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By Martin Kocandrle, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Favelas are Brazil’s reoccurring paradox. They have become so prevalent within large cities that presently in Rio they number around 950, each with its own composition and raison d’être. They are paradoxical in the sense that their very geography borders some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Rio, and despite the lack of police, are often ruled with draconian discipline by, ironically enough, drug dealers who break the law on a daily basis.

Favelas also present a paradox to the traveller coming to Rio. Despite the reputation and danger associated with . . .

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