Category Archives: Brazil

Have the Olympics been good for Rio?

No, yes, and maybe Of course it’s too early to know. Parts of the Olympic transportation legacy aren’t even ready, or fully operating. Thus the maybe. This blogger keeps getting asked the question in the post’s title and although previous posts have certainly … Continue reading

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Clarity for Rio’s future, despite short funds and political uncertainty

Despite everything — even sudden Olympic days off — lots of people are thinking about Rio de Janeiro’s future these days, exactly two months before municipal elections. Clique aqui para português Moving around the metropolis in recent weeks, this blogger noted three certainties that will … Continue reading

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Podcast – in English- on the “thin democracy” underlying Rio Olympics

  Council of the Americas multimedia manager Luisa Leme recently interviewed your blogger, and here is the 18-minute result. You can hear about how the current situation in Rio fits into the national panorama. In other words, how we got to … Continue reading

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Looking inward in Rio: anybody home?

Rio’s plan, in hosting the Olympics, was to get the city on the world stage, attracting tourism and investment. We’d compete with other metropolises, brand ourselves. In the process, we forgot to take a good look at the product itself. With … Continue reading

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Corruption in Rio de Janeiro

State is at scandals’ center: what will the cleanup be like? The gas station where the Lava Jato investigation began is in Brasília, but you could say that the biggest corruption scandal of all time began and will most likely end in Rio de … Continue reading

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What’s happening? Shell-shocked in Rio de Janeiro

Riorealblog was created almost six years ago. Many times this blogger considered revamping the mission statement (at right), but ended up leaving it as is, a testimonial to more hopeful (and innocent) times. In August 2010, no one dreamed we’d find … Continue reading

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