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Editorial RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The last month has been big for us, lots of important international and local news, and a major step forward in the doubling of our Print circulation. Now we look towards the holiday...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Justice Department is terminating 29 contracts signed to build desperately needed prisons that never left the drawing board. It means Depen, Brazil’s National Penitentiary Department, will have to...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A U.S. based insurance company is being prosecuted for selling life insurance policies in Brazil without being legally registered in the country. National Western Life, which is headquartered in...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This morning, Rocinha, Rio’s largest favela, and Vidigal, became the most recent communities to be pacified by Brazil’s military and police forces - without shots fired. The operation included...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Levels of violent crime reported in Rio de Janeiro state have fallen significantly in three target areas, according to figures for the first seven months of 2011 released by...
Opinion, by Samantha Barthelemy RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Why is it that when talking about the “problem of drugs” we are quick to point the finger at those “evil drug traffickers” of the notorious Comando Vermelho (Red Command), Terceiro...
Editorial RIO DE JANEIRO - Some prisons are worse then others, and some places are especially scary. As a child I saw "Midnight Express" (1978) when I was way too young, and "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (1985) was...

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