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  • Potential of community land trusts in Rio’s favelas discussed at Lincoln Institute

    Potential of community land trusts in Rio’s favelas discussed at Lincoln Institute

    Catalytic Communities’ Theresa Williamson was welcomed to the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy by Martim O. Smolka, director of the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean, on Nov. 16, 2017. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Lincoln Institute has for many years helped establish a network for best practices in the establishment of community land trusts, and […]

  • Madonna bows down to Caetano Veloso at star-studded wedding

    Madonna bows down to Caetano Veloso at star-studded wedding

    The vow renewal ceremony of Brazilian model Michelle Alves and Israeli-American talent manager Guy Oseary brought together what may be the biggest cadre of international celebrities Rio de Janeiro has ever seen. Caetano Veloso performed at the couple’s rehearsal dinner on Monday night, and he was introduced by Madonna, who piled on the adulation. “It […]

  • CatComm, the tiny NGO that changed reporting on Rio’s favelas

    CatComm, the tiny NGO that changed reporting on Rio’s favelas

    “Rat kids” digging through garbage. Millions of people squatting “in huts amid sewage and sorrow.” “A world of youth gangs, violent crime and drug dealing” that represents a “no-go zone.” These were among the descriptions of Rio’s favelas that appeared in major global media outlets as the city geared up to host the Olympic Games. […]

  • Five street artists honored the 2016 Rio Paralympics with these huge murals

    These street artists honored the 2016 Rio Paralympics with 5 huge murals

    One of Rio de Janeiro’s biggest street art projects was completed earlier this month in honor of the 2016 Rio Paralympics. It took 1,500 spray paint cans and 650 liters (171 gallons) of paint to complete the five murals comprising the Rio Esporte Art (“Rio Sport Art”) project. Each mural represents a sport that’s popular […]

  • Debret exhibit captures the vibrancy - and inequality - of colonial Rio

    Debret exhibit captures the vibrancy – and inequality – of colonial Rio

    This year marks the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the French Artistic Mission to Brazil, whose mission was to launch an arts academy in Rio de Janeiro and introduce European Neoclassicism to the city, which had recently become the capital of the short-lived United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves. Ultimately, the Mission’s most […]

  • Brazil's gorgeous Olympic posters on display in Rio

    Brazil’s 13 gorgeous Olympic posters on display in Rio

    There’s plenty of room for disagreement about whether the upcoming Rio Olympics will be a boon or bust; in fact, 50 percent of Brazilians responding to a new poll out today said they thought it was a bad idea to be hosting the megaevent. But the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee broke with tradition to provide […]

  • Photo exhibit by Rio homeless documents Olympics impact

    There are plenty of foreign journalists reporting on how the 2016 Summer Olympics is negatively impacting some of Rio de Janeiro’s impoverished citizens, sometimes offering up with little more than predictable hand-wringing. But a new photo exhibit dubbed A New Look at the Olympics is providing a fresh perspective on the topic through the eyes […]

  • Brazil represented at World Press Photo exhibit 11

    Brazil represented at World Press Photo 2016 exhibit

    A doctor rubs ointment on a gravely burnt 16-year-old ISIS fighter lying on a hospital bed in Syria; on the background, as if watching over or passing judgement on the scene, is a large portrait of Kurdistan Workers’ Party leader Abdullah Öcalan. Depending on the beholder, the photo, published in The New York Times, can […]