Residents Tell of Abuse by Pacification Force in Maré

Residents Tell of Abuse by Pacification Force in Maré

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Government news agency, Agência Brasil, reported that since the Army’s occupation of the Complexo da Maré favela community in Rio last March (three months before the World Cup), the “pacification force” has created a war zone which accounts for 28 murders, twelve dead in Maré […]

The Maze Marks 30 Years in Rio, Faces Closure

The Maze Marks 30 Years in Rio, Faces Closure

By Kendall Clark, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Long regarded as one of the best jazz clubs in Rio, The Maze, perched on a plot of land in the Tavares Bastos favela community, boasts unmatched views of the Pão de Acúçar and the Guanabara Bay. Over three decades the fascinating architectural design has […]

Annual March in Rio Protests Racial Violence by Police

Annual March in Rio Protests Racial Violence by Police

By Chris Kudialis, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Friday (August 22nd), hundreds of Rio’s citizens participated in the second annual Marcha InterNacional contra o Genocídio do Povo Negro (International March against Genocide of the Black Population) in Manguinhos. The protest involved emotional speeches petitioning for the end of racism-motivated Afro-Brazilian killings, and […]

Real Estate Prices Fall in Cantagalo, Pavão-Pavãozinho

Real Estate Prices Fall in Cantagalo, Pavão-Pavãozinho

By Chris Kudialis, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 combined residents, the neighboring morros (hills) of Cantagalo and Pavão-Pavãozinho offer picturesque views of Copacabana Beach and an ideal location between several of Rio de Janeiro’s most popular tourist destinations. Pacified in December 2009, the favela communities were early […]

Providência Gondola Finally Opens in Rio

Providência Gondola Finally Opens in Rio

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — In the favela community of Morro da Providência, the long wait for the new cable car to open is now over, and the system has started to function just before the end of the World Cup. The project, which was completed back in May 2013, […]

The Ups and Downs of Rio’s Favela Hostels

The Ups and Downs of Rio’s Favela Hostels

By Lauren Hogan, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Hostels are not for everyone, usually appealing to younger, budget-sensitive travelers, and that goes double for the idea of staying at a hostel in one of Rio’s favela communities. Since the Police Pacification Unit (UPP) program started to make an impact, hostels in favelas have […]

719 Santa Cruz Residents Receive Home Titles in Rio

719 Santa Cruz Residents Receive Home Titles in Rio

By Rosane Rodrigues, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Authorities announced that a total of 719 residents were granted the property right of their homes in Comunidade Camarão and Nova Camarão favela communities. The neighborhoods are in Santa Cruz in Zona Oeste (West Zone), some 60 km from Centro Rio, and the transfer is […]

More Rio Protest Over Death of Favela Resident: Daily

More Rio Protest Over Death of Favela Resident: Daily

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Another protest closed the streets of Copacabana, the second since Tuesday evening, in relation to the shooting death of a Pavão Pavãozinho favela community resident, allegedly by police. Yesterday’s march followed the the burial of 26 year-old dancer Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira. Hundreds of […]

Casa Geração: Fashion School in Vidigal

Casa Geração: Fashion School in Vidigal

By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Casa Geração, a fashion school in the favela community of Vidigal, is an NGO (non-profit organization) that gives young Cariocas from the area a unique opportunity to learn about fashion, express their creative side, and show off their talents to the world. The fashion […]

Brazilian Armed Forces in Complexo da Maré: Daily

Brazilian Armed Forces in Complexo da Maré: Daily

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — Continued efforts in pacifying the Complexo da Maré favela in the Zona Norte (North Zone) took place in the early morning hours Saturday, March 5th from Midnight – 9AM with the transition of the military police to the army. Sections of Avenida Brasil and Linha […]

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