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Kay Fochtmann: German lens, Brazilian soul

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    Cablecar ride at the Sugar Loaf in Rio. (Photo: Kay Fochtmann)
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    A man working in the favela. (Photo: Kay Fochtmann)
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    Surfer boy in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Kay Fochtmann)
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    Favela da Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Kay Fochtmann)

“Besides soaking it all in… the life, the laughter, the music, the scent, the language, the good and the bad, I helped the tour guide pick up the tourists at their hotels, made sure that everyone was following the unwritten favela community rules, and watched out that the tourists only took pictures where they were allowed to do so.” – Kay Fochtmann. See his photo exhibit at VHS and read the interview on LeipGlo.

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Women’s well-meaning meanness

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Meanness towards each other, for example when it has to do with the touchy issue of weight, can come in a veneer of female sweetness that makes it all the more irritating. (Photo: public domain)

In my homeland of Brazil, known as Plastic Surgery Capital of the World, one of the worst things one can be – besides old, disabled and black – is fat. Worse still is being a fat woman. And perhaps even worse than that is being told so (nicely) by other women, when image matters so much in this society.

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Guarani-Kaiowá bring their fight to Leipzig

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50 people attended an event at Leipzig's Die Villa discussing the plight of the Guarani-Kaiowá indigenous people. Photo: Daisy Lange; story published by The Leipzig Glocal

“I am here in Europe in search of an arm, of a hand, in search of brethren, in search of that big heart that is sensitized by this cause, because the food that is eaten here in Europe comes with Indian blood.” – Ládio Veron

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Mourning the fall of the Brazilian left

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They mistook pragmatism for socialism. What the hell have they done?

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8 things I witnessed while covering the Rio Olympics

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Fast food for athletes, earthquake survivor, Michael Phelps using my pen: just another day covering the Olympics.

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Brazil: the future that never came

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An Italian captivated by Brazil speaks with sadness of the major backward steps the country is taking with the impeachment of its first female president and a growing fundamentalist wave. http://leipglo.com

An Italian resident captivated by Brazil speaks with sadness of the major backward steps the country has been taking, with the impeachment of its first female president and a growing fundamentalist wave.

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