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By Anna Kaiser, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In Rio the Police Pacifying Unit (UPP) program has made notable strides in improving security in favela communities, removing the visibility of powerful drug gangs, as well as helping local...
By Andrew Willis, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A further indication of the security improvements in the city of Rio this year is that many residents and tourists opted to celebrate the New Year festivities in...
By Andrew Willis, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A conflict between expatriates over land ownership in Rio's Vidigal favela community is headed for the courts, after residents at the Casa Alto Vidigal guesthouse were reportedly locked out last...
By Nathan Walters, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Almost a year after police forces invaded the vast sprawling community, the notorious and often violent favela Rocinha is slated to receive its incoming Police Pacifying Unit (UPP) today....
By Zoë Roller, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A series of recent murders in Rocinha, including the shooting of the president of a neighborhood Residents’ Association, have lead police to speculate that the community is suffering from drug...
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