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Where’s the governor?

A helicopter crash June 17 in Bahia serves to remind us just how hybrid –or schizophrenic, if you like– Brazilian politics can be. Sometimes, it seems that Rio has arrived in the modern world of transparency, accountability, performance and merit, leaving behind … Continue reading

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Rio: the new Venice?

Sustainability needs politics  This past summer, the sand at Arpoador Beach began to disappear, long before the customary winter shrinkage. Snack and beverage vendors, licensed by the city to operate in a now nonexistent spot, demanded a new venue. It’s … Continue reading

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Oba! Obama in Rio

A blessing of the highest order There were headsets for the Portuguese translation of U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech yesterday to an audience of over 2,000 at  Rio’s art deco version of the Paris Opera, but Rinaldo Gaudêncio Américo and … 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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Barra Metro Line 4: can the dream come true?

Nice-looking bridge; now just build it and get the lagoon it runs over cleaned up! Using aerial photography and computer animation, this State Transportation Secretariat video provides an impressive display of the #4 metro line now under construction in  Barra … 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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New good citizen campaign: don’t be a jerk

The latest “Sujismundo” An advertising campaign is being launched in Rio to convince cariocas to improve their behavior. Created by the DPZ advertising agency in conjunction with the NGO RioComoVamos, it’s based on a character called Mané, or jerk, who … Continue reading

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