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On Thursday morning, April 11th, approximately 400 protesters representing various social and political movements marched from Largo do Machado to the Palácio Guanabara in Laranjeiras to demonstrate against the privatization of Rio’s historic Maracanã stadium. Inside the Palace, envelopes were being opened to determine which companies would be able to compete in the bidding process to administer the Maracanã complex for the next 35 years.
“Today is the day the carioca (Rio native) population takes to the streets and says ‘enough!’…These mega-events, the World Cup and the Olympics cannot violate the rights of the city of Rio de Janeiro! [They] cannot violate More >
For original article in Portuguese on Yahoo! click here. Article by Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur to the UN on Adequate Housing.
At this point, it does not take writing a thesis or doctoral dissertation to identify the profound meaning of Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic City project–the mega operation of real estate appreciation within the city of Rio de Janeiro. The mayor himself explained this clearly at the launch of Olympic City Monopoly, (a Rio version of the famous board game) by Estrela. In addition to (free) licensing the trademark of ‘Olympic City,’ the city government spent R$1 million for 20,000 copies of the game, More >
Democracy has strayed far from its origin as a system of governance giving all citizens equal access to decision-making authority and the opportunity to serve in office. Modern day political campaigns not only entail budgets reaching thousands, millions, or even hundreds of millions of dollars, but also require extensive networks of coalitions and connections, all of which completely soil the ideals of democracy. Countries, governments, and democratic systems differ, but in today’s democracies, at least one thing seems to be shared: you need money, and a lot of it, to be elected into political office.
But in Rio’s municipal elections, we are seeing More >
The ads for “vereadores” (city councilors) for Rio’s “Camâra“ (City Council) litter the streets of Rio during the campaign season, with this year’s ballot boasting more candidates than even the most politically informed voter could possibly keep track of. There are 51 seats on City Council simultaneously up for election every four years. There are no term limits, so conceivably ‘councilor’ could constitute a life-long occupation. Common across Brazilian politics, a diverse range of parties are present in the City Council. There are 20 parties currently represented, with the plurality being held by the Brazilian Democratic Movement Part (PMDB), which holds More >
While the community of Vila Autódromo continues to resist eviction, most recently creating an upgrading plan to present as a viable, cost-effective alternative to removal, the city authorities maintain that the community needs to be removed for Olympic developments. The expropriation of land for the resettlement of the community is in the final stages of the judicial process. However, according to the city authorities’ own geological studies, the plot is in an area categorised as medium-high risk, while the community’s current location is identified as low risk.
After the heavy rainfalls in 2010 that caused tragic landslides across Rio, the authorities commissioned a study More >