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As the world’s biggest sporting mega-events draw closer, Brazilian authorities will be expected to ensure borders, ports of entry, and territory are secure from threats and clandestine activity. However, security blunders during the Pope’s visit, ongoing conflicts between police and demonstrators, and public threats from organized crime groups promising a ‘World Cup of terror’ pull Brazil’s suitability to host international events into question.
While security threats to international visitors are worrisome, fundamental concerns about the social fabric of Brazil are masked by these worries, with longer term concerns at the core. One of the main problems facing Brazilian citizens is the everyday use More >
For the original by Fabíola Gerbase in Portuguese on O Globo click here.
One of the founders of Observatório de Favelas (Favela Observatory) in Maré, the geographer, educator and social activist Jailson de Souza e Silva accumulates publications and projects in his quest to build a new perspective on popular communities.
Rio–A man with an easy smile, Jailson de Souza e Silva didn’t feel at ease when asked to produce it a few times last Wednesday afternoon, July 7. While posing for photos for this story at the entrance of the Observatório de Favelas (Favela Observatory), a civil organization he created with friend Jorge More >
Tucked away down a small, anonymous side street in Rio’s downtown bohemian neighborhood of Lapa, prominent public security expert and author of the Elite Squad books (which became box office hits) Luiz Eduardo Soares began a talk on Tuesday evening, June 25th, about Brazil’s recent social mobilization. The event was sponsored by Agência Redes Para Juventude. The building was packed, with people sitting on the floor and on the staircase, legs dangling over the edge of the loft. In the alley outside were crowds on the near and far sidewalks, curious as to why the forty or fifty people were assembled.
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On Tuesday afternoon, July 2, more than 5,000 people united in Maré, Rio’s largest favela complex located in the city’s North Zone, in memorial to the ten people slaughtered in the shocking police operation of last week and to demand an immediate end to this type of police operation, where police agents enter favelas and kill with impunity. Organized by Maré residents associations, NGOs, social movements and community groups, the event was designed to be encompassing of all faiths and backgrounds and was entitled “The State That Kills – Never Again.”
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 >