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Favelas of Rio De Janeiro

Post-Olympic Thoughts

Christos Terzides | Posted 09.29.2016 | Travel
Christos Terzides

Rio De janeiro is so beautiful that is almost magical.

Rio's Favelas Are Anything But Olympic Fun And Games

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.07.2016 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The negative press and public embarrassment of the favelas has forced Brazilian officials to take some steps toward alleviating the worst of the conditions and abuses. Yet that doesn't wipe away the continued stain of the poverty, neglect and systemic violence that the favelas are still synonymous with. Nowhere has this been more chilling than in the treatment of the children of the favelas.

In Brazil, Police Violence Claims Black and Poor Victims

Paulo Roberto Junior | Posted 06.10.2015 | Black Voices
Paulo Roberto Junior

We cannot continue to allow citizens to be killed every day in cold blood because we consider confrontations between cops and criminals to be "natural."

Six Days of Violent Death, Literary Honor, and Politics in Rio de Janeiro

Matthew Chapman | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

From the killer thief on the street, through the heartless bureaucrat, to the insatiable CEO, all the way to the politician who'll sacrifice young lives merely to increase his power, the disease of inhumane cynicism sometimes seems like an inescapable epidemic.

One Step Forward, Ten Steps Back: On The Exoticization Of Rio's Favelas

Gabriela Kruschewsky | Posted 05.19.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriela Kruschewsky

Does "explore the narrow passageways and catch breathtaking views of unique architecture, mountains, and ocean" sound like the exception, or does it sound like a misguided brochure?

The Poor and the Olympic Games

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The Olympian is a difficult foe to oppose. Homer, The Iliad Now that the Olympics are over and Sochi proved itself such a triumph (and eagerly...

Is Pacification Increasing Violence Against Women in Rio's Favelas?

Juliana Schwartz | Posted 03.24.2014 | Latino Voices
Juliana Schwartz

It is unclear what is causing the increase in violence against women in Rio's favelas. But here is what I do know: Rio has one of the most blatant and fascinating systems of control when it comes to keeping poor people of color marginalized.

Beyond Pacification in Rio de Janeiro

Robert Muggah | Posted 10.13.2013 | Home
Robert Muggah

Rio de Janeiro is facing a new crisis. The social protests that started in June and July 2013 are taking a sinister turn.

Is Brazil Preparing for World Cup and Olympics at the Expense of Its People?

Emilia Barrosse | Posted 07.10.2013 | College
Emilia Barrosse

Certainly, I am not a city planner, politician or even a Brazilian. Hosting the World Cup in 2014 and Olympics in 2016 is a major responsibility and an excellent opportunity to promote a country's public image. However, the desperation I witnessed is not the most enticing picture to broadcast to the world.

PHOTOS: Rio From Above And Below

Cindy Ross | Posted 12.29.2012 | Travel
Cindy Ross

Steps were also hand-chiseled into the steep slope for the king's convenience, but he disregarded both and galloped up the sheer rock to the summit like a goat.

Slow Food in the Favela

Carl Pope | Posted 08.29.2012 | Green
Carl Pope

Slow food in the favelas may seem like a contradiction in terms -- but such disruptive innovations, not the bland, frothy platitudes of the official Rio + 20 declaration, are in fact "the Future We Want."

Squatters No More: Legitimizing Brazil's Favelas

André Albuquerque | Posted 06.03.2012 | Impact
André Albuquerque

When people are granted land rights and take ownership for their property, they become active agents of social and community transformation.

The Two Rios: Worlds Will Collide For 2014 World Cup, 2016 Olympics

ESPN | Posted 07.10.2011 | Sports

RIO DE JANEIRO -- A white cross rising above the Macacos slum marks the spot where people are burned alive. A starving horse, his ribs poking out, is ...

Rio's Pre-Olympic Woes

Mónica Villamizar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mónica Villamizar

2010-12-01-bazil.jpg "It's worse than Iraq here." I heard this phrase repeatedly while reporting in the Complexo d'Alemao favela.

Brazil's Shantytowns Serve As Hollywood's New Hotspot | Anil Mundra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Just before Christmas, a fit young man in a gold chain and a ski mask barreled through the hillside gulleys of a slum in Rio de Jane...