Posted by zevin
Louder than words: Brazilian graffiti clashes against the World Cup
While the protests that took place during last summer’s Confederations Cup were overwhelming and affecting, recent news out of Brazil suggests that what we saw last year might have only been a precursor to a larger movement set to convene just as the World Cup looks to kick off in less than two weeks.
From teachers to doctors, artists to indigenous populations, the Brazilian population is once again uniting against a perceived neglect on the part of the Brazilian government. With taxpayer funds gone missing, local businesses shunned in favor of multinational conglomerates, and many Brazilians left in an unstable position as both housing costs and forceful evictions increase, Brazilians are angry, and rightfully so.
But while last summer’s protests focused upon mass gatherings as a primary means to garner international attention, organizers and frustrated Barzilians have shifted tactics, utilizing a variety of platforms to spread their message. And what could be more arresting for visitors to Brazil than anti-World Cup graffiti in the cities hosting matches?
Here’s to Brazilians taking a stand and making their voices heard. In any way possible. [Posted by Maxi]
With combat operations in Afghanistan ending this year, President Barack Obama announced he plans for almost 10,000 American troops to remain in the country in 2015 if the Afghan government signs a security agreement.
The announcement offered something to proponents and opponents of a continued U.S. military engagement there after more than 12 years of war — the longest in American history.
Obama called for 9,800 U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan after the end of 2014, along with some allied forces. The number would get cut roughly in half by the end of 2015, and a year later — less than a month before Obama leaves the White House — the U.S. military presence would scale down to what officials described as a “normal” embassy security contingent.
Currently, the United States has 32,000 troops in Afghanistan.
- one direction: NA NA NA NA NA NA THAT'S WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL
- my chemical romance: NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA FROM MALL SECURITY
- rihanna: OH NA NA WHAT'S MY NAME OH NA NA WHAT'S MY NAME
- paul mccartney: NA NA NA NA NA NA HEY JUDE
- gwen stefani: IF I WAS A RICH GIRL NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
- blink-182: TURN THE LIGHTS OFF, CARRY ME HOME NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
- pink: NA NA NA NA NA I WANNA START A FIGHT
- batman: NA NA NA NA NA NA ME
- sodium: Na