Category Archives: Brazil

A troublesome mayor in Rio de Janeiro

 Vila Autódromo reveals facets of institutions and officials  You’d think the removal of residents in the path of the Olympic Games would be part of a public plan, with a clear and convincing rationale. Para Uma prefeitura difícil,em Rio de … Continue reading

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Can Rio police come through, in an age of black swans?

In the offing for 2016: threats of terrorism, water and power shortages, extreme heat and the vagaries of mega-events Asked what he’s learned from Rio’s many mega-events over the last seven years, Rio’s security czar first mentioned fine-tuned agency integration, … Continue reading

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Intelligent life in Rio, despite lack of funds

The War on Drugs, women and blacks, urban transportation, the water crisis: hot topics We get bad news daily. Nevertheless (or maybe because of this), Rio is seeing growing activity in the realm of ideas and beliefs. People are asking questions, expressing … Continue reading

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King of the hill of Rocinha: new book, Nemesis, by Misha Glenny

You might think this blogger’s long silence is due to so much bad news — economic recession, political impasse, widening corruption scandals. It’s true, there’s not much to say –beyond dismay — except to express the belief that socioeconomic change of the … Continue reading

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Rio de Janeiro has moved forward, but won’t be spared recession: a conversation with Alfredo Sirkis

From student revolutionary to urbanism secretary, alderman, congressman and today, an activist focused on climate change, Alfredo Sirkis has much to say about the Rio metropolis’ past, present and future. Is he a visionary? He considers himself the “father of … Continue reading

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Rio’s bay could be less dirty, shortly

No more Cedae? Experience teaches that skepticism is the most appropriate attitude, so let’s cultivate it. And now for some good news: there’s a possibility that we’ll at last have significantly cleaner water in metropolitan Rio de Janeiro, in just a … Continue reading

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Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: a must read

Every country and every culture has traditions that are unique and help make that country what it is, but just because something is part of your past doesn’t make it right; it doesn’t mean it defines your future. — President … Continue reading

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