Category Archives: Brazil

Metropolitan Rio de Janeiro: a chance to rethink market and service duality

The social revolution makes itself felt Clique aqui para Rio de Janeiro metropolitano: chance para repensar a dualidade dos serviços e mercados For Rio de Janeiro observers, the seminar series on metropolitan issues, organized by the IETS think-tank and the newly created Câmara … Continue reading

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Rio violence reveals contradictions

The social pact is over A society long permeated by inequality and injustice, Brazil offers up compensations that are no secret to anyone: a maid who sues her employer will most likely win an arrested minor will most likely go free … Continue reading

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Metro Rio: a way into to shared problems?

The time for a broader outlook has finally come. When this blogger started out, almost five years ago, she wasn’t thinking of reporting and writing on the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan region. She only had eyes for the city of Rio de … Continue reading

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Urban connections can surprise

Your blogger was held up at gunpoint in December 2002. Three young guys made me get out of the car, leaving all belongings behind. Next day, after a wild night with Vila Mimosa prostitutes, they went through a police roadblock and smashed … Continue reading

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The Santa Teresa bonde (streetcar): a loss far greater than transportation

“All that remained were the town hall and a handful of neighbouring buildings, architectural relics of Barnsley’s nineteenth-century municipal glory, to which visitors were directed by fake-ancient, ‘olde-worlde’ signposts. Meanwhile, book-stalls in the local market now specialized in selling local … Continue reading

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Drugs kill, but not the way you’d think

From lesbians to pot smokers? Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance (a key U.S. organization that promotes drug policy based on science, compassion, health and human rights), has a suggestion for those who’d like to see reform in this … Continue reading

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Complexo do Alemão: democracy is hard

The real war in the Alemão favela complex, one resident says, is between criminals in uniform and criminals who don’t wear uniforms Your blogger has been busy working on a book about metropolitan Rio de Janeiro. This is why she’s been … Continue reading

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