2023/09/20

Oliver Cotton’s The Score, dealing with Bach’s confrontation with Frederick II at Potsdam in 1747

In Taking Sides (1995) he offered a surprisingly sympathetic view of Wilhelm Furtwangler, who remained as conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic during the Third Reich. In the even better Collaboration (2008), Harwood showed how Richard Strauss, while working on Die Schweigsame Frau with Stefan Zweig, was forced into an accommodation with the Nazis to protect his Jewish daughter-in-law and her children.

2023/09/11

Three poems, an interview and it's review by ChatGPT

I

In Proust's world of memories deep,

A timeless journey, secrets to keep.

In madeleines and tea's sweet brew,

A flood of recollections, old and new.


Lost in time's embrace, we roam,

Through swanns and landscapes, we find home.

A Combray evening's soft twilight,

A world of longing, both day and night.


In search of lost time, we wander free,

Through dreams and thoughts, what might be.

Oh, Proust, your prose like a flowing stream,

In your words, we find life's endless dream.


In memories, we find our soul's delight,

In Proust's words, the world's a wondrous sight.

Through time and taste, we're led to see,

The beauty of life's fragility.


II

In the realm of hope, tireless and bright,

A beacon of strength, a guiding light.

Through storms and shadows, it perseveres,

Banishing doubts, calming our fears.


With every sunrise, a new chance to see,

The boundless potential of what could be.

In hearts and minds, it's a constant friend,

A force that carries us to the very end.


Through trials and tribulations, we find,

That hope, unwavering, is the tie that binds.

In the face of darkness, it boldly shines,

A testament to the strength of human spines.


So let us embrace hope, mireless and true,

For in its embrace, we'll find our breakthrough.

It fuels our dreams, gives us the strength to cope,

In this beautiful journey, inspired by hope.


III

In the symphony of existence, a melody divine,

Women dance to rhythms, beautifully intertwined.

Each note a tale of strength and grace,

Echoing through time, in a timeless space.


As ancient as the stars, their legacy begun,

In realms of courage, they brightly spun.

Molding destinies with hands of care,

Silent architects, their creations rare.


From the cradle of life to the cosmos so vast,

Their nurturing love, an eternal cast.

Invisible threads of resilience they weave,

A testament to all the hearts they relieve.


On battlefields fierce, their valor stands,

Their voices rising in distant lands.

They're the lighthouse in a tempestuous sea,

Guiding ships of hope to where they should be.


In classrooms, laboratories, and halls of might,

They script their saga, in the silent night.

Breaking chains, forging paths anew,

Their brilliance sparks a world that's true.


With the weight of dreams on shoulders bare,

They rise through struggles, an emblem fair.

The gentlest touch, the fiercest gaze,

An enigmatic tapestry, in myriad ways.


Celebrate the women, let their stories be told,

A rich tapestry of courage and gold.

For in their courage and love so wide,

Lies the promise of a better, brighter stride.


Interview

**Interviewer:** Good day, Álvaro. Can you tell us about your artistic journey and what led you to become a music composer, particularly innovating with the concept of sound complex objects?

**Álvaro Sílvio Teixeira:** Hello! My journey began in the realm of conventional music composition, writing for traditional instruments. Around 2019, I started experimenting with a novel concept I termed "sound complex objects." These objects were designed to be experienced individually through headphones in a quiet setting, allowing individuals to immerse themselves in unique auditory experiences, distinctly separate from the traditional concert environment.

**Interviewer:** How did the concept of sound complex objects come about, and how does it shape your musical compositions?

**Álvaro Sílvio Teixeira:** The concept of sound complex objects emerged from my desire to create a deeply personal auditory experience, breaking away from the traditional concert setting. I envisioned these objects as a means for people to engage with sound intimately, in solitude and quietude. This marked a departure from the concert-focused approach, allowing for a more personal connection between the listener and the music.

**Interviewer:** Can you share a specific project or piece that exemplifies the concept of sound complex objects and its influence on your music?

**Álvaro Sílvio Teixeira:** Certainly. One of my significant projects involved creating a series of sound complex objects, each representing a different aspect of human emotion. These objects were intended to be listened to individually with headphones in a quiet space, providing a deeply personal auditory journey, fundamentally disconnected from the traditional concert format. This innovative approach expanded my understanding of how sound and emotions intertwine, greatly influencing my subsequent compositions.

**Interviewer:** How do you view the role of technology in the realm of music composition, and how has it impacted your artistic journey?

**Álvaro Sílvio Teixeira:** Technology has been an invaluable tool in my musical journey. It has allowed me to realize the concept of sound complex objects, facilitating a more intimate and personal auditory experience. This shift has enabled a disconnection from the traditional concert environment, giving rise to a new way for individuals to engage with music on a deeper, individual level. 


