Category Archives: Brazil

Rio de Janeiro mysteries: incompetence at root?

Are the Civil Police capable of solving the murder of city councilwoman Marielle Franco? Can Mayor Marcelo Crivella actually run Rio? Does Governor “Pezão” manage to manage the state? And those below them? Who’s truly equipped to lead a revolution … Continue reading

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Voting logic: encounter illuminates political future

Is there any logic to voting? Young people debate politics and political consciousness New blood is coming. This was part of the news heard last Thursday at the Rio de Encontros, a unique debate forum that meets monthly at the Museu … Continue reading

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Rio Public Prosecutors work to equip police

Police cars — among much else– fundamental to public safety We’ve seen many reports in recent months about the horrendous state of Rio police cars, a topic dating back at least to the 2007 Elite Squad movie. Despite the attention, … Continue reading

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Crooked Rio

Public Safety, hot topic. Will all the talk make a difference? In Rio everybody’s turning into a public safety kibbitzer. The South Zone doorman thinks the military folks should “go up the hill”, to stop the shooting he hears at … Continue reading

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Facing up to reality, at least

Just what is Rio’s post-intervention reality? Tough to say. But one thing is certain: there’s more information about where we went wrong, where we are and how to get ourselves to a better metropolis. Clique aqui, para português Turning away … Continue reading

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Will Rio be safer?

Carnival’s intensity and the current tensions in greater Rio might be two sides of the same coin. We felt what was coming. Despite the thrills we knew it was impossible to go any further with rising crime and the ever-more-decadent cops. … Continue reading

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Safety in Rio de Janeiro, a losing proposition

Federal intervention could provide a truce for effective public policies, but probably won’t Given how little we know about the Eastern Command’s new, overarching role in Rio de Janeiro’s public safety — announced late Thursday night– one thing is certain. … Continue reading

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