26 Staggering Photos Of The Protests Raging In Brazil

We seem to be living in an era of what esteemed news anchor Ron Burgundy might describe as “quick escalation”. As with current protests in Turkey, peaceful movements in Brazil rapidly grew violent following a frenzied episode of police brutality and intimidation. What began as a relatively harmless demonstration against an increase in public bus fares soon became a massive, nationwide movement railing against high taxes, corruption within the Rousseff administration, and lavish spending on a superfluous World Cup stadium (costing taxpayers around $30 billion to build) while much of the population could be better served by their tax dollars funding literacy programs, better healthcare and so on.

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The images are truly stunning (especially as it’s estimated that 80% of those participating have never taken part in a single protest or belonged to a political movement before), and the movement–refusing to confine itself to a single objective–doesn’t show signs of stopping any time soon. Check out an incredibly informative video below for more information about what hosting the World Cup in Brazil really means.

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Edward Snowden, The Internet’s Latest Sensation

As we learn more and more about NSA surveillance, the same can be said for the life of secret-spiller Boehner-berated contractor Edward Snowden. Some of it is crucial information (re: he has a pet phoenix and an equally smokin’ girlfriend), others not so much. Regardless, a quick comb through the internet will bring you to the conclusion that while he might be extradited to the US soon, he’ll always have a home with internet nerds around the world. Here are the best–and weirdest–Snowden envisions we’ve come across yet:

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30 Astonishing Photos Of The Mass Protests In Turkey

What could have been a peaceful sit-in to preserve the trees of a public park in Istanbul quickly escalated and took the entire country of Turkey by storm following a violent police crack down on May 31. Since then, Turkey has been embroiled in frantic protests, distressing amounts of police brutality and vociferously vocalized fears that Prime Minister Erdogan–holding that position for ten years now–poses a threat to Turkey’s greatly-treasured secularism and democracy, two things relatively uncommon within the region. There’s been some staggering photojournalism–by professionals and civilians alike–in the month that followed. In case you’ve missed it, here’s some of the best.

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The Internet’s Best Responses To NSA Surveillance

Americans have had a field day with the latest, no-good, dirty-rotten revelation that the National Security Agency has been legally able to pry into everything from pathetic e-mails to your mom to your drunkest, most mundane tweets for some time now–and rightly so. As some try to take their revenge on the NSA via trolling, a tidal wave of cynical, Star Trek-saturated memes and cartoons has hit to entertain those of us with a little less time on our hands. Here’s the best stuff we’ve caught so far.

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