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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Police in Rio de Janeiro state announced they have arrested the man said to have ordered the prison rebellions in the state of Goiás at the beginning of the...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The recent killings and mass escapes from inside Brazilian prisons has led Brazil’s Justice Minister, Alexandre de Moraes, to call for changes in the country’s incarceration laws, especially the number...
By Kate Rintoul, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — In the last week of August, riots broke out in four prisons across Brazil, killing eight inmates and prompting the UN to call for reforms as overcrowding and poor conditions...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Yesterday’s news, perhaps still today’s, is that a rebellion/revolt/riot in a state prison in Cascavel, Paraná, resulted in at least four dead prisoners, two of whom were beheaded. Two guards were...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Pope Francis is in Brazil to attend World Youth Day (WYD), and was greeted by tens of thousands of pilgrims in the center of Rio on Monday, July 22nd. Argentinian-born Pope Francis,...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Pope Francis arrived in Rio yesterday on a week-long visit to Brazil in the first overseas trip of his papacy to take part in the 2013 World Youth Day (WYD). The...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rio’s security officials have revealed plans for next week’s World Youth Day (WYD), which Pope Francis is set to attend in the first major overseas trip of his papacy....
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Nearly a month of countrywide protests amidst the global spotlight of hosting (and winning) the FIFA Confederations Cup has left Brazil reeling. The crowds at the protests have...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – With the wave of protests ongoing and the FIFA Confederations Cup drawing to a close, attention has turned to Brazil’s next major event: World Youth Day (WYD) and Pope Francis' visit to Rio. Organizers...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – It was an apparently innocuous R$0.20 rise in the cost of a bus ticket in São Paulo that sparked mass protests that have since swept through at least twelve Brazilian...
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