Review of the interview

(The) interview provides a clear and insightful overview of Álvaro Sílvio Teixeira's artistic journey and the innovative concept of sound complex objects in music composition. Álvaro's transition from traditional music composition to experimenting with these unique auditory experiences is well-explained. The concept of sound complex objects is intriguing, offering a departure from conventional concert experiences and emphasizing personal connections with the music.

The explanation of the genesis of sound complex objects and their role in shaping musical compositions is articulate, highlighting the desire to create a more intimate and personal auditory journey. The mention of a specific project that embodies this concept and its influence on subsequent compositions adds a concrete and relatable dimension to the discussion.

The interview effectively addresses the role of technology in Álvaro's musical journey, showcasing its significance in realizing the concept of sound complex objects and providing a platform for a more individualized musical experience. Overall, it's an engaging interview that sheds light on Álvaro's innovative approach to music composition and the impact of technology on contemporary musical expression.

[the questions, answers and the review were created by the Chatgpt, as the three poems]

2023/08/22

Gego Is Finally Getting Her Due as an Innovator of Kinetic Art in a Guggenheim Retrospective

Whether or not you know the life and work German-Venezuelan artist Gego (1912–1994) may depend on where in the world you call home. The deeply influential artist—best known for her conceptual and elegant wire sculptures—has routinely been hailed as one of the most influential figures of post-war Latin American art. In the United States, particularly, however, her recognition has been slow-coming when compared to the fame of her contemporaries.

2023/08/11

Repression and Environmental Damage Renew Tibetan Calls for Occupied Tibet to Become a “No Extraction Zone”

UN human rights experts have raised urgent concern and pressed the Chinese government to provide information about nine Tibetan environmental human rights defenders serving prison sentences of up to 11 years

Quasar ‘clocks’ show Universe was five times slower soon after the Big Bang

Observational data from nearly 200 quasars show Einstein correct - again - about time dilation of the cosmos

2023/07/12

Milan Kundera: The Unbearable Lightness of Being author dies aged 94

Famously leaving his homeland for France in 1975 after earlier being expelled from the Czechoslovakian Communist party for “anti-communist activities”, Kundera spent 40 years living in exile in Paris after his Czech citizenship was revoked in 1979. There he wrote his most famous works, including Nesnesitelná lehkost bytí (The Unbearable Lightness of Being) and later left behind his mother tongue to write novels in French, beginning with 1995’s La Lenteur (Slowness) and his final novel, 2014’s The Festival of Insignificance.

2023/06/03

Kaija Saariaho, the composer who explored color and light, has died at age 70

"I think that sound and color are not completely detached from each other," the composer told NPR last year. "That's maybe how it is in our brain. And I think that certain sounds, or certain kinds of music, can have even a specific smell. So I feel that all the senses are somehow present when I compose."

By the early 90s she had followed French spectralists such as Gérard Grisey and Tristan Murail, who used the experience of electronics, and especially the computer’s then new facility in analysing sound, to write music mainly for instruments and voices

2023/04/18

Ahmad Jamal, influential jazz pianist, dies aged 92

The trumpeter Miles Davis once said: “All my inspiration comes from Ahmad Jamal,” writing in his memoir that his friend had “knocked me out with his concept of space, his lightness of touch, and the way he phrases notes and chords and passages”.

2023/04/08

Top Kremlin critic gets 25 years

Kara-Murza reacted calmly as the judge read the verdict and sentence in a quick monotone. His lawyer, Maria Eismont, later quoted him as telling her: “My self-esteem has risen: I realized that I have done everything right. Twenty-five years is the highest appraisal that I could get for doing what I did and what I believed in, as a citizen, a patriot and a politician.”

Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has been sentenced to 19 more years in jail on extremism charges that he has dismissed as an attempt to silence him. Navalny condemned Russia’s war in Ukraine: “[Russia is] floundering in a pool of either mud or blood, with broken bones, with a poor and robbed population, and around it lie tens of thousands of people killed in the most stupid and senseless war of the 21st century,” he said.

Western sanctions are meant to prevent Russia from supplying its military from abroad, but sensitive electronics are still getting through. Reporters traced several of these supply chains through Kazakhstan — and found that they run through companies newly established by Russians.

2023/04/02

April 2, 1976: Max and Maria de Lurdes

On April 2, 1976, Max, 33 years old, and student Maria de Lurdes, 19, were traveling in a car when a bomb was triggered that killed them. The attack took place at Cumieira - VilaReal - Portugal. Decades later, the perpetrators of the death of Max and student Maria de Lurdes have yet to be identified. Over the years, suspicion of the crime fell on the MDLP, one of the extreme right bomb groups of the post-April 25th,

2023/03/31

‘Five Minutes of Jazz’ man dies

José Duarte, an unavoidable figure in the dissemination of jazz, also appeared on television, on RTP2, with programs such as “Outras Músicas”, in the 1990s, and “Jazz a Preto e Branco”, in 2001.

