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Pacification: get it right, now or never

Clamping down on renewed violence and meeting social needs  O Globo newspaper reported yesterday that State Public Safety Secretary José Mariano Beltrame will definitely stay on in his job under newly-reelected Governor Luiz Fernando “Pezão” Souza. The paper says Beltrame is finishing … Continue reading

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Rio’s toughest moment since 2008: are we shedding our skin?

A rich exchange, as the crime rate heads north and the Brazilian army arrives to occupy favelas, just weeks before the World Cup “How do we dialogue with a cynic?” two young people asked during a Rio de Encontros gathering this … Continue reading

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Beltrame’s last lap

Rio’s State Public Safety Secretary, José Mariano Beltrame, trudged up the stairs of the Osteria dell’ Angolo restaurant last night. Getting to the top, he leant heavily against  the doorframe, as if in great back pain. Minutes later, however, he … Continue reading

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Rio protests, Pope, politics, police…. and pacification?

P words Recently a community leader critical of the UPP in his favela told me he’d been to a debate at PUC and was impressed by the students’ opposition to the UPPs. “They’re right,” he said, “but I saw that … Continue reading

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Marvelous City meets Big Apple

 Pacification chief in New York next week If you’re in or near New York, keep your  eye out this Monday for Rio’s unassuming State Public Safety Secretary, José Mariano Beltrame. He’s there for just a day, first and foremost to … Continue reading

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Stratfor reports on Rio de Janeiro published by Wikileaks

Para esse post em português, clique aqui Not exactly If you”re a conspiracy theory fan, it’s a great intelligence plot, a clandestine exchange of information about what’s going on in Brazil, a “Shadow CIA”. Stratfor, according to the Correio do … Continue reading

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Carnival 2012, a roundup

The masks are off, daylight savings time is done; the year has begun in Rio de Janeiro Perhaps because of the recession in Europe and the U.S. (and the overvalued real), Rio saw no growth in Carnival attendance statistics from … Continue reading

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