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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.

Violence Rattles Rio Shantytowns Ahead Of World Cup

Reuters | Posted 03.23.2014 | World

By Paulo Prada RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Daily shootouts are rattling two of Rio de Janeiro's slums, communities that until re...

PHOTOS: Crazy Lightning Strikes Jesus!

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The iconic statue of Christ overlooking Rio de Janeiro has been damaged during a storm. Officials said Friday that the righ...

Zoo Animals Chomp On Popsicles As Extreme Heat Wave Roasts Brazil

AP | Jenny Barchfield | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Sure, it's mind-bogglingly cold in the Northern Hemisphere. But the sweltering weather on the opposite end of the Earth has ma...

Bringing Urban Infrastructure to Communities On the Margins

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Informal settlements are especially underserved when it comes to infrastructure, and they often lack recognition from the government as well as the means to access necessities like clean water or healthcare.

How to End Brazil's Homicide Epidemic

Robert Muggah | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Robert Muggah

Homicidal violence is a barometer of the wider health of a society and the commitment of governments to guaranteeing its safety and well-being. By almost every measure, Brazil is a sickly patient and its public authorities are errant doctors.

A Local Look At Rio De Janeiro

Posted 12.30.2013 | Travel

Instagram's Local Lens series is the perfect way to get an insider's view of some of the most beautiful destinations on Earth. Carioca Instagramme...

The Other Carnaval in Brazil

Jason Gardner | Posted 02.26.2014 | Travel
Jason Gardner

Few foreign tourists experience the folkloric festival in the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife, different from the stereotypical version in Rio with its glitter and bikinis and exotic headdress.

LOOK: Brazilians Fight For Topless Rights (NSFW)

AP | JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 12.21.2013 | Weird News

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A much-hyped protest for the right to go topless on Rio de Janeiro's beaches fell flat Saturday when only a handful of women b...

4 Beautiful Cable Car Rides Around the World

Budget Travel | Posted 02.19.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

We scoured the globe to find the most travel-inspiring views, whether you're seeking a relaxing ride in Rio or want to try capturing a different angle of the New York City skyline. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy. And don't forget your camera!

Thousands Brave Polluted Waters In Brazil

AP | JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 12.15.2013 | Latino Voices

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of amateur swimmers took to the brackish waters of Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach Saturday for an open-sea race t...

PHOTOS: Heavy Rain Causes Chaos In Rio

AP | Posted 12.12.2013 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Torrential rains caused chaos and at least two deaths in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. Traffic was snarled, airports temporaril...

C40 City Diplomacy Addresses Climate Change

Eduardo Paes | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Eduardo Paes

Closer to their communities, local leaders are more capable of understanding their needs. After all, people live in cities, not regions or countries.

Rise of the Wise: Next Steps for Smart Cities

Eduardo Paes | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Eduardo Paes

More than managing its resources, a wise city employs data and collaborates with citizens to discern which current courses of action contribute to long-term improvement in the quality of life.

Giving the Urban Poor Access to City Centers

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Whether through new infrastructure work, transportation initiatives or training programs, efforts to link informal settlements with the infrastructure of the formal city are well underway in cities across the globe.

ReThink Review: Reaching for the Moon - Of Parks and Poetry

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Kim

I went into Reaching For the Moon as blind as could be, having never heard of Elizabeth Bishop, her poetry, Lota de Macedo Soares, or the creation of Flamengo Park, and I left totally curious and enthralled by all of it.

Where to Go in December: 20 Places to Travel Now

Viator | Posted 02.03.2014 | Travel
Viator

With the holiday season under way and Christmas and the New Year just around the corner, December is the perfect time to dust off your passport and celebrate in style.

Between Mountain and Sea: Exploring Rio Through Imagery

XPRIZE | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
XPRIZE

By Joe Capra Joe is a Los Angeles-based photographer and filmmaker, and winner of XPRIZE's 2012 "Why Do You Explore?" Video Contest for his piece Mid...

Public-Private Partnerships for Shared Prosperity: It's Working!

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

How can cities integrate informal economic activity with urban planning to improve living standards while promoting growth? How can we blend private s...

Five Glimpses of Hope for the Global South's Homeless

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Many children in Cairo run away from abuse and neglect at home to seek refuge in the city's streets. The Hope Village Society has been working for the past 30 years to give these children an opportunity to reclaim their lives and their futures.

Rio Faces Water Shortages

AP | JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 10.30.2013 | Latino Voices

RIO DE JANEIRO -- RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Taps were dry across a wide swath of Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, some for nearly a week straight, prompting a...

4 Places Where Technology Is Empowering The Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Empowering the urban poor to pull themselves out of poverty is a sustainable, respectful, and effective way to encourage development. The following examples show how modern technology and traditional education methods are having a significant impact in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai, Jakarta, and Mexico City.

Friday Nights Out and a Weapons Exchange: Programs that Help the Poor Stay Safe

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 12.23.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Informal and marginalized urban communities, no matter how vibrant and well established, inhabit a "no man's land" on the periphery of laws and institutions -- fighting for recognition and for protection.

Chilean Chronicles, Part 7: Leandro Drives Us Around Rio

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Leandro Weissmann pulled into the driveway of the Royal Tulip hotel one minute after 2:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon, and instantly apologized in a deep, gravelly voice for arriving late.

Thousands Of Caimans Thrive In Rio's Sewage-Like Lagoons

AP | JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 10.17.2013 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO -- RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Oh, the glories of Rio that await spectators and athletes at the 2016 Olympics: those beaches, that music, t...