Category Archives: Brazil

Cidade Maravilhosa para quem? For whom is the Marvelous City?

Acabei de publicar um post no blog de Ruth de Aquino no site da revista Época — minhas reflexões sobre o novo documentário de Felipe Pena, que trata da remoção dos moradores da Vila Autódromo. No post, falo do contexto … Continue reading

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“Either we transform the police or shut down everything, lock it all up and throw the key in Guanabara Bay”

These were the words of the just-appointed interim commander of the Military Police, colonel Íbis Silva Pereira, in an interview yesterday with O Globo newspaper. After years of investment in reforms that many observers find insufficient, the statement can only be seen as both … Continue reading

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Sixth Military Police commander since 2006

Tough job José Mariano Beltrame announced yesterday the fifth change in command of Rio’s Military Police since he began racking up his own record seven-plus years as state public safety secretary, in 2007. Para Assume o sexto comandante da Polícia Militar desde 2006, clique aqui … Continue reading

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Pacification: get it right, now or never

Clamping down on renewed violence and meeting social needs  O Globo newspaper reported yesterday that State Public Safety Secretary José Mariano Beltrame will definitely stay on in his job under newly-reelected Governor Luiz Fernando “Pezão” Souza. The paper says Beltrame is finishing … Continue reading

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Brazil elections 2014: Dilma hangs on to the nation by 3% and Bigfoot takes Rio

In Rio, oldtime politician faces twenty-first-century challenges Nationwide Incumbent President Dilma Rousseff eked out a victory with a mere 3% edge on opponent Aécio Neves, bringing in 54 million votes. A markedly high 27.7% — 37 million — did not choose a candidate (blank, … Continue reading

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Ilha Pura (Pure Island): 3 square miles under total control

Lúcio Costa, the architect and urbanist who died in 1998, creator of Brasília’s pilot plan, would applaud wildly. For him, it was a sort of Manifest Destiny that the city of Rio de Janeiro should expand westward and occupy the West … Continue reading

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Rio 2014 elections, first round

The nature of Rio’s ongoing urban integration will be determined Oct. 26, in second round voting Rio de Janeiro is  perhaps the most “Peronist” of Brazilian states, heavily marked by the history of governments headed by Getúlio Vargas, as president, in the thirties, … Continue reading

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