Category Archives: Brazil

Building Rio, yes indeed

Politicians trip themselves up but democracy moves forward The government limps along, public safety wavers, but a bunch of people are busy chopping wood for the benefit of Rio de Janeiro. Para português, clique aqui Casa Fluminense, Meu Rio and … Continue reading

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Shooting citywide, armed forces in Rocinha: what’s going on?

Worse than you can imagine UPP failure a result of questionable management Unlike housing, health and education, public safety is a service that doesn’t lend itself to different approaches, one for the rich, one for the poor. Para português, clique … Continue reading

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Old Cidade Nova is new again

Rio is done for… Except it’s not! With so many new skyscrapers built in the last ten years, you’d think that the downtown neighborhood of Cidade Nova (New City) was actually new. But the name harks back to the nineteenth … Continue reading

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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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