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Tuesday 2 June 2015

Rio, I wish you peace

A boy with the word 'Peace' written on his forehead at a march in Rio's Alemao favela on April 4, 2015 to protest at the death of a ten-year-old boy shot dead by police during a showdown with drug traffickers (AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON) A boy with the word 'Peace' written on his forehead at a march in Rio's Alemao favela on April 4, 2015 to protest at the death of a ten-year-old boy shot dead by police during a showdown with drug traffickers (AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON)

(AFP Photo / Christophe Simon)


"It’s another sunny morning in the Flamengo park, a lush oasis of palm trees and talkative parrots opposite the Guanabara Bay – where the sailing races will be held during next year’s Olympic Games," writes AFP's Laura Bonilla. "Two friends bump into each other and stop for a chat. As they part I hear one say to the other: ‘Muito amor, muita saúde, muita paz’ – much love, much health, much peace. 'Peace?' But Brazil is not at war... Or is it?"

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Friday 24 October 2014

Thief! Liar! Nazi! Kisses dear, see you next week!

Supporters of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff  demonstrate against corruption in the state oil company Petrobras, in Rio de Janeiro on September 15, 2014 (AFP Photo / Vanderlei Almeida) Supporters of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff  demonstrate against corruption in the state oil company Petrobras, in Rio de Janeiro on September 15, 2014 (AFP Photo / Vanderlei Almeida)

Supporters of Rousseff demonstrate against corruption in Petrobras in Rio on September 15, 2014 (AFP Photo / Vanderlei Almeida)


"Along with 202 million Brazilians, I've spent the past weeks watching the most vitriolic election campaign in the country's recent history", writes Laura Bonilla, AFP deputy bureau chief in Rio de Janeiro. "The rivals on the ballot for Sunday's presidential run-off have torn into each other in a series of televised debates, accusing one another -- explicitly or by insinuation -- of corruption, nepotism, incompetence, drunk or drugged driving, beating women, and using Nazi propaganda tactics, among other things".

"Then, without fail, Dilma Rousseff, the leftist incumbent, and Aecio Neves, her center-right challenger, kiss each other on their sweaty, heavily made-up cheeks, smile and exchange congratulations."

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Wednesday 2 July 2014

Beers and leers: Sexism at the World Cup

British tourists watch the Spain-Holland game in a bar in Manaus. (AFP Photo/Raphael Alves) British tourists watch the Spain-Holland game in a bar in Manaus. (AFP Photo/Raphael Alves)

(AFP Photo/Raphael Alves)


AFP video journalist Celeste Jones found herself in a jam-packed bar in Manaus, in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest, to film English football fans the night before England’s World Cup match against Italy, on June 13. She experienced soccer sexism first-hand.

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