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Editorial: Behind the Rio Games

Barbara Unmüßig correlates the Olympics with Brazil’s institutional, political and economic crisis. Did the organizers learn a lesson from the World Cup in 2014?

By Barbara Unmüßig

Brazil: More public funds for the Olympics

Kurz vor den Olympischen Spielen ruft der Bundesstaat Rio de Janeiro den Finanznotstand aus. Der Bund muss helfen, um die letzten Olympia-Baustellen fertigzustellen. Eine Analyse zeigt, das Megaevent hat schon längst mehr öffentliche Kosten verursacht, als es offizielle Zahlen besagen.

By Julia Ziesche

Dossier: For Democracy

With the publication “For democracy” and this online-dossier, we analyze the state of democracy worldwide as well as the possibilities of democracy assistance. At the same time, we provide insights into the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s political work for democracy.

The Potato Park of Peru

Up to 4.000 potato varieties are growing in Peru in a high-altitude Sacred Valley of the Incas. Six Quechua communities have been able to maintain the integrity of their biocultural traditions and fragile ecosystem.

By David Bollier

Venezuela: "We Are One Big Conversation"

Cecosesola is a network of about sixty cooperatives and grassroots organizations in Venezuela, with about 20,000 members. The cooperatives sell at weekly markets and provide community-backed loans, among many other services.

By Silke Helfrich

Brazil and the REDD debate

A compensation mechanism could provide countries with incentives to stop their deforestation and thus reduce emissions. However, this relatively simple economic solution remains controversial.

By Maureen Santos

Digital Media Stimulates Prominence of Local Perspectives in Favela Narratives

In an interview with Heinrich Böll Foundation Brasil, journalist Thamyra Thâmara, from Complexo do Alemão, speaks about the importance of digital media for popular communicators in the favelas–spaces which are stigmatized by the mainstream media and portrayed as impoverished and violent.

By Bruna de Lara, Thamyra Thâmara

Young black women occupy spaces and change Brazilian reality

In Brazil, women of color face double discrimination because of their gender and skin color. Most often, they live in favelas - the slums of the poor at the cities' outskirts. Manoela Vianna reports about three women who fight for a change

By Manoela Vianna

Brazil: women’s participation in elections

Do Brazil's women have an equal share in politics? Despite the 2014 election of a woman prime minister - Dilma Roussef - Brazil is far from gender equality. An analysis by Marilene de Paula.
 

By Marilene de Paula

Ayotzinapa: "The families ask for a search for their children"

There is still no trace of the students of Escuela Normal Rural of Ayotzinapa who disappeared towards the end of September. We spoke with María Luisa Aguila from the Tlachinollan Centre about the situation, the role of the Mexican government and the responsibility of the European Union in the Ayotzinapa case.

By Ines Thomssen

Contradictory Mexico

Coahuila introduces same-sex marriage. A step forward, but there are more and more conservative voices in Mexico– the Heinrich Böll Foundation promotes human rights and equality for lesbian, gay and trans* individuals

By Caroline Ausserer

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