View original in Portuguese here. Article by Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur to the UN on Adequate Housing.
After announcing the “Estação Patrocinada” (“Sponsored Station”) project, Metrô Rio, the management company for Rio de Janeiro’s metro system, has gone back on its plans to sell the names of the city’s metro stations, which would have been associated with the names of private companies. On May 16, Rio State Governor Sérgio Cabral vetoed the proposal, which according to the press, had been devised by (Brazilian billionaire) Eike Batista’s company IMX. Metrô Rio’s website has already removed all content related to the project.
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For the original in French by Jane Zhang on Greenetvert click here.
As the world’s governments gathered to discuss sustainable development at the Rio+20 conference last year, vast heavy metal pollution from a steel plant wreaked havoc on residents and the ecosystem of Santa Cruz, located just a few kilometers from the conference in Rio’s West Zone. The company responsible, the German group Thyssenkrup, now refuses to pay its fines and will benefit from compensation for its efforts towards “sustainable development.”
As the rain started to pour on Tuesday evening, May 28th, around 80 residents from the Horto community protested at the gates of Rio’s Jardim Botânico (Botanical Gardens) where the opening of world famous photographer Sebastião Salgado’s latest exhibition was taking place. Undeterred by the ensuing downpour, residents and supporters banged drums and held their banners high. “To brand as invaders the people who built this park is inhuman” read one held at the entrance to the famous visitor attraction.
The community of Horto can trace its history back to the 15th century sugarcane plantation that occupied the land before it More >
For the past five years, Irenaldo Honório da Silva, president of the Pica-Pau Residents’ Association, has helped to organize his community in Rio’s North Zone for a day of entertainment in partnership with social and municipal services. The event, held on Saturday May 25th, began as an initiative to strengthen collective action and local culture, combining a celebration of Worker´s Day and Mother´s Day. Since partnering with the local church, the event has become a tri-annual feature of life for the residents of Pica-Pau and has increased recognition of the community by local authorities.
Families mingling around the music stage, children rummaging More >
For the original article by Claudia Atunes in Portuguese published in Piauí click here (subscribers only).An account of the residents’ movement in Rio de Janeiro’s first favela in an era of sporting mega-events and political fragmentation.
At Cantinho dos Servidores, a restaurant and bar with blue tiled walls and bare wooden tables, you can share a generous plate of food and still expect to pay just R$6 (US$3). It’s on Sacadura Cabral Street, a road that traces the shoreline that existed little more than a century ago, until construction on the Port of Rio de Janeiro in the Guanabara Bay would permanently More >