Pacification

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This photo-essay by documentarian Luiz Baltar was first published on RioOnWatch.org and is republished with permission. I have never accepted the term “pacification,” adopted as a slogan by the government and repeated all over the media. By consensus, peace is a desired state of mind and something that can be achieved individually or collectively. It […]

GONDOLA MANIA

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“Pacified, the German Complex Will Now Have Sightseeing Tours.” Named in reference to a Polish immigrant who settled in the area almost a hundred years ago and was nicknamed “the German” by locals, Rio’s Complexo de Alemão – or German Complex  – made local and international headlines in 2012 for two seemingly unrelated reasons: a […]

Vidigal

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Pacified, gentrified, superbly located Vidigal. The “UPP” pacification branding in Vidigal plaza means it’s safe for tourists. Drive a mile down the coast from swanky Leblon Beach, just past a strip of sex motels and the Sheraton Hotel, and you’re standing at the entrance to Vidigal. Locals line up to catch a ride up the […]

Integration Headlines

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One ring to rule them all: Dial 1746 to reach over 300 city services in one place. Some headlines on Brazil are more fit for a Vin Diesel worldview than they are fit to print, but we admire their enthusiasm: Brazil teeming with crack users and sales. Brazil Widens Human Flesh-Filled Empanada Probe. Jetman soars […]