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By Zoë Roller, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Government and police officials are developing new anti-corruption measures, spurred in part by recent events in Rocinha, the largest favela in Rio's Zona Sul (South Zone). A UPP (Police Pacification...
Opinion, by Samantha Barthelemy RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Every once in a while a scandal comes along to remind us that despite the soon-to-be-hosted 2016 Summer Olympics and the successes of the 3rd Rock in Rio Festival, “all is not...
By Ben Tavener, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – At least eight police officers, including a commander, have now been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the murder of Judge Patrícia Acioli. Lieutenant Colonel Cláudio Luiz Silva de Oliveira –...
Opinion, by Michael Kerlin RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - "Things could really be different this time," we told ourselves about the insertion of Police Pacification Units (UPPs) into violent favelas to root out drug traffickers. Residents were walking up and...
By Patricia Maresch, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Brazilian Magistrates Association (AMB) asked Justice Minister Cardozo to create a special task force to solve the murder of Judge Patrícia Acioli (47 years). She was assassinated last...
By Samuel Elliott Novacich, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO – Recent investigation has found that Rio de Janeiro’s militia chiefs are now controlling their empires from prison. As reported recently by O Globo, many militia heads continue to coordinate their...
By Patricia Maresch, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The recently appointed head of the Rio's Civil Police, Martha Rocha, made surprise inspection visits to seven police precincts during Carnival weekend to meet with police officers as well as...
By Sibel Tinar, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A large-scale operation named Operação Guilhotina (Operation Guillotine), conducted last week by Brazil’s Polícia Federal (Federal Police), the country’s federal investigation bureau, has so far led to the arrests...

Elite What?

Opinion, by Samantha Barthelemy RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This week I went to Cinemark Barra Downtown, twice, to watch director José Padilha’s Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2). I was quite late, as over eleven million spectators watched...
By Lindsay Spratt, Sub Editor RIO DE JANEIRO - Evandro João da Silva, coordinator of Afroreggae, one of Rio de Janeiro's largest non-profit organizations, was shot to death after being mugged on Sunday morning, October 18.  Evandro was on his way to...
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