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Is there a future for poor people in the city?

Urbanization: Moving from the countryside to the city has lifted many people out of poverty, particularly in developing countries. The city provides better access to work, services and freedom from inhibiting social norms. At the same time, life for the city's poor can be difficult.

Security and violence in Rocinha – a favela in Rio de Janeiro

Brazil: Security in Rio Janeiro is about much more than police operations. It is about the people who live there, outsiders and how they live in a society where they are denied public services.

South America's upcoming technology showdown

DIGITALIZATION: The authorities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico are now investing in start-ups, incubators and training programs. But at the same time, Colombia can confiscate protesters' phones; in Ecuador, the authorities block the same access to servers; and in Nicaragua and Venezuela, governments have routinely restricted access to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The United States and China are on aggressive courtship trips to countries throughout the region.

Can we recover the Amazon's lung?

Félix Guattari Translated by Christel Pedersen: The three ecologies

ECOSOFI: Current Brazil looks like Guattari's worst nightmare. His mental revolution also suggests that nature itself comes first.

Student rebellion in Brazil


ACTIVISM: Increased collective rates affecting the poor in São Paulo became the start of a student-led protest movement.

Call for justice

Natasha Neri, Lula Carvalho: Police Killing (Auto de Resistencia)

POLICE VIOLENCE IN BRAZIL: : A forensic catalog of state-sponsored killings paints a bleak picture of life and death for poor, black youth in Rio's vast slums.

The Olympics were never a green boost for Rio 

: Despite little that happened in Rio, the Munduruku people in the Amazon took home an important victory.

Small mosquitoes shake large apparatus

: While Brazil is preparing for this summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the country's poor in particular are characterized by fear of a disease about which they still have little knowledge. "If all the Olympic funds had been used differently, there might have been fewer mosquitoes here today," says pregnant Marcelle.

The shared city

: The class differences are striking in beautiful Rio de Janeiro. A city that has been honored with – or perhaps haunted by – two major sporting events in two years: the World Cup in football 2014, and the upcoming Summer Olympics in August 2016. 

Revolutionary daydreams and western accident tourism

: In Brazil, global problems and opportunities are very visible, both in terms of racial conflicts, environmental policy and the distribution of goods. A trip to South America's largest country can therefore provide exemplary insight into the global present.

Balancing art in brown water

: There are many indications that the sailing competitions during the 2016 Olympics will be held in a running rubbish heap. Attempts to rehabilitate the highly polluted Guanabara Bay have so far been half-hearted.

Atomic tests for Brazil


The Brazilian Navy uses a Norwegian reactor in the development of nuclear fuel for its submarines. Halden reactor gave Brazil uranium to "avoid bureaucracy".