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  • New Cocaine Routes Are Ruining West Africa

    At the end of June, the UN held its annual International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Yury Fedotov, head of the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime, gave a speech in which he mentioned that the cocaine trade in Africa is growing, "fueling...

  • Rubber Bullets Fly Outside the Confederations Cup Final in Rio de Janeiro

    On Sunday, the Brazilian men’s national soccer team dismantled defending World Cup champions Spain 3–0 in the finals of the Confederations Cup in Rio de Janeiro. In a soccer-crazed country like Brazil, you’d expect the buildup to such an event would be...

  • Once Upon a Time, Brazil Protested with Psychedelic Rock ’n’ Roll

    The Tropicália movement only lasted a couple of years before it was clamped down on by the military. With the introduction of an extreme decree called Institutional Act Number Five, they jailed thousands of people, including leftists, activists, and...

  • How Last Week's Celebration in Rio de Janeiro Turned Violent

    People were coughing and vomiting and had no idea where to go since they were surrounded. One girl said she couldn’t take it anymore and was going to leave. She walked alone on the sidewalk and disappeared. A few minutes later she came back, her...

  • More Live Stream Coverage of the São Paulo Protests

    For the past few weeks the bus-fare protests in Brazil have been raging. Last week, the government announced they would reduce fare to its original rate in an attempt to quell the outrage. The Free Pass movement held a meeting this past Sunday to...

  • Live Streaming the São Paulo Protests

    The bus-fare protests in Brazil have escalated into a revolt over many social issues. The government has lowered the fare back down to three Brazilian real, but the gathered masses are still protesting government corruption, the lack of health care and...

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  • A Hundred Thousand People Marched in São Paulo Monday

    What began as a demonstration against the rising cost of public transportation in São Paulo has become a full-on national movement giving voice to anger about how the Brazilian government has been spending its tax money.

  • Sao Paulo Is Burning

    Since June 1st, the streets of Sao Paulo have played host to a series of violent clashes between police and civilians protesting the rising cost of public transportation. First-hand reporting, photos, and video from three massive and chaotic...

  • Brazilian Trash-Mouth Cinema Is Alive and Well in the Caxias do Sul Penitentiary

    Sady Baby is an infamous Brazilian actor and filmmaker who blew up during the country's 'boca do lixo' ["trash-mouth"] era of cinema. The productions from that time were devoted to explicit sex, and in a twisted way, he represented an expression of...

  • No Justice No Trees

    Last week, as the town of Marabá, Brazil, geared up to celebrate its centennial, it was also wrapping up the trial of the killers of environmental activist couple Zé Claudio and Maria do Espirito Santo. But instead of closing the book on this violent...

  • Kickin’ It with the ’Terns – No Pain, No Fame

    One of the great crimes of late-period capitalism is the erosion of the entry-level job. We no longer pay our youngest workers to do the tasks we don’t want to do; instead we offer them class credit. At VICE, we might not be able to offer our interns...

  • A Bike Ride to the Top of Rio's Oldest Favela

    In preparation for the upcoming World Cup and Olympics, the Rio de Janeiro city government is in the process of evicting thousands of residents of Providência, the oldest favela in Rio de Janeiro. Favela is the Brazilian word for a neighborhood that is...