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The Ukrainian people gave an example of how to fight a corrupt, criminal and oppressive government, and especially an example of how to bring it down. The Ukrainian revolution is a model and inspiration for other oppressed and exploited people to rise up against their oppressors – Venezuela, Egypt, Syria, Brazil, Mexico and wherever else there is injustice, oppression and worms like Viktor Yanukovych, a fascist worm who thought he could exploit and humiliate the people just because he had an institutionalized militia under his command.

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Wanted: Dead or Alive, but better he is dead

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Manhunt for Ukraine’s deposed president as he is accused of ‘mass murder’ of civilians after protester deaths – but he may already be safe in hands of Russian forces. Last facts:

1. Acting interior minister Arsen Avakov says on his Facebook profile Viktor Yanukovich is a wanted man
2. He was reportedly last seen in Sevastopol, a port on Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula
3. But extraordinary claims have emerged today that he was sneaked out of the port by Russia
4. It comes as official reveals EU could coordinate $35bn in aid Ukraine says it needs
5. Meanwhile, the Russian press describes the fall of the Ukrainian president as a coup d’etat
6. Russia has also recalled its ambassador in Ukraine for consultations on the ‘deteriorating situation’

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Read more about the Ukranian Revolution: http://www.theguardian.com/world/ukraine

A.C.A.B. Ukraine

Riot police in Ukraine fell to their knees to ask for forgiveness for their colleagues who shot and beat antigovernment protesters in the recent Kiev massacre. The extraordinary scenes in Lviv involved the Berkut elite anti-riot force whose members had returned from duty in the capital. They apologised on a stage in front of pro-Europe protesters.

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‘I am asking you to forgive us,’ said an officer who stood in front of other men. In memory of those who were killed, we want to kneel down.’ The officers were greeted with chants of ‘Shame!’ and ‘Tribunal’ but they stressed they had not killed or beaten people themselves.

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Read more and see the full video here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk.

Ukraine will never be the backyard of Russia

And you fascist worm, pray every night to you do not be the next to fall…

ukraine_russiaRussia’s President Vladimir Putin (left) shakes hands with Viktor Yanukovich during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, on December, 2013. Photo: Reuters

RWB: 2014 World Press Freedom Index

Posted: February 12, 2014 in countries, news
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Reporters-Without-Borders

According to Wikipedia, Reporters Without Borders (RWB), or Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), is a France-based international non-profit, non-governmental organization that promotes and defends freedom of information and freedom of the press. The organization has consultant status at the United Nations. Reporters Without Borders has two primary spheres of activity: one is focused on Internet Censorship and the New Media, and the other on providing material, financial and psychological assistance to journalists assigned to dangerous areas. Its missions are to:

1. Continuously monitor attacks on freedom of information worldwide;
2. Denounce any such attacks in the media;
3. Act in cooperation with governments to fight censorship and laws aimed at restricting freedom of information;
4. Morally and financially assist persecuted journalists, as well as their families;
5. Offer material assistance to war correspondents in order to enhance their safety.

World Press Freedom Index

RWB compiles and publishes World Press Freedom Index, an annual ranking of countries based upon the organization’s assessment of their press freedom records. Small countries, such as Andorra, are excluded from this report. The report is based on a questionnaire sent to partner organizations of Reporters Without Borders (14 freedom of expression groups in five continents) and its 130 correspondents around the world, as well as to journalists, researchers, jurists and human rights activists.

The survey asks questions about direct attacks on journalists and the media as well as other indirect sources of pressure against the free press. RWB is careful to note that the index only deals with press freedom, and does not measure the quality of journalism. Due to the nature of the survey’s methodology based on individual perceptions, there are often wide contrasts in a country’s ranking from year to year.

2014 World Press Freedom Index

The recent witch hunt promoted by the Obama administration against the whistleblowers Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange made the United States fall to 46th place (in a list with a total of 180 countries) in the ranking of countries that offer more dangers or obstacles to the work of professionals of the press or in more severe cases, restrict the press freedom. Read more here.

