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By Ben Tavener, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – At least two people were killed after officers from Rio’s 27th Military Police Battalion launched an operation in a number of communities around Santa Cruz, in the city’s Zona Oeste...
By Patricia Maresch, Senior Contributing Reporter, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Two militia members have already been arrested at the beginning of a Civil Police operation that started at 4AM on Thursday. Approximately 150 police officers were involved in Operation...
By Patricia Maresch, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Brazilian Magistrates Association (AMB) asked Justice Minister Cardozo to create a special task force to solve the murder of Judge Patrícia Acioli (47 years). She was assassinated last...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian laws do not countenance the death penalty, for any crimes. Nor does Brazilian law permit jail without possibility of parole. Both the death penalty and life without parole are regarded...
By Samuel Elliott Novacich, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In an operation carried out by Draco (the Delegacia de Repressão a Ações Criminosas Organizadas, or Department of Repression Against Organized Crime) that culminated on July 27th, fourteen police...
By Patricia Maresch, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Militia groups have gained power and become prominent in headlines over the last few years, and now recent reports indicate they are responsible for almost half of the homicides...
By Samuel Elliott Novacich, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Minha Casa Minha Vida (My House My Life) the massive public housing campaign launched by the Brazilian Federal Government in March of 2009, has been kicked into overdrive. Originally...
By Samuel Elliott Novacich, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO – Recent investigation has found that Rio de Janeiro’s militia chiefs are now controlling their empires from prison. As reported recently by O Globo, many militia heads continue to coordinate their...

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Opinion, by Samantha Barthelemy RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This week I went to Cinemark Barra Downtown, twice, to watch director José Padilha’s Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2). I was quite late, as over eleven million spectators watched...
By Doug Gray, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO - As militias continue to control several favelas in Zona Oeste of Rio, the Secretary of Public Security Jose Mariano Beltrame last week put into action the second phase of Operacao Temis,...
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