News from Brazil

Culture & Regional

In Brazil on February 18, 2011 at 11:00 am


Render of the Pontal do Estaleiro residential complex for POrto Alegre, Rio grande do Sul (Skyscrapercity).


Brazil’s Catholic bishops have criticised the country’s popular reality TV shows. The National Conference of Brazilian Bishops called the shows an “attack on the human dignity of participants, who are fascinated with monetary prizes and a short-lived status as a celebrity” (BBC).


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Nineteen police officers have been arrested in Brazil on suspicion of belonging to a death squad which has allegedly killed at least 40 people (BBC).


After the federal police arrested 30 police officers in Rio de Janeiro who were suspected of working with drug traffickers, José Mariano Beltrame, the state’s senior police official, said that rooting out corrupt officers would be a priority this year (New York Times).

A woman has been named to head Brazil’s Rio do Janeiro police department for the first time following a corruption scandal that led to the arrest of more than 30 police and military officials (MercoPress).

There is much more to Ipanema beyond sunbathing at the infamous Posto 9, and those fortunate enough to call this neighborhood home know that. Running or biking along the long stretch of beach, window-shopping on Rua Visconde de Pirajá, or grabbing an ice cream at Mil Frutas… Ipanema boasts access to the best of Rio de Janeiro (Rio Times).

The president of the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), Luciano Coutinho, announced the creation of two Bank programs to assist municipalities in the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro affected by the heavy rains. The announcement was made in the presence of the Minister of National Integration, Fernando Bezerra, the Minister of the Environment, Izabella Teixeira, and the governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral (BNDES).