The recent arrests of media professionals, police aggression on journalists during protests in Brazil, and the death of cameraman Santiago Andrade on Monday after being injured in a demonstration in Rio de Janeiro are some of the cases that helped Brazil to remain among the countries that impose dangers and difficulties to the work of journalists in Latin America. The false democratic rhetoric of the Brazilian government has not helped the country to emerge from the 111th position, just ahead of Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia. Read more here.

Biggest rises and falls in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index

The 2014 World Press Freedom Index spotlights the negative impact of conflicts on freedom of information and its protagonists. The ranking of some countries has also been affected by a tendency to interpret national security needs in an overly broad and abusive manner to the detriment of the right to inform and be informed. This trend constitutes a growing threat worldwide and is even endangering freedom of information in countries regarded as democracies. Finland tops the index for the fourth year running, closely followed by Netherlands and Norway, like last year.

At the other end of the index, the last three positions are again held by Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea, three countries where freedom of information is non-existent. Despite occasional turbulence in the past year, these countries continue to be news and information black holes and living hells for the journalists who inhabit them. This year’s index covers 180 countries, one more than last year. The new entry, Belize, has been assigned an enviable position (29th). Cases of violence against journalists are rare in Belize but there were some problems: defamation suits involving demands for large amounts in damages, national security restrictions on implementation of the Freedom of Information Act and sometimes unfair management of broadcast frequencies.

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FALLS DUE TO ARMED CONFLICTS

The 2014 index underscores the negative correlation between freedom of information and conflicts, both open conflicts and undeclared ones. In an unstable environment, the media become strategic goals and targets for groups or individuals whose attempts to control news and information violate the guarantees enshrined in international law, in particular, article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the 1977 Protocols Additional 1 and 2 to the Geneva Conventions.

Syria (unchanged at 177th) has been an extreme example of this since March 2011. Now one of the countries where freedom of information and its actors are most in danger, it rubs shoulders with the bottom three. The Syrian crisis has also had dramatic repercussions throughout the region, reinforcing media polarization in Lebanon (106th, -4), encouraging the Jordanian authorities to tighten their grip, and accelerating the spiral of violence in Iraq (153rd, -2), where tension between Shiites and Sunnis is growing.

INFORMATION SACRIFICED TO NATIONAL SECURITY AND SURVEILLANCE

Countries that pride themselves on being democracies and respecting the rule of law have not set an example, far from it. Freedom of information is too often sacrificed to an overly broad and abusive interpretation of national security needs, marking a disturbing retreat from democratic practices. Investigative journalism often suffers as a result.

This has been the case in the United States (46th), which fell 13 places, one of the most significant declines, amid increased efforts to track down whistleblowers and the sources of leaks. The trial and conviction of Private Bradley Manning and the pursuit of NSA analyst Edward Snowden were warnings to all those thinking of assisting in the disclosure of sensitive information that would clearly be in the public interest.

US journalists were stunned by the Department of Justice’s seizure of Associated Press phone records without warning in order to identify the source of a CIA leak. It served as a reminder of the urgent need for a “shield law” to protect the confidentiality of journalists’ sources at the federal level. The revival of the legislative process is little consolation for James Risen of The New York Times, who is subject to a court order to testify against a former CIA employee accused of leaking classified information. And less still for Barrett Brown, a young freelance journalist facing 105 years in prison in connection with the posting of information that hackers obtained from Statfor, a private intelligence company with close ties to the federal government.

The United Kingdom (33rd, -3) distinguished itself in the war on terror by the disgraceful pressure it put on The Guardian newspaper and by its detention of David Miranda, journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner and assistant, for nine hours. Both the US and UK authorities seem obsessed with hunting down whistleblowers instead of adopting legislation to rein in abusive surveillance practices that negate privacy, a democratic value cherished in both countries.

