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Activist Murder Adds to Death Toll in Brazil Amazon

A peasant activist was murdered in Para state, in Brazil's Amazon, in the latest of a spate of apparent hired killings which some have linked to land...
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Rio Real: How Firemen, Militias and Politicians Mix in Brazil

Rio's firemen are striking for higher salaries, and many support them. But behind the calls for better pay for heroes may lie a thorny issue about encouraging the...
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Brazil: Amazon Murders Reveal Dark Pattern of Land Conflicts

Following a string of murders in a logging village in Brazil's Amazon, the government is working to increase state presence in lawless regions of the country where...
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Rio’s Militias: Fighting Crimes or Committing Them?

A Brazilian militia's invasion of hundreds of government apartments in Rio, which it then sold on, is another sign of how these vigilante groups seem more...
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Rio Real: Brazil Struggles with Next Phase of UPP Program

Yes, there’s peace in the house. But where’s the attention, the commitment, where are the services? Dignity for citizens, says Rio de Janeiro State Public Safety...
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Governor: Rio de Janeiro Almost Free From Gang Rule

In a May 13 interview with Infobae America, the governor of Rio de Jaineiro says that the city is almost pacified, after a string of operations against drug...
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Haitians Smuggled into Brazil Via Drug Routes

Brazil's authorities are concerned about the increasing number of refugees from Haiti flooding into the country, traveling over routes more commonly used for drug...
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The Comeback of Suriname’s ‘Narco-President’

The president of the tiny Caribbean nation Suriname has been charged with murder, convicted of drug trafficking, and accused of leading an international drug...
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Prison No Problem for Rio’s Militia Leaders

One of Rio de Janeiro’s biggest paramilitary leaders is still commanding his group from prison, according to reports. This calls into question the effectiveness of...