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Rio violence reveals contradictions

The social pact is over A society long permeated by inequality and injustice, Brazil offers up compensations that are no secret to anyone: a maid who sues her employer will most likely win an arrested minor will most likely go free … Continue reading

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Complexo do Alemão: democracy is hard

The real war in the Alemão favela complex, one resident says, is between criminals in uniform and criminals who don’t wear uniforms Your blogger has been busy working on a book about metropolitan Rio de Janeiro. This is why she’s been … Continue reading

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Outgoing Rio public safety czar: good guy or sucker?

In Todo dia é segunda-feira, a memoir, José Mariano Beltrame tells an inside story of pacification, and much more worth reading Politics in Rio de Janeiro are so riddled with disappointments and betrayals that all many cariocas can say about the state public safety secretary whose … 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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Rio violence: unasked questions

In the midst of the avalanche of bad Rio news over the last ten days, mayor Eduardo Paes said the two young men accused of killing cameraman Santiago Andrade, during a demonstration against a bus fare hike, were filhinhos de papai … Continue reading

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Rio security chief not happy with social programs nor housing info

Signs of tension between state and city government In headlining this long and very open interview with state Public Safety Secretary José Mariano Beltrame, O Dia newspaper emphasized the state’s decision to use off-duty military police officers to increase police coverage … Continue reading

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Conflict in Rio can only end in peace

This video, recorded by a helicopter-borne TV Globo camera crew flying yesterday over Vila Cruzeiro in the Penha section of Rio, is quite frightening. It shows armed men massing in an alleyway of the favela, jumping off motorcycles as they … Continue reading

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