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AMERICAS: MEDIA UNDER THREAT FROM VIOLENCE

More than 20 years have passed since the military dictatorships and civil wars ended in Latin America and the Caribbean, except Colombia, which still endures an armed conflict that began half a century ago. Cuba is also distinguished by a regime inherited from the Cold War that tolerates no independent watchdogs although an emerging civil society is challenging its “model.”

Peace and democratic institutions have been established in the region, at least formally, as there is a long road from constitutional guarantees of civil liberties to real democracy with respect for the rule of law. Many journalists and human rights defenders continue to be exposed to a high level violence that comes from different quarters including organized crime, paramilitary groups and sometimes the state.

Honduras is an example of such a confluence of violence, with a murder rate comparable to that of a country at war – 80 per 100,000 in a population of 7 million. More than 30 journalists have been killed in the past decade, 27 of them since the June 2009 coup that ousted Manuel Zelaya, an elected president. A link with the victim’s work as a journalist has been established in nine of these murders but almost all of them have gone unpunished in this failed state. Militias in the pay of big landowners, the militarized police, the army and the criminal cartels all have a hand in the threats, beatings and shootings and in the “protection” of certain media.

The situation is similar in other parts of Central America and the Andes. In Peru and Colombia, covering drug trafficking, corruption, land conflicts or mining conflicts exposes journalists to reprisals. There is a slim but real hope of an imminent peace accord between the Colombian government and the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Nonetheless, even if the hope is realized, it will leave the narco-paramilitaries, a side-product of the civil war, still in place. How many journalists, trade unions, human rights lawyers and civil society activists have been subjected to often deadly harassment and pressure from reconstituted paramilitary units such as the Urabeños or Rastrojos?

In Mexico, the Zetas and other criminal organizations act in a similar predatory manner towards journalists with the complicity of corrupt local, and sometimes federal, officials. No fewer than 88 journalists were killed from 2000 to the end of 2013, and 18 others disappeared during the same period. This appalling death toll was aggravated by the so-called “federal offensive” against the drug cartels under President Felipe Calderón (2006-2012), in which more than 60,000 people were killed.

Organized crime and its infiltration of the state apparatus also obstructs media work and, in particular, investigative reporting in countries further south such as Brazil and Paraguay. In these countries, and in others, the position of journalists is often weakened by their lack of status, a lack of solidarity within the profession and the tragic subjugation of the media, especially the regional media, to centres of political power and influence. In Brazil, the phenomenon of “colonels,” regional politicians who are also businessmen and media owners, constitutes a major obstacle to media pluralism and independence, turning journalists into the tools of local barons and exposing them to often deadly score-settling.

Journalists and news media are also political tools in highly polarized countries where the polarization between the private sector and the public sector (or the state) develops into sometimes violent confrontation. An extreme example is Venezuela, where the level of insults and physical attacks increases during the frequent election campaigns. A similar climate exists in Ecuador and Bolivia and, to a lesser extent, Argentina.

USA AND BRAZIL – NEW WORLD GIANTS THAT SET A BAD EXAMPLE

One is a superpower and the other an emerging power. One for a long time was the embodiment of an established democracy where civil liberties reign supreme. The other created the conditions for developing a powerful civil society during the Lula years (2003-2010) on the basis of a democratic constitution adopted just three years after the end of two decades of military dictatorship (1964-1985). Rich in diversity, the United States and Brazil should have given freedom of information a supreme position both in their laws and their social values. Unfortunately the reality falls far short of this.

In the United States, 9/11 spawned a major conflict between the imperatives of national security and the principles of the constitution’s First Amendment. This amendment enshrines every person’s right to inform and be informed. But the heritage of the 1776 constitution was shaken to its foundations during George W. Bush’s two terms as president by the way journalists were harassed and even imprisoned for refusing to reveal their sources or surrender their files to federal judicial officials.

