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In Brazil on January 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm

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New Shopping Iguatemi project for Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo state (Skyscrapercity).

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CULTURE

In Brazil, a country that loves nothing more than a good party, at times even funerals can feel like a festival. This was particularly true on Dec. 19 in Sao Luis, as a multitude turned out to dance to the beat of massed samba bands at the funeral of Joaosinho Trinta, the celebrated “Carnivalesco” — effectively, creative director — of some of Rio de Janeiro’s most famous samba schools (Bloomberg).

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AMAZON

A judge in Brazil has revoked a decision which had halted work on the Belo Monte dam in the Amazon region. Judge Carlos Castro Martins reversed the order he had issued in September, which had barred any work on the Belo Monte dam that interfered with the natural flow of the Xingu river (BBC).

NORTH EAST

Those looking to spend the Christmas or New Year holidays on a sun-soaked beach may want to head to the Northeast of Brazil where lazy days by the ocean, cocktails by the pool and total relaxation in beautiful surroundings are the way to celebrate the year ending. A long ways from Rio’s famous Copacabana Beach Réveillon party – with literally millions of people – are a number of fantastic pousadas offering intimate getaways (The Rio Times).

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RIO

Authorities are trying to evacuate several thousand people after a dam burst in northern Rio de Janeiro state. Water broke through the dam protecting the town of Campos de Goytacazes, opening up a big crater in a highway. Rio and other parts of south-eastern Brazil have been battered by floods and landslides, with several people killed (BBC).

Last week marked the three year anniversary of the pacification of Dona Marta, sometimes called Santa Marta, the first favela to receive a Police Pacification Unit (Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, or UPP). The community was pacified in December 2008 and is often referred to as a model pacified favela, receiving many infrastructural and social upgrades (The Rio Times).

Whilst the world’s financial giants have suffered under a crippling economic recession, Brazil has prospered and as a result, the city of Rio de Janeiro has become a popular location for both Brazilian and international financial firms. Though not, by any means, an in-expensive city , Rio offers a quality of life and budding potential in the oil industry and 2016 Olympics (The Rio Times).

Choque de Ordem (Shock and Order) was created in 2009 in the city of Rio with the goal of “putting an end to urban disorder”. The Unidade de Ordem Pública (UOP) arm of the program involves a heavy police presence on the streets, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and they arrived in Ipanema December 5th (The Rio Times).

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