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By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Two new Police Pacification Units (UPPs) were officially inaugurated by the Rio de Janeiro state government in the city's Zona Norte (North Zone) neighborhoods of Complexo do Lins and...
By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Marking his first major international trip since becoming pontiff on March 13th, Pope Francis will arrive in Rio de Janeiro on Monday, July 22nd for the 2013 World Youth...
By Patricia Maresch, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Pope Benedict XVI announced Sunday to thousands of young Roman Catholics at the close of this year's event in Madrid, "I am pleased now to announce that the next...
By Patricia Maresch, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Sunday night at 10PM Rio's Governor Sergio Cabral tweeted: “São Carlos and Santa Teresa can celebrate liberty, they are free from the rule of criminals. Viva Rio!” It took...
Opinion, by Samantha Barthelemy RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A colleague recently asked if I could explain what I mean by saying that we, as a society, are all responsible for Rio de Janeiro’s “problems.” Here’s a try. The heavy rainfalls...
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 Philip Sever, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO - Allan Turnowski was appointed as the new head of the Civil Police last Wednesday (April 22nd). Previously State Director for Police Special Operations where he fought organized crime and drug trafficking,...
By Philip Sever, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO - Government officials announced on Tuesday that construction of a wall has already begun around the favela of Dona Marta (also known as Santa Marta) in Botafogo. This is the first of...
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