There has been little improvement in practice under Barack Obama. Rather than pursuing journalists, the emphasis has been on going after their sources, but often using the journalist to identify them. No fewer that eight individuals have been charged under the Espionage Act since Obama became president, compared with three during Bush’s two terms. While 2012 was in part the year of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, 2013 will be remember for the National Security Agency computer specialist Edward Snowden, who exposed the mass surveillance methods developed by the US intelligence agencies.

The whistleblower is the enemy. Hence the 35-year jail term imposed on Private Chelsea/Bradley Manning for being the big WikiLeaks source, an extremely long sentence but nonetheless small in comparison with the 105-year sentence requested for freelance journalist Barrett Brown in a hacking case. Amid an all-out hunt for leaks and sources, 2013 will also be the year of the Associated Press scandal, which came to light when the Department of Justice acknowledged that it had seized the news agency’s phone records.

While investigative journalism is under threat in the United States, day-to-day reporting exposes journalists to physical danger in Brazil. With five journalists killed in 2013, Brazil has become the western hemisphere’s deadliest country for media personnel, the position held until then by Mexico, a much more dangerous country.

These tragic deaths in Brazil are obviously also due to a high level of violence. Organized crime’s hold on certain regions makes covering subjects such as corruption, drugs or illegal trafficking in raw materials very risky. The crime rings defend themselves. So do government officials, sometimes using force but more often judicial proceedings. Lúcio Flávio Pinto, a journalist and campaigner against trafficking in precious wood has been the target of no fewer that 33 prosecutions and lawsuits. It is a paradox of the 2009 repeal of the 1967 media law inherited from the military dictatorship that compliant courts are now jammed with requests by politicians for censorship orders against news media and journalists

Many of these politicians are what are called “colonels” – governors or parliamentarians who own the state they represent. They own or control local newspapers and radio stations while, at the national level, ten families control the broadcast media. This media model, which limits pluralism, was one of the targets of the “Brazilian spring” protests that were forcibly dispersed. The giant has been slow to overhaul this model, to the detriment of the many community and alternative media.

Brazil – not so sunny spring

News providers were among those hit by the major police crackdown in Brazil in 2013. The large-scale protests that erupted in São Paulo in June in response to public transport fare hikes spread to the rest of the country, fuelled by discontent about the massive spending on the 2014 Football World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. The “Brazilian spring” protests raised questions about the dominant media model and highlighted the appalling methods still used by the state military police since the time of the dictatorship. In the course of the protests, around 100 journalists were the victims of acts of violence, of which more than two thirds were blamed on the police.

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Predators of Press Freedom

Starting in 2001 Reporters Without Borders has published its annual Predators of Press Freedom list which highlights what it feels are the worst violators of press freedom. In May 2013 RWB named 39 leaders or groups as Predators of Freedom of Information:

Abdallah Ibn Al-Saud, King, Saudi Arabia
Al-Shabaab, armed Islamist militia, Somalia
Alexander Lukashenko, President, Belarus
Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, Iran
Baloch armed groups, Pakistan (added in 2013)
Bashar Al-Assad, President, Syria
“Black Eagles”, Paramilitary group, Colombia
Boko Haram, Islamist group, Nigeria
Choummaly Sayasone, President, Laos
Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, President, Turkmenistan
Hamad Ben Aissa Al Khalifa, King, Bahrain
Ilham Aliev, President, Azerbaijan
Islam Karimov, President, Uzbekistan
Israel Defense Forces, Israel
Issaias Afeworki, President, Eritrea
Italian organized crime
Jabhat Al-Nosra, Syrian jihadi group (added in 2013)
Kim Jong-un, Supreme leader, First Chairman of the National Defence Commission, and First Secretary of the Workers’ Party, North Korea
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President, Iran
Maldives’ religious extremists (added in 2013)    Miguel Facussé Barjum, Businessman and landowner, Honduras
Miguel Treviño Morales and the Los Zetas drug cartel, Mexico
Mollah Mohammad Omar, Taliban chief, Afghanistan and Pakistan
Mswati III, King, Swaziland
Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt (added 2013)
Nguyen Phu Trong, Communist Party general secretary, Vietnam
Nursultan Nazarbayev, President, Kazakhstan
Pakistani government intelligence agencies
Paul Kagame, President, Rwanda
Philippine private militias
Rajapaksa Brothers: MahindaRa, President and Defence Minister and Gotabaya, Defence Secretary, Sri Lanka
Ramzan Kadyrov, President of the Republic of Chechnya
Raúl Castro, President of the Council of State, Cuba
Robert Mugabe, President, Zimbabwe
Teodoro Obiang Nguema, President, Equatorial Guinea
Vasif Talibov, Supreme Council President, Azerbaijan
Vladimir Putin, President, Russian Federation
Xi Jinping, President and General Secretary of the Communist Party, China (added in 2013)
Yahya Jammeh, President, Gambia

