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By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - This past weekend, the favela community of Vila Kennedy in Rio’s Zona Oeste (West Zone) was the site of the latest operation by Brazil's armed forces since the military intervention...
By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The atmosphere of violence continues for Rocinha's residents, as shootings erupted in Rio's largest favela again on Monday, October 2nd. Clashes between drug dealers and the police have been frequent...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazilian police in the state of Amazonas, in the Amazon region announced on Wednesday, that a suspect in the murder of British tourist Emma Kelty confessed to cutting her throat...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – For the past month more than 10,000 security agents have been operating in the state of Rio de Janeiro as part of a federal security plan to combat drug...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The security forces operation in Rio de Janeiro in eight favela communities on Monday morning led to the arrest of 43 people, seizure of eleven weapons and large amount...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In the early hours of Monday (August 21st) members of Brazil’s armed forces, police and national force simultaneously entered seven of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favelas complexes, with arrest...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A week after a major police operation in the central region of São Paulo, known as Cracolândia (Crackland), drug users are said to be slowly returning to area, strengthening the...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The non-governmental group Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated in its latest Global Report that the overcrowding in Brazilian prisons and the high number of extrajudicial killings at the hands of...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – With the increase of regional organized crime, whose operations have reached many countries at once, government representatives from Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay met this week to devise...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Supreme Court in brazil is expected to vote this month if the country will decriminalize the possession of drugs and the cultivation of plants for personal use. The Supreme...
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