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Rio’s transformation: a new phase

Tricky moment Crimes targeted by the new public safety policy continue to drop. The number of police pacification units continues to grow, with the current eighteen expected to jump to 28 by October, when ten units will set up in … Continue reading

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The power of the “other” starts to weigh in

Second in a series of conversational nuggets, about the transformation of cultural life in the marvelous city. Para A força do outro começa a ser reconhecida, clique aqui Pedro Rivera, architect and partner at Rua Arquitetos, PUC-Rio professor and director of Studio-X Rio … Continue reading

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Drug traffickers don’t get away, says Public Safety Secretary Beltrame

Beltrame’s first Twitterview, translated into English Leia aqui a entrevista do Secretário de Segurança Pública do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, José Mariano Beltrame, pelo Twitter, em português. 1) I’d like to know why the police haven’t been able to arrest … Continue reading

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What might be at the heart of the firemen’s strike in Rio

Good guys versus bad guys is never a useful way to think about current events Given Brazil’s authoritarian and aristocratic history, it’s likely that most Brazilians have been oppressed and victimized by their employers. It’s likely that most Brazilians think in … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about the relationship

Yes, there’s peace in the house. But where’s the attention, the commitment, where are the services? Dignity for citizens, says State Public Safety Secretary José Mariano Beltrame, is key– so he can get on with his work of modernizing the … 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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Who (or what) is doing the helping?

Brazilians are great networkers, but– “A crack addict in the Turano favela where I work with the new police pacification force was lying on the ground near me and asked for help,” Corporal Evandro Frossard told RioRealblog as he patrolled … Continue reading

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Best ever, well best in a very long time

[UPDATE, October 2011 – Carnival blocos attracted a record 4.87 million to Rio’s streets, according to Riotur, the municipal tourism agency. This was 83% more than was expected. For Carnival 2012, 476 blocos have applied for a parade permit.] Carnival … Continue reading

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Reduced sentence for police who come clean

Rio governor sends landmark bill, for Brazil, to state legislature …on-duty police officers involved in drug-related corruption engage in serious criminal activities such as (1) conducting unconstitutional searches and seizures; (2) stealing money and/or drugs from drug dealers; (3) selling … 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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