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Nothing seems impossible now, not even reducing police corruption

[UPDATE FEB 16, 2011: An internal power struggle led yesterday to the departure of Civil Police Chief Allan Turnowski and the appointment of Martha Rocha, a career police official, as his replacement. Perhaps a woman chief –Rio’s first– will carefully … Continue reading

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Falta cortar o cordão umbilical do pai do crack

[Click here for Pay no attention to the little man behind the curtain] Tão simples, tão difícil Levou uma hora e meia para que 846 homens, 17 blindados e um helicóptero blindado ocupassem os nove morros do Complexo São Carlos … Continue reading

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Penetrando mais a fundo nas terras de ninguém

[Click here for Moving deeper into no-man’s lands] Ricardo Henriques enfim fala, alguns moradores da Vila Cruzeiro se arrependem de ter falado e o desfile no sambódromo pode ficar bastante seguro “Um jovem de 20 anos de uma comunidade controlada … Continue reading

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Pay no attention to the little man behind the curtain…

So simple, so difficult It took an hour and a half for 846 men, 17 armored vehicles and an armored helicopter to occupy the nine hills of the Complexo São Carlos grouping of favelas this morning, without a shot fired. … Continue reading

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Moving deeper into no-man’s lands

Ricardo Henriques speaks at last; some Vila Cruzeiro residents wish they hadn’t, and the Sambadrome carnival parade may be well-protected “A youngster age 20 from a community controlled by the [drug] traffic grew up during a war. So the culture … Continue reading

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Wikileaks out of Rio de Janeiro: 2009 pacification report from consul

Catchy title: COUNTER-INSURGENCY DOCTRINE COMES TO RIO’S FAVELAS U.S. consul Dennis W. Hearne’s September 2009 report on Rio de Janeiro’s pacification program is excellent; if only it were more recent! This and other documents have been discusssed in Brazilian blogs … Continue reading

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