Brazil Confed Cup Protests

Take this my friend: “We are here to make sure police don’t hurt these kids”

SAO PAULO – More than 100,000 people were in the streets Monday for largely peaceful protests in at least eight big cities.

In some of the biggest protests since the end of Brazil’s 1964-85 dictatorship, demonstrations have spread across this continent-sized country and united people from all walks of life behind frustrations over poor transportation, health services, education and security despite a heavy tax burden. They were in large part motivated by widespread images of Sao Paulo police last week beating demonstrators and firing rubber bullets into groups during a march that drew 5,000. They also railed against the matter that sparked the first protests last week: a 10-cent hike in bus and subway fares.

In Sao Paulo, Brazil’s economic hub, at least 65,000 protesters gathered in a Carnival atmosphere, as people chanted anti-corruption jingles and thousands of protesters in the capital, Brasilia, peacefully marched on Congress.

“This is a communal cry”; “We’re not satisfied”; “We’re massacred by the government’s taxes”; “We don’t have good schools for our kids”; “Our hospitals are in awful shape”; “Corruption is rife” “We cannot take it anymore”; “We will not take it anymore” were chanting the protesters in hope for their protests to make history and wake our politicians up to the fact that the Brazil population cannot and will not be taking it anymore!

A group of mothers received a rousing cheer when they arrived at the plaza where the march began, brandishing signs that read “Mothers Who Care Show Support.”

“We are here to make sure police don’t hurt these kids”; “We need better education, hospitals and security not billions spent on the World Cup” were saying the mothers.

Protest leaders went to pains to tell marchers that damaging public or private property would only hurt their cause. Some congressional windows were broken, but police did not use force to contain the damage. During the first hours of the march that continued into the night there was barely any perceptible police presence.

In Rio, police officers tear gas and rubber bullets when a group of protesters invaded the state legislative assembly and hurled rocks and flares at police. But most of the tens of thousands who protested in Rio did so peacefully, many of them dressed in white and brandishing placards and banners.

In Belo Horizonte, police estimated about 20,000 people took part in a peaceful protest. Earlier in the day, demonstrators had erected several barricades of burning tires on a nearby highway, disrupting traffic.

In a brief statement, President Dilma Rousseff, who faces re-election next year and whose popularity rating recently dipped acknowledged the protests, saying: “Peaceful demonstrations are legitimate and part of democracy. It is natural for young people to demonstrate.”

Protests also were reported in Curitiba, Belem and Salvador.


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Can anybody tell me why all of this is happening?

This morning, I woke up and I knew that everything was going to fall apart and it did. For the lasts nine months and for the lasts twenty years before, all I have done is trying to survive and I did. What would be different today would you ask? The answer is quite simple: I am tired, I am exhausted, I am so done that for the first time of my live, – I had that thought many times before – I really believe that only death will save me and death it will be unless one of our Mighty Gods decide otherwise. For the lasts twenty years, I didn’t bleed, I fought back and today, there is nothing left to fight for, not even love. Yes indeed, I live in a very lonely world.

Every day begins the same, waking up either too early or too late, the last dreamy wisps evaporating, leaving only vague recollections of my past, present and possible future, one cup of instant cold coffee tasting like a nightmare and then I am at my computer, my morning, evening, and afternoon, my only friend. Then, the nagging feeling that something better is waiting for me out there and the confusing feeling that my time would probably be best spent reading news all day, learning about the madness of the world since it’s so easy to have it shrink to the size of my personal experience. I want to be looking for jobs instead, jobs that will bring me into new social circles, but again, isn’t it what I have been doing for the lasts several months? And then, it is wakeup time again, and I am still wondering what I want to be today, what it would be like to stand at the perfect intersection of my dreams and skills. Who told me that I could be anything I wanted to be? I can’t remember.

One thing I know, the game is different than I was told it would be. I don’t even recognize the rules. Or, are there any rules? How do I win this game? Or isn’t it only life! Who’s on my team? Or do I have to stand and fight alone? And I wonder: what is happening to me? Things I believed are not anymore and opportunities are no longer knocking at my doors other then for me to become something I never thought I would be. This morning, again, making a difference seems secondary to making a living.

How many, do you think, have or experience the same feelings?

This is no reason to bomb anyone anywhere in the world, not even in Boston


It has been a very long day for everyone on planet earth!

Violent protests in Jordan over the price of fuel, anti austerity marches turning to violence across southern Europe, Israel hammering Hamas, Obama playing with dynamite, Golden Dawn getting more virulent and aggressive…

My educated guess! Mie Tomoda may well be right: 2013 will be a turning point for all mankind.”


Alors que les gens s’enlisent dans la misère et la pauvreté, la course à la présidence aura coûté 2,6 milliards de dollars.

Les candidats aux élections américaines, que ce soit la présidentielle, pour un poste au Sénat ou à la Chambre des représentants, auront dépensé au total, près 6 milliards de dollars en 2012.

Pour la seule élection présidentielle, les candidats, auront dépensé  2,6 milliards et tous deux prêchent pour la modération.

Ce n’est pas moi qui vous le dit mais….


My name is not Misha Barton but I can’t pay my rent anymore

Everywhere in the world, middle-class families continued to suffer in the aftermath of the Great Recession and even today, with a full-time job, many still cannot afford to pay their rent.  All over the world, income inequality is now widening. While the poor are not getting any poorer, – this could not be possible – the rich are getting richer and those in the middle classes are the ones pinched really hard. Numbers of them are now on the verge of poverty or joining the ranks of the already poor.

A lot of this increase in inequality is driven by changes initiated at the very top of the alimentary chain. The small fish is too small to be eaten by the big fish and the medium size fish, while too small to defend himself, is still too big to hide. This is what is called the squeeze in the middle position, the position where the lower-middle class is always whacked.If your government doesn’t hit you, don’t worry, your employer will.

Some groups are even hit harder than others. Those ages 35 to 44 and 55 to 64 are now suffering a severe drop in income and many of them now have to find either a second job or come out retirement working full-time only to pay the rent.