Monthly Archives: August 2010

Nervous birds/Nervos à flor da pele

Turns out that it wasn’t an exhaust pipe, but an actual motorcycle theft that set off the panic: http://extra.globo.com/geral/casodepolicia/posts/2010/09/01/pm-confirma-que-motoqueiro-foi-assaltado-no-tunel-zuzu-angel-320737.asp Crime is down significantly in Rio this year compared to last, although there have been some questions about the statistics. Some … Continue reading

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Olympic hotel “package” and new city plan to City Council this week

O Globo published stories yesterday and today about the mayor’s and the city council’s plans for Rio, here: http://oglobo.globo.com/rio/mat/2010/08/30/prefeitura-se-mobiliza-para-derrubar-pontos-que-desagradam-no-novo-plano-diretor-917513649.asp http://oglobo.globo.com/rio/mat/2010/08/29/prefeito-do-rio-eduardo-paes-quer-mudar-lei-para-construir-hoteis-ate-2015-917505758.asp http://oglobo.globo.com/rio/mat/2010/08/30/pacote-olimpico-rede-hoteleira-cobica-terrenos-na-barra-917513856.asp To sum up very briefly, mayor Eduardo Pães is sending an “Olympic package” for city council approval today, that … Continue reading

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UPP social: a segurança é apenas o começo / The social UPP: public safety is just the beginning

What a tangled web exclusion weaves… “Expanding the freedoms that we have reason to value not only makes our lives richer and more unfettered, but also allows us to be fuller social persons, exercising our own volitions and interacting with– … Continue reading

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Film director Cacá Diegues: At least ten years. We let this happen in a very deep way in Rio.

Yesterday’s Globo had an excellent interview with veteran film director Cacá Diegues, who engendered the new five-film collection 5xFavela, written, directed and shot by young favela residents. Here’s the link: http://oglobo.globo.com/blogs/arnaldo/posts/2010/08/27/caca-diegues-brasil-vive-uma-idade-de-ouro-319735.asp Here are the best parts, in English: “It’s not … Continue reading

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Então foi isso que aconteceu em São Conrado?

Se você ler as páginas 24 e 25 de O Globo de ontem, as coisas começam a fazer mais ou menos sentido. O artigo sobre uma milícia e a polícia civil em Campo Grande demonstra justamente o tipo de relacionamento incestuoso … Continue reading

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what’s new on Av. Presidente Vargas / O que tem de novo na Av. Presidente Vargas

[UPDATE Dec. 14, 2010] According to O Globo, Rio city hall wants to turn Av. Presidente Vargas into a carioca Champs Elysées. Already, the avenue has been repaved; this week its 450 public light fixtures are being updated to provide … Continue reading

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[UPDATE] Where do the bad guys go? / Para onde vão os bandidos?

Extra online reports that the Morro dos Macacos favela was taken by police as a first step towards pacification today (Oct. 14 2010) without any resistance, and that area drug traffickers fled last night to the south zone Rocinha and … Continue reading

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