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Rio fare hike protests turn violent – Americas – Al Jazeera English

Rio fare hike protests turn violent – Americas – Al Jazeera English.

Police and protesters clash in Brazilian city’s main train station in a demonstration against a 10-cent bus fare hike.

Last updated: 07 Feb 2014 08:26

Members of the “Free Pass” movement invaded the station to demand zero tariffs in Rio de Janeiro [Reuters]
Police and protesters violently clashed in Rio de Janeiro’s main train station in a demonstration against a 10-cent hike in bus fare.A cameraman for Band TV was hit in the head by either a stun grenade launched by police or a homemade explosive tossed by protesters; it was not immediately clear which.

Band said in a statement that cameraman Santiago Andrade was taken to a hospital by police and underwent surgery. He is in serious condition.

It is the latest protest to hit Brazil since last June, when nationwide demonstrations broke out after a sharp police crackdown on a group in Sao Paulo that was marching against an increase in public transportation fares.

That increase was reversed in the face of protesters’ pressure.

Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes recently approved a 10-cent increase for bus fares starting this Saturday.

About 800 protesters had peacefully gathered on Thursday in central Rio before they started marching to the city’s main train station, some holding aloft signs condemning the billions of dollars spent to host the World Cup, money they want used for better hospitals, schools and infrastructure.

Clashes broke out inside the train station after demonstrators began jumping over turnstiles and police used batons and tear gas to disperse members of the Black Block anarchist tactic.

Police pushed the demonstrators outside and used more tear gas to disperse those gathered, while demonstrators hurled rocks at the officers.

Authorities were forced to close the station, leaving thousands of commuters stranded. Some bystanders were made ill by the tear gas, while others fainted.

Thais Jorao, a 22-year-old protester, said that demonstration was not simply because of the 10-cent bus fare hike.

“If it was a public transportation fare hike when we had good health services and education, you wouldn’t have this many people on the street,” he said.

“On top of this you see spending with the World Cup, things that we really don’t need. We want health, education, decent public transportation.”

Is There A Radioactive Waste Land In Your Back Yard? | Zero Hedge

Is There A Radioactive Waste Land In Your Back Yard? | Zero Hedge. (source)

While nearly three years after the Fukushima disaster the world is finally focused, rightfully so, on the epic ecological and radioactive clusterfuck unfolding in Japan, where in a desperate effort to distract the population from what is going on in its back yard, the Premier has launched the most ridiculous monetary experiment doomed to failure, the reality is that the US itself harbors a veritable waste land of radioactive fallout, much of it hidden in plain sight.

As the following interactive map from the WSJ shows, of the 517 active sites in the continental US, found on the Department of Energy’s listing of facilities “considered” for radioactive cleanup through its Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program, some 43 have a “potential for significant radioactive contamination” through the time of the study.

From the WSJ:

During the build-up to the Cold War, the U.S. government called upon hundreds of factories and research centers to help develop nuclear weapons and other forms of atomic energy. At many sites, this work left behind residual radioactive contamination requiring government cleanups, some of which are still going on.

The Department of Energy says it has protected the public health, and studies about radiation harm aren’t definitive. But with the government’s own records about many of the sites unclear, the Journal has compiled a database that draws on thousands of public records and other sources to trace this historic atomic development effort and its consequences.

Find out if your state, city, or town is located next to a potential dormant and largely secret Fukushima, using the following handy interactive map.

 

While we invite readers to drill down their particular state, the top ten states with the most cites are listed in descending order below, starting with…

New York

 

Ohio

 

Pennsylvania

 

Illinois

 

New Jersey

 

Massachusettes

 

California

 

Colorado

 

Michigan

 

New Mexico

 

Glenn Greenwald: “The Most Shocking Stories Have Not Been Published”…Is This Why He Left The Guardian? | A Lightning War for Liberty

Glenn Greenwald: “The Most Shocking Stories Have Not Been Published”…Is This Why He Left The Guardian? | A Lightning War for Liberty. (FULL ARTICLE)

Just yesterday, I was taken aback by an article in Time magazine in which Glenn Greenwald was quoted as saying:

The archives are so complex and so deep and so shocking, that I think the most shocking and significant stories are the ones we are still working on, and have yet to publish.

The above statement was expressed during a speech by Greenwald at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This takes on an entirely new meaning now that we know Mr. Greenwald has decided to leave The Guardian. There have been grumblings for several weeks now that the relationship between the journalist and the paper had been strained. Whether or not that is the result of new censorship resulting from government pressure on the paper at this stage is unknown. Either way, I can’t wait to see what new information he has in store for us, whether it will be through a Brazilian news organization or an independent venture.

Below are statements from both Glenn and The Guardian:

Statement of Glenn Greenwald:

“My partnership with the Guardian has been extremely fruitful and fulfilling: I have high regard for the editors and journalists with whom I worked and am incredibly proud of what we achieved….

Canadian spies targeted Brazil’s mines, energy ministry: report – CBC News – Latest Canada, World, Entertainment and Business News

Canadian spies targeted Brazil’s mines, energy ministry: report – CBC News – Latest Canada, World, Entertainment and Business News. (FULL ARTICLE)

A Brazilian television report that aired Sunday night said Canadian spies targeted Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry.

The report on Globo television was based on documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and was the latest showing that Latin America’s biggest country has been a target for U.S., British and now Canadian spy agencies.

The report said the metadata of phone calls and emails from and to the Brazilian ministry were targeted by the Communications Security Establishment Canada, or CSEC, to map the ministry’s communications, using a software program called Olympia. It didn’t indicate whether emails were read or phone calls were listened to.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper would neither confirm nor deny the allegations when asked to respond to the report late Sunday night….

 

Glenn Greenwald: Snowden Documents Could Be ‘Worst Nightmare’ For U.S.

Glenn Greenwald: Snowden Documents Could Be ‘Worst Nightmare’ For U.S..

 

Brazil unions stage nationwide protests – Americas – Al Jazeera English

Brazil unions stage nationwide protests – Americas – Al Jazeera English.

 

Brazil shantytown dwellers join mass protests – Americas – Al Jazeera English

Brazil shantytown dwellers join mass protests – Americas – Al Jazeera English.

Brazil Protests Return With A Vengeance: Up To A Million Take To The Streets | Zero Hedge

Brazil Protests Return With A Vengeance: Up To A Million Take To The Streets | Zero Hedge.

 

Protests roil Brazil despite fare rollback – Americas – Al Jazeera English

Protests roil Brazil despite fare rollback – Americas – Al Jazeera English.

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