In 2013, the marketing company BETC and RWB made a campaign for the World Press Freedom Day, celebrated on May 3. I could not pass up the opportunity to include in this select list Her Excellency Madame President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff. With the word, the main accused of threatening the work of journalists in their respective countries…

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The year has started hot and violent in several cities of Brazil.

Welcome to Brazil, the Country of the World Cup 2014!

Do you will come to Brazil to the World Cup 2014? Really? Are you out of your mind??? Maybe you just like to live dangerously… In this case, you will come to the right place! If not, DO NOT COME TO BRAZIL! See the most recent news from the country of the World Cup and you will know why you should not to come to Brazil.

Reposted and updated on Friday, 7th February.

1. URBAN VIOLENCE IN SÃO PAULO

mapaWhat we citizen who live honestly and peacefully can do when some of those who should to protect us are our most dangerous victimizers? Yes, this is Brazil where police – the Military Police – across the country is corrupt, and controlled and integrated by bandits who trust the impunity that comes with the uniform and a patent of police to commit crimes against the population. In Campinas, São Paulo, 12 people were murdered in different places along the night of 12th January, and all crimes were committed by military police officers in retaliation for the death of a military police officer in a gas station at that same day. The massacre sparked a wave of protests in the city. Several bus and a car were set ablaze. Five policemen were arrested on suspicion of participating in the Campinas massacre.

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Attacks on buses in São Paulo. Since the end of last year, a wave of attacks on buses has led to the destruction of about more than 130 vehicles, 60 burned. An average of more than two buses per day are vandalized or set on fire in the city. The attacks are committed by criminals infiltrated in popular demonstrations to challenge the police and intimidate the population. Without an emergency plan to improve public security and without transportation because the bus companies are avoiding circular in various regions of the city, millions of workers who have no other means of transportation to get around are being harmed. The latest attack occurred Wednesday (29) on Highway M’Boi Mirim, in the south of the state capital (photo below).

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2. PAEDOPHILIA IN AMAZONAS

pedophileAdail Pinheiro (photo at right), Mayor of Coari, city distant 363 km from Manaus, capital of Amazonas, responds to 70 processes in the Amazonas Justice and was a target from a Parliamentary Investigation Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, which investigates alleged involvement in a pedophile ring. Accusations were disclosed in a report aired on Fantástico program, of Globo Network. Adail Pinheiro is accused of abusing girls from 9 to 15 years.

3. CHAOS AND VIOLENCE IN MARANHÃO

The month of January was marked by the crisis in public security and violence in Maranhão state prisons in the Brazilian northeastern. In prison of Pedrinhas, in São Luís, capital of the state of Maranhão, more than 60 inmates were killed (follow the link to see the video with shocking scenes of the deads in the prison) in a rebellion that escaped the control of the government and took the streets of the capital, with a wave of attacks on buses and confrontations of criminals against the police forces. During one such attack, a bus was set on fire, killing the girl Ana Clara Santos Sousa of six years and seriously wounding five others.

ana-claraEmotion in the mourning of Ana Clara, the six years old girl which had 90 percent of the body burned in fire to a bus attacked by criminals in Maranhão.

