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Judge emerges as key ally of Brazil's protest movement

Thomas Ponniah takes a close look at a key ally of social movements in Brazil.

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Joaquim Barbosa: Brazilian protesters' most inspiring ally

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When participants in the recent Brazilian protests were polled on who would be their choice for the country's next president, a striking pick was Joaquim Barbosa, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Brazil. A recent New York Times article notes that Barbosa has acted as one of the protesters' strongest allies: he has been the key force behind recent legal decisions to preserve affirmative action, legalize same-sex marriage and courageously pursue corrupt politicians. What is all the more remarkable is that he is the court's first and only justice of African descent.

Literary readings

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 1:42pm - Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 1:42pm


194A Carlton Canada
43° 39' 49.536" N, 79° 22' 15.7584" W

Readings of Brazilian literature in English followed by other writers, Wednesdays 7:30 p.m.

Brazil's 'salad uprising' and the politics of the World Cup and Olympics

Brazil has erupted in protest in recent days. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Agencia Brasil)

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'Salad uprising' rocks Brazil ahead of next year's World Cup

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I traveled to Brazil last September to investigate the preparations for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.


Protests erupt in Brazil demanding public services and condemning corruption

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Tens of thousands will march in Sao Paulo later Monday as protests against rising bus fares, soaring poverty, and scant public services in Brazil reach fever pitch.


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