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Blame it on Rio, or Sarajevo?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

War more likely in the Balkans or sex in Brazil, turned into an unexpected UN Security Council debate. Is promiscuity for conflict, sex or soccer something embedded in our genes, culture or environment? Some stereotypes perhaps are better, or more accurately less harmful, but in the end they become a hurdle.

Here's What To Do In The World Cup Host Cities Besides Watch Soccer

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 06.07.2014 | Travel

The 2014 FIFA World Cup begins June 12, and host cities across Brazil are gearing up to welcome hundreds of thousands of travelers. Soccer fans tr...

Why Brazilians Want More From the World Cup

Peggy Goldman | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
Peggy Goldman

Brazil is not ready for the World Cup, and after a $3.5 billion investment in stadiums and infrastructure, no one is more distraught than its own people.

20 Things You Need To Know About Brazil

JustLuxe | Posted 07.22.2014 | Travel

With FIFA 2014 just around the corner, and the Rio Summer Olympics taking place in 2016, Brazil has been all the buzz around the internet and in conve...

Getting Men Involved in Brazil to Break The Cycle of Violence: New Documentary By To The Contrary

Luis Mazariegos | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Luis Mazariegos

Brazil is a country of contradictions. It boasts one of the world's fastest growing economies, yet its poorest inhabitants have not felt this boom. In Rio de Janeiro's favelas, or slums, violence remains a gigantic problem.

Land Titles for the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Rio de Janeiro is moving forward with the expansion of land titling for its most vulnerable citizens through Minha Casa Minha Vida, the national housing program, and Morar Carioca, the city's urban upgrading program.

Cinco de Mayo: A Different Take

Khanh Ho | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Khanh Ho

Most people just don't know what Cinco de Mayo is about, beyond the fact that it is an excuse to guzzle tequila. They do not know that the event commemorates an heroic battle for the city of Puebla. Not Mexican Independence Day.

Using New Technology to Give Voice to the Voiceless

Robert Muggah | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Robert Muggah

The consequences of violence for young people are far-reaching, spanning generations. Exposure to an assault and abuse does not only leave physical scars.

Drink the World: Rio

Dan Miles | Posted 06.24.2014 | Travel
Dan Miles

With the Olympics and the World Cup fast approaching, the Rio de Janeiro tourist authorities are no doubt about to fly into a media frenzy to persuade the world that their city is cuddly and fluffy.

Altair Faces Eviction – for the Third Time

Natalia Viana | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
Natalia Viana

The story of 60-year-old builder Altair Antunes Guimarães from Rio de Janeiro, illustrates a "collateral effect" of the mega-events in Rio that has fallen under the radar lately. With the first kick getting nearer -- less than 60 days now! -- people seem to have forgotten the thousands of families who at some point faced eviction to give way for the enlargement, improvement, or establishment of infrastructure for the 1-month tournament. The feeling is that the battles are lost to the construction companies, who indeed profited immensely during the construction of the stadiums -- and that families have by now resigned to leave their homes.

Red Vaya, Lamata, Kopaja, Busetas: How the Urban Poor Commute

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Too many transportation initiatives focus on cars and highways, thus favoring the rich and the middle class. But there are ways to provide safer, more affordable, eco-friendly and reliable transportation to the poor in the Global South, as the following examples demonstrate.

Are Brazil's Police Reformable?

Robert Muggah | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
Robert Muggah

There are signs that Brazil's already hyper-militarized culture of public security provision is becoming even more securitized. Nowhere are the risks more evident than in Rio de Janeiro where 4,000 federal forces were deployed this month to occupy the city´s most violent favelas, including Maré.

Rio 2 - What Goes on in the Amazon Affects Us All

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 06.08.2014 | Teen

Rio 2 is a wonderful animation with great comedy for the entire family. Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (voiced by Anne Hathaway) are back in Rio 2 with their three children.

The World's Most Social Travel Destinations

minube | Posted 06.02.2014 | Travel

They say "there's no place like home," but we finally put it to the test! The travel site minube along with over 100 tourism boards from Iowa to Indon...

South-by-South: When to Bypass the Global North

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

South-South Cooperation refers to the exchange of resources, know-how and technology between countries in the Global South. While this transfer is sti...

Ditch The Flip Flops

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 04.19.2015 | Travel

Over winter and ready to hit the beach? Us too. As a coping mechanism, we've compiled a list of the best places to beat the heat. Here are a few sp...

The Actual Brazil World Cup Scandal Isn't About Thongs

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.07.2014 | World
Michelle Chen

The 2014 Brazil World Cup made big headlines again this week after a controversial Adidas promotional campaign that the country's tourist board says...

Danger and Opportunity: Leveraging Big Events for Urban Development

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Large-scale events, such as international conferences and sports competitions, that take place in cities in emerging countries present both an opportunity and a danger.

LOOK: Amazing Photos Of Rio's Spectacular Carnival Finale

Posted 03.04.2014 | World

Rio de Janeiro's whirlwind Carnival season comes to a close Tuesday, with the five-day fiesta culminating in spectacular samba parades and partying th...

All Eyes On Rio

Sonia Gil | Posted 04.30.2014 | Travel
Sonia Gil

There is much more to Rio than just sand and sea.

10 Reasons Why Rio is AMAZING!

Sonia Gil | Posted 04.22.2014 | Travel
Sonia Gil

7. Even nuns go to the beach.

These Four Cities Are Making Youth Empowerment A Priority

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.18.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

A pressing question for many cities is how to create the right educational, social, and economic opportunities for young people so that they gain the tools to build strong foundations for adulthood.

20 Ultimate Winter Destinations

Gogobot | Posted 03.25.2014 | Travel

Gogobot users named their favorite winter destinations in the 2014 Travelers' Favorites Awards, lauding ski resorts like Whistler as much as hot-and-heavy cities like Rio de Janeiro. Read on for more inspiring, surprising ideas that will get you ready to book your next adventure.

Five Ways to Improve Working Conditions in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

They are determined to open up a dialogue with city officials and to negotiate a set of basic rights that will formalize their line of work.

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.