Here are some interesting news stories from Brazil that are definitely worth a read.
"After all the international furor the news stirred Brazilian 7-year-old Júlia Lira will be the Carnaval Queen. A Rio judge has decided that the little girl can parade and that she doesn't see anything wrong or erotic about Júlia's participation."
[In the end, the Brazilian media has clearly avoided this story, which I find interesting, since usually they report on any stories about Brazil that garner lots of publicity abroad. It seemed intentional that the story was avoided.]
Clamping Down on the Kaleidoscope of Rio's Beaches, New York Times
"Citing health reasons, the mayor has outlawed the sale of boiled corn and freshly cooked foods like steak and shrimp on the sand. And for still less obvious safety reasons, beachgoers are prohibited from playing paddle ball or kicking a soccer ball near the water’s edge between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pets at the beach? Forget about it."
[Banning corn and churros but allowing mate? Public health is evidently not the real priority here. Plus, the real key to cleaning up Rio's beaches are better sewage control and better policing of petty crime, not policing vendors providing useful services and trying to make a living.]
Zamariola sai do casulo, Piaui
"Quem é o advogado de 28 anos que venceu a mais célebre causa de direito de família dos últimos tempos – o caso Sean – e como ele viveu a maratona que antecedeu o embarque do menino para os Estados Unidos"
[A must read with amazing new details about the Goldman case from the fabulous and fearless Dorrit Harazim. Though it's essentially a glowing profile of Ricardo Zamariola, it also profiles the major players in the case and details the last few days of the case beautifully. This will hopefully be available in English soon on BSH]