Rio’s UPP in Cerro-Corá Fosters Community with Kickboxing

Rio’s UPP in Cerro-Corá Fosters Community with Kickboxing

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The small favela community of Cerro-Corá, located on the edge of Zona Sul (South Zone) held a kickboxing graduation ceremony of their community integration program last week on Thursday, March 19th. The entire program is meant to foster positive relationships between the UPP (Police Pacification […]

Five Alternative Things to Do in Rio During Carnival: Sponsored

Five Alternative Things to Do in Rio During Carnival: Sponsored

By Nicole Eberhard, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While your Carnival week in Rio will (and should) inevitably revolve around samba beats and endless parties, in a whirl of parades, blocos, balls and costumes, don’t miss the opportunity to see more of the Marvelous City at the same time. One thing to keep […]

Rio’s Military Police Enter Favela After Weekend Shootings

Rio’s Military Police Enter Favela After Weekend Shootings

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After intense shootings during the past weekend between two reported rival drug gangs in the Morro do Juramento favela in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone), the military police are occupying the community and searching for suspects. The shooting began on Friday night and terrorized residents […]

Pacification Force to Stay in Complexo da Maré 6 More Months

Pacification Force to Stay in Complexo da Maré 6 More Months

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão announced the Pacification Force in the Complexo da Maré favela community in the Zona Norte (North Zone) of Rio will remain for another for another six months. The decision was made after a meeting with the Ministers of Justice, José Eduardo […]

Military Police Announce New Heads for 16 of 38 UPPs in Rio

Military Police Announce New Heads for 16 of 38 UPPs in Rio

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Major news outlet O Globo reported that the press office of the Coordinator of Pacifying Police (CPP) confirmed the change of command in 16 of 38 UPPs in the state over the next week. Rio de Janeiro’s inaugural Police Pacification Unit (Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, […]

Santa Marta Community in Rio Marks Six Years with UPP

Santa Marta Community in Rio Marks Six Years with UPP

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Today marks the sixth anniversary of Rio de Janeiro’s inaugural Police Pacification Unit (Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, or UPP), installed in the Santa Marta favela community on December 19, 2008. While the UPP still faces challenges in other areas of Rio, in Santa Marta, also […]

Rio Cultural Secrets Offers Tours in Vidigal: Sponsored

Rio Cultural Secrets Offers Tours in Vidigal: Sponsored

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While tours of favela communities in Rio de Janeiro are nothing new, over the years there has become increased sensitivity to how visitors interact with these neighborhoods. The goal for many is to move away from “poverty peeping” from safari jeeps to immersive and interpersonal […]

Students from The British School Work With PESCA: Sponsored

Students from The British School Work With PESCA: Sponsored

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Students from The British School, Rio de Janeiro have recently completed a course in the month of November aimed at engaging in social development causes in Brazil. The class helped design, plan and deliver educational lessons to underprivileged and at risk children at PESCA (Projeto […]

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 […]

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