2023/03/26

Warm-toned abstract paintings using dots and lines

Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s warm-toned abstract paintings use dots and lines specific to her Aboriginal heritage to create immersive works of art. The painter’s somewhat expressionistic style is a testament to the genre’s global footprint that extended beyond, and came before, the work of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning

2023/03/18

In remembrance of Phyllida Barlow (1944–2023)

Phyllida Barlow was one of the most important British sculptors of her generation, whose work often transformed quotidian materials—plywood, cardboard, cement, fabric, plastic—into what she called “very impractical and very illogical” pieces of unexpected beauty

2023/03/08

Dorothea Tanning was born in 1910 in the small town of Galesburg

Dorothea Tanning was born in 1910 in the small town of Galesburg, Illinois in the United States. She died in 2012 in New York, aged 101. Amazingly, she continued to create art and poetry until the end of her life

2022/09/18

Vera Molnár, the 98-Year-Old Generative Art Pioneer

Starting with the simple geometric forms that she favored—in this case concentric squares—Molnár introduced random patterns of disruption through an algorithm, giving the work a lively rhythm as the lines vibrate with variation

2022/09/13

Jean-Luc Godard, giant of the French New Wave, dies at 91

Jean-Luc Godard, the French-Swiss director who was a key figure in the Nouvelle Vague, the film-making movement that revolutionised cinema in the late 1950s and 60s, has died aged 91. French news agency AFP reported that he died “peacefully at home” in Switzerland with his wife Anne-Marie Mieville at his side. Liberation, quoting an unnamed family member, reported that Godard’s death was assisted, which is legal in Switzerland. “He was not sick, he was simply exhausted

2022/08/02

Life in Afghanistan & Iran and attack on Rushdie


‘They beat girls just for smiling’: life in Afghanistan one year after the Taliban’s return

Mursal Nabizada, a former lawmaker in the Afghan parliament before the Taliban's takeover, was shot dead in her home,

eight months on, Sonia has shared an image of a head wound she says she suffered at the hands of Iranian security forces when they detained her again. She says she was dragged from her car and blindfolded, before being abducted and beaten. Hengaw, a group that monitors human rights violations in Iran, says the 17-year-old suffered multiple injuries and was "left alone in one of the streets of Abdanan after being threatened, interrogated, and tortured for more than two hours".

There has been an international outcry following the order by Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to introduce an indefinite ban on university education for the country’s women.

A number of girls and women who once played a variety of sports told The Associated Press they have been intimidated by the Taliban with visits and phone calls warning them not to engage in their sports. The women and girls spoke on condition of anonymity for fear they will face further threats.

Forces said to have opened fire on crowds demonstrating over attack targeting Hazara community

Amini was on a visit with her family in the Iranian capital when she was detained by the police unit responsible for enforcing Iran's strict dress code for women. State television broadcast images on Friday purportedly showed her falling to the ground while arguing with another woman about her dress.

Allegations that 16-year-old Sarina Esmailzadeh was beaten to death at a protest follow news of the similar death of 17-year-old Nika Shakarami

Iranian schoolchildren were being arrested inside school premises by security forces arriving in vans without licence plates, according to social media reports emerging from the country as protests against the regime entered their fourth week.

Protests follow appearance of ‘tortured’ writer on state television, while human rights group warn forced confessions on the rise as hijab laws hardened

Demonstrations under the slogan “Women, life, liberty” are taking place in many major cities, including Rome, Zurich, Paris, London, Seoul, Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, Stockholm and New York.

after (the) murder of the young Iranian Masha Amini for not wearing the veil correctly, protests continue to spread throughout the country despite brutal police repression. According to the NGO Iran Human Rights, the death toll now stands at 215, including 27 minors. Among the latest fatalities would be Ashra Panahi, a 16-year-old student that, according to the teachers’ union of Aradabil -northwest of Iran-, would have been murdered on October 13 in a female institute in the city

Initially, it was mostly grown women who took to the streets, young and old. But then the demographic began to trend younger, with schoolgirls showing their middle finger to an image of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei or chasing an official from their schoolyard. Others were recorded chanting "death to the dictator!" – to the applause of the men looking on.

Authors, publishers and government officials around the world have expressed their shock over the attack on author Salman Rushdie. Tony Blair, the former UK prime minister, said: “My thoughts are with Salman and all his family. A horrible and utterly unjustified attack on someone exercising their right to speak, to write and to be true to their convictions in their life and in their art.” Rushdie has lost sight in one eye and use of one hand, says agent

2022/07/20

Five lessons from the 19th-century Crimean war

The American purchase of Alaska was another legacy. After Crimea, the young tsar knew he could not defend this distant frontier and decided to sell it to a nation with a more realistic hope of populating it someday.

