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May 11, 2011
May 11, 2011

Brazil under fire for World Cup slum evictions

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.

May 5, 2011
May 4, 2011

Analysis – Brazil’s old inflation demons stalk Rousseff

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.

Apr 29, 2011

Rio should focus on branding for Olympic gold: Blair

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.

Apr 29, 2011

Latin America urged to speed infrastructure plans

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.

Apr 25, 2011

Brazil Olympic works threaten slum rights-Amnesty

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.

Mar 25, 2011
Mar 25, 2011

Brazil’s housing carnival stokes bubble worries

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Listening to Jose Carlos de Vasconcellos talk about Rio de Janeiro’s property market is like being transported back to the bubble days in the United States or Europe.

The 60-year-old, who came out of retirement to join Brazil’s swelling ranks of real estate brokers, is convinced that property in the beachside city is a one-way bet despite a near doubling of house prices in just three years.

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      "I cover the politics, economics and people of Southeast Asia from Kuala Lumpur, where I also act as head of editorial for Malaysia and Brunei. I joined Reuters on the Singapore editing desk back in 1997 and have been on the move ever since, from Japan to the Philippines to the U.S.A and then Brazil."
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