the Arab and the Asian regions.  The swapping of languages and cultural ideas has been going on for as long.  Today the speed of globalization is what many people are worried about.  In the past it was slower and more controlled, today with instant communications the changes are rapid and chaotic.  This can be scary and disturbing.  The way people in developing countries deal with these changes are not that much different form how the developed world dealt with the same or similar changes 100 years ago.  The world today is watching and so the developing countries are more visible in their industrialization and labor problems then the developed countries were when they went through the same processes.  The end result of Globalization is anyone’s guess but there is no denying that it has changed the world we live in.

Amy Marques's curator insight, January 29, 8:03 PM

This is a great example that shows the positive and negative effects of globalization. The negative effects is that the chief Almir and the Surui tribe have changed from their original roots through contact with the outside world. Their language and clothing has been altered because we see the cheif speaking brazilian portugese and the tribe wearing western clothing. The positive aspect is that they are trying to protect their ancient rain forests by using the benefits of globalization. I think its great that Google is helping this tribe, of course Google is getting tons of recognition for this, but they are doing wonders for this group of people. With the technology provided the tribe will be able to be put on the map and educate its group.

chris tobin's curator insight, February 6, 8:12 AM

this will help protect the forest and decrease deforestation hopefully, also protecting global climate and environment.   How does this affect the large companies in paper mills, timber and especially the specialty tree plantations.........roads cutting through the rainforest ......wildlife........

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At War With São Paulo’s Establishment, Black Paint in Hand

At War With São Paulo’s Establishment, Black Paint in Hand | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The São Paulo authorities have tried for years to stop pichação, graffiti that reflects urban decay and deep class divisions.

 

“We practice class warfare, and there are casualties in war,” said Rafael Guedes Augustaitiz, 27. “They compare us to barbarians, and there may be a little truth in that.”

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Le Brésil, nouvel Eldorado pour les chômeurs du monde entier

Le Brésil, nouvel Eldorado pour les chômeurs du monde entier | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Alors qu’en Europe et aux États-Unis la crise économique de 2008 a conduit le taux de chômage à atteindre des niveaux historiques (8,6% en 2011 pour les États-Unis), le Brésil, pays émergent classé sixième puissance économique mondiale, semble bien éloigné de ce marasme..

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Memo From Brazil: In Brazil, Eccentricity at the Ballot Box Is the Norm

Memo From Brazil: In Brazil, Eccentricity at the Ballot Box Is the Norm | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Do strange nicknames confer an electoral advantage? Some candidates for office in Brazil, including Ladi Gaga, Christ of Jerusalem and several Batmans, seem to think so.

 

Brazil has nurtured one of the world’s most vibrant democracies since its military dictatorship ended in 1985. As campaigning for municipal elections in October intensifies, this vitality is evident on the ballots, which reflect Brazil’s remarkably loose restrictions on what candidates can call themselves...

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Brazil’s AIDS success story faces uncertain new chapter

Brazil’s AIDS success story faces uncertain new chapter | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

An AIDS diagnosis is no longer a death sentence in Rio de Janeiro, as the variety and quality of treatments continue to improve, thanks largely to a national treatment and prevention program that calls for near-universal distribution of medication. But the controversial program – the government broke international patent laws to mass-produce the drugs at a lower cost and recruited sex workers to help distribute condoms – may not survive for long, experts say.

 

AIDS activists fear that costs will rise for the Brazilian government as patients on the life-saving treatment live longer than they did in the past, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS. Richard Parker, an American medical anthropologist and the president of the Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association, also says there’s less support from the government under President Dilma Rousseff than there was under her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, better known as Lula.

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If President Rousseff passes the forest code, it won't be only Brazil that suffers

If President Rousseff passes the forest code, it won't be only Brazil that suffers | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Brazil has a proud record of protecting the environment, but a bill allowing deforestation would undermine the Rio+20 summit...

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Brazil as an Emerging Environmental Donor

Brazil as an Emerging Environmental Donor | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Using the concept of solidarity diplomacy, Brazil is disseminating its own developmental innovations, including the biofuel technologies that have limited fossil fuels to just 53 percent of the Brazilian energy matrix.
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Une catastrophe écologique provoquée par « l'appât du gain »

Une catastrophe écologique provoquée par « l'appât du gain » | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Les faits sont de la plus haute importance et les accusés risquent jusqu’à 5 ans de prison ferme pour « crimes environnementaux » a tenu à rappeler Eduardo Dos Santos de Oliveira, procureur brésilien en charge de l’affaire. Suite à la mise en examen de 17 de ses cadres, la multinationale pétrolière Chevron a décidé de suspendre officiellement ses activités de forage au Brésil. Elle est accusée d’être responsable de la marée noire qui avait touché le Golfe de Rio en novembre 2011, alors qu’une nouvelle fuite se déclare.

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Brazil Faces Obstacles in Preparations for Rio Olympics

Brazil Faces Obstacles in Preparations for Rio Olympics | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Ambitious development plans for the 2016 Summer Olympics, as well as the 2014 soccer World Cup, involve large-scale evictions from numerous slums, whose residents are refusing to leave.

 

Not only have the news media and newly-created blogs focused attention on the evictions, but they have also dogged officials with their own pursuit of corruption allegations swirling around the Olympic and World Cup plans.

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Brazil: The Deficient Prison Systems of the Americas

The Latin Americanist sums up the recent events concerning the penitentiary system in Latin America: a fire that killed hundreds in a prison in Honduras, prison riots in Mexico and escaped inmates in Perú. These events may be causing other countries to re-analyze their prison systems, but will this turn into meaningful reforms, or more of the same tragedies?

 

Under the Brazilian Sun is a documentary directed and produced by Adele Reeves and Leandro Vilaca. It tells the story of the prison system from all possible sides, interviewing current and former prisoners, their families, guards, police officers, heads of prisons, human rights groups and others.

 

Source: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/02/24/brazil-the-deficient-prison-systems-of-the-americas/

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Brazil vows to take poultry fight to WTO

Brazil vows to take poultry fight to WTO | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

While the Brazilian chicken industry said yesterday that it would take the fight to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), local producers have vowed to prove that other imported chicken products do not comply with WTO rules.

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Brazil Limits Haitian Immigration

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Brazil restricted Haitian visas in January after about 4,000 Haitians arrived in its Amazon frontier, setting off a discussion about what kind of immigrants the country should try to attract.
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Land Carvings Attest to Amazon’s Lost World

Land Carvings Attest to Amazon’s Lost World | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Huge geometric shapes in Brazil suggest that contrary to conventional understanding, parts of the rain forest may have been home to large populations.
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Cuba: Brazil Grants Visa to Blogger

Cuba: Brazil Grants Visa to Blogger | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Brazil granted a tourist visa on Wednesday to Yoani Sánchez, a dissident Cuban author and blogger, had emerged as a test of Cuba’s restrictive travel policies and Brazil’s willingness to prod the nation on a prominent human rights issue.
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Pentecostalism in Brazil: Churches, Businesses and Political Parties

Pentecostalism in Brazil: Churches, Businesses and Political Parties | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Brazil is often described as the biggest Catholic country in the world. Still, 19 percent of the population, are believed to belong to a Pentecostal Church. The number of Catholics as a percentage of the total population is therefore estimated at only 61 percent. This rapid shift in the balance of power has become particularly apparent in the last two decades and raises the question of why this has happened and what impact it will have on society as a whole.

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