Opinion, by Michael Kerlin
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Favelas feature prominently in the news about Rio’s preparations for the World Cup and Olympics. Haphazard cinderblock blankets draped over the city’s hills, they at once offer a hopeful emotional heartbeat and a menacing history of violence to the Cidade Maravilhosa.
One thing hundreds of thousands of favelados have in common are roots in Brazil’s northeast. Between 1950 and . . .