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For some reason the media does not seem to be covering the protests in Brazil .  They started in San Paulo.  In Turkey it was tearing down a park, in Brazil is was a new transportation fee.  Little news of Turkey in our MSM, no news of Brazil.  Here is a site with stream videos.

Protests no longer spread contiguously.  They are now distributed.

Here is a link to paste in case the one above doesn't work.

http://vitor.me/...

If somebody who knows more about this could write about it that would be great.

Originally posted to wilbur on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 03:59 PM PDT.

Also republished by Hellraisers Journal and More and Better Democracies.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Things are gonna change. (3+ / 0-)

    I can feel it.

  •  Here's a site with photos... (2+ / 0-)
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    zenox, Horace Boothroyd III

    I ♥ President Barack Obama.

    by ericlewis0 on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 04:47:21 PM PDT

  •  Big earthqakes shifting continents... (2+ / 0-)

    ...all start with little tremors they say. It is also called the "butterfly effect." It is math...; what will it be like? Nobody really knows...

    "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

    by zenox on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 05:19:20 PM PDT

  •  The failure in Brasil (1+ / 0-)
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    Horace Boothroyd III

    is the legacy of the recouping of Lula and the PT by global neoliberalism.  It made him/them "pragmatic", "moderate", and a colossal failure on their own terms, in their own reason for being.  A warning, too; Syriza, this could be you.

    "You may very well think so, I could not possibly comment." ~ Francis Urquhart, pragmatic political philosopher

    by ActivistGuy on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 05:58:58 PM PDT

  •  Al Jazeera English (2+ / 0-)
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    Chi, Horace Boothroyd III

    Protest rallies held in Brazil's main cities  There are links to others in the upper R sidebar. One is video on the protests, the other two are about the expensive new stadium. This one is at the top of their hot list. Not sure when AJA starts.

    BBC

    Brazil protests spread in Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Rio

    CNN
    Protesters, police clash in demonstration against bus fare increases in Brazil

    Also saw a video yesterday of a guy explaining the political background over the stadium and higher bus prices. Can't remember where.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 06:37:47 PM PDT

  •  Inequality (3+ / 0-)
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    Chi, Horace Boothroyd III, Mokurai

    Around the time of the Arab Spring, there were major demonstrations throughout Brazil against police violence.  In Mexico, at the same time, there were large demonstrations against drug gang violence.  Neither was covered by the US media to any extent.  

    What began in Tunisia and then spread to Egypt was essentially about economic and political inequality.  This has not changed.  It happened in Spain.  It happened in Kosovo.  Eventually it happened in the US with Occupy Wall Street.  

    Now it is happening again in Turkey and Brazil.  It is the same struggle particularized to each country.  The fact that few if any commentators recognize that it is the same struggle around the world is symptomatic of the myopia of our social imaginations.

    At some point, people are going to begin to wake up and cut out the middle man.  They will start using the Internet and all its affordances to do economic development directly for the people the way the Tunisians and Egyptians and Turks and Brazilians and Occupy folks used it to organize demonstrations.

    That's when things will begin to change.

    •  All protests are not the same struggle (1+ / 0-)
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      gmoke

      You make some excellent points.  Economic development for the people via online micro-grants is already happening.  Such projects can certainly multiply and evolve.

      Inequality plays a role everywhere, but it's a step too far to say protests show the "same struggle particularized to each country".

      The countries you cite are incredibly different.  Some are far richer than others.  Some are riven by ethnic divisions; others are homogenous.  Some have free elections and democratic culture; others do not.

      Such differences matter.  They affect the consciousness of the protestors tremendously.

      For example, I would argue that liberal and secular Turks who dislike Erdogan are a distrusted minority in their country.  You like them.  I like them.  But Erdogan is an extremely popular, three-times-democratically-elected politician who enacted economic reforms that increased average wages by five times in ten years.

      Erdogan actually decreased inequality greatly.  He has a lot of working-class support.

      I don't like him because he's done so by neo-liberal means and he's also a religious conservative who has started to pass more obnoxious "social values" laws.

      Where I will agree with you is in this: the internet is a great tool for protest movements.  The future is unlimited.  We can now work across borders to try to build a global movement that addresses inequality globally.

      But there are inherent problems.  What about when poor countries ask all us rich countries to transfer back some of the wealth we pillaged to them?  Are Americans going to go for that?  Europeans?  On the world stage, America is the 1%.

      Poor countries have so little wealth and economic development that inequality cannot be redressed through policies advocated by the left in rich countries.  For example, poor countries can't offer free health care because they can't afford it.  They desperately need to generate wealth to be able to offer to their populations our standard of living.  

      To quote the great expert Mr. Moore from Monty Python "This redistribution of wealth thing is more complicated than I thought!"  

      Yes to reducing inequality.  Yes to building links among global protestors attempting to do so.  But let's also recognize the huge gaps between societies that our endeavors will have to address.

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