Category Archives: Brazil

Proposal for a safer Rio: technology — or flight from human contact?

Can this work? Governor-elect Wilson Witzel declared in an interview published Sunday in O Globo that he’s never been to Rocinha favela. “I passed nearby, never went up. But you don’t need to go up to know it’s really bad there,” he said. … Continue reading

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How to prepare, protect? Hard-line is here

If you live in a favela or have friends who do, you know about violence wreaked in them by drug traffickers, milicianos and police. Today, given an upcoming crackdown on crime by formal and informal security agents — though this … Continue reading

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First round election 2018: Rio de Janeiro

Many cariocas would love to have seen former mayor Eduardo Paes’ face yesterday, when the first numbers came in on the Rio de Janeiro gubernatorial race. It was just past six PM when partial results flashed on the GloboNews screen: … Continue reading

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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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