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Philippines is deadliest country for defenders of environment

Nation replaces Brazil for first time in annual list of murders compiled by Global Witness The Philippines has replaced Brazil as the most murderous country in the world for people defending their land and environment, according to research that puts a spotlight on the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. More than three defenders were killed across the world every week in 2018, according to the annual toll by the independent watchdog Global Witness, highlighting the continued dangers facing those who stand up to miners, loggers, farmers, poachers and other extractive…

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Revealed: rampant deforestation of Amazon driven by global greed for meat

Investigation exposes how Brazils huge beef sector continues to threaten health of worlds largest rainforest The cows grazed under the midday Amazon sun, near a wooden bridge spanning a river. It was an idyllic scene of pastoral quiet, occasionally broken by a motorbike growling on the dirt road that cuts through part of the Lagoa do Triunfo cattle farm to a nearby community. But this pasture is land that the farm has been forbidden to use for cattle since 2010, when it was embargoed by Brazils government environment agency Ibama…

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Brazils Roberto Firmino on target in Copa Amrica win against Peru

Brazil qualified for the Copa Amrica quarter-finals after Roberto Firmino and Willian were among the scorers in a 5-0 win against Peru Brazil overwhelmed Peru with three goals in a superb first half in So Paulo to set up a 5-0 victory and cruise into the Copa Amrica quarter-finals. Looking like their imperious old selves, the host nation went ahead after 12 minutes when Casemiro nodded home after a goalmouth scramble and Roberto Firmino made it two seven minutes later after Perus goalkeeper Pedro Gallese made a hash of his…

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Brazils former president Michel Temer arrested in corruption investigation

Temer arrested as part of Operation Car Wash, which led to the convictions of numerous members of Brazils political elite Brazils former president Operation CarBrazils Angra 3 nuclear plant. According to prosecutors, Temer received a R$1m bribe in exchange for awarding three companies a construction contract for the nuclear facility. The prosecutors said Temers criminal organization committed crimes including cartel formation, active and passive corruption, money laundering and fraudulent bidding processes. Also arrested was the former energy minister and governor of Rio de Janeiro, Moreira Franco, making him the fifth…

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Why Silicon Valley needs more visas

Henrique Dubugras Photo courtesy of Flickr/jvoves While it might sound counterintuitive, immigrants create more jobs and make our economy stronger. Research from the National Foundation of American Policy (NFAP) has shown that immigrant-founded billion-dollar companies doubled their number of employees over the past two years. According to the research, “WeWork went from 1,200 to 6,000 employees between 2016 and 2018, Houzz increased from 800 to 1,800 employees the last two years, while Cloudflare went from 225 to 715 employees.” We’ve seen the same growth at Brex. In just one year…

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Alleged massacre of Amazon tribespeople: what really happened? | Dom Phillips

A paddle and bad recording of a bar-room conversation were all investigators had to go on when claims surfaced of killings deep in Brazils Javari Valley last year When not selling breakfasts in this sleepy town on the western reaches of the Amazon, Algenor Costa fishes and hunts along the Jandiatuba River, as he has done for decades. Heading days upriver, he has often headed into the Javari Valley, a vast indigenous reserve where such activities are forbidden. Thats the town larder, he says. Everybody enters there to fish and…

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Brazil knocked out of World Cup by Kevin De Bruyne and brilliant Belgium

A Fernandinho own goal and Kevin De Bruynes fine strike gave Belgium a 2-1 win over Brazil in their World Cup quarter-final In years to come, when this stadium is a crumbling white elephant, they will sit in almost empty stands, hear the wind whisper across the marsh that surrounds it and believe what they hear is the ghosts of giants. In three games Kazan has claimed the winners of 11 World Cups. First Germany went, insipid against South Korea. Then, in a full-blooded epic, Kevin De Bruyne Roberto Martnez…

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Neymar hits out at campaign to undermine him after acting accusations

Brazil coach Tite tried to calm the furore over Neymars histrionics against Mexico, after the forward claimed the criticism was designed to put him off his game After another controversial match in which he was accused of diving and feigning injury, Neymar insisted the hum of talk around his behaviour was just opponents trying to put him off his game. Juan Carlos Osorio, without mentioning Neymar by name, had made clear he felt his antics and fake fouls had been responsible for Mexico losing their rhythm as, after a promising…

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World Cup 2018 power rankings: Brazil and Croatia lead the way

At the end of the group stage we rank the 32 teams at the World Cup in Russia, with Brazil top, England in 10th and Panama last 1) Brazil It is hard to shake the feeling that Brazil are the best-balanced side at this World Cup. win over Serbia and they look capable of raising things further. thumping win over Argentina. A meeting with Spain in the last eight looks likely and Zlatko Dalics side cannot be ruled out of doing something special. 3) Belgium Whether or not they really…

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Flooding in Brazil Turns Nature Trail Into Surreal Underwater Fantasy World

Recent flooding at the Rio de Prata Ecological Preserve in Brazil has turned their nature trails into a surreal, underwater fantasy world. What makes it so startling is that the water is so clear and calm. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/flooding-in-brazil-turns-nature-trail-into-surreal-underwater-fantasy-world/

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Ryan Lochte cleared of criminal false robbery report charge in Rio incident

An appellate court in Brazil has dismissed a criminal case against the six-time Olympic gold medalist by a 2-1 margin Ryan Lochte has been cleared of 10-month suspension for the incident. The new father was schedule to compete at the LA Invitational on the Southern California campus where he trains and now represents Trojan Swim Club, though he

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Brazil’s president Michel Temer charged over alleged corruption

Temer is accused of accepting bribes but any move towards trial would have to pass congress by a two-third majority Brazils top federal prosecutor has charged President Michel Temer with accepting bribes, the first of what is expected to be a series of graft allegations against the leader in the coming weeks. Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot delivered the charge to the supreme court on Monday and, under Brazilian law, the lower house of congress must now vote on whether to allow the tribunal to try a sitting president. Lawmakers within Temers…

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‘Race fraud’: how a college quota scandal exposed Brazil’s historic racial tensions

Brazils supreme court is preparing to rule on a 2014 law on racial quotas as concerns grow over abuse of quota systems which even led one government department to draw up a checklist to assess candidates facial features Late last year, Fernando received news he had dreaded for months: he and 23 of his classmates had been kicked out of college. The expulsion became national news in Brazil. Fernando and his classmates may not have been publicly named (Fernando, in fact, is a pseudonym), but they were roundly vilified as…

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Wild Amazon faces destruction as Brazils farmers and loggers target national park

The Sierra Ricardo Franco park was meant to be a conservation area protecting rare wildlife To understand why the Brazilian government is deliberately losing the battle against deforestation, you need only retrace the bootmarks of the Edwardian explorer Percy Fawcett along the Amazonian border with Bolivia. During a failed attempt to cross a spectacular tabletop plateau here in 1906, the adventurer nearly died on the first of his many trips to South America. Back then, the area was so far from human habitation, the foliage so dense and the terrain…

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