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Culture is Our Weapon

Letter to the Editor

Dear Rio Times,

We were in Rio last month at this time and we had a fair amount of rainy days.

I picked up the guide book and went scouting. I found the option of visiting a favela. A debate unfolded within our group concerning the voyeuristic aspects of touring poverty.

Ultimately we passed on the idea. Our last night in Rio, we stayed at the Ipanema Plaza Hotel. They offered favela tours in their lobby as an excursion for a day in Rio. It reinforced my decision to have passed on a tour. There is . . .

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