Category Archives: Brazil

Real life in Rola Um, West Zone

A two-hour journey from the South Zone, by metro and BRT The spread-out one-story houses in Rola Um aren’t a favela. Thais Santos, who grew up there, calls Rola Um a comunidade, or community. The Instituto Pereira Passos, which analyzes … Continue reading

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Active silence

Rio is done for… Except it’s not It’s tough to read the lack of noise, after years of great activity. But the silence in Rio, both this blogger’s as well as that of many others, is no hollow space. We’re lost … Continue reading

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House of Cards in Rio: day three

Is this for real? State legislature president Jorge Picciani made his involuntary deposition Wednesday at the Federal Police offices and went home a free man. The arrests that same day of five state accounting court (TCE) councillors are preventive; unless … Continue reading

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Today’s arrests reveal web of interests, vacuum

The recent news that earthquakes may be caused by a large number of seemingly unconnected faults, is a wonderful metaphor for Brazilian politics right now. Clique aqui para português.  Today’s arrest of five Rio de Janeiro state accounting court councillors, together … Continue reading

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Rio may be “melted” but it’s still cooking

Anti-corruption demonstrations are taking place in Brazil today. There’s not much enthusiasm for them in Rio, where by now there’s widespread déjà vu even though the Car Wash investigations are being targeted by the very politicians under scrutiny. Clique aqui para … Continue reading

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Headless Rio? Electoral court annuls 2014 election result

Rio’s Governor Luiz Fernando “Pezão” de Souza is likely to hang onto his post, according to Globo columnist Ricardo Noblat. He reported today that Brasília jurists believe Pezão’s planned appeal (presumably along with that of his vice governor) is likely to … Continue reading

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Can Rio get out of the red?

This blogger’s book about how Rio de Janeiro works is almost finished, and one of the most interesting bits learned along the way came at the very end, from an article in this month’s Piauí magazine (paywall– but a subscription is worthwhile, … Continue reading

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