Category Archives: Brazil

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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Innovative slavery memorial part of Rio port revitalization

More than half a million trod here; for the city that hosted the largest forced population transfer in human history, it’s never too late to remember The Rio de Janeiro city government, together with neighborhood associations and groups involved with the Afro-Brazilian legacy, is upgrading … Continue reading

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Rio de Janeiro’s 450th birthday: not much to celebrate, lots to do

What can we do? Keeping up with Rio de Janeiro is like playing Concentration, the memory game with pairs of cards. Turn one up, turn another up: no pair, turn them back over. As your partner has a go and then you turn … Continue reading

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Carnival 2015: whose city is it?

It’ll be a mighty Lenten season, in Rio and the nation overall The question is part of life in any tourism destination: to whom does our metropolis belong? Each city works the visitor/local equation every day, constantly. Of course the same is … Continue reading

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Rio de Janeiro: time for a rethink?

Stars out of sync First, the saving graces The real estate boom has ended, allowing more time to consider what’s best for us all in the still-unbuilt spaces of the port area and in the region centered on Barra da Tijuca. Those who … Continue reading

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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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