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By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The MIMO Festival, the largest instrumental music festival in Brazil, will make its Rio de Janeiro debut on Friday, November 13th. Continuing for three days through Sunday, November 15th...
By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Real estate in Rio has become infamous for its high prices in recent years, continually sparking speculations about a bubble ready to burst. The price hikes are mainly led by...
By Levi Michaels, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With the 2013 World Youth Day (WYD) arriving on July 23rd, some of Rio's fantastic religious architecture will be must-sees for many visitors. Neighborhoods like Centro and Penha offer a...
By Melissa Rossi, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Since the pacification and UPP installation in Complexo do Alemão and surrounding favela communities in Zona Norte (North Zone), a rapid decrease in gunshot wound victims indicates safer streets for...
By Fiona Hurrell, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Almost one and a half years after occupation by the Brazilian Army, the favelas of Complexo do Alemão and Penha in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone) are still awaiting the...
By Patricia Maresch, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Just before Christmas, the second phase of the occupation of the infamous Complexo do Alemão and Penha favelas started.  The new peace keeping force, Força de Pacificação, is now in...
By Patricia Maresch, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For baby Wanderson, a newborn from Complexo do Alemão, it's his first Christmas. For little Wanderson's mother it's her first Christmas without gifts from the drug traffickers of Comando Vermelho...
By Patricia Maresch, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The inhabitants of the Complexo do Alemão and Vila Cruzeiro are starting to believe in a brighter future. But it is a delicate process, as many residents have...
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