“Another One”: Counting Murders on the Outskirts of the Marvelous City

(Blog post originally published on 22/07/2014 on the website Rio on Watch)

While the Brazilian national team suffered the worst defeat of all time, Magé—my hometown, located in the greater metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro—grieved yet another murder. The sadness and outrage experienced while counting Germany’s goals are metaphors of a much greater tragedy: the apparent ineffectiveness of state public security policies on the outskirts of the state capital.

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“Mais um”: Contando Assassinatos na Periferia da Cidade Maravilhosa

(Texto originalmente publicado em 22/07/2014 no site Rio on Watch)

Enquanto a seleção brasileira sofria a maior derrota de todos os tempos, Magé–minha cidade natal na região metropolitana do Rio de Janeiro–lamentava mais um assassinato. A tristeza e a revolta ao contar gols da Alemanha são metáforas de uma tragédia muito maior: a aparente ineficácia das políticas de segurança pública do Estado na periferia da capital carioca.

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The civic legacy of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

(Originally written in April 17, 2013)

Rio’s preparations for the 2016 Olympics have been marked by human rights violations. Unfortunately, the sacrifice of the poorer for the progress of a city historically ruled by the rich is not new. But now, organized citizens have increasingly reacted. The Olympics have created a promising set of civil society alliances that may be re-shaping citizens’ involvement in Rio’s local politics.

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