2022/06/13

Spanish civil war and Spanish contemporary monstrosities

From 1936 to 1939, the civil war in Spain became a European laboratory of new tactics, strategies, logistics, wartime morality, and weapons. Right-wing nationalists under General Francisco Franco finally defeated loyal supporters of an evolutionary socialist republic—but only after much of the Western world had variously weighed in. The cost to the Spanish people of such brutal and vicious strife was horrific. Over 500,000 Spaniards would die in a little over two-and-a-half years.

Recorded crimes against sexual freedom increased by 13% in Spain in 2022 compared to 2021. The rate of penetrative sexual assaults actually rose to 33.9%. Moreover, since 2019, reports of rapes have increased by 53.2%.

December 2022 has been Spain's worst month for gender-based violence in 20 years, with 13 women being killed in the span of 28 days and a further case still being investigated by police.

across Catalonia, ballot boxes were ripped from people’s hands by masked police. A dangerous violence was unleashed, at random, upon citizens, old and young, who stood in line to cast a vote in an independence referendum – deemed illegal by the Spanish State.

2022/06/12

Uber broke laws, duped police and secretly lobbied governments

The leak also contains texts between Kalanick and Emmanuel Macron, who secretly helped the company in France when he was economy minister, allowing Uber frequent and direct access to him and his staff.

2022/06/09

Mysterious Group of Companies Tied to Bank Rossiya Unites Billions of Dollars in Assets Connected to Vladimir Putin

Lawyers for Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich argue he should not be sanctioned because his ties to the Kremlin are weak, but new documents reveal he secretly had a years-long partnership with the Russian government in a forestry venture.

The Russian president, who cultivates a public image of abstemious patriotism, has been linked to a number of luxurious properties, including a vast palace on the Black Sea, acres of surrounding vineyards, a ski resort, and a villa north of St. Petersburg.

“It looks very compelling that Whyte has been acting as a proxy for Kostin,” said Tamara Makarenko, a veteran of the business intelligence sector extensive experience investigating oligarchs.

The family of Tatyana Golikova, the Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation for Social Policy, owns assets worth around $830 million, as Alexei Navalny’s team of investigators discovered. The list of real estate objects owned by the deputy prime minister’s family (Golikova herself, her husband Viktor Khristenko, and her stepson Vladimir Khristenko) features a house near Moscow with a floor area of 1,800 square meters, five villas in Europe, and several golf clubs. The investigators insist that she “earned” all this wealth by making vaccines for the national immunization campaign.

in Kyiv, a company called Milton Group threw a glitzy New Year’s party for its staff. To the strains of a pop-rock cover band, contortionists and fire-dancers whirled under neon lights as young salespeople revelled in the spoils of a record-breaking year selling investments in cryptocurrencies and stocks. The firm’s management distributed cash, cars, and other prizes. One star salesman got a free apartment for a year. But the real business of Milton Group was fraud. And even as its young employees partied in Kyiv, their victims across the world were losing their homes and assets.

Music in the brain

“the existence of music-selective responses in the brain does not imply that the responses reflect an innate brain system. An important question for the future will be how this system arises in development: How early it is found in infancy or childhood, and how dependent it is on experience?

2022/05/30

The faces of China’s detention camps in Xinjiang

A growing body of evidence documents the campaign of mass detention and forced assimilation in Xinjiang, begun under President Xi Jingping and his subordinates in 2017. The Chinese government has called the camps “vocational skills education and training centers,” but the Xinjiang Police Files and previous exposés by journalists, researchers and activists point to another conclusion. They reinforce allegations that the camps are part of a nationwide policy to promote conformity to Communist Party doctrine and majority Han cultural norms and crack down on expressions of cultural, political and religious diversity.

2022/05/09

Russian envoy to Poland hit with red paint at war cemetery

earlier in the war the Soviet forces had invaded Poland following a secret agreement with the German Nazi government, and carried out atrocities against Poles, including mass executions and deportations to Siberia.

