Category Archives: Brazil

Is there any sense to be made, in Rio?

Or anywhere at all? “Vem, meteoro!” Rio Facebook users spent a day last week invoking a meteor: not clear if they wanted it to fall on the Marvelous City or its successor as capital, Brasília. Of course there are space … Continue reading

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Cleaning house in Rio

Two former governors arrested and sent to Bangu prison in less than two days. Anthony Garotinho and Sérgio Cabral. So many questions: How long will they be staying? Will they get away with their crimes, as many Cariocas suspect will … Continue reading

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Rio election: inequality sidelined, once again

[Election update, Oct. 31 2016: Marcelo Crivella did indeed win yesterday, with 1.7 million votes, or 59% of all valid votes. Marcelo Freixo got 1.16 million, 41%. Most impressive of all was the number of people who did not select … Continue reading

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Rio de Janeiro and three prison revolts across the country

Beltrame, specialists, foresee unstable times Few reports on the recent prison revolts mention the reasons for the violence that has so far caused about 16 prisoner deaths and the flight of 55 detainees, most recaptured. Brazilians are used to this type … Continue reading

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Beltrame resigns: Rio public safety at risk

After almost ten years of highs and lows, José Mariano Beltrame has at last reached the end of his rope. His right-hand man, Roberto Sá (interviewed by RioRealblog in this video), will replace him as of Monday, it was announced today. Much … Continue reading

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2016 Elections: looking for what we’ve already found

Of all the political moments anyone can recall, this is the most complicated, the most unprecedented. We want no more of the same, no more corruption, no muddy alliances, none of those hollow promises. Who’s good enough to vote for? Two … Continue reading

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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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