Brazil

Rio2016 Round-Up: 'CopacaBanter' And A Deepening Robbery Mystery

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK

After the slew of victories over the last week, day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympics was a rather quieter affair - on the sport side of things anyway. Ther...

How The Olympics Could Be Boosting An 'Epidemic' In Child Sex Trafficking

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK

On beaches near Olympics venues in Rio, children’s bodies are being sold. Girls as young as eight are used as child prostitutes in Brazil, in what e...

Profits Prioritised Over Protest and Dissent Dismissed for Dividends - Business and State Prove a Toxic Mix in Latin America

Thomas Hughes | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Thomas Hughes

States, businesses, and global civil society must take action to neutralise this pandemic of violence and threats and to integrate a human rights approach into the interactions between the state, business, and civil society. Environmental human rights defenders cannot continue to be collateral damage for the share prices of multinationals or the whims of government.

The Brazilian Girls Who Took My Breath Away

Angela Singh | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK
Angela Singh

I want to know what she'd say to other girls in the same situation. She turns to look straight down the camera, to address all of those girls and women who've suffered violence, and says: "To all the girls and women who have suffered like I have, please speak up! Don't let anyone get away with it. Talk to someone you trust, who believes in you - and someone you know can make a difference. Let's show society we don't have to stay quiet."

Muggings, Stray Bullets And Controlled Explosions Raise Rio Security Concerns

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 07.08.2016 | UK

Concerns have been raised after a number of security-related incidents at the Olympics in Rio. In one worrying incident, a stray bullet tore through t...

Adam Peaty Smashes World Record, Still Has Enough Breath To Urge On The Next Generation

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 06.08.2016 | UK

Rather than just do enough to win his first 100m breaststroke heat and keep some energy in reserve for later, Adam Peaty decided he would smash the wo...

Your Step-By-Step Guide To The Incredible Rio Opening Ceremony

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 06.08.2016 | UK

Britain had the NHS, the industrial revolution, JK Rowling and rings forged from steel. Rio - obviously - did things a little differently. After one ...

Learning Portuguese: An Olympic Hurdle Too Far for Britons?

Vicky Gough | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK
Vicky Gough

With the eyes of the world soon to be set on sporting glory at Rio 2016, practice certainly makes perfect when it comes to winning gold for Olympic athletes. So, as millions of us get ready to be glued to a summer of physical prowess, in addition to being inspired on the fitness front, can we also use the upcoming buzz as a reason to practice something else - Portuguese, the official language of this year's Games' host-country, Brazil?

The Rio 2016 Focus on Volunteers Will Ensure Olympic Success

Mark Hillary | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Sport
Mark Hillary

Once the opening ceremony was complete and the games started London did embrace the games and it was universally acknowledged as one of the best games ever. Now on the eve of the opening ceremony in Rio, Brazil faces the same barrage of complaints.

Is the Concern About Zika Virus and the Olympics Warranted?

Dr Edward Wright | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Sport
Dr Edward Wright

Hundreds of thousands of people are about to descend upon Brazil for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. A country that has reported tens of thousands of potential cases of Zika virus in the past 18 months and where local transmission is still very much on-going. The impact the virus can have on unborn babies has raised concerns with athletes and supporters.

Rio 2016 Olympics Official Running Order: Day One

The Huffington Post | Ryan Barrell | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Comedy

The Rio Olympics are just around the corner, and as Donald Trump keeps a very close eye on the Mexican pole vaulting team, the rest of the world is wa...

12 Things That Show Rio Isn't *Quite* Ready For The Olympics

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK

The Olympics are almost upon us - but is Rio actually ready? For months there has been speculation about all sorts of potential issues that could scup...

Rio 2016 Evictions: The Victory That Went Against the Odds

Beth McLoughlin | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Beth McLoughlin

It was supposed to be the end of a battle which has lasted at least seven years. Last Friday, July 23, was the day set aside for the 20 families who are still in the Vila Autodromo community, set for removal because of the Olympic Games, to receive the keys to their new homes on the same site.

Olympic Mayor's Kangaroo Jibe At Australia

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK

An Olympic war of words has broken out over Australia’s discontent with the athletes accommodation provided at the Rio Games - prompting the city’...

When will the Lawyers Understand WhatsApp And Encryption?

Mark Hillary | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

This continuous agitation by the courts in Brazil is tiresome, not only because the lawmakers clearly don't understand how encryption works, but because WhatsApp is deeply ingrained in the cultural life of Brazil. It is a service that can be used to chat with friends, but also to book a haircut, or make a hotel reservation.

Health Advice for People Travelling to a Zika-affected Area

Professor Dame Sally Davies | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK
Professor Dame Sally Davies

Zika poses a greater risk if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby and can have very serious consequences for the unborn child, potentially resulting in deformities and stunted growth of the head. With a month to go before the Rio Olympic Games start, here are some top tips about travelling to Zika-affected areas...

Forget the Euros, For the Best Football Look to the Americas

Matthew Smith | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Sport
Matthew Smith

If you get a chance to stay up after the Euro games are done and catch the Copa America, or to see some of the highlights, I strongly urge you to do so. It's the best the beautiful game currently has to offer.

Pictures Show Defiant Protests After Gang Rape Leaves Brazil In Shock

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 28.05.2016 | UK

Hundreds of Brazilians have taken to the streets to protest after a teen's brutal gang rape shocked the country. Police in Rio De Janeiro are hunting ...

The Rio Olympics WILL Go Ahead Despite Zika Warnings

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 28.05.2016 | UK

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says there is "no public health justification" for postponing or canceling the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of ...

33 Men Hunted After Horrific Gang Rape Posted To Social Media

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK

Videos and pictures of the gang rape of a teenager, published to Twitter, have led to a police hunt for more than 30 men suspected of participating in...

Why British Unions Reject the Coup in Brazil

Frances O’Grady | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

The British trade union movement has pledged to our sisters and brothers in Brazil that we will not stay silent as their rights are attacked, their democracy dismantled, their social advances rolled back. We will protest at every step the Temer government takes against the poor and the working people of Brazil. And we will use the links between Brazil and the British economy - as well as the public focus on the Rio Olympics and Paralympics - to raise awareness of the coup in Brazil and its effect on ordinary Brazilians.

This Is Why You Should NOT Go to the Olympics in Rio

Philippe Ladvocat | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Sport
Philippe Ladvocat

This is not an easy article to write. Being a native of Brazil myself, I obviously root for the country to get better and stronger. And that's exactly why I can't stay quiet in this crucial moment. I won't mention all the amazingly beautiful nature, the warm and friendly people or the party atmosphere, that's well known. This is about the side you won't see in the Carnival pictures. So here is why you should not go to the Olympics in Rio...

Brazil's Record-Beating Year: Bloggers Attacked, Broadcasters Killed

Thomas Hughes | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK
Thomas Hughes

In many ways, Brazil is at a crucial crossroads: the shocking increase in attacks must provide the impetus to improve investigations and protection of communicators at all levels of Brazilian political, social, and economic life.

Ode To The Otter

Frontier | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Frontier

They are vital to their environment, which is good enough reason to help conserve them, along with the added reason of us humans having a soft spot for them.

What Has Violence Got to Do With the Olympic Games?

Beth McLoughlin | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Sport
Beth McLoughlin

Despite the problems they face, all the vulnerable children I spoke to at the Street Child Games were looking forward to the Olympic Games in Rio this year. The power of sport to inspire and transform lives is immense - how much better it would be if that was harnessed without any harm being committed at the same time.