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In Brazil on October 28, 2011 at 11:03 am

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Render of the enormous 7th Avenue Live & Work project for Curitiba, Parana (source).

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AMAZON

Hundreds of people peacefully occupied the construction site of a massive hydroelectric dam in Brazil’s Amazonian state of Para, Indian rights activists said. The Catholic Church-backed Indian Missionary Council said in a statement posted on its website that more than 600 Indians, fishermen and river dwellers are demanding that work on the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam be stopped (Washington Post).

SANTA CATARINA

Viagem e Turismo magazine announced this week that the state of Santa Catarina is the favorite vacation destination of Brazilians (Floripa Times).

RIO

The sprawling Complexo da Maré favelas in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone) have been occupied by the Polícia Militar (Military Police, PM) elite force, BOPE, for the past week. The police entered the complex October 21st, with the stated objective of finding drug traffickers and arms (The Rio Times).

Brazil’s elite military police are trying to build ties with communities and undo the harm done by officers who allegedly abused residents in Complexo da Mare, a favela which has not yet come under police control, reports blogger Julia Michaels (Insight Crime).

A bill to distribute oil royalties more evenly amongst Brazil’s 27 states passed its first hurdle when it received approval from Brazil’s Senate on October 19th.  The proposal now faces a tough November vote in the lower house of Congress and a torrent of potential lawsuits by those oil-producing states that stand to lose billions. Rio de Janeiro and Espirito Santo’s potential losses are estimated at R$4.3 billion in 2012 alone and reaching R$7.5 billion annually within seven years, according to an O Globo report (The Rio Times).

Residents in Ipanema, in Rio’s Zona Sul (South Zone) were out with banners and leaflets on Saturday as they protested against plans for a new metro (subway) station in their neighborhood. They are against plans for the expansion of metro Line 1 – into which Line 4, predicted to start running in 2015, will be integrated (The Rio Times).

This city never stops. The month of November brings no respite from the extensive cultural program. This month shall be highlighted by great international concerts, from Pearl Jam to Ringo Starr. There something for everyone. Opening the festive month of November is the US group Pearl Jam, which comes for the second time to Brazil and has chosen Apoteose square once more as the stage for the concert celebrating the band’s 20th anniversary (Rio Official Guide).

Brazilian police say they are trying to find out why 2,600 cans of beer were delivered to a jail holding police officers charged with crimes. The Rio de Janeiro radio station BandNews FM reports the beer was delivered to the prison in a northern suburb of the city (Washington Post).

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SAO PAULO

A jury convicted three Brazilian doctors of killing four patients by removing their organs, which prosecutors said were used for transplants at an expensive private clinic. A judge in São Paulo State, Marco Montemor, sentenced the doctors to 17 years and 6 months each in prison (New York Times).

Australia has been sending beef to the world’s two largest beef exporting countries United States and Brazil. Australian beef exports to Brazil during the first nine months of 2011 jumped 381% year-on-year, to 969 tonnes swt, underlining the growing Brazilian demand for higher quality imported beef, mainly among steakhouse chains in the Sao Paulo region (MercoPress).

Sao Paulo new-home prices climbed 14 percent in the past seven months as surging real estate demand in Brazil showed few signs of ebbing, according to an index released today that measures values by square meter (Businessweek).

Rising property prices in Brazil’s biggest city show no signs of slowing, even after racking up an 85 percent jump over the past 30 months, market research firm Ibope said (Reuters).

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