The cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in the US have their own analogues in Brazil, where relations between black citizens and police are also tense. But one Brazilian activist hopes the news from the US could push Brazilians to talk more openly about racial issues.
Brazil has been an outspoken critic of the NSA's electronic eavesdropping program, and especially of the private companies that have gone along with it. This week, Brazil's government adopted a wide-ranging law to rein in what it sees as digital abuses.
This year's World Cup has brought fandom and ad-dom together in a way never before seen before. Companies have created a barrage of commercials that are more similar to action-packed movies than what you might see in your nightly sitcoms.