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Brazilian Joins Famous Ukrainian Topless Protesters To Target World Cup

As Euro 2012 kicks off in Ukraine and Poland under a cloud of controversy, a female protestor in Brazil is already planning for the World Cup in two years -- joining forces with feminist group Femen from Ukraine, which has a unique way of making themselve

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FOLHA DE S.PAULO/Worldcrunch*

SÃO PAULO - Blond hair, white skin, red lipstick: university student Sara Winter (not her real name) is the first Brazilian member of the Ukrainian protest group Femen. The group is known for the topless protests it organizes around the world to demonstrate against sexism, and to promote women's rights.

"Can I take it off?" she asks the reporter while taking off her shirt in the middle of Paulista Avenue, São Paulo's busiest street. Sara hopes to enroll about 20 young women to help her "attack" the 2014 World Cup Brazilian organizing committee. According to Femen, this kind of international event is a magnet for sex tourism.

Ms. Winter is not a novice when it comes to staging a protest. Last month, she crashed the concert of a Brazilian dancer known for her beautiful body and sexual choreographies. "We are not against the kind of woman that she represents on the stage. We just don't want her to destroy the image of the Brazilian woman". She was intercepted by security, but managed to convince them to let her make a speech after the concert.

Sara hopes to go to the Ukraine in the near future. She has received a donation from Femen of about $1,000 and is now trying to raise some extra money on the Internet. She wants to go there to receive training on protest actions.

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Pasta v. Fascists: How Italy's Staple Dish Became A Symbol Of Resistance

Pasta may not be considered controversial today, but it played an important role during Italy's fascist years, particularly in one family's celebration of community and liberation.

Photo of the Cervi family.

Photo of the Cervi family, whose seven children were shot by the Fascists on December 28, 1943, at the Reggio Emilia shooting range.

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Jacopo Fontaneto

ROME — Eighty years ago — on July 25, 1943 — the vote of no confidence by the Grand Council of Fascism, leading to Benito Mussolini's arrest, set off widespread celebrations. In Campegine, a small village in the Emilian province, the Cervi family celebrated in their own way: they brought 380 kilograms of pasta in milk cans to the town square and offered it to all the inhabitants of the village.

The pasta was strictly plain: macaroni dressed with butter and cheese, seen as more of a "festive dish" in that period of deprivation. As soon as the Cervi brothers learned about the arrest of Mussolini, they procured flour, borrowed butter and cheese from the dairy, and prepared kilos and kilos of pasta. They then loaded it onto a cart to distribute it to their fellow villagers. Pastasciutta (dry pasta) specifically regards dishes with noodles that are plated "dry", not in broth. That would disqualify soup, risotto, ravioli...

Even though pastasciutta is the most stereotypical type of pasta today, it had a complicated relationship with the government during Italy's fascist years.

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