Brazil culture secretary fired after echoing words of Nazi Goebbels

Roberto Alvim set off a storm of outrage with comments about culture that were eerily reminiscent of Hitlers propaganda chief Brazils culture secretary, Roberto Alvim has been fired after he appeared to paraphrase the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels cutting funding to arts and cinema projects. Bolsonaros culture war allies have lashed out at what they call cultural Marxism and condemned everything from climate change to feminism. Joseph Goebbels: a rhetorical coincidence? Photograph: Ullstein bild via Getty Images The latest effort, launched in the video by culture secretary Alvim, comes in the form of a $20m reais ($4.8m) prize fund for theatre, opera, art and music exhibitions, with conservative and religious themes prioritized. Virtues of faith, loyalty, self-sacrifice and the …

For women like me, postponing the menopause would be a blessing | Sonia Sodha

Scientific advances that prolong fertility can only be a benefit to many would-be mothers Let us imagine for a moment that we lived in a world where male fertility dropped off a cliff by the time men hit their mid 40s, leaving a group of men who wanted to have children but couldnt. When would science have produced a fix? I am going to hazard a guess that it would have been quite some time ago. But it has taken until 2019 for a fledgling treatment to delay the menopause by up to 20 years to be offered to women, even though the idea has been around for treatment involves removing and freezing a small piece of ovarian tissue from …

Sunbathing topless should be a pleasure we can all enjoy | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Its sad that younger women are covering up on the beach for fear of harassment, says Guardian columnist Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett According to sexual liberation movement. For me and other women growing up in a culture of British discomfort with all things bodily, these confident French women in Cannes or St Tropez seemed glamorous and worldly. A teenage obsession with French cinema helped me to discover the work of Franois Ozon; in come to seem change the rules in Malmo in 2009). After all, the chair of the citys sports and recreation committee wryly noted, many men have larger breasts than women. More recently, cultural and political movement is called during the recent heatwave after they were asked to cover …

Brazil mourns death of musician Joo Gilberto

Bossa nova legend, 88, earns warm tributes but not from president Jair Bolsonaro Brazil is mourning the death of Joo Gilberto, one of the countrys greatest musicians and composers, a reclusive genius in a nation of extroverts whose work recalled happier, more optimistic times for a deeply divided nation. Gilbertos funeral will be held on Monday at Rios Municipal theatre. It is not yet clear whether members of the public will be allowed in. The death on Saturday of the 88-year-old bossa nova legend whose Girl from Ipanema, recorded with his then-wife Astrud Gilberto, became perhaps Brazils best-known song worldwide was marked in newspaper headlines, in musical tributes and in homages from many of Brazils greatest living artists. But it …