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João Gilberto and his heavenly gift to the world

in Glocal/Music
Joao gilberto and Rio's Sugar Loaf Mountain
Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro. Google Images

João Gilberto – the inventor of the bossa nova – died on 6 July. He was a perfectionist with the gift of a perfect pitch, a musical genius. Here’s why his legacy should be remembered and cherished.

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Take a stand against discrimination in Germany

in Community/Glocal/Opinion/Society
Fighting against discrimination
Their #WirSindMehr placard reads: "No place for Nazis." Chemnitz, 3 Sept 2018. (Photo: Patrick Bauer)

The ripples we create from where we are help strengthen the growing wave against discrimination around the world – combating the tide that threatens to sweep away our civil rights and ability to be our authentic selves. #unteilbar #CSD2019 #Leipzig

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Bolsonaro lurking in the shadows at Spinnerei

in Arts/Politics

“Walking into Spinnerei Leipzig’s Halle 12, I expected to see Bolsonaro’s effigy in all manners of artistic defacing. Instead, I only caught Bolsonaro’s silhouette, so to speak, lurking around the political art. Present, but not obvious, kind of like how artists protested during the Brazilian dictatorship in 1964-85.”

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Janelas no Purgatório: essay in Portuguese

in Glocal/Philosophies
Janelas à mudança.
Janelas à mudança.

Quem de nós “expatriados” não se lembra do momento que decidiu jogar tudo pro alto e se mandar? Mesmo que tenha demorado um pouco entre a decisão e a ação…

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Bread & games: In Brazil, football is politics

in Politics/Sports/Travel
Football and politics in Brazil: a marriage.
Football and politics in Brazil: a marriage.

To say that football in Brazil is a religion is an understatement, but it is also at the heart of its politics.

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Kay Fochtmann: German lens, Brazilian soul

in Travel/What's on
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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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