Archive for November, 2011

Rio is one of the most naturally beautiful cities in the world.  It’s geography is stunning.  Anyone who would dare to denigrate the Rio’s natural beauty should be severely punished.  Brazil’s environmental agency said recently that it will fine Chevron nearly $28 million for a continuing oil spill off the Rio de Janeiro coast, and the company could face several more similar fines in the coming days.  The fine should be higher.

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Brazilians love love.  They have a not underserved reputation for being, shall we say, free-spirited, including in the ways of amore.  I don’t know that the word “repressed” exists in their language.  Now, their Supreme Court is ushering in a new era of civil rights by granting residency status based on same-sex marriage.  Gay rights activists lauded the new announcement as an important victory.  It’s unknown what impact this will have on other countries facing this issue or on its neighbors, but Brazilians rarely care who’s watching anyway.  Viva la Bam!

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In New York, we have Occupy Wall Street.  In Rio, we have occupy the slum.  More than 3,000 police and soldiers backed by armored personnel carriers raced into Brazil’s biggest slum, Rocinha, before dawn Sunday, quickly gaining control of a shantytown ruled for decades by a heavily armed drug gang.  It’s all for show, the big show.  Brazil is soon to host the World Cup and Rio thereafter the Olympics.  If Rocinha was in the United States, it would rival Malibu or Pacific Palisades the way its steep hills plunge into the Ocean just south of Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana.  In the U.S., it would be prime real estate.  In Rio, it is a slum.  It is where Beverly Hills meets Haiti.

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