A request of impeachmnent of the Maranhão governor Roseanna Sarney was made by prosecutors and the federal government threatened to intervene in the state. The case caught the attention of public opinion about the inhumane conditions of Brazilian prisons and the lack of public safety in the major capitals of the country. See image gallery.

pedrinhas9 Jan. 2014 – Police prepare to enter the prison complex of Pedrinhas in São Luís, Maranhão, to control a fight between detainees from rival gangs.

4. TRANSIT AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION CHAOS IN RIO DE JANEIRO

Works to revitalize the center of Rio de Janeiro for the hosting of the World Cup are testing the patience of all cariocas citizens. The recent interdiction of Perimetral viaduct (Monday, 27th January), one of the main access routes to the city center, which is being demolished, caused a traffic chaos in the region. The interdiction on several streets, the reversing of several traffic directions, the eliminating of more than 2,000 parking spaces and the lack of street signs and traffic officers to guide motorists turned downtown Rio into a living hell all of that under a 40º C – the average summer temperature in Rio de Janeiro!

perimetralImplosion of part of the the Perimetral Viaduct, late last year.

Supervia, the “Via Crucis” of every single day …

Last week (22th January), the derailment of a train of the Supervia – company that makes the transportation of passengers in the city – near of the downtown Central Station of Rio led to an interruption in commuter rail service over 10 hours, forcing passengers to face another day of chaos – without trains and without buses in sufficient number many people were unable to reach their workplaces.

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passageirosWithout the guidance of any agent of the Supervia, hundreds of passengers walking along the tracks.

Are you laughing of what, Secretary?

The problems in the Supervia are frequent and comes from long time, with delays, breakdowns, accidents and trains in poor state of repair – an explicit testament to the indifference of the government with public transportation and the neglect and the inability of the Supervia (nicknamed “Supervia Crucis” from users) to provide a dignified and decent service to the community. It’s unbelievable but it’s true. Read more here and see the photos.

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What is so funny to you, Secretary? This photo above published by O Globo newspaper shows the Secretary of State for Transport Júlio Lopes (right) and Chairman of the Supervia (left) at the site of derailment.

Tragedy in expressway left five deads

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A pedestrian walkway collapsed on the Yellow Line, a major expressway of Rio de Janeiro on the morning of Tuesday (28), after a truck collided with the structure and disrupted traffic throughout the day in both directions of the expressway, the main access to Barra da Tijuca. The accident left five dead and four injured. The fifth victim died this Wednesday. A mechanical failure may have been the cause of the accident – the conteiner of the truck lifted during the journey and crashed into the pedestrian walkway, which fell on two vehicles and hurled to the ground pedestrians who passed at the time of the collision.

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The truck driver, Luis Fernando Costa, 30, suffered minor injuries. In a statement to police, he confessed that he was talking on a cell phone when the accident occurred. The driver will be prosecuted for manslaughter. The truck traffic in this expressway is prohibited between 6 and10 A.M. when the accident occurred. See the photo gallery.

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5. INFERNAL HEAT, BLACKOUTS AND WATER OUT IN RIO DE JANEIRO

Brazil is now suffering with a wave of extreme heat in several regions. The hottest summer in 30 years in Rio de Janeiro today marked its highest point: 40.8ºC in Santa Cruz, in the western of city. Combined with the lack of rain – no rain in the state capital over 3 weeks ago – the carioca still faces problems that are becoming recurring as lack of water in many areas (especially on the west side) and lack of electricity. In January, problems in the transmission lines of Light, the concessionaire responsible for providing energy to the city of Rio de Janeiro, and Ampla, responsible for bringing electricity to the Baixada Fluminense, Niterói and Lakes Region, left more than one million consumers in the dark for several hours.

