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Megabust– of the Rio police

Operation Guillotine: 580 agents still at work Brazil’s version of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, its Federal Police, arrested 35 people today, 27 of whom were police. A high-ranking Civil Police officer, Carlos Antônio de Oliveira, who until the … 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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Crime is down in Rio state, to record lows

Rio state’s 1991 is New York City’s 1963 State Public Safety Secretary José Mariano Beltrame announced yesterday that Rio de Janeiro state’s 2010 homicides, robberies, car thefts and other crimes have hit startling lows— and in some cases set records for … Continue reading

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Rethinking Rio architecture

“If you close your eyes and pretend there’s no mountains or sea, it’s a tragedy.” –Lauro Cavalcanti, Paço Imperial museum director and architect, in O Globo Jan. 29, 2011 O Globo‘s culture section, the Segundo Caderno, ran a cover story … Continue reading

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Social assistance: old-style government persists in Rio

Musical chairs are good only for those who get to sit in them O Globo reported today on page 19 of its Rio section, in a story that couldn’t be found online, that the speaker of Rio’s state legislature , … Continue reading

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Governor Cabral anew

Rocinha could be “pacified” in a matter of days or weeks Sworn in yesterday to a second term as governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral announced his top three priorities: public safety, public health, and education. Last year, Rio … Continue reading

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Rio pacification: over the hump

An article on today’s O Globo opinion page by architect Sérgio Magalhães (who heads up the Rio chapter of the Brazilian Architects’ Institute, which held the recent Morar Carioca favela upgrade architectural contest) is emblematic of a generalized sense in … Continue reading

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The question of the hour /A pergunta que não quer calar

Why didn’t the transformation of Rio de Janeiro occur until now? Porque a transformação do Rio de Janeiro não aconteceu antes? To make your comment, click on the title of this post and scroll down until the comment box appears … Continue reading

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What to believe, O Globo or the New York Times?

Pacification success depends on favela residents and police behavior The New York Times published this story Dec. 9, focusing on the complaints of Complexo do Alemão residents about the behavior of Rio de Janeiro’s military police special operations battalian (BOPE) … 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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