Category Archives: Brazil

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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Underground sociabilities surface, atop a Rio skyscraper

Our ever more penetrating gaze Some of the key actors in Rio de Janeiro’s transformation met this past Tuesday at the top of the downtown Universidade Cândido Mendes building, to put their heads together about the current moment. The occasion was … Continue reading

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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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