RIO DE JANEIRO

Greenwald’s embarrassing public spat with Brazilian Union

In heated Twitter exchange, millionaire Fox News commentator Glenn Greenwald insinuates that a labor union representing petroleum platform workers who made an average of US$350/month in 2020 is "privileged". By Brian Mier It...

Who Killed Leuvis Manuel Olivero?

Leuvis Manuel Olivero was a US citizen, dad, and author critical of the Bolsonaro administration.  Why was he murdered? by Brian Mier In 2011, Leuvis Manuel Olivero, a Dominican immigrant to the US...

Lesser Evil: Olympics bogeyman back as Rio mayor

Rio de Janeiro hasn’t elected a progressive mayor since the 1980s but this year progressives are celebrating anyway, as center right candidate and former Mayor Eduardo Paes beat a man widely...

Crivella’s Guardians: hired goons attack reporters in Rio

Rio de Janeiro's Mayor under investigation for ordering staff to attack reporters covering the pandemic by Luiz Matheus* Imagine that the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, was caught organizing a scheme with his...

Maré shows its force – a Rio community fights against coronavirus

An Interview with Dr. Eliana Sousa Silva, Director of Redes da Maré. By Brian Mier One of tourists' first impressions of Rio de Janeiro is the sprawling cluster of favelas sandwiched between Avenida...

No bishops, no captains: Rio Carnaval vs the Far Right

This year’s Rio de Janeiro carnaval parade, which will take place on February 23rd and 24th, shows sings of being one of its most political ever, as voices of Rio’s black...

69% of Rio residents want to move out

Postcard views and beautiful beaches may be nice for tourists, but most Cariocas want to leave.  Governor Wilson Witzel’s violent security policies and fear of organized crime militias are cited as...

Supreme Court may investigate involvement of Jair Bolsonaro in Marielle Franco’s murder

BREAKING: Globo's Jornal Nacional has reported that one of those involved in the March 14 2018 assassination of Rio de Janeiro Councilwoman Marielle Franco was in President Jair Bolsonaro's condominium on...

Police killing of 8 year old girl blamed on Rio Governor Witzel

Brazil is still in shock at the killing of an eight-year-old girl, Agatha Vitória Sales Félix, struck in the back by a bullet during a police operation in Complexo do Alemão...

Marielle Franco would have turned 40 today

500 days after the socialist city councilwoman's assassination, the people who ordered her killing are still at large On Saturday, July 27th, Congressman Marcelo Freixo (PSOL-Rio de Janeiro) published a video of...

SOS Rio: Military Police kill 434 in 2019

Bolsonaro ally Governor Wilson Witzel's Military Police are now killing 5 people a day. Most victims are Afro-Brazilian youth. Many are being killed execution style with gunshots at close range to...

80 Shots Fired By Army At Family Car Kill Black Musician In Rio

Leia em português | Leer en español | Brasil de Fato | São Paulo By Marcos Hermanson. Army officers in Rio de Janeiro opened fire on a family car in the west area...

Early Doubts Emerge About Temer Arrest

"In whose interests is Temer's arrest at this moment?" - Lawyer Patrick Mariano questions the methods of the operation and raises doubts about the legality of the arrest of the former president. By Leonardo Fernandes...

Rio Judge orders arrest of Michel Temer

With two former governors in jail, the Rio de Janeiro justice system continues its efforts to dismantle the PMDB party. On March 21, Rio de Janeiro Judge Marcelo Bretas, a friend of...

Bolsonaro, Militias and Marielle Franco: What We Know

As the net around Marielle Franco's killers tightens, more and more evidence is pointing to an extermination group that has a relationship with the Bolsonaro family. Who ordered the killing of...

Police arrest Bolsonaro neighbor in Marielle Franco killing

Suspect Ronnie Lessa, a former Military Policeman, lived in luxury condo within yards of the President's home.  At 4 AM on the morning of March 12, the Rio de Janeiro Civil Police...

Anti-corruption, Authoritarianism and the Arrest of a Governor

Rio Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão was not very popular, but his evidence-free preventative imprisonment by the Federal Police may be an ominous foreshadowing of what to expect under a totalitarian, militarized...

Assassination plot against PSOL Congressman Freixo

Reports have emerged that PSOL's newly elected Federal Deputy, Marcelo Freixo, elected in October is the target of an assassination plot by a paramilitary group from Rio de Janeiro's West Zone. "This isn't...

How conservative corruption opened a fascist door in Rio

Massive corruption in Rio de Janeiro's disastrous Public/Private transportation partnerships brought an end to decades of MDB party hegemony, but the power vacuum that it opened was filled by neofascists. by...

New Rio governor wants snipers

Rio police killed over 1000 people last year. Now Jair Bolsonaro's neofascist gubernatorial ally says he wants police snipers to assassinate low level drug traffickers in favelas. By Gabriel Deslandes The new...

Military Operation in Maré: Harassment, Illegality and Murder

The action lasted over 14 hours, leaving one dead, dozens of injured and thousands of angry citizens. As Rio de Janeiro's military occupation reaches the 6 month mark, all analysis points...

Rio Judge Gives 7 Year Sentence to June 2013 Protesters

On July 17th, a Rio de Janeiro judge sentenced 23 activists who participated in the June 2013 protests to prison sentences ranging from 5-7 years. Among the convicted is lawyer Eloisa...

“Lots of Gunfire, Little Intelligence”: Rio’s Military Failure

Deaths in massacres have increased while arms apprehensions have dropped, according to data from the Candido Mendes University Center for Security and Citizenship Studies' (CESeC) Military Intervention Observatory. Five months after the...

Iconic Rio bar owner arrested following tribute to slain Marielle

On the night of March 18th, Alfredo Jacinto Mello was pulled out of his bar, the legendary Bip Bip in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, arrested by an armed, off duty highway...

The Assassination Of Socialist Marielle Franco

On March 14th in the Estácio area of Rio de Janeiro, Councilwoman Marielle Franco of the Socialism & Freedom Party (PSOL) was executed with 5 shots to the head. Her driver, Anderson...

Rio isn’t Brasil’s most dangerous city, so why the military occupation?

When I first moved to Rio de Janeiro in 1991 tens of thousands of homeless families lived in cardboard boxes in Copacabana and locals would take a taxi to travel as...

Etchegoyen: Brasil’s Strongest Man?

In February 2017, ousted President Dilma Rousseff warned of a second, more radical and more repressive phase of the Coup d'état which removed her from office - akin to the "Institutional...

Intervention in Rio is one more outrage by Temer

The Central Unica de Trabalhadores (Unified Workers Central/CUT) is the largest union federation in Latin America, with around 8 million members. In January, working together with its social movement and union...

Rio Carnaval, 1964

Wonderful colour photographs of Rio de Janeiro's Carnaval in 1964. Originally posted at vintage.es.  

Neoliberal Vampires: Rio Carnaval Politicizes

By Gabriel Deslandes. Rio de Janeiro Carnaval parade groups, called Samba Schools, are preparing social and political criticism for the 2018 carnaval, with parades that will denounce politicians, social problems and recent...
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