Opinion, by Samantha Barthelemy

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Residents of Rio de Janeiro state enjoyed February with the lowest rates of homicide since statistics started to be recorded in 1991. There were 368 killings in the second month of 2011, compared with 473 in February 2010 – a 22.1 percent drop, according to Rio's Institute of Public Security (ISP).

These numbers may not constitute enough reason to celebrate, and Rio still has a long way to go. But we are making progress and we should not allow the . . .

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