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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.

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

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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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