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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Tension continues high in and around Rio de Janeiro’s Cidade de Deus neighborhood Friday (February 2nd) morning, after yet another violent night of shootouts. Armored military police vehicles patrol...
By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Tonight in Rio’s Zona North (North Zone), directors of 2013 documentary film ‘Cidade de Deus – 10 Anos Depois’ (‘City of God – 10 years Later’) will host a special...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The situation in one of Rio’s larger favela communities, Cidade de Deus (City of God) remains very tense on Monday with residents reporting hearing gunfire during the early morning...
By Benjamin Parkin, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Police carried out a major operation in Cidade de Deus (City of God), Zona Oeste (West Zone), on Monday, in response to an attack on the local UPP (Police...
By Andrew Willis, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Businesses in favelas with Pacifying Police Units (UPPs) are showing a trend towards greater growth, according to a recent study by the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV). The Brazilian higher education...
By Nathan M. Walters, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Almost ten years after the film "Cidade de Deus" (City of God) commanded the attention of the world, the Brazilian film industry continues its steady ascent.  Vicente Amorim,...
By Lacy Edney, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Many visitors to the Cidade Maravilhosa are starting to find ways to give back through a host of different NGOs (non-profits) offering the opportunity to volunteer in underprivileged communities, ranging...
Opinion, by Samantha Barthelemy RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As an advocate for quality public education in Rio de Janeiro, I am pleased to read, daily, education-related news on Brazil’s mainstream newspapers and to watch, nightly for the past two...
By Patricia Maresch, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – President Dilma Rousseff and U.S. President Barack Obama made it clear they hope to strengthen relations between the two countries. Obama, on his first presidential Latin American tour, praised Brazil...
By Patricia Maresch, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – U.S. President Barack Obama visited Rio on Sunday, March 20th as planned, part of a two-day visit to Brazil during a five-day South American trip. His time in Rio...
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