Category Archives: Brazil

Rio cops opt for proximity policing, at last

Dream team describes public safety plans for 2015-2018 Pezão gubernatorial mandate  If those in charge succeed, the controversial top-down term “pacification”, used here since 2008, may soon fall into disuse. Instead, police said yesterday that they are reaching out to civil … Continue reading

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Will Rio sink along with Petrobras?

It’s just the start. But — maybe — the crisis can at least partly save us from future petroleum curses. “Chemtech, a company located at the UFRJ technology park at the Ilha do Fundão and part of the Siemens group, has already laid off … Continue reading

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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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