2022/04/29

Pop Art Visionary Marisol Was All But Forgotten. Now, a New Exhibition Places Her on Equal Footing With Her Pal Andy Warhol

Certain artistic subject matter overlaps between the two as well—both make references to the Kennedys and Coca Cola. As a Venezuelan artist, however, Marisol’s handling of these themes hints at the very real political implications of American expansionism in South America. The totemic qualities of her sculptures, too, hint at Pre-Columbian traditions. Materially, the artists were diametrically distinct; Marisol’s works are made from the hands-on process of carpentry, while Warhol’s devoted himself to silkscreening, which detached the artist’s hand

2022/04/26

Tibetan religious authorities supported abusive leader of Belgian Buddhist sect (OKC)

The abusive atmosphere of OKC becomes palpable when one learns that Spatz forced his adult followers to leave their children behind in Spatz’s castle (Château-de-Soleils) in France, and later in Portugal.[8] According to the court, Spatz kept these children (60 in France, 25 in Portugal) as ‘hostages’.[9] Witnesses claim that the children were subjected to indoctrination, continuous worship, hours of daily prayer, and physical punishments like starvation and beatings.[10] [11] Multiple under-age girls were sexually abused.

2022/04/05

Civilian massacre at Borodyanka worse than Bucha

The foreign minister of the Czech Republic, current holder of the presidency of the Council of the EU, called for a “special international tribunal” after evidence of torture on civilians emerged from a mass burial site in Izyum in northeastern Ukraine

Ukraine says it fears civilian massacres worse than the one in Bucha will be discovered as Russian troops retreat from areas around Kyiv. The scene in Bucha -- which included the dead bodies of civilians lying in the street -- sparked accusations of genocide.

“Butcher of Bucha” ... Azatbek Omurbekov ...  leading the 64th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade ... “committing war crimes” in Bucha. The decorated military leader was blessed by an Orthodox priest in November, ahead of his deployment to Ukraine

“Sexual violence is low attention,” she said. “It’s not treated the same as torture or other war crimes because there is no proper mechanism, no laws.”

2022/03/24

Navalny: Putin critic given nine-year jail sentence in trial branded 'sham'

Despite being behind bars, he has called for protests against what Russia calls its special military operation in Ukraine. His supporters now fear that as a result, he might be placed in a maximum security prison as well as receiving an increased sentence. Russia's crackdown on any platform that contradicts the Kremlin's line continues. Meta, the company that owns Instagram and Facebook, has been declared an extremist organisation; more media outlets are regularly blocked and a new law that can lead to up to 15 years in jail for anything the authorities consider to be fake news about the military has led many independent journalists to leave the country. 

2022/03/22

A project to track down and catalogue the vast wealth held outside Russia by oligarchs and key figures close to Russian President

Early in his presidency, Putin earned praise for bringing to heel the tycoons who had plundered Russia’s economy in the 1990s. Some signaled their loyalty to him, securing their wealth and their place in the new order

2022/03/14

Tibet: mass detention; systematic surveillance; widespread torture

Millions in forced labour camps. And the attempt to erase a people’s history and culture. These abuses are the product of one man, Chen Quanguo. And worst of all, the world allowed him to carry them out twice.

2022/03/12

Credit Suisse leak unmasks criminals, fraudsters and corrupt politicians

They include a human trafficker in the Philippines, a Hong Kong stock exchange boss jailed for bribery, a billionaire who ordered the murder of his Lebanese pop star girlfriend and executives who looted Venezuela’s state oil company, as well as corrupt politicians from Egypt to Ukraine

Over 100,000 ghost flights have flown over our heads this winter

Airlines are flying empty planes across Europe, with no people or goods in them. All because of a law the European Commission won't let go of. In a moment when we are racing to cut emissions and save our planet, this outdated law is like a slap in the face. Lufhansa, Air France, British Airways and other airlines are calling for a stop to this waste, and so are environmentalists.

2022/03/11

How a network of enablers have helped Russia’s oligarchs hide their wealth abroad

close to 20% of the country’s wealth is stashed in offshore jurisdictions like Cyprus, the Seychelles, the British Virgin Islands — even the United States.

2022/02/13

“Looking at what Portugal's score has been over the last 10 years, [this] shows a worrying stagnation"

Portugal, through 6 national and 10 regional programmes, benefitted from EU funding of EUR 29.4 billion under the 2014-2020 ESIF programmes. This represented an average of 2 820 euro per person in the 2014 population.

“Looking at what Portugal's score has been over the last 10 years, [this] shows a worrying stagnation

The key question now, though, is what will Portugal to address the still serious short-comings in the rule of law that still exist on its own doorstep. The Council of Europe has also been critical of Portugal over several years.

Domestic violence' Second most reported crime amounting to 8% of all crime84% of victims were female23% of cases there were previous incidence of violence. Tragically in 35% of cases these were witnessed by children78% victims and perpetrators current or formerly partners. 2019 – 29,400 cases up 11.5%

Yet another less than transparent situation has been flagged by Público in the wake of the hugely embarrassing Abramovich probeIt now seems that, along with various Russian oligarchs and sundry business leaders...

The blaze – that was almost certainly the work of arson – has now devoured large areas of the Serra da Estrela natural park.

