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In Rio de Janeiro, A Red Wedding For Organized Crime

At the worst possible moment for Rio, a new kind of criminal organization is moving into the city, writes Maria Martin in Brazil’s El Pais. Sophisticated, genteel, and extremely violent, the First Capital Commando appears to be too well organized for the city’s poorly equipped and underfunded police to handle.

The giveaway wasn’t a particular phone call or a specific sentence; it was the accents.

If Brazilian Politics Were a TV Script, They’d Fire the Writer

Politics in Brasilia have not exactly hauled themselves out of the gutter since Dilma Roussef was impeached, writes Joao Sette Camara. Sleazy real estate deals and secretive dealmaking have already touched the new president, even as it becomes increasingly clear to Brazilians that the people who removed Roussef were actually trying to hide their own misdeeds.

Ever since the impeachment of former president Dilma Roussef, Brazilian politics has taken on the air of the script of a bad soap opera

The Chicken Rescuer

People devote their lives to all sorts of things, the great, the terrible, and the pointless. Somewhere on this spectrum, but clearly with a little bit of greatness in him, is Paulo Maia, the Rio de Janeiro man whose life’s work is trying to rescue the animals, the vast majority of them chickens, whose lives are offered up in bloody and often brutal Santeria rituals:

Three chickens were already fighting for their lives on the back seat of his car when environmentalist Paulo Maia got the new call.

In Rio, the Right Rides a Wave of Political Indifference to Victory

Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city in Brazil, has just elected as mayor the evangelical protestant leader Marcelo Crivella, 59. His victory, with 59 percent of valid votes, but a minority of the electorate, decided an election that represented a clash between two different sides of Brazil.

On one side, wrote the newspaper El Pais’s post-election analysis was the conservative model embodied by Crivella

‘The Era of Brazil’s Soft Power Is Closing’

After a dozen years of stable left-wing government and apparent economic and institutional growth, this summer it all came crashing down once again in Brazil: a sea of demonstrators, counter-demonstrators, corruption scandals and the abrupt impeachment of President Dilma Roussef. Has the country lost all of the soft power it had accumulated in those good years, asks Celso Amorim, longtime minister of foreign affairs in the Roussef and Lula da Silva administrations?

How do you compare Brazil’s current political situation with what is happening in the rest of Latin America?

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