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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The mega-operation by Rio de Janeiro police to capture Nicolas Labre Pereira has already left nine people dead since June 20th, when in a daring action twenty-five armed men stormed...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A rumor that the Bolsa Família anti-poverty program was set to close led to hundreds of thousands of families withdrawing the state benefit over the weekend. Caixa Econômica Federal, the...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With the FIFA Confederations Cup and World Youth Day (WYD 2013) set to arrive in Rio, the city has seen pacification operations in favelas at the base of Corcovado...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Ministry for Cities has announced it is launching an inquiry into accusations that former civil servants defrauded the government’s major public housing program, known as Minha Casa Minha...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One of Rio’s most-wanted armed criminals, Humberto dos Santos, better known as Beto Playboy, has been arrested by police in the Morro do Adeus area, part of the Complexo...
By Esmee Verbeek, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Since Wednesday, over 400 police officers moved into favelas in the center of Niterói and Maricá to find the drug traffickers, who, according to the residents, arrived after being recently...
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