On 12 January, in Ipanema, in the south zone of Rio, the theft of power cables caused an overload in the system and caused a fire in a transmitter line of Light, leaving residents without electricity for about 12 hours. Also, another old problem came back to haunt the locals: the explosion of culverts. On day 31, a culvert under the responsibility of Light exploded on Maria Quitéria Street, also in Ipanema, injuring a tourist from Santa Catarina.

Today, February 4, a blackout on the power grid left some southeastern, south and center-west states without power during the afternoon, reaching more than 3 million people. According to the National Electrical System Operator (ONS), the problem occurred in the North/Southeast interconnection line, where a transformer suffered overheating. The ONS also said that the power was fully restored in the country to 16h.

6. VIOLENCE AND LACK OF WATER IN FEDERAL DISTRICT

A wave of violence plaguing the Federal District recently. In January have been more than 70 murders in the federal capital. The numbers echo the state of calamity that gripped public safety as a result of a prolonged strike by military police that since the end of last year are making the call “go-slow operation” – to protest by the low wages. Delays to address the occurrences and the lack of patrolling of streets are some of the characteristics of this state to strike and contribute to the increase in crime and murders in the region.

Justice decreed the end of the strike in the Federal District. Still, there were 12 murders in just 48 hours, with only 10 last Sunday. The numbers are constantly increasing and make January a month with much to mourn in public security of the Federal District. Until last Thursday (6), rates accounted for the first 30 days of the year 75 violent deaths in the federal capital.

Beyond the violence, residents of Brasilia also are suffering with extreme heat and lack of water. A worker died and four others were injured on Thursday (6) after the rupture of a water main during maintenance work. The fatal victim was trapped for nearly 15 minutes inside the plumbing that was flooded quickly and came to be alive conducted in a helicopter to the hospital where he died of cardiorespiratory arrest by the amount of water that came into his lungs.

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The other four workers were injured when they were thrown several meters away by the water pressure of the adductor ruptured. The accident left residents of Brasilia without water for more than 30 hours.

7. CHAOS IN THE SUBWAY, EXPLOSION OF GAS AND WATER RATIONING IN SÃO PAULO

A failure on the trains of Line 3 of the São Paulo subway caused some riots in stations on last Tuesday (6) and stopped for 5 hours the movement of trains in the rush hour (between late afternoon and early evening). Passengers were required to walk through the line and the company to cut off the power to prevent a tragedy while others users were prevented from entering the stations that were closed.

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Disagreements between users and agents of the subway because of lack of information further angered the people that are waiting by hours at the stations. Delays and interruptions are frequent in São Paulo subway, and the users are suffering from the poor state of repair of trains in operation. Angry passengers started a riot that ended with several broken wagons and direct confrontation with the security agents of the subway.

A leak from an underground gas pipe in the Jardim Paulista west of the city caused an explosion in the early hours of Thursday that left three people injured. According to the Fire Department the victims are employees of the electricity company Eletropaulo who were working at the site when the explosion happened.

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When firefighters arrived there were flames coming out of the culvert. A utility truck was hit and caught fire.

As if not enough all the problems of a big city, Sao Paulo now runs the risk of rationing the water supply due to lack of rainfall that has left the shells of the state nearly empty. Fourteen cities in the interior and coastal areas of São Paulo are already facing water shortages and the situation is also of concern in the capital. The main reservoir that supplies the city and region is one-fifth of capacity. Diadema and Guarulhos in the metropolitan area are already facing water shortages in some neighborhoods. And São Caetano at ABC is already receiving 20% less water.

8. VIOLENCE AND RIOTS IN RIO DE JANEIRO

A attack wave of criminals against UPPs (Pacifying Police Units), police stations and policemen come to plague Rio de Janeiro and overthrew the government scam that crime in the state decreased due to the implementation of the UPP. In two of these attacks a police officer was injured and another died. In response to the death of policewoman Alda Castilho, police carried out an operation at Morro do Juramento, in the north of the city. In the confrontation six people were killed and two policemen were injured. Police said all the dead were drug dealers. The commander of the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro Colonel Luis Castro denied that the security policy based on the Police Pacification Units (UPPs) is going through a crisis because of recurrent attacks of criminals against police stations installed in these communities.

