…up to 200,000 people angry with high costs and poor public services took to the streets. Protesters in Rio de Janeiro burned cars and looted buildings as police attempted to disperse them with teargas and rubber bullets. Aerial images showed thousands of people attempting to storm the congress building in Brasilia. The rallies…are some of the biggest ever seen in the country…
Brazil June 17, 2013
1. A military police officer pepper sprays a protester during a demonstration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday, June 17, 2013. (Victor R. Caivano/AP)
2. Protestors are reflected on the glass of a building, left, as they march in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. Protests in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and other Brazilian cities, set off by a 10-cent hike in public transport fares, have clearly moved beyond that issue to tap into widespread frustration in Brazil about a heavy tax burden, politicians widely viewed as corrupt and woeful public education, health and transport systems and come as the nation hosts the Confederations Cup soccer tournament and prepares for next month’s papal visit. (Felipe Dana/AP)
3. Demonstrators march in Rio de Janeiro downtown on June 17, 2013, against higher public transportation fares and the use of public funds to disrupt international football tournaments. (Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images)
4. Demonstrators face riot police during one of the many protests around Brazil’s major cities in Belo Horizonte June 17, 2013. (Pedro Vilela/Reuters)
5. Demonstrators shout anti-government slogans behind a banner during one of many protests around Brazil’s major cities in Sao Paulo June 17, 2013. (Alex Almeida/Reuters)
6. A demonstrator shouts at police during a protests in front of the Brazilian National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. (Eraldo Peres/AP)
7. Policemen arrest students during a protest at the National Congress, on June 17, 2013 in Brasilia. (Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images)
8. A demonstrator argues with police during a protest against the Confederation’s Cup and the government of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia June 17, 2013. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
9. Protestors march in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 17, 2013. (Felipe Dana/AP)
10. A demonstrator waves a Brazilian flag by a burning a car in downtown Rio de Janeiro June 17, 2013. (Sergio Moraes/Reuters)
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Ghanaians in the Bronx, where their large immigrant group is centered.
CONCOURSE VILLAGE, BRONX
Take the B or D train to the 167th Street stop.
The primacy of fufu in the Ghanaian diet is evident in the stock at Anokyekrom African and Caribbean Market (1152 Sheridan Avenue; 718-618-0717) in the Concourse Village section of the Bronx. There, a dizzying array of fufu powder mixes, made by companies in the Bronx, Newark, California and Ghana, fill an entire set of shelves. Along with the fufu, which is made from starchy vegetables, the store feeds other Ghanaian hungers. There are foodstuffs like kenkey — fermented cornmeal — and Star beer to drink with it, as well as natural black soap and CDs of Ghanaian high life, hip life and gospel music. Leaflets covering a wall advertise nightclub events, concerts, jobs and funerals.
A television broadcast of a European soccer match and the accompanying whoops of several men were audible through a closed door in the back. The business card of the proprietor, Kwame Danso, reveals an even broader range of needs that can be satisfied: “Phone cards, money transfer, fax, photocopy, travel tickets, etc. D.J. services available.”
The number of immigrants from Africa living in New York has soared over the past few decades. There are now more than 27,000 Ghanaians, the largest African immigrant group in the city, with most spread across several Bronx neighborhoods, and in pockets in Queens and Brooklyn. Amid this sprawl, the cluster of Ghanaian businesses near the intersection of Sheridan Avenue and McClellan Street, including Anokyekrom, may be the most visible commercial manifestation of the Ghanaian population. It functions for some not simply as a place for commerce, but also as a place to share ideas, cut deals, swap gossip and hang out.
There’s Papaye Restaurant (196 McClellan Street; 718-681-3240), which serves specialties like fermented corn balls in a fish stew and, of course, fufu in a peanut-flavored soup with goat; a second Ghanaian grocery store; a small CD shop; and two barber shops, one of which also advertises tax preparation services.
* I now have a reason to go to New York! All this time, word. It’s trip time
Texas Republican Rep. Michael Burgess thinks he knows a thing or two about fetuses.
Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movements that are purposeful,” he said. “They stroke their face. If they’re a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to believe that they could feel pain?
The kicker? He used to be an OB-GYN.
He should. He looks like one.
(Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images)
NSA programs also linked an American citizen in Chicago to the 2008 hotel attacks in India and to a plot to bomb the offices of a Danish newspaper, official tells House panel.
Subway good, NYSE I’m a little iffy bout that one.