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In Brazil on June 10, 2011 at 9:13 am


Render of the 35-story residential complex Torre Breeze Umarizal for Belem, Para state (Skyscrapercity).


An elite police force arrived in northern Brazil to help local law enforcement combat violence aimed at anti-logging and land rights activists in the Amazon rain forest  (Washington Post).

The Brazilian tribe that played by our rules, and lost: The Kayapó people’s battle to save their land from flooding as the Bel Monte dam is built follows a pattern across the Americas (The Guardian).



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Thoughts of Rio usually conjure images of beautiful beaches, sultry samba steps and tropical fruits, but ask anyone during rush hour and the picture is sure to change. People commuting to and from work, overcrowded public transport, and a maze of honking cars dominate the city, transforming the Cidade Maravilhosa into a living nightmare. Yet however hard it might be to navigate, there are a few ways to ensure an easier commute (The Rio Times).

Mountain retreats, tropical forests, pristine islands, and quaint cobblestone towns: these are just some of the many inviting locations in Rio de Janeiro state. The best part, though, is they are all only a few hours drive from the state capital, so it is easy to combine both a city and off-the-beaten-track experience. Although winter in Brazil is much cooler than the summer, there is still plenty of sunshine and plenty to explore, particularly off-season when things are quieter and prices are lower (The Rio Times).

The Brazilian Symphony Orchestra’s 2011 season seemed full of promise, with a star-studded guest line-up featuring Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang and Kurt Masur. But after three dozen musicians were fired, the Rio de Janeiro-based orchestra found itself embroiled in a controversy that has the classical music world in an uproar (BBC).

Rio de Janeiro has made “remarkable progress” in its preparations to host the 2016 Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee said after a three-day inspection of the Brazilian city. The IOC praised the pace of infrastructure work and a government effort to speed up plans to expand the country’s overcrowded airports in time for the FIFA World Cup (Reuters).

The first EMU manufactured for Rio de Janeiro of Brazil was launched at Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd, CNR CRC. A total of 30 electric multiple unit produced by CNR CRC will serve during the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games (Xinhua).

Four decades after Washington declared its “war on drugs” and began to spread the doctrine south of the U.S. border, the government of the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro decided to shift away from that approach towards a strategy focused on community policing. The new focus has already produced results in some of the city’s favelas or shanty towns, which were long off-limits to outsiders, including police (IPS).


Brazilian utility Cesp, run by the state of Sao Paulo, will either boost investments in generation or sell the controlling stake in the firm. That decision will depend on what the federal government does in regard to power concessions set to expire in 2015 that could either be annulled or bid out again, a situation that has created uncertainty for Brazil’s utilities (Reuters).