Violence against tourists

imagem12On January 31, a Portuguese tourist couple was attacked by bandits in Rio de Janeiro. The car where were the Portuguese tourists was destroyed by gunfire. A photo was posted on the Internet by a Brazilian friend who accompanied the couple on the ride. Jorge Carvalho and Rosa Maria Van Schothorst were visiting the Tijuca National Park one of the main attractions of Rio de Janeiro. On output, around 6 PM​​, the tourists have found the path blocked by at least five bandits. They closed the lane with three cars and a motorcycle. The tourists managed to break the blockade but were persecuted by robbers who fired several shots. Jorge had leg injuries. Rosa Maria was shot in the elbow.

The protests still goes on

Just because the mainstream media does not want to show (or shows only from the point of view that matters to those who hold the power in the country) does not mean that ended the protests in Brazil. On the contrary, in the year of the World Cup, many pump will roll and much rubber bullets will be triggered at least until June this year when will start the Games of the FIFA World Cup.

On this Thursday (6), a peaceful protest against the increase in bus fares of the city gathered a few thousands of people on the streets in center of Rio de Janeiro but as has become routine since June last year, once again the police intervened to end the protest with the violence ever. Tear gas bombs were thrown at protesters, who responded with stones and fireworks.

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The cameraman of TV Bandeirantes Ilídio Santiago Andrade was hit in the head by an explosive device - is not known whether released by police or protesters. The cameraman suffered a sinking of the skull and is hospitalized in serious condition. The commander of the 5th Military Police Battalion (BPM) Luis Henrique Marinho, did not hesitate to accuse members of the Black Bloc movement for the attack but the reporter from Globo News Bernardo Menezes that covered the event said in a statement that the explosive was released by military police. See in the photos below the moment when the cameraman is hit by the explosive device:

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Watch the video below with images of the protest. At 1min03s is possible to see the explosive that hit the cameraman, probably a rocket, that can be bought in any fireworks store:

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Six other people were injured during the protest and were taken to the Hospital Souza Aguiar – all are women. According to the Municipal Health Secretariat of Rio the cameraman arrived in a coma at the hospital. He suffered skull sinking, lost part of his left ear and has gone through a surgery in neurology sector. His condition is considered very serious.

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During the protest demonstrators stormed the Central railway station in protest against the poor quality of public transport in the city. The police intervened and turned the station and nearby streets into a new scene of battle.

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imagem6Surreal: Cops are corralled behind a car. One of them waving with a white cloth asking the protesters to stop throwing stones.

A sad episode in this novel of the neglect of the authorities with public transport and a torment to all citizens who will pay more for a service of poor quality. The passage of buses will increase from 2.75 to 3.0 reais (approximately US$ 1.20) an increase of 9 percent. A value greater than the 20 cents expected in increase in the last year and that sparked the wave of protests in the country since June. Read more about the protest here, on BBC Website, including another video with images of the protest and showing the moment when cameraman falls after being hit by the explosive.

This is Brazil today. Do you still really want to come to the 2014 World Cup??? Ok, do not say I didn’t warn you…

All power to the People. Ukraine, we are all together!

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For weeks hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have taken to the streets to protest president Viktor Yanukovych’s refusal to sign a deal that would have brought the country closer to full EU membership. Demonstrations became violent two weekends ago when security forces cracked down on anti-government protesters who had taken control of entire sections of the city, including Independence Square, the heart of the country’s 2004 Orange Revolution, as well as the main City Hall building. Reporter from VICE Tim Pool is on the ground in Kiev livestreaming the increasingly violent revolt.

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http://www.vice.com/read/live-streaming-the-ukrainian-revolt

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