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Pope Francis To Make First Major International Appearance

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 07.19.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK -- At St. Joseph's church, a small but bustling Catholic congregation near downtown Brooklyn that draws a mix of Hispanic and Caribbean famil...

Innovation for Health: How Text Messages and Micro-Insurance Help the Urban Poor Stay Healthy

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Slum residents across the Global South lack access to affordable health care services. Despite a pervasive lack of funding, often mediocre infrastruct...

Standing up Against Forced Evictions: How Slum Dwellers Are Fighting Back

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.11.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Rising property values lead developers and government officials to abruptly displace slum dwellers, often without proper notice, legal standing, or reimbursement.

Advice for Pope Francis as He Heads to Rio

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

Matthew Fox offers advice to Pope Francis on dozens of hot-button issues that were mostly silenced by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Imagine an issue that you might care about and it is here. Birth control. Pre-marital sex. Ordaining women. Looking to more than the Bible and Church tradition (nature, science, creative arts, imagination) for God's revelation.

The Walk From Hope to Fear, as Brazilians Take to Rio's Streets for Change

Tracy Lee | Posted 09.01.2013 | World
Tracy Lee

From an outsider's perspective it may have felt that everything happened overnight, but these feelings have been stirring among Brazilians for a while.

11,000 Police Mobilized To Secure Confederations Cup Final In Rio

Agence France Presse | Chris Wright | Posted 08.31.2013 | World

Protesters armed with screwdrivers and slingshots clashed with police near Rio's legendary Maracana football stadium where Brazil defeated Spain to wi...

Protests Target Confederation Cup Final In Brazil

AP | JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 08.30.2013 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO -- More than 5,000 anti-government protesters marched Sunday near the Maracana stadium before a major international soccer match, venti...

A Women's Court, a Peace Villa, a Website and a Garden: 4 Successful Initiatives Empowering Women in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 08.27.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Transforming the lives of the urban poor can only happen through women's empowerment -- not only because gender equality is a human right, but mainly because it is fundamental to bringing an entire community out of poverty.

Challenges of Hosting a Big Sporting Event

Eduardo Paes | Posted 08.27.2013 | World
Eduardo Paes

The voices of the streets represent a unifying message -- these events must prioritize legacy and what will remain after the race is run and the final whistle blows. If not, the shareholders won't even reach the qualifiers, let alone the players.

Brazil's Newest Weapon In The Fight Against Corruption

Agence France Presse | Mariana Muniz | Posted 08.27.2013 | World

Brazilian tour guide Thiago Firmino notices that the two cable cars servicing the working-class neighborhood of Dona Marta, on a steep hillside overlo...

Jeitinho Brasileiro: The Brazilian Way of Doing Things

Nathalie Davidson | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Nathalie Davidson

The last six months of my study abroad experience in Rio de Janeiro have been incredible to say the least and there was no way I could not participate in the protest with the hope of giving back to Rio what the city has given me, optimism for the future.

One Million Brazilians Hit The Streets

AP | MARCO SIBAJA, JENNY BARCHFIELD and BRADLEY BROOKS | Posted 08.21.2013 | World

BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff ended her near-silence about days of massive, violent protests, saying in a prime-time TV ...

Sao Paulo, Rio Roll Back Transport Fare Hikes

AP | BRADLEY BROOKS and JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 08.19.2013 | World

SAO PAULO — Leaders in Brazil's two biggest cities said Wednesday that they reversed an increase in bus and subway fares that ignited anti-gover...

Film Review: Rio 2096 Glides Across Six Centuries of Brazil

Zach Udko | Posted 08.18.2013 | Entertainment
Zach Udko

As summer heats up, our thirst for films about futuristic freedom fighters shows no sign of abating.

10 Best Places To See From Above

Viator | Posted 08.06.2013 | Travel
Viator

Whether hovering over a kaleidoscope of corals at the Great Barrier Reef or soaring around the Statue of Liberty in New York, here are 10 of the best places in the world to see from above.

How Big Data can Change the Lives of the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Data plays a crucial role in any serious effort to reduce urban poverty. It's tough to design initiatives and measure success without a clear understanding of who people are, where they live, and what problems they face.

People-Powered Politics at the City Level: Searching for True Citizenship

Alessandra Orofino | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Alessandra Orofino

Precisely because of the magnitude of the problems they face, cities are increasingly emerging as the most fertile grounds for creating change. They are the laboratories in which many of the world's most intractable challenges will be solved.

PHOTOS: Rio's Shantytowns, Via Cable Car

AP | JULIANA BARBASSA | Posted 05.13.2013 | Travel

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Tiana Martins stepped gingerly into the red cable-car gondola, giggling from nerves as the doors slid shut, the ground dropped preci...

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.

How Matatus and Kekes are Improving the Lives of the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Lack of planning, rapid urbanization, and overcrowding are some of the issues residents face on a daily basis. Many current forms of urban transportation are inefficient, unsafe, and unsustainable. The following examples are from cities attempting to create an efficient and affordable system.

Discovering A Mosque In The World's Largest Catholic Country

Aamir Hussain | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

Given that about 0.02 percent of Brazil's population identifies as Muslim and that the majority of this small group lives in the center of the country, I never would have expected to find other Muslims in Rio. However, after several months of searching I finally found some.

Luxury In South America

Oyster | Posted 07.01.2013 | Travel
Oyster

South America is home to some of the world's most luxurious hotels. Whether you want to sit beachside in Rio De Janeiro or soak in views of the Andes ...

Big Cities, Small Stays

Oyster | Posted 06.18.2013 | Travel
Oyster

So though mega-metropolises like Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, or Los Angeles might intimidate you, fear not. You can always retreat to these intimate boutiques for some quiet time amidst the bustle of the big city.

Teen Detained In Brazil Tourist Gang Rape Case, Report

AP | Posted 06.08.2013 | Latino Voices

RIO DE JANEIRO — A news report says Rio de Janeiro police have detained a 14-year-old suspected of participating in the brutal gang rape of an A...

Tourist Kidnapped, Sexually Assaulted In Rio

AP | Posted 06.01.2013 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO — Two foreign tourists were held for hours, brutalized and one of them sexually assaulted aboard a public transport van they boar...