RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Like his house, Jose Santos de Oliveira is an island of resistance.
The middle-aged gardener and his home stand amid the sea of rubble that remains of the slum community of Vila Recreio 2 in the west of Rio de Janeiro.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Even a bout of pneumonia couldn’t stop Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff from repeating a central message of her presidency this weekend: she won’t let inflation run out of control.
Rousseff’s determination to speak from her sick bed on International Workers’ Day illustrates how the inflation issue has evolved into the biggest danger to her young government.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Rio de Janeiro’s hosting of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics is an unprecedented chance to promote Brand Brazil and ensure a legacy of economic and social benefits, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Friday.
Despite budget overruns by recent Olympic host cities and criticism of the huge cost of major sporting events, Blair said hosting such massive events was still worth it for the cascade of social and economic benefits they can bring.
RIO DE JANEIRO, April 29 (Reuters) – High-speed trains
bolting between Brazil’s two biggest cities; a vast network of
highways connecting farmers and factories to ports; top-notch
airports where overcrowding is a thing of the past.
Welcome to the future of Latin America, a region that has
long lagged in providing its businesses and people with the
basic infrastructure that Western countries and much of East
Asia take for granted.
RIO DE JANEIRO, April 25 (Reuters) – Forced evictions of
slum dwellers to make way for the 2016 Olympic Games show that
human rights could suffer during Brazil’s preparations for the
event, the head of Amnesty International said on Monday.
Among other projects, Rio de Janeiro plans to build three
expressways for buses ahead of 2016 that will pass through
several slums, or favelas, that are home to thousands of
residents. Despite Brazil’s economic rise, millions of
slum-dwellers still live a precarious existence in major cities
and have long borne the brunt of human rights abuses.