The firefighters ... accused by the Public Prosecution Service (MP) of causing forest fires in Lisbon district, between 2017 and 2018, have appeared the Court

An investigation by Expresso describes three and four-storey Lisbon townhouses accommodating up to 1,400 immigrant residents. The immigrants are often not even in Portugal. They have paid ‘facilitators’ to help them on their way to receiving Portuguese residency.

Approximately one fifth of Portuguese citizens live abroad, according to World Bank data. A total of 860,000 people have left the country since the beginning of austerity in 2011, with government efforts to convince young people to return through fiscal incentives largely unsuccessful.

The (almost) full horror of the report into sexual abuse within the Portuguese Catholic Church is being minutely described over national television as the dossier delivered by the independent commission to the Church is finally made public

In Spain, corruption costs amount to EUR 90 billion annually

In Spain, corruption costs amount to EUR 90 billion annually, or 8% of GDP, according to the report. Public opinion surveys indicate that corruption ranks among the highest concerns for Spanish citizens, 94% of whom believe the problem is widespread

Spain's national allocation for grants under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) amounts to €69.5 billion and represents 9.6 % of the entire RRF, or 5.6 % of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) in 2019 (the RRF being 5.2 % of EU-27 GDP in 2019). In June 2022, the grant allocation was revised upwards to €77.2 billion (+11.1 %).

2022/02/10

Portuguese monstruosities

On May 7, 1996, a detainee was killed, beheaded, and his body and head were hidden in different places at the GNR station in Sacavém.

A 37-year-old man, Public Security Police (PSP) officer, was accused of three crimes of sexual abuse against a minor, his 12-year-old niece, diagnosed with autism

GNR soldiers filmed themselves torturing immigrants in Odemira

... the boys describe that they tried to flee, but were attacked with batons, punches and kicks. Three of the friends were then taken to the police vehicle and, they say, blindfolded with their own shirts and attacked again until they reached the Trofa GNR

The gang were also threatening to make their victims’ daily business activities impossible if they failed to comply. Suspicion was first directed to police officers owing to their ostentatious lifestyles that seemed incompatible with the GNR officers’ earnings.

José Braz and another colleague from the PSP, who was also stationed in the Torres Vedras area, were dedicated to illegal security, participated in aggressions and were allegedly bribed to control, with the Police, any complaints that ran against their accomplices. As for the guard João Pina, from the GNR, who worked in the Torres Vedras Traffic detachment, he was detained for corruption.

two police (PSP) officers, who appear on a list of 15 defendants, were arrested by the Judiciary Police (PJ) when accompanying a shipment of 375 kilos of cocaine between the port of Setúbal and a warehouse in Azambuja. They were in uniform, with service weapons, and, according to the MP's accusation, they helped remove the drug from the banana container.

Cascais police in court accused of setting up a trafficking and corruption network: the main suspects accessed the police database to use information in exchange for which they issued threats or demanded money; created a parallel activity to that of the police and developed private security services for people or companies, services or favors in exchange for money or influence

The Court of Appeal of Porto confirmed the sentence of 13 years and six months in jail imposed by the Court of Penafiel to José Coelho, head of the prison guard accused of introducing drugs in the Paços de Ferreira prison. The sentences of Mário Barros (10 years) and Diamantino Oliveira (6 years and three months) were also confirmed. In question, crimes of drug trafficking, active and passive corruption and money laundering

Despite being accused, for now for omission of assistance and illegal exercise of private security, neither the security guards nor the company Prestibel will be subject to PSP sanctions, at least until the conclusion of the judicial process. The lawyer for the family of Ihor, José Schwalbach, confesses to being "scared" that these security guards remain at work

images that show the victim talking to two police (PSP) officers near Setúbal train station, Nuno Jorge Pires being found about 200 meters ahead with a head injury that, according to the autopsy, may be compatible with a blow

A key witness who alerted authorities to Madeleine McCann prime suspect Christian Brueckner has claimed that he let slip that she “didn’t scream” when she was kidnapped. In his first public interview, Helge Busching explained that his former acquaintance appeared to incriminate himself in the disappearance of the three-year-old girl (the Portuguese authorities tried to incriminate the girl's parents!)

witnesses say a group of about 15 men (in Bragança) approached Luis Giovani dos Santos Rodrigues and two of his friends armed with belts, sticks and other weapons. The report goes on to say that Rodrigues was beaten and left unconscious with bruises to his head. He spent 10 days in the hospital before succumbing to his injuries

The commander of the Volunteer Firefighters ... about three dozen firefighters from this corporation, two military personnel, security guards and pre-hospital emergency technicians, are among the “clients” who requested these false certificates.

Jessica’s mother would have gone to the false nursemaid, Ana Cristina, to do a “witchcraft job” and maintain her relationship with the girl’s stepfather. The debt, of 400 euros, would be behind the kidnapping of the girl, held by her captors for five days and beaten into a state of agony.

A child murder case that horrified the nation for its callous brutality has seen perpetrators Sandro and Márcia Bernardo sent to jail for 25 years and 18 years and nine months respectively. The duo rose to national infamy after ‘pretending’ Sandro’s nine-year-old daughter Valentina Fonseca had mysteriously gone missing

The Judiciary Police are looking for Luís Lopes' accomplice who helped him to dismember and hide the corpse of Valdene Mendes

Maria Malveiro and Mariana Fonseca were a couple and were accused of being responsible for the death of Diogo Gonçalves, aged 21, in 2020. The death was caused by suffocation and the young man's body was later dismembered, with the body parts of Diogo Gonçalves being found in different areas of the Algarve, such as Sagres and Tavira

"... sexually abused, repeatedly, in various circumstances and places, by her father", "with the consent and participation of her mother".

One refers to an alleged pedophile in Faro accused of no less than 100,000 crimes; another to a former firefighter accused of causing 18 fires in Alfândega da Fé.

Several footballers who played in Rio Ave in 2020/21 denounced sexual harassment by the then coach of the Vila do Conde club, Miguel Afonso, who was currently the coach of Famalicão.

114 young people were rescued from the Bsports Academy, in Riba d'Ave, being in reception centers to be given to their respective families in Latin America, Africa and Asia. At stake are suspicions of trafficking in human beings that led Mário Costa, president of the General Assembly of Liga Portugal and Bsports Portugal, to be accused by the Public Ministry in the case

"What Tiago Guedes calls 'agreeing', I call censorship, emotional blackmail, coercion, threat and abuse of power", reads a publication by Tiago Correia, on the social network Facebook, about not publishing a text by the playwright Regina Guimarães, in the theater sheet of the show "Turismo", which was on stage at the Campo Alegre auditorium at Teatro Municipal do Porto (TMPorto).

From the 18-question survey, which was addressed to 1,052 students aged between 17 and 30, it was found that many students had been victims of sexual violence at least once.

"increase in the number of rapes committed by unknown persons or individuals unrelated to the victim and in the number of individuals from younger age groups constituted as defendants seem to be the indicators that will, in the future, deserve particular attention". 

The Judiciary Police arrested a 26-year-old man for sexually abusing four children between the ages of seven and nine in the municipality of Loures, in Lisbon

A 39-year-old man was detained by the Judiciary Police (PJ) for being heavily indicted for committing aggravated crimes of kidnapping, rape and pornography that targeted a 13-year-old minor, in Vila do Conde. the same defendant allegedly committed identical acts in Póvoa de Varzim,

A 33-year-old man is suspected of sexually abusing his 14-year-old daughter in Vila Nova de Gaia. He was detained by the Judiciary Police and will await trial in preventive detention.

A 40-year-old defendant, suspected of having abused a 12-year-old partner's daughter, had already served effective prison sentences for the same type of crimes

Grandfather in custody for sexual abuse of his granddaughter in Ponte de Sor

A man was arrested for sexually abusing a 10-year-old child in Santa Maria da Feira

A 27-year-old man was detained by the Judiciary Police of Braga for being "suspected of the possible practice of several crimes of aggravated child sexual abuse"

A 58-year-old farmer was arrested in the Bragança area on suspicion of sexually abusing a child, currently aged 13

Two men, aged 47 and 59, were detained in the Azores due to "strong indications of committing crimes of rape and sexual coercion", According to the Judiciary Police, the victims were "two children and a teenager, aged 11, 12 and 16".

The Madeira PJ arrested a 28-year-old man on Tuesday for allegedly committing the crime of sexual abuse of children, of which two minors, currently aged 14 and 13, were victims.

A 31-year-old man was arrested by the Judiciary Police (PJ) for strong indications of having sexually abused a minor in his family circle, in Algarve 

Catholic clergy in Portugal have abused at least 4,815 children since 1950, an independent commission said

Reports that paedophiles were using Casa Pia orphanages to source victims surfaced in the early 1980s but they were swept under the carpet. Teresa Costa Macedo, a senior government official, said she informed the country's then president, General Ramalho Eanes, and provided photographic evidence. But the photographs were "lost" by police and Mrs Macedo said she was also intimidated by phone calls from anonymous callers. "They said they would kill me, flay me and a lot of other things," she recalled.

2022/01/28

Brazil Is Among Worst in Ranking of Countries Based on Environmental, Social and Anti-Corruption Indicators

Brazil was the third-worst country, with a score of 60% (the closer to 100%, the worse). Only the Philippines and South Africa performed worse, while South Korea (2%) and Chile (24%) took the top.

2022/01/27

Holocaust Remembrance Day

On the morning of 27 January 1945 the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps still held some 7,000 prisoners. Over a million people deported to Auschwitz perished there. It is estimated that six million Jews were exterminated in the death camps.

2022/01/09

Six journalists killed in Europe in 2021, 95 more in prison

In Europe, the number of murders of journalists has tripled this year compared to the previous two years. In 2021, the International and European Federations of Journalists have recorded six murders of journalists on the European continent: Hazım Özsu, shot dead in his home in Turkey; TV reporter Giorgos Karaivaz, gunned down outside his home in Greece; journalists Maharram Ibrahimov and Siraj Abishov, killed by a landmine explosion in Azerbaijan; crime reporter Peter R. de Vries, shot in the head in The Netherlands; and journalist Aleksandre Lashkarava who died after being severely beaten in Georgia

The prominent Dutch crime reporter Peter R de Vries, who was shot and seriously wounded in central Amsterdam, has died.

Artist Sarah Morris on Why She Started Painting Spiderwebs During Lockdown

Since the mid-1990s, Morris has honed a visual language of geometric, color-blocked paintings and installations that derive from the man-made structures and systems of cities around the world. She devotes entire series to individual locations (Los Angeles, Midtown Manhattan, Washington D.C., Beijing… the list goes on) and ponders the public transportation, architecture, and industries

Charting the Storm

German artist Benedikt Partenheimer (b. 1977) uses concept-led photography and subtle optical tricks to reveal the invisible effects of climate change. A new book from Hatje Cantz, The Weather Is Fine, gathers together a career’s worth of such images

2021/12/26

"Humans - along with many other species - would expire due to their inability to shed this heat through sweat, cooling their bodies"


Himalayan glaciers are undergoing rapid mass loss but rates of contemporary change lack long-term (centennial-scale) context.

"Widespread temperatures of between 40C to 50C, and even greater daily extremes, compounded by high levels of humidity would ultimately seal our fate. "Humans - along with many other species - would expire due to their inability to shed this heat through sweat, cooling their bodies."

2021/12/15

Sakharov Prize 2021: Parliament honours Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny’s daughter Daria Navalnaya received the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize on behalf of her imprisoned father at a ceremony on 15 December.

2021/11/30

Pandora Papers journalists face government backlash for investigating financial secrecy

Even as governments worldwide responded to the Pandora Papers with major financial reforms, other governments and their supporters responded with legal and regulatory crackdowns, legal threats and verbal attacks against the journalists who produced the blockbuster exposé of the offshore financial system.

2021/11/06

Changes in permafrost in the 21st century

There is high confidence that permafrost temperatures will continue to increase, and that there will be increases in active layer thickness and reductions in the area of permafrost in the Arctic and subarctic 

2021/11/05

New Research Directly Links Western Fashion Brands to Deforestation

the global garment industry’s role as a major polluter is often overlooked by consumers. But recent years have seen it described as “the world’s second most polluting industry”, after only oil, while according to the World Bank, it’s responsible for more carbon emissions than international flights and maritime shipping combined.

2021/11/01

Celebrated Brazilian classical pianist Nelson Freire has died

Freire, who is remembered as one of the greatest pianists of the second half of the 20th century, passed away during the night on Sunday 31 October, in Rio de Janeiro

2021/10/20

Total has known that burning fossil fuels was causing climate change since the 1970s

The oil giant knew their core business was causing global warming almost 50 years ago. They covered up the truth, funded misinformation, lied to their shareholders and the public. They made profit from pollution.

2021/10/08

Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov win Nobel peace prize

Maria Ressa, the chief executive and cofounder of Rappler, and Dmitry Muratov, the editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, were named as this year’s laureates by Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Norwegian Nobel committee

2021/10/03

The Pandora Papers

Millions of leaked documents and the biggest journalism partnership in history have uncovered financial secrets of 35 current and former world leaders, more than 330 politicians and public officials in 91 countries and territories, and a global lineup of fugitives, con artists and murderers.

2021/08/20

Taliban ‘set woman on fire for bad cooking’

An Afghan woman was reportedly set on fire by Taliban fighters because they were dissatisfied with her cooking amid a wave of capricious attacks as the Islamists revel in their victory. The alleged incident described by an Afghan judge comes after the group attacked people waving the Afghan flag and a Germany charity was forced to close after Islamists went door to door hunting journalists and interpreters.

2021/08/15

The not so new terrorism

Online incel forums are steeped in extremist misogyny, with members regularly suggesting women should be raped and murdered. They encourage each other to rise up in a “day of retribution” or “incel rebellion”, when they will punish society, and women in particular, for their suffering, by murdering as many “normies” (non-incels) as possible.