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November 14, 2013
It’s cheaper to buy a roundtrip plane ticket from Rio de Janeiro to Miami or New York City, plus the PlayStation 4, rather than purchase the console new in Brazil.
Why does the PlayStation 4 cost $1,850 in Brazil?
17:27 // 9 months ago
July 27, 2013
It is not enough simply to open the door in welcome, but we must go out through that door to seek and meet the people. … Be servants of communion and of the culture of encounter. Permit me to say that we must be almost obsessive in this matter. We do not want to be presumptuous, imposing ‘our truths.’
Pope Francis • Speaking to an audience of bishops and priests in Rio de Janeiro on the need for members of the Catholic Church to reach out to the public. The trip to Brazil is the Pope’s first trip abroad since first taking over for the still-alive Pope Benedict.
13:20 // 1 year ago
June 20, 2013

Thousands of officers to provide security in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday

  • 8,000 police officers will be working to provide security in Rio de Janeiro tonight, where thousands of demonstrators are expected to continue protesting poor public services, police brutality, and a decreasing quality of life even as Brazil prepares to host the World Cup next year. Roughly 1200 of the officers are expected to remain in nearby barracks, and will apparently only be deployed if tonight’s demonstrations turn violent. More than 250 thousand demonstrators protested in cities across the country on Monday, and hundreds of thousands more are expected to take part in protests across Brazil on Thursday night. source
17:42 // 1 year ago
July 5, 2012

Air France crash: Investigators blame human error, technical flaws

  • what Under mysterious circumstances, a 2009 Air France flight disappeared while it was over the Atlantic Ocean. It took months to find the wreckage from the plane, which was headed from Rio de Janeiro. 228 died in the crash, and it remains the airline’s worst accident.
  • why In a report on the crash, BEA investigators blamed human and technical error, claiming the pilots were unaware they ”were in a situation of near-total loss of control.” Families of the victims, however, were disappointed by the report, feeling it incomplete. source

EDIT: Corrected direction of the flight — which was headed FROM Rio De Janeiro to Paris.

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11:15 // 2 years ago
November 13, 2011

A reader take on the situation in Brazil

jcoleknowsbest says:  BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!! Brasil’s official position on the favelas/slums only changed with the World Cup and the Olympics.. Before then police never went in the favelas.. And even in that there is no real effort to actually help the people come out of poverty.. When I was in Rio Janeiro back in June, they were building huge screens along the highway from the airport. One of the taxi drivers was telling me that they were building them to hide the poor from the world cup/olympics visitors. This is crazy seeing as Rio has about 600 favelas.. They should mention that this war on the poor folks has claimed many lives….MANY LIVES… At least 23 people die per month by police violence.. This is a war against the poor.. They disguise it as a war against drugs but Like the United States it would be interesting to hear from the “Drug Lords” where they get their guns and drugs….. SMH!

» SFB says: A worthwhile counterpoint to our Brazil post— Ernie @ SFB

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12:17 // 2 years ago
Brazil raids notorious Rio de Janeiro slum ahead of World Cup, Olympics
An attempt to clean up a big problem: Tanks rolled through Rio’s Rocinha neighborhood early Sunday morning, in an effort to show some authority in the region, which is a hotbed for the country’s drug trade. “We’re taking back this territory for the 100,000 citizens of Rocinha, people who have needed peace,” said Sergio Cabral, the governor of the Rio de Janeiro state. But there’s also a bigger goal happening — officials want to clean up the region ahead of two major events heading to the city in the next few years — 2014’s World Cup and 2016’s Olympics. Roughly a third of the city’s six million residents live in slums — of which Rocinha is the largest one. (Photo by Silvia Izquierdo/AP) source
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An attempt to clean up a big problem: Tanks rolled through Rio’s Rocinha neighborhood early Sunday morning, in an effort to show some authority in the region, which is a hotbed for the country’s drug trade. “We’re taking back this territory for the 100,000 citizens of Rocinha, people who have needed peace,” said Sergio Cabral, the governor of the Rio de Janeiro state. But there’s also a bigger goal happening — officials want to clean up the region ahead of two major events heading to the city in the next few years — 2014’s World Cup and 2016’s Olympics. Roughly a third of the city’s six million residents live in slums — of which Rocinha is the largest one. (Photo by Silvia Izquierdo/AP) source

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11:26 // 2 years ago
February 7, 2011
Rio de Janeiro’s famous carnival props lost in massive fire
It looks really funny until you realize the context: Rio de Janeiro’s carnival-building section of town, Samba City, just had a huge fire where lots of stuff got destroyed. Costumes, giant props: They were almost all destroyed. (Nobody was hurt, though.) “We are heartbroken,” said League of Samba Schools president Jorge Castanheria. “Everything was practically ready for the carnival.” It happened so close to the event, which draws hundreds of thousands of people each year, that they may not be able to get everything ready in time. source
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It looks really funny until you realize the context: Rio de Janeiro’s carnival-building section of town, Samba City, just had a huge fire where lots of stuff got destroyed. Costumes, giant props: They were almost all destroyed. (Nobody was hurt, though.) “We are heartbroken,” said League of Samba Schools president Jorge Castanheria. “Everything was practically ready for the carnival.” It happened so close to the event, which draws hundreds of thousands of people each year, that they may not be able to get everything ready in time. source

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11:13 // 3 years ago
November 28, 2010
Rio de Janeiro police, soldiers raid lawless drug haven: The Olympics may not be headed to Brazil until 2016, but they’re getting ready now by fighting against powerful drug gangs (who have been fighting back). With tanks! source Follow ShortFormBlog

Rio de Janeiro police, soldiers raid lawless drug haven: The Olympics may not be headed to Brazil until 2016, but they’re getting ready now by fighting against powerful drug gangs (who have been fighting back). With tanks! source

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10:52 // 3 years ago