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Brazil Weekly’s Culture & Regional news

In Brazil on August 12, 2011 at 10:36 am


Render of the interior of a new cultural centre of international standards for Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, to be finished by 2014 (Estado de Minas).


With an eye looking at a growing market in Brazil, driven in part by government efforts to make mobile technology more affordable, the National Association of Newspapers (ANJ in Portuguese) Digital Strategy Commission is considering unifying the distribution of digital editions of Brazilian newspapers for tablets (Knightcenter).

The proposed law 84/99, which the Brazilian legislature is treating as urgent, would significantly limit the freedom of Internet users and threaten their privacy, warned the Brazilian Institute for Consumer Defense. Proposed by Congressman Eduardo Azeredo, the initiative would specify penalties for Internet crimes. But according to the Institute, the bill would criminalize common, everyday behaviors of online consumers, such as file sharing, transfering a CD to a computer (Knightcenter).


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Guards in the Brazilian jungle protecting a tribe of Indians who have had no contact with the outside world say their guard post has been attacked by armed men. Brazil’s Indian Affairs Department said a guard post in Acre state had been surrounded by suspected drug dealers (BBC).

Brazilian indigenous protection officers to make emergency visit to isolated community facing threat from heavily armed gangs (The Guardian).


Along the lush green shores of the Costa Verde, 270 kilometers south of Rio de Janeiro, you can find the small colonial town of Paraty. This postcard village is situated against the backdrop of mountains covered with tropical forest, and on the other side a scenic bay dotted with tropical islands and numerous deserted beaches adorns the town (The Rio Times).


In the decade to 2008 São Paulo’s output grew only two-thirds as fast as Brazil’s, whereas Rio de Janeiro managed a pitiful 37% of the national average.  Some medium-sized cities—such as Curitiba and Florianópolis —are starting to show more dynamism than the urban behemoths (The Economist).



In an operation carried out by Draco (the Delegacia de Repressão a Ações Criminosas Organizadas, or Department of Repression Against Organized Crime) that culminated on July 27th, fourteen police officials suspected of militia involvement were arrested near Jacarepaguá, in the Zona Oeste (West Zone) of Rio de Janeiro. Setting the criminal organization and individuals under investigation apart from others  is the fact that the militia was composed not only of individuals with links to the Military Police – as has been the case with many militias – but of members of the Civil and Federal Police corporations, the Aeronautical Police, and the Municipal Guard (The Rio Times).

The imposing construction in the middle of Guanabara Bay is one of the links between the past and the present history of Rio.  Opened in 1889 by Emperor D. Pedro II, the palace on Ilha Fiscal (Fiscal Island) hosted the last major event of the Empire and currently is one of the most beautiful sights of the city. After a fifteen minute boat trip, the visitor can enter a time tunnel to learn a little about the history of nineteenth-century Brazil (Rio Official Guide).

Continuing their series on renting apartments in Rio’s most popular neighborhoods, this week The Rio Times looks at the R$2,500 price range, and how it has changed since last year. Rio’s property market is booming right now and as a result, prices have risen along with the cities increasing popularity and investment potential. Nevertheless, one can still find rare gems of good value for this price range in the neighborhoods of Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Botafogo and Flamengo (The Rio Times).


Opened in 1958, the Fundação Parque Zoológico de São Paulo is the largest zoo in Brazil and the fourth largest in the world (Time